Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.” (Luke 6:27)
Can you live alone without the care and support of others?
We are all made up of one organism - the spirit of one God. So we are interrelated with the same spirit and no one has a separate existence. We need to support and care for each other, individual-wise and nation-wise. If anyone is in suffering, we need to extend and mobilize support to the suffering centers. The Jews despised the Romans because they oppressed God’s people, but Jesus told the people to love their enemies. He was talking about an act of the will and the conscious effort to help people when they are in need. The collective support and care will create miracles in the life of the needy. So learn how to love others and not to hate anyone. Always remember that one day you will also be in need and plead for help. It is better to erase the word ‘I’ from the dictionary of each individual’s book of life for good.
Mt Carmel - the evergreen mountain, a source of life and beauty, a place of biblical miracles was burning during the miraculous holiday of Jews Hanukkah- the holiday of light. 43 people died while they were trying to save others from the fire. Israel’s all scientific advancement in technology could not help them to extinguish the fire. Israel needed help and the world was there for them. Many countries sent assistance to fight the fire, such as fire extinguishers, aircrafts and helicopters, firefighter trucks, fire experts and firefighters. The countries who have supported are Azerbaijan, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey, Palestine Authority, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK ,and the USA. Israel has thanked the supporters by saying, ”There are times when modern and technological man feels how small he is against the forces of nature but it is precisely these times in which certain select people transcend the ordinary and show the greatness of humanity. Beyond the physical help, you gave us a feeling of support that was so important.” When so many nations work together to save the lives of people and the environment, it is a miracle. The Jewish tradition says that one should not rely on miracles , but we appreciate them when they happen.
"Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:28)
Prayer : Jesus, let us learn to love one and all. Give us a heart of love. Remove from our life all hate and enmity. Let the world learn the lesson of peace, togetherness and unity. Let the world pool all its resources to eliminate poverty, hunger and strife. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Sunday, 30th January 2011
- 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