Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“Because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrew 2:9)
Jesus heard our cries. And He got off his throne and came down to us. God willing to descend, in the words of Henri Nouwen, ”to the total dereliction of one condemned to death. As Paul wrote in Philippians, Jesus emptied himself and became a servant, even to death. As Isaiah prophesied by his bruises, we are healed. Jesus will never leave and abandoned us for the devil to devour his children. He did this so we can know that in God’s eyes, we are equally valuable, loveable, important and worth dying for. He called us to follow Him. Following involves a coming down, a humbling of oneself and serving of others and to even have a terrible death for the sake of others. We are living in a world where insensitivity is the norm to others' precarious and dangerous situations. No one is ready to take risks for others. We are in need of heroes to take the cross to follow Jesus to carry on his mission of salvation.
Katherine Susan Genovese was ruthlessly killed at Kew Gardens in New York City. Early in the morning on March 13, 1964, she was attacked by an assailant on her way home from work. Her screams woke her neighbours, who flipped on their lights and looked down from their windows Someone shouted to leave the girl alone and the assailant retreated. Stabbed and near death, the girl called to help. No one immediately called the police. A few minutes later, the assailant returned. He robbed Genovese for forty-nine dollars and stabbed her to death. This failure on the part of the observers to get involved became known as the Genovese syndrome.
Prayer: Jesus, let us be risk takers to save our lives and the lives of others. Let us follow you by imitating you in all our realms of life. Let us involve and hear the cries of our fellow beings in their precarious situations. We pray for all those who are in dangerous zones like Genovese to get timely attention and help. Let us not be bystanders, but players. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Sunday, 9th September 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