Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.” (Psalm 85:10)
“The real battle ground is on a higher ground, in the heart and mind where love and truth will be the final victors.” - US Representative,John Lewis, the victim of segregation.
Jesus said, “I’m the way, the truth and the life.” If we look at life from any angle, we can see that the final victor is Jesus and His words. With Jesus, we can win any battles in life. ‘Truth shall triumph’ is the eternal adage that anyone can depend on and strive. To get things done, we are impatient and violent; we lie and even kill to win. But that victory is a mirage and the end is always tears and hopelessness. We, Christians, should have patience and wait for His time to get on to the pedestal of victory. Non-violence and truth should be our weapons, like the tools adopted by M.K. Gandhi, the apostle of peace in the 20th century for the freedom struggle in India. He got freedom from the British without shedding blood on the streets as in Syria and Libya in the 21st century. How beautiful and result-oriented it would be if we fought our battles in our homes, churches and on the streets with faith, patience, truth, peace, love and reconciliation! Those who have the ears, hear it, the heart, heed it, and the minds, act it.
John Lewis, US representative was beaten 40 times during the non-violent campaign to end segregation in USA. At a south Carolina bus station during the freedom rides, a group of men kicked and punched him and left him lying in a pool of blood. In his capitol Hill office 48 years later, a man came to visit him. He was one of his assailants, and he came to ask forgiveness. Lewis advises us to hold peace in our hearts, "knowing that the battle ground to overcome evil is already won.”
Prayer: Jesus, let us be peace makers. Let us die for truth as you did and the generations to come be the beneficiaries of truth and love. We pray for all those who are struggling in homes, churches and civil societies to keep peace, love, truth and patience in the midst of evils of murder, violence and lies. We pray for the people like John Lewis to be patient for conversion of the sinners. . All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Friday 28th 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