Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
"Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.” (Psalm 51:8)
His conscience made him confess to one and all so that he could be relieved from the guilt of murder.
To deny sin is to deny yourself and your existence. The origin of all problems is sin itself. By Jesus’ death on the Cross, He has brought complete cure for all our sins and its repercussions.
We can be free from our sins only when we repent and accept Him as our saviour. Repentance is fruitful when we do a genuine confession to God. Why are we sick, restless, and stressful? Because we have hardened our hearts in sins and not ready to confess. “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:4). Then I acknowledged my sins to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sins” (Psalm 32:5). I still believe that true confession will be the best medicine, the confession table and the church will be the best hospital and the spiritually trained priest will be the best doctor for all the problems in the world. “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).
Etan Patz, a six year old boy was abducted and murdered by the alleged killer, Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to the murder years ago. He lived for 33 years with the guilt of abduction and murder, and with its repercussion of mental illness. He confessed to all those who had encountered with him including a prayer group at a Catholic church, relatives, the priest and even to the grass and flowers on his trail a few years after Patz disappeared. He did so because he could not live with the burden of sin. When he was caught, he confessed all the ‘intimate details’ to the investigators.
Prayer: Jesus, let us confess all our sins that we have committed knowingly and unknowingly to you and to others. Let us prefer death rather sin and a life with eternal torment. We pray for all those who confess their sins. Let us stop committing sins. Let your merciful self condone the sins of your people. Let our children be protected from predators like Hernandez. Let your justice prevail at all times. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Sunday, 16th 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