Today with Jesus
- Today's Bible verse
"God has sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly.” (Luke 4:18)
Can you do anything to undo the injustice committed to the innocents?
The poor and the weak are constantly subjected to cruelty and exploitations by the powerful and rich. The cries and tears of the victims are always seen and heard by the compassionate and loving God Jesus. He stands to put an end to this injustice and cruelty. The men and women of God in all times have risen to work for Him. We are destined to act and break the shackles of abuse and exploitation at the risk of our life. Isaiah 58:6 - “Is not this kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.” Jesus won’t be silent in your distress. He is going to put an end off all abuses and exploitations. Bank on him.
Travelling around Bangladesh in the wake of that country’s 1974 famine, banker and economist Muhammad Yunus saw how the misery before him was worsened by unscrupulous money lenders. He met women who had taken out loans to buy bamboo for the furniture they made, and were then forced to pay all of their profits to their lenders - a vicious cycle of permanent debt. Appalled, Yunus took the equivalent of $27 out of his pocket and on the spot loaned it to group of 42 women. After selling their wares and paying him back, the women had made a profit of 82 cents, a huge sum for them. This is the beginning of Grameen Bank. This small step freed millions of poor from the shark teeth of money lenders to economic freedom and prosperity. For his simple yet profound efforts, Yunus was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mathew 5:6 - “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”
Prayer : Jesus, save us from all kinds of abuse, exploitation and injustice. We pray for those who are in the forefront for the fight of injustice. Let those who are in debt and its burden be freed. Let more Yunus-like compassionate people sprout from this desert of non-compassion and insensitivity. Let your kingdom of justice and fair play come. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Tuesday, 31st May 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