Today with Jesus
- Today’s bible words
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners’.(Romans 5:8)
While we were still sinners-these are amazing words. God sent Jesus Christ to die for us, not because we were good enough, but just because he loved us. When ever you feel uncertain about God’s love for you, remember that he loved you even before you turned to him. St. Paul says, three most important things in life; ”Faith, hope and love……….But the greatest of these is love” .So all we need in this life is love .That Jesus showed in his life by his death on cross. Love seems impotent in the face of natural calamities, disease, war and poverty. Still, when relationships are strained and faith is tested and hopes seems lost Paul’s ancient wisdom of love rings true.
Horace and Louise were staunch fundamental Christians. When they heard that their son Mike got AIDS and he was a gay, they were shocked. A soul- wrenching tension for them- what to do with his son?. Many people profess to “hate the sin, love the sinner .”, but few are tested as this couple. But here they took the decision to take care of Mike in their home.’ There was no other way to go,” Louise said. ‘We loved Mike, we loved him dearly and we still do. We wanted to do every thing we could for him ourselves.” They loved him. Mike once told to them “I love you too” and he was sorry to cause them pain.
By trying to sanitize illness and dying, we are in advertently separate and isolate the people we love- and we isolate ourselves. Isolation is the opposite of loving connection. Jesus love is inclusive, encompassing all of us.
Jesus, sickness and the fear of sickness haunting us. The world is isolating us and we are stigmatized. You are the only hope and love . Let we feel your presence , love , and care. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Your ever loving servant in Jesus.
Paulose Achen from Toronto ,Wednesday 6 October 2010.
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- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012