Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
"And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the
wilderness, so the son of man must be lifted up, so that everyone who
believes in him will have eternal life.” (John 3:14,15)
Do you have any healing
effects by using symbols?
Signs and symbols are part and parcel of all religions. We
conceive an idea through symbols. Cross is the symbol of Christianity and
it represents salvation and
eternal life. Those who believe and live in salvation have
therapeutic effects. Even the birds used to follow the sign
of the Cross marked by Saint Francis of Assisi in the sky. A rebellious
generation always despises and misuses the best of everything,
even the crown symbol of Christianity - the Cross. When the Israelites
were wandering in the wilderness, God sent a plague of snakes to punish the
people for their rebellious attitudes. Those doomed to die from the snake
bite could be healed by looking up at the bronze snake on the pole. In the same way, salvation
happens when we look up to Jesus, believing that he will save us with
the symbol of the Cross.
There is a permanent museum for keeping the collection of mementos
of love lost in Zagreb in Croatia. Those who visit the museum comment that all
the exhibits have the Catharsis in it. A Berlin woman submitted the
axe that she had used to chop up her lover’s furniture after he left her for
another woman. She says, "Everyday I axed one piece of his
furniture. I kept the remains there, as an expression of my inner condition.
The more his room filled with chopped furniture, the better I felt in my soul.
Two weeks after she left, he came back for the furniture. It was really razed
into small heaps and fragments of wood. He took that trash and left my
apartment for good. The axe was promoted to a therapy instrument.”
Symbols are instruments of healings for those who use
it the way it was intended to be used.
Prayer : Jesus, we remember your love when we
look at the Cross. Let the Cross
be a reminder of your great sacrifice and salvation you brought to
humanity. May those who look at the Cross with faith be saved. Let us be faithful to you and to our
neighbours. All we ask in the name
of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Friday, 31st 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