What is our relationship with the Savior of the world??

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Luke 10:17-24, 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

In the gospel of Luke chapter 10 we read that the Lord Jesus sent out seventy two disciples(not apostles) in pairs of two. When Jesus selects the disciples he asks them to follow Him. Then He gives them instructions to go and spread word of God. The one common instruction given to all is to tell people(His sheep) about the kingdom of God/Heaven. In those early ages because of the passion of the twelve apostles who spread the word of God in the world, the word still continues to spread and transform lives.

Luke 10:9, Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Romans 13:11-14, 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Here we read Apostle Paul saying to us that if we clothe ourselves with Lord Jesus Christ then we should be aware of the same and not step into the waters of sin. Even a small child knows how to keep a new dress from spoiling in dirt and grime. We too are like that. Just think how much care we take of the clothes we wear when one day we need to abandon them all. Apostle Paul asks us to do away with the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light(Jesus). One of the promises that the Lord made to us is I am the Light of the world. We should all introspect ourselves that do we lighten other lives with this light that is within us.

There was a beautiful emotional bonding between the apostles and the Lord. In Luke 10:17, we read that the disciples Jesus had sent returned back. they said to Him that we were able to sent away demons in your name. It is not just one or two Jesus had sent, but seventy two. It is not an easy task to lend an ear to each one of them. But our Lord Jesus Christ is patient and heard each one of them. Not just in olden days, Satan and his angels are present in today’s world as well. We children of God should not forget that. Having sent them ahead of Him, He kept an eye on His disciples. Luke 10:18, 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.And then He replies to the happiness of His disciples that joy should not be found in the pleasures on earth but the joys of heaven. Luke 10:20, 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Revelation 20:15, 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

How joyous we are when we excel in an exam!! We happen to forget ourselves if we achieve international acclaim. Till date if a person happens to acquire a green card from America, he/she feels as if they’ve conquered the whole world. How much more joyful and valuable it is to see your name written in the book of life??? Dear children of God, just imagine. We have reached the gates of heaven after our death. Our Lord comes to receive us with His angels to the sounds of trumpets. Just like Jesus had selected apostle Paul, the others He selected too did not think twice before giving up their lives for Him. Who should we develop a deep bond with if not our Lord who gave up His life for our sins, as a price for our souls????

We often think what can we do??? Everyday, each one of us knowingly and unknowingly happens to do random acts of kindness. What seems trivial to us might be of immense value to someone else. Eg: when you offer words of comfort to someone who is hurting or in pain. When you encourage someone who is broken in spirit. Mark 9:41, 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Matthew 25:40, 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Do we share our day with the Lord before we go to sleep each day??? Just think how happy He would be if we go to Him, instead of Him coming after us calling us by our names.

When Jesus sent the seventy two disciples, He had given them clear instructions about what to do. WE should be able to hand over each morning into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that may your will be done.

Luke 10:21, 21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. Lord Jesus Christ rejoiced in the Holy Spirit on hearing the words of His disciples when they returned. Our Lord expects the same from us also.

If grains are kept tied up inside a sack it gets destroyed after a period of time. But what if it is sowed in fertile soil??? In the same way our talents and gifts that the Lord has given us get destroyed when we do not put them in use for others. If we do not use our talents to use we too would have to hear from the Lord like the servant who dug a hole and hid the coin. Are you ready to hear????? Think and act.

Who will receive The Holy Spirit??

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The Holy Spirit is one of the Holy Trinity, but equal in power. We need the grace of God to receive the Holy Spirit. Luke 1: 28,30:28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 

We can observe four things here.

1.Obedience and Submission: Luke 1:35-38, 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Virgin Mary submitted herself completely into the hands of the Lord on hearing the words of Angel Gabriel. She was not deterred or afraid of the consequences she would have to face as an unwed girl who became pregnant. 2000 years ago if a girl became pregnant before marriage she was stoned to death. Mary did not get disturbed or flustered by the thought of having the family name tarnished by being pregnant. She accepted the word of God as it was. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and the virgin mother gave birth to our Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:48-49, 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” The apostles followed the instructions given by Jesus and returned to Jerusalem. They prayed in a room together constantly. Hence as implied by Jesus they followed what the Lord had said and prayed together for the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:1, When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 

1 Samuel 15:22, 22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

2.The Holy Spirit comes when in a congregation: The angel of the Lord comes to Mary and informs her that her cousin Elizabeth is with child. Hearing this Mary goes to visit her cousin. Luke 1:36, 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.

Hearing the voice of Mary, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and the child in her womb jumped with joy(only six month old). Even before Mary tells her cousin about the visit of Gabriel and what blessing she has been bestowed with. Elizabeth praises her as if she knows all beforehand. Luke 1:41-42, 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

Mother Mary had visited Elizabeth to look after her and to be a part of the joys of the motherhood. Mother Mary here comes as a ray of relief and hope for Elizabeth while she was alone with her husband Zechariah who had been made mute by God.

1 Peter 4:10, 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Mother Mary here is an example of how to serve other in times of need and care.

Ephesians 1:13, 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,…We are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

The word of God teaches us to be filled with fear, but one that is filled with love and compassion. 2 Timothy 1:7, For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. The Lord taught us that all who seek the Holy Spirit will find it. Luke 11:13, 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

3 Live a Holy life: Judges 16:4, Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. Here we read about Samson who fell in love with Delilah a woman from Philistine. This relationship led him to ruin as it was not in favour of Lord’s eyes. The Holy Spirit left Samson and he was defeated. Those who live a pure and holy life are blessed with the grace of the Holy Spirit. In today’s time it is the body that controls the mind and not vice versa. To be able to control the mind one should have a pure heart and soul. Matthew 5:8, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Romans 12:12,  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17,16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

1 Samuel 16:14, 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. When the Holy Spirit leaves you, the evil spirit begins to take its place.

Galatians 5:16, 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 

For the Holy Spirit to reside in us, our bodies , souls and hearts should be pure. Eg: Saul and Judas.

4. Be steadfast: Matthew 7:24, 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. If after receiving the Holy Spirit you continue to live a life immersed in sins and immorality, the Holy Spirit will leave you.

2 Peter 2:20-22, 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

Jeremiah 3:12, “‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘I will not be angry forever.

The believers of Christ believe that we receive the Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Baptism. By the time man becomes aware, he /she starts to commit sin.

Jeremiah 2:28, 28 “And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,  17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Psalms 51:11,11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.

St. Peter went into withdrawal several times. He was able to perform miracles in the name of Christ. He was able to heal many people, even the place where his shadow fell healed people. Why?? How?? The reason is he was filled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Being filled and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, one who was a coward handed himself over to the Romans to be persecuted. He was just like us an ordinary man, a fisherman. Think from where did he get this strength and power. Just as the Lord called Peter, He is calling each one of us to make us “Fishers of men”.

For this we need: Obedience, submission. congregation and purity.

1 John 1: 8-10, If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

The Devil draws close to us in times of happiness and suffering

The heavenly Father created the whole creation but He gave a soul only to humans. With respect to man, the mind soul and body are all inter connected to each other.Man today has found medications/ remedies to the ailments of the body and mind. But the wounds or ailments of the soul have no remedy or treatment. The treatment to this is only in the hands of the Almighty. The sinful woman, Zaccheus. the thief at the cross. etc and many like them have been vessels of the grace of our Savior. No one wants to destroy his/her soul. It is the devil who lays trap for our soul and we fall prey to him.

Matthew 3:13-17, 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Jesus lived on the earth like any of us. During His life like a normal human, Satan kept quiet. But the moment the Heavenly Father said from Heaven that this is my son with whom I am well pleased, Satan lay his eyes only upon Jesus to ensnare Him. Even when Jesus fasted for 40 days, he could not come near Jesus. After the fast ended, Jesus was weak with hunger and thirst and it is at this point that Satan approached Jesus. He used the words declared for Jesus as a bait to trap Him in his net. Jesus silenced him with the words of God.

In today’s materialistic and consumerist world when we engage in celebrations and festivity there is no need of specially inviting Satan. He is already present. For momentary pleasures and high the means we use for celebration are enough to satisfy his hunt. No man ever likes to commit mistakes knowingly. Then why do we do something we don’t want to??? The reason: Instead of the Holy Spirit we join hands in friendship with the Enemy. We do make good decisions but often fail to implement them or stick to them firmly. The reason is as said by St. Paul, Romans 7: 15-23,

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. The synonym for sin is Satan.

In times of celebration and festivities, just pause and think. Who is your invited guest: the one who gave you this happiness or our enemy?? We need to remove our habit of making adjustments. Learn to say No where No is required. Each child of God should be equipped to hear the voice of his/her conscience when stepping into the quicksand of sin. We should always protect ourselves from the the snare of the hunter/ the eyes of the bird of prey:Satan. God has blessed us with brain, logic and wisdom which is not found in animals. Yet we happen to destroy the priceless soul that resides in each one of us. The second coming of our Saviour is not one of joy but of pain and strife due to our sins. We have the example before us when Satan tries to trap Jesus after His fast for 40 days. Satan tries to germinate the seeds of doubt in Jesus that He is Son of God, by addressing Jesus with,” If you are the Son of God….” . In the same way, Satan comes to us when we are weak in ourselves and in self doubt. If you are a believer/child of God then why did such a suffering come to you??? Where is your God??? He has abandoned you. Why are you wasting time in prayer to Him??? Why do you adore/worship Him???? In his next step to lay trap, he brings forward people who are under his control and seeped in sin. He says look how happy they are!! What do they lack??? They do and live as they desire. Here we have two ways in front of us: one, the moment we feel yes what he said is right; Second, the realization that you are falling to his bait and like Jesus you stand up to him and say, “Satan go away, leave me.”

He lured Eve to the first sin by tempting her to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. How can we know what form he will take before us??? The possibilities are numerous in today’s world. In Abraham he worked through the episode Hagar. He deceived Esau in the form of hunger,Samson and David in the form of lust-Delilah and Bathsheba. Many centuries have passed by. Today we see mother killing child, child killing mother,etc. Children are killed before birth. In India where women are revered as Goddesses she is raped and brutally murdered, irrespective of age, be it an infant or an elderly lady. Any king who prepares for war, makes prior study of the opponent to be able to win against him.

Revelation 12:12, 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens
    and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
    because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
    because he knows that his time is short.”

Satan is cunning and resourceful. Our Heavenly Father also agrees to it. Genesis 3:1,Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. The only place he faces defeat is in the presence of our Lord.

We children of God have a respite from this. Our Lord is powerful enough to turn bitter water sweet by just throwing a branch in the river. Let us seek His grace and presence in our bitter suffering and troubles and remember His sacrifice for us. The Israelites found help by looking at the bronze serpent, let us look and seek the face of our Lord. Our God is God of miracles. Moses was filled with self doubt because he had a stutter. Abraham doubted because they were advanced in age then how will he have son. Similarly, Zechariah doubted how will he have a child at old age. Mother Mary doubted that how can she be a mother when she was a virgin. But all things are possible through God. In the New Testament we see the dead raised to life, deaf and blind healed, Lepers healed, five thousand fed with five loaves of bread and fish, etc.

David faced Goliath in faith of God. He went to kill him having full faith that God would deliver the giant into his hands. How strong is this faith!!! This faith is strong enough to defeat any giant or devil. Man does not like to eat food without salt, then why can’t we say no to a life without God. This would automatically kick Satan out of our lives. In our joys, sorrows, weaknesses and strengths, may the Lord God be the focal point of our lives. Let us join hands with our Savior and say to Satan, “Leave me alone. You have no place in my life”. Can we do this? The word of God teaches that the best weapon against him is prayer. Regularly reading the word of God and applying the teaching of the Bible in to our daily lives will drive him away. Devil knows his time is short on earth, what about us??? Have you thought????

Parable of The marriage of the Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14, 22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

This parable is one of the many parables that speaks about the Kingdom of Heaven. We can believe that the king in the above said parable is our Heavenly Father and the son is our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear children of God we are all invited to the wedding banquet of the son by the king. In this parable Jesus says that those who were invited did not come. One man went to his field and the other man went to his business. Everyone was busy in their own matters to pay any attention to the invite. Out situation is no different from them. We too live completely ensnared in the magic of this materialistic world. Luke 21:34, 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. the kind hearted king sent his servants again to invite his guests. The people not only refused to attend the banquet but also insulted the servants and later killed them. Even today there is no change in the hearts of man. If we look at people today it would seem that they are going to live eternally on earth in this consumerist and materialistic world, drowned in the traps of the luxuries of life. Man keeps wandering in search of more luxuries. Let us see what the Bible says about this:

1 John 2:17,17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Matthew 16:26-27, 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Our Saviour Jesus Christ who sacrificed Himself for our sins has said that He will come again. During Noah’s time it was unexpected to have the Great Flood. They too lived like us today, seeped completely in sins and greed. God repented creating humans on seeing them.

Matthew 24: 37-39, 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Today what would our Heavenly Father be thinking about us, His children???? There were many prophets before the birth of Jesus. They received visions from Yahweh. They were persecuted and killed for their prophetic visions and for telling the truth as declared by the Lord. Today we do not have any prophets. Today we have the Good News in our hands which is our Father’s letters to us and this collection of letters is the Bible. These letters teach and advise us how to live in this world and to prepare ourselves for the life in heaven. Let us got back to the Words of God.

The king got enraged. He persecuted all those who refused his invite to the banquet. He sent his servants to invite anyone they find, even from the streets. The banquet hall was full of people who were invited by the servants. The king came to see the invited guests. There was only one person who was not wearing the wedding dress provided by the king. Seeing him the king asked in anger how did you enter the banquet without wearing the wedding linen. The man was without any answer.

We all have attended several weddings and will be attending some later. It is important that we introspect into the preparations we make for the wedding and the dress we wear. How much do we fuss about our look and dress for a wedding/event that would take place for only few hours on this earth!!!! Think, how would you react to the invite by the Heavenly Father!!!.

We need to understand what Jesus meant to say about the person who came without dressing in the wedding finery. We need to observe that the king does not ignore the person who is not dressed properly for the wedding. The man evaluated himself and held himself in high esteem, hence he entered the banquet without the wedding finery. He was tied and thrown out into darkness. Only those who prepare themselves and dress in the wedding dress provided by the Heavenly Father can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 22:14, 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

This verse teaches us that if we do not prepare ourselves or dress properly as said by Father, we too would be thrown out of Heaven into darkness. We should not wear clothes that are for the moment only like our first parents, Adam and Eve. Genesis 3: 7, Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

The Lord says that since those who were invited refused to attend the banquet, anyone who was found was invited to the banquet. Matthew 21: 32, 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. Dear children of God, isn’t it time for each one of us to remove the clothes colored by sin and wear the wedding dress/ finery given to us by our Father??? The way to this is taught in the Bible in Colossians 3:5-14,

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Ephesians 6:11-18, 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

What is the message we hear and see from our surrounding??? Have you paused to think??? Think… Act…Dear children of God may we not be without answers when faced with our Father in Heaven.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7, Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

In the Beatitudes that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the mount He has taught us about eight blessings. The teachings which He gave us there should be remembered and applied to daily life by all children of God. Many books and sermons can be found that have given detailed commentary about the Beatitudes. These are the only verses in the Bible that have not been criticized. Jesus’ life was not only one of teachings, but He applied them in practical in His life as well. The Saviour who gave teachings on one mount, gave up His life for the sinners on another mount. Mothers/Holy souls like Mother Teresa do not take birth often to heal the world. The mother walked in the path shown by the Saviour and joined Him after death. She is remembered and revered even after her death for generations to come. Today we mostly see that today the children of God have turned out to be mere sermonizers, with no practical work done.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Let us think about the verse. Let us ask ourselves, is there any hope for the world if we do not show mercy to each other???? Each morning that the the Lord gives us all is His mercy. We do not pause to think about how many people have been merciful upon us that we have food on our tables each day, from morning till night. We are increasingly becoming greedy and selfish in this consumerist mindset of the world.

We often mistake our justice with mercy for others. There is a huge gap between justice and mercy. Even we are drowned in sin, if we repent with a true heart He forgives us our sins. Psalms 51:1, Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.

Then don’t we as humans need to be merciful to each other. The Lord has taught us a parable about the servants in the vineyard. It is an example to teach about mercy.Matthew 20:1-16,  “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

In retrospect Jesus has given two other examples as well, The Good Samaritan, and The rich man and Lazarus to show what happens to those without mercy.

James 2:13, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Matthew 23:23, 23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

These words though said to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, it applies to us as well. Luke 6:36, 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6: 38,…For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Mercy is not a feeling that should arise in us only during calamities or untoward happenings like car accident, plane crash, floods, earthquakes, etc. People like Mother Teresa did not show mercy only on occasions or because they were asked to. Their hearts are filled with mercy and love for everyone. They are people who have risen from justice to mercy. The words of the Lord never fail, if you show mercy onto others, you too will be shown mercy. We cannot compel each other to do this, it should happen from within since it is a feeling that the Lord has given each one of us. Then why can’t we make it happen in our daily lives. Think!!!

One small step of yours can lead towards a big achievement in mercy and make the world a better place to live for all.

Knowledge or Wisdom???

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Hebrews 3:4, For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

Knowledge is an often used term among us. There are several means by which we can gather knowledge in today’s technology driven world. Man makes use of all these means to gather knowledge, resulting in destruction. Man however does not desire to know the Keeper of all wisdom, God almighty. This leads man towards the path of destruction. Man is always on the lookout and curious to know more about the creation of God rather than the creator, God Himself. The result is the loss of light of the soul. Man is now under the control of sense organs and tries to gather knowledge only through them.

Hosea 4:6,my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4:1, “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.

Wisdom 8: 7, All the virtues are the result of Wisdom’s work: justice and courage, self-control and understanding. Life can offer us nothing more valuable than these.

What is more valuable than wisdom on earth???

The Heavenly Father had instructed our first parents, Adam and Eve that they could eat the fruit from any tree in the garden of Eden, except one. If they ate that fruit they would die. Eve fell into the snares of Satan while trying to gather knowledge and got the punishment of banishment from Eden. This incident teaches us the lesson that we should not try to gather knowledge from that which is forbidden to us.

1 Corinthians 2:12-15, 12 We have not received this world’s spirit; instead, we have received the Spirit sent by God, so that we may know all that God has given us. 13 So then, we do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual truths to those who have the Spirit 14 Whoever does not have the Spirit cannot receive the gifts that come from God’s Spirit. Such a person really does not understand them, and they seem to be nonsense, because their value can be judged only on a spiritual basis. 15 Whoever has the Spirit, however, is able to judge the value of everything, but no one is able to judge him.

The Lord appeared before Solomon in his dream and asked, 1 Kings 3:5, That night the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked him, “What would you like me to give you?” To this Solomon answered, So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?”

His reply pleased the Lord and he was blessed. 1 Kings 3: 10-14, 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, 11 and so he said to him, “Because you have asked for the wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before or will ever have again. 13 I will also give you what you have not asked for: all your life you will have wealth and honor, more than that of any other king. 14 And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands, as your father David did, I will give you a long life.”

Solomon hence is known as the wisest among the wise. The one blessed with wisdom by God becomes wise and understands good and bad. He also becomes deserving of praise both among men and in heaven. The best example here is Solomon’s wisdom in judgement of the two women with babies.

We mainly gather knowledge through hearing and sight. What should we search for and reach first, God or the world??? Many a times our ears and eyes lead us on the path to wrong knowledge.

Even the disciples and Mary Magdalene who lived and experienced Jesus were unable to recognize Him. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on water they didn’t recognize Him and shouted in fear as they feared seeing a ghost. After the crucifixion of Jesus, when Mary Magdalene reached the tomb she too didn’t recognize Him. She mistook Him as the gardener. She asked where is Jesus’s body. Both the disciples and Mary failed to recognize Jesus even after seeing Him. But they recognized Him when he called out to them. They recognized Him by His voice.

John 8:12, “I am the light of the world,” he said. “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.”

John 14:6, Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.

For us to identify any object or person we need to have light. We need to light to see where we are going. The Lord Almighty is everything: The Way, The Truth and The Light. Those who follow Him with full devotion and submission will always be in light away from darkness. They will see the reality of life in its true form and never falter.

There is a vacuum/void in every human. To be able to fill this void man runs after the several means available in the world. Those who realize the truth that this void is the emptiness/ thirst of the soul for the Lord, will go in search of the Lord who is the keeper of all souls and are content. They do not make the use of the sense organs to reach the Almighty, rather use their souls to connect with Him. Such people find contentment on earth and join the Father and Son in Heaven.

Dear Children of God, it is up to you to decide what you want: Knowledge or Wisdom???Matthew 16:26, 26 Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not! There is nothing you can give to regain your life.

Pause a minute. Look within yourself. How much did the knowledge you gained has helped you grow??? How did it bring you to ruin???? Dear Children of God the time to think is passing by fast. Decide fast.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

It is wrong to judge a person without knowing a person and spreading the same with others. It is a trend that we see that people often pass judgments about others without thinking twice how it would affect the person. Some people derive evil pleasure from this. Proverbs 4:24, 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Yet if someone shows these people the mirror to themselves they find it difficult to accept and often blow apart. There is only person on earth who was born perfect, and that is the son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Proverbs 21:2, A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.

John 8, we read about a woman being caught in adultery and brought before Jesus to be judged. The teachers of the law say that the law of Moses says to stone such a woman, what is His decision in this. Jesus replies,7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” No one was without sin and hence they all stepped back and dropped the stones they had picked up. When they came face-to-face with their own mirror self they felt the prick of conscience and left. Don’t most of us have the traits of those teachers of law and the Pharisees??? She was not alone in adultery but we do not find any information about the man, the adulterer. They were scared in the presence of the Saviour, lest He may disclose their hidden sins and make them public for all to know. They left the place out of fear of having their transgressions made public. It is better to introspect now. Our condition is like an open book before the Lord.

We can see many believers criticizing and mocking our many priests, bishops and nuns. Many rumors have no foundation and are baseless. Proverbs 1:22, 22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Only those have received and accepted the call of God can adorn those holy clothes and assemble before the Lord. These revered positions are not attained by strong desire/passion or hard work. Unless the Lord calls you, you cannot reach there. James 3:5, Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

James 3:2,  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Let me share a story.

There was once a man who would always travel with two bundles on his shoulder. One in front and one at the back. In the bundle kept front he would carry the mistakes, shortcomings and weaknesses of others. He would keep peeping a look into it. In the bundle kept at the back he had put the good deeds, strengths and powers of others. He would often forget about it.

One day he met a man carrying two bundles like him. He said to the man,” I carry my strengths and good deeds in the bundle in front which I can see often. And I carry my mistakes and shortcomings in the bundle behind me, which I cannot see.” Both of them then walked forward together for some miles. A little while later they met another man who carried two bundles like both of them. He said to the other two, ” I carry the good deeds and strengths of others in the bundle in the front, which is very heavy to carry. Yet when I look at them when I travel it gives me hope and vigor to continue. In the bundle I carry at the back I have put the mistakes and shortcomings of others. There is a hole in the bundle through which they keep falling out. This way it lightens my weight.”

Now think dear children of God. Who out of the three do you resemble???

Matthew 7:3, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

James 3:8, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Psalms 141:3, Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Psalms 39:1,I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”

May we too pray to our Lord, like David to guard our tongues.

The Heaven rejoices for the one who repents

Luke 15:7, I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

We can observe three things here:

1.The Lord is calling you: Adam went into hiding after he disobeyed the Lord’s commands. The Lord came looking for him and called him out . In Genesis 3:9, But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”. Today also man is doing the same thing, we disobey Him and then go into hiding. Otherwise, we end up placing blame on each other like Adam and Eve. Instead of placing blame on each other like Adan and Eve, we should not try to justify ourselves before the Lord because He knows us better than we know ourselves. Rather like obedient children we should ask for forgiveness from the Lord and reach out to His presence. While reading the Bible or listening to Bible sermons, if you feel the prick of a guilty conscience or experience the wounds inflicted on the Lord, then rejoice that the Holy Spirit is working its powers within you. Immediately look up to the crucified Lord and run to His feet. Look He is holding out His arms open to you to embrace you into Himself.

Luke 19:1, This is the story of Zaccheus, the tax collector. He was filled with the extreme desire to see Jesus. He was labelled as a sinner by the society, but our Lord Jesus Christ called him by his name and stayed with him at his house. In Luke 19: 10, we read that the Lord says, 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

We can say here, The Good Shepherd is calling me out by my name, He is coming looking for me. When He comes looking for you, what are the obstacles in becoming one with Him??? Think and try to remove them out of your way.

2. The Lord is waiting for us: The birth of Jesus was at a time when there was no contact between Jews and Samaritans. But we read in the Bible that the Saviour waited for a Samaritan woman near the well. Even though Jesus was a Jew(high caste), He asked for water from the Samaritan woman who were at that time at the border of the society. The Lord knew everything about the woman’s life and described the same to her. He revealed Himself before her, John 4:26, 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Within minutes there was a transformation in the woman. She dropped the vessel she had brought to collect water and rushed to the village to share her experience about the Saviour. 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” Through her many people in the village and the town of Samaria witnessed and believe in the Lord. The disciples later ask Jesus to eat something, to which He replies, 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” If the food He is speaking about is not us the sinners then who?????

If our own mothers come to know the depth of our sins even she too will detest to look upon us. Yet our Lord is so loving that He waits for us and leads us on the right path. God is love. He is our father and mother. When we walk from one transgression to another, He is in pain.

Psalms 78:1, My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. These words are said by our Lord looking down from Heaven on each of us.

3. The one who accepts us: In the Old Testament and the New Testament, we read about a God who is pained by the destruction of His creation, man. Exodus 32:4, He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” The Israelites designed a golden calf for themselves. The Lord became furious, yet He forgave them. The people of Nineveh were rescued by their repentance. In the New Testament the sinful woman, the tax collector Zaccheus, and the thief at the cross had a change of heart.

The Lord narrated the parable of the Prodigal son, the Lost Sheep and the Ten coins and the like to explain how the Lord accepts those who repent from their mistakes/sins , how He seeks them and leads them to transform. We also read about Peter who withdraw or was weakened in faith while he was with Jesus. He even disowned Jesus thrice in His presence. Yet one look from the Lord broke him down. Luke 22: 61-62 ,  61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Dear children of God, don’t forget those eyes are looking on us as well. What is stopping you??? Don’t those eyes reach your soul???? Return to His presence like Peter. Save yourself from the fire of hell like Judas.

Isaiah 43:25, 25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more.

1 John 3:1, 3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Psalms 103:10, 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.

Read these verses, reflect on them. May they lead you back to the Lord and His presence. Dear Children of God, why do you still delay to meet His embrace???????

Do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl??

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Matthew 5:15-16, 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. We can read this parable in all three Gospels of the Bible. The Lord says that we do not light a lamp/candle and put it under a bowl, rather put it on a stand so that its light shines bright. A bowl was a part of measuring utensil in olden days. A liquid was measured using a bowl. It is impossible to measure light using such a bowl. By the parable the Lord is saying that we should not put our talents underneath a bowl/cover but let it shine forth. A candle is enough to drive away darkness from inside a room. A candle or a lamp burns till the candle wick or oil is there. Whereas if kept under a bowl it will die out quickly.

For a candle to burn, or any other thing to burn it needs a source to help it catch fire. To light a candle we need a matchstick, for a light bulb we need a switch. Similarly, for anything to burn and give light it needs a source. John 8:12, 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The glow/ radiance within us comes from the light of Jesus. The one which is lighted can help lighten other things/people. A piece of coal when placed near burning embers of coal catches fire easily. If you feel the radiance inside you dying, rush to the Saviour’s presence and lighten yourself once again.

We all lament these days about how the dark powers are covering/taking over the world. We forget that we too are part of the world we speak of. Is it enough to lament and weep about the circumstances??? Our Heavenly Father created us in His form like candles in the world to spread light in this dark world. Let us ask ourselves a question: What is our condition now??

We should try to lighten other lives without letting our light dying out. Luke 4:27,27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” In 2 Kings 5, we read about Naaman who was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. Then and now people with leprosy are ostracized in society. An Israelite slave girl (name not disclosed) who worked under his wife said to her that if Naaman went to a prophet in Samaria, he would cure his leprosy. Hearing this, Naaman went to prophet Elisha. He said to Naaman, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” Naaman follows the instructions and is healed. The young slave girl spread the light and glory of the Lord into Naaman’s life. She did not let the radiance within her to die. Psalms 119:105, 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Jesus chose twelve disciples, whereas He transformed only before three of them (Mount of Olives). The disciples were many but only twelve apostles. In the parable of the paralyzed man there is no mention of the names of the four men who lowered him down to be healed by Jesus. Similarly, there is no name of the people who brought the dumb and mute to be healed. We do not know the name of the boy who gave the five loaves and fish to feed thousands. Who are we is not important, it is our acts that make us important. For eg: In an office of ten people, there are two people who work honestly and with dedication. The rest eight would definitely be influenced by the two after some time. It is easy to let the light die out by being in the company of the eight people. If the oil is about to run out when the lamp is burning we can continue it to burn by pouring more oil. If a bulb is fused we can replace it with anew one. If you feel your light dying out, reach to the presence of the Lord and recharge yourself.

Like the candle placed on a stand, those who live in Jesus spread the light in the world. Matthew 20:28, 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Proverbs 20:27, 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

May the candle/lamp never die out and spread light to the world till the end of time.

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The Unknown Co-traveler

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Let me share a story with you by Chakunni Achan. During war times, a chaplain who was appointed with an army asked a gravely injured solider ,” Shall I read out some Bible verses to you.”

Writhing in unbearable pain the young soldier said the chaplain, ” My throat is dry. Can you give me some water to drink.” The chaplain ran and quickly brought some water for the soldier to drink. Biting back his scream of pain the soldier looked up at the chaplain with begging eyes and said,” If only I could raise my head up on something I would feel much better.” The chaplain rushed inside the army tent and brought out a blanket and folded it into a makeshift pillow.He rested the soldier’s head slowly on to it. The soldier was shivering in pain and cold. Seeing his pitiable condition, the chaplain removed his clothes and covered the soldier with them.

At this act of kindness, the half dead soldier said to the chaplain who shone like a beacon of love, ” Please read to me passages that are like your act of love and kindness. I would love to hear them.” The chaplain read to him the parable of The Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan in our lives is our Lord Jesus Christ.

After the crucifixion of Christ, the women prepared perfumes and spices to embalm His body. They went to the tomb with them. What they saw there was beyond their imagination and unbelievable. The rock at the mouth of the tomb had been moved and the body of Jesus was missing. There were two angels who said to the women that Christ has risen. The women ran to share this Good News with the disciples. The disciples did not believe them and felt it was impossible.

We can observe three things here.

1.The unknown co traveler: Luke 24:15, 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;… Two disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. One of them was named Cleopas. While they were travelling another person joined them coincidentally. The two disciples were disturbed and nervous about what had happened and were discussing these matters. The stranger without showing any prior knowledge about their discussion asked them about their talk. They told them what they were discussing and said that we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. Luke 24: 19-21,19 “What things?” he asked.“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.

They further added that they were amazed by the account shared by the women that two angels at the tomb had said that Christ is risen. Dear children of God, our Savior, always desires to walk with us and hold our hands whenever we are troubled and disturbed. The best we can see about this is from the example of Jacob.

2. The stranger who opens our inner eyes: We read in the Bibles it was seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Luke 24:28-29, 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. They rested together and sat down for dinner with Him, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him. This is renewing the Last Supper the disciples had with our Lord Jesus Christ. If we keep requesting Jesus to stay with us in our homes, He is most willing to accept our invite. Our homes should be a platform of blessings and sharing this is what this Bible verse teaches us.

3. The one who strengthens those who are weak in faith: The disciples on recognizing that the stranger with them was their teacher, they were renewed in faith and strength. The belief that had been weakened was strengthened and they immediately returned to Jerusalem. On returning back they found Simon recounting his meeting with Jesus. They too shared their experience with the other 11 disciples. These disciples had seen the empty tomb and also heard the women. But their faith was not strong to believe in the risen Christ. Yet when they experienced and saw Jesus has risen with their own eyes they were strengthened in faith and belief to preach the word of God without fear.

Dear Children of God, is the Lord still a stranger for you??? If you say yes, then I pray to the Lord that He may open the eyes of your soul for Him. Salvation is away from you if you do not believe and affirm in the risen Christ. God is pure love. The world has seen and experienced the depth of His love for us 2000 years ago on the cross. Can anyone forget that love and sacrifice?? Be it BC or AD, the truth remains forever among us. The world today is in need of a Savior who loves them and delivers them from their sins. Believe and affirm in Christ and walk on the path to salvation and deliverance. If you are a true believer then pray with the bottom of your heart to help you grow in spirit and faith.

AMEN.

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