Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
How do Christians handle the death of innocents?
We question the justice of God for the death of innocents due to natural calamities, religious persecutions and other cruel deaths. There is a cosmic justice for all the people committing these atrocities. Here comes the way to believe in an alternative reality, an unseen world as real as the visible world around us, where life begins again and fairness reigns. The guilty should stand in front of the cosmic ruler, Jesus Christ, for the last judgement in fairness and just. There is no escape for any one from that.
Thessalonians 1:6 - St. Paul says, "God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.” He concludes his life on this earth in a nut shell, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race , I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day, and not only to me, but also who have longed for his appearing” - 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
Albert Raboteau, a scholar of Slave Religion in Virginia, gives an account of secret prayer meetings among slaves that took place in 1847. Slaves used to gather secretly in the swamp by following signs marked on the trees pointing them to the selected spot. They begin by asking each other how they feel, the state of their minds etc. Stories of beating, lynching, and other cruelties pour out. Then they begin their prayer service. As one slave reports, "The slave forgets all his sufferings, except to remind others of the trials during the past week, exclaiming: ' Thank God, I shall not live here always'!”
Prayer: Jesus, we pray for all the innocents who have passed away from this earth for your sake at the hands of cruel people. Let the persecutors be convinced of the horror of their atrocities and its consequences of eternal punishment by the just and loving God in eternity. Jesus come soon...All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, 4th Feb 2012
- 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