Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
“She does not know me, but I still know who she is.”- Husband of an Alzheimer patient.
Love, is an experience of ecstasy that is not put in words, but in action. True love is neither physical nor romantic, true love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. We can judge an action - is it in true spirit of love by its motive of the doers and who are its beneficiaries? Motive should be the Christ’s - sacrificial. The beneficiaries should be the weakest link in the society. This can be, should be, and has always been as long as we are at the command of Jesus, not Satan. Christ says that our Christ-like love will show that we are his disciples.
It was around 8.30 am on a busy day that a man in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9 am. While the doctor was removing the sutures and redressing his wounds, he asked him why he was in such a hurry. The man told the doctor that he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife. He continued that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease and has not been able to recognize him since 5 years ago. The doctor was surprised and asked him, “And you still go every morning, even though she does not know who you are?” He smiled and replied, “She does not know me, but I still know who she is.”
This is the love we need, but rare to see in our homes, churches, hospitals and work place.
Prayer: Jesus, let us love one another as you have loved us. Let us not be pretenders, but be genuine in our love for others. We pray for all Alzheimer patients. We pray for the man of love who is at the services of his sick wife even though she can’t recognize him. Let your kingdom of love abide in our homes and churches. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Monday, 24th 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