Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
”Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves.” (John 4:42)
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?
Everyone has the right to experience Jesus personally. The angel Gabriel appeared to the shepherds and said, “I bring you good news that will bring joy to all people” (Luke 2:10). Today, we are confused with partial, distorted and superficial knowledge of Jesus. What and who to believe is an answerable question now. The Church and its leaders can guide and lead us to the life giving waters of the Spirit, but it is we, who should drink the waters of the Spirit to quench our own thirst. “I will pour out my spirit up on all people” (Acts 2:17). The Holy Spirit is released to men, women, slaves, Jews, Gentiles and all of humanity. This is not a special privilege to a few people. Ask, seek, knock, wait, fast and pray, then at the appointed time, Jesus will appear to each one of us and stay with us just like our parents. As a teacher, He will teach us what to believe, whom to depend on, and how to live. We all should trust that some day, some where, Jesus will break his silence and reveal Himself to those who believe in Him. We should have the courage to pursue and find Jesus ourselves.
In the sixteenth century, Ignatius of Loyola said that at the time of his conversion, he had no one to turn to for guidance. So the Lord Himself taught him the way, just like how a school teacher would teach a child. He once declared that even if all the scriptures were destroyed, he would hold on to what the Lord had taught him personally.
We are wrong to blame the Church and its leaders for our confused and deplorable conditions of life. We can only blame ourselves because we lack the firmness to pursue and find Jesus ourselves.
Prayer: Jesus, you are our Lord and God. You want to live in our hearts. Let each one of us be blessed to experience a personal encounter with You. Let us hear the noise of your knock on our doors. “Look I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as a friend” (Revelation 3:20). All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Thursday , 2nd December 2010
- 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