Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Blessed are the peace makers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Mathew 5:9)
Is peace a mirage? Are my children and me destined for a violent death?
Peace never takes place by merely lip service but by conscious actions. Peace is a heavenly gift provided by God. ”A child has been born for us. His names will be… Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus says before his trial and violent death, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). After his resurrection by appearing to his disciples he said, ”Peace be with you” (John 20:19). This peace gives you a heart that can’t be disturbed by any situation. It will make your ship of life to cross any violent turbulent sea of life. Peace is a state of tranquility, quiet, calm, free from civil disturbance, and state of serenity. This could start from religious people who have the hearts of peace. More talks and no peace is the reality now - in individuals, families, religions, nations and the world at large. I am afraid the universe as a whole is in turmoil and violent due to the inaction of the children of God.
A great cry for peace all over the world - from the unborn in the womb of a mother to the Pope in the Palace of Vatican. If the UN can’t, the US can’t, the European Union can’t, the Arab league can’t, the Pope can’t give peace , then who can? Jesus can and is living in his people like Mother Theresa.
In the Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Mother said: Let us thank God… for this gift of peace that reminds us that we have been created to live that peace, and that Jesus became man to bring that good news to the poor…
The news was peace to all of good will and this is something we all want - the peace of heart. And to make sure we remember His great love, He made himself the Bread of Life to satisfy our hunger for his love - our hunger for God- because we have been created for that love. He made himself the hungry one, the sick one, the one in prison, the lonely one, the unwanted one, and he says, “You did it to me.”
“God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel .”(Philippians 4:7) All arms of destruction, conventional and non-conventional in the hands of people and the state, should be disarmed. Each of us should make a pledge that we will not be violent in any form in the family, at work, and in the community. We should always strive for peace. No religion should propagate enmity and violence in any form in the name of faith and those who do so should be shunned. ‘YES JESUS, YES PEACE. NO JESUS NO PEACE.’
Prayer : Jesus, the prince of peace be with us always. Let your peace penetrate in the hearts of the most traumatized discouraged by sorrows and threats of violent people, terrorism of state and religion and the fury of nature and life. Let peace prevail in our homes, in our churches, in our states, and in war fields like Libya and Israel. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen
Toronto, Saturday, 2nd April 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