Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “Woman, behold, your son.” (John 19:26)
Can you “fulfill the law of Christ by bearing one another’s burden?” (Galatians 6:2)
Everyone has their own cross of sorrows and burdens. But the fundamentals of life and existence is based on love in action in all aspects of life. True love is tested when we are in crisis and on the verge of pain, sickness and death. Christ did it on the cross when He was in excruciating pain of crucifixion for the sins of humanity. While on the cross, he was concerned about the pain that his mother was undergoing at his crucifixion and death. He consoled her by entrusting her to his believed disciple John. saying, "Woman, behold, your son.” Human tendency is to get angry and curse at the fate of their pain instead of thinking or doing anything good for others who are in the same boat. For a happy end and for relief from our sorrows, it is best to take on the burden of others and to find out how to help them.
Rehamat Neesa was an 8th grade student in PKMIC School in Malapuram, Kerala, India. She was in the hospital bed for her treatment for advanced Leukemia. She knew she was on her way of separation from her loved ones. She penned her feelings in poems called “Tears of separation”. Next to her bed, another young girl was there for the same treatment but had nobody to care for her and she was extremely poor. Neesa felt very sad at the plight of her friend and wanted to help her in getting a blood transfusion. She contacted Abeed, a Computer Programmer and NSS Coordinator in the Government Engineering College over phone and told him regarding the sad condition of the girl next to her bed. Tears brimmed in his eyes and was moved to read her concern of another person when she herself was dying. On February 12th, Rehamat Neesa died leaving behind a great legacy of love in action.
Prayer: Jesus, let us relieve our sorrows and pain by helping others who are experiencing problems too. Let us find opportunities to help others and ease away their pains. Let us imitate you in all our actions especially when we are in difficult situations. Give us your spirit of taking the burden of others when we are in pain. We pray for the soul of Neesa and all others who are in your mission of wiping others' tears. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, 6th March 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