Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
"Carry each other's
burden and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
A woman's faith in Jesus helped to transform the atmosphere of
Sheer love in Jesus leads to tremendous changes in our lives
resulting in something good to others. Compassion and love are the by-products
of the spirit of God. There is a commission and purpose for
each individual in Jesus to stand for the weak and exploited. We are here to
bear the burden of others. The joy of this work is eternal and long standing. Do you know someone who needs help?
Humbly and gently, reach out to that person.
Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was born in an era when concepts of
rehabilitations or restorative justice were not even within the lexicon of the
judicial and prison system. At 20,
she married Fry, a banker and they had eleven children. She was raised a
Christian, but underwent a deep and lasting conversion two years before her
marriage. She described it: "I
felt there is a God. I have been devotional and my mind has been led away from
the follies that is mostly wrapped up in..” And, “Oh Lord, may I be directed
what to do and what to leave undone.” She left very little undone. She began by
distributing food, clothing and medicine to the poor in London, and with a
group of other Christian women, founded a nursing school known as the Sisters
of Devonshire. Then she devoted herself to prison improvement by teaching and
helping the prison inmates, and influencing law makers. In 1823, the British
Government passed the Prison Reform Act. When she died in 1845, the prisons in
Britain were transformed into a restitute Centre with Christian compassion.
Prayer: Jesus, let us bear the burden of others.
Let us not to be troubled and scared by seeing the deplorable conditions of our
neighbourhood to act for its transformation. Let us not look on our weaknesses
when you are there to strengthen us to do His will. We pray for people like Elizabeth
who carry out your mission.
18th 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