Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“And every one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” - (Acts 2:21)
From criminal imprisonment to meadows of green land.
The agent of saving is the Holy Spirit. New life and new attitudes generate when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The day of Pentecost is the new dawn of humanity with the freshness of the flowing river of life from the hearts of those who are filled with spirit. “And every one present was filled with the Holy Spirit”- (Acts 2:4). This is a promise to all human beings by God. ”The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, for all whom the Lord our God will call” - (Acts 2:39). What we need urgently is to change the society characterised by the loss of respect for life, violence, exotic religious cults, sexual promiscuity, homo sexuality, and even pedophilia. The early church fathers succeeded in bringing a Pagan society to Christ. Why can’t we do it? Are we ready to call Jesus and save our children, families, churches and the entire society at large?
Chuck Colson, the lifelong companion and Watergate conspirator of Richard Nixon, the then President of USA, lived and died for Jesus, spreading the good news in prison and outside after his conversion filled him with the Spirit. He had the spiritual experience followed by considerable struggle and hesitancy to have a personal encounter with God. He recalls, “While I sat alone staring at the sea of love, words I had not been certain I could understand or say, fell from my lips – ‘Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I accept you. Please come in to my life. I commit it to you. With those few words, came a sureness of mind that matched the depth of the feeling in my heart. There came something more, strength and serenity, a wonderful new assurance about a fresh perception of myself in the world around us.”
Prayer: Jesus, let all those who are baptized be the carriers of your light. We pray for all those who are living in darkness and sin. Let all be saved by calling your name. We pray for those who are in your mission of salvation. Let us all be filled with the Holy Spirit and repent and turn to you. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Tuesday, 29th May 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