The one who sold great things

Genesis 25:32, 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

Exodus 13:1-2,The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”

The firstborn child had many privileges. They were entitled to twice the share than rest of the children. In royal families, the eldest son was anointed as king. 2 Chronicles 21:3, Their father had given them many gifts of silver and gold and articles of value, as well as fortified cities in Judah, but he had given the kingdom to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son. Among the two sons of Isaac, Esau was the firstborn. The blessed privilege of being the firstborn was seen as trivial by Esau.

Like this, one day, Esau returned back home, famished after hunting. Jacob was cooking some red stew, and Esau asked some stew to eat. Jacob asked him for his birthright in exchange for the stew. Esau did not think twice and swore his birthright to Jacob.

Hebrews 12:16, 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Esau gave up his most valuable birthright for the momentary satisfaction of hunger. Philippians 3:19, 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. It is regretful to say that this is the desire of the body which made Esau weak.

Judas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. The word of God teaches us that Judas was the one who looked after the money, he had the money bag with him. We can believe that in the early times with Jesus, he must have loved and adored the Lord. Judas was also among those whom He had selected to be His apostles. Even though he spent his time with the Son of God, Judas was weak and gave in to temptation of power and money.

It can be said that the hunger for money rose its head within Judas from time to time. For eg: John 12: 4-6, But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. Hence it is no surprise that he betrayed the Lord for mere thirty pieces of silver. Exodus 21:32, 32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull is to be stoned to death. This was how trivial Judas valued the life of the Son of God.

Judas had expected the worldly happiness of earth instead of heavenly happiness from Jesus. Instead he had Jesus telling them about the coming days leading to His crucifixion and death. Judas saw all his calculations and plans failing. Judas must have been capable in handling money, which was why Jesus had given the money bag to him to handle. This weakness or flaw was used as advantage by Satan. It is true that even today we have many Judas around us. The end of Judas should be a lesson for each one of us. He had spent more than three and a half years with the Saviour who had come to rescue the sinners. under the grip of Satan, Judas selected suicide rather than reaching out for forgiveness at the feet of the Lord at the time of crucifixion.

Dear children of God, we too would have situations where we would be caught like Esau or Judas. Think before you the final decision. Since somethings once lost can never be retrieved.

Philippians 4:12-13, 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

1 John 2:15-17, 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Love is greater than Wealth

Mathews 26:13, 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

While Lord Jesus was in Bethany, he was invited to the house of Simon, a leper. It is not possible that Simon had leprosy at that time, otherwise a huge crowd would not have gathered around his house to see Jesus. There a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. Let us see and observe some characteristics of this woman.

1.Love greater than wealth: In this passage it has been particularly specified that the woman poured an expensive perfume on Jesus. The woman loved and adored Jesus from the bottom of her heart. The money she spent on the perfume did not seem much to her before Jesus. Even though for some people gathered there it seemed too lavish and a waste of money. For Mary it didn’t seem so. 1 Corinthians 13:13, 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

At the moment Mary poured the perfume some people discouraged her from wasting her money like this. Among these were some disciples of Jesus too. An ordinary woman is seen pouring an expensive perfume on Jesus from her money. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, after this incident went straight to the Chief priests and agreed to betray Jesus. He asks them what will you give me for betraying Him? No one had approached Judas for this task. He himself had walked to betray Jesus. Let us now compare the two. Why did Mary anoint Jesus with Alabaster?? What emotions/feelings made her do it?? Why did Judas betray Jesus?? What emotions/feelings made him do such a heinous act?? Think.

2.Jesus’ reaction: Jesus was observing all that was happening. He asked. Matthew 26:10, 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

1 Chronicles 11:17-19, 17 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 18 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the Lord. 19 “God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it.

Knowing that Jesus was at the house, a huge crowd had gathered. John 12:9, Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. Mary was not at all afraid of having entered the house and anointing Jesus with her adoration. She was not bothered by any criticism. The house and its surrounding was filled with the fragrance of her love with which she showered Jesus. John 12: 7-8, “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

3. What she did will be remembered throughout the world: Mark: 14:9, Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” This proclamation by Lord Jesus is very important. We self proclaim that we love Jesus. There are several people who hesitate to proclaim their love openly. The fear behind this hesitation is what will people think/say about me. We often forget that even the smallest of our act done for the Lord in full dedication has high value before Him. Mary received the highest appreciation she could have received from Jesus. She is mentioned in all three Gospels.

Judas, who was by then under the grip of Satan said, John 12: 4-6, But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

4. Her name will be mentioned whenever the word of God is preached: We do not read anywhere in the Bible about Jesus proclaiming this, Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. What else can an ordinary woman ask for in return?? What she did will be a witness for the world said Lord Jesus. Today, people do acts not in the name of Jesus. Instead as a show off to show before people, they perform in the name of the Lord. Today children of God are more likely asking from God rather than giving in the name of the Lord.

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.’

We have often heard and read a lot about Mary Magdalene, Martha & Mary, Samaritan woman. But not much is written about this ordinary woman.

It is rather regretful that not much is written about this ordinary woman who anointed Jesus with Alabaster. Who we are is not of importance. What is important is what we do for the Lord and the feelings behind them. the act done by this woman was appreciated by Jesus, he said, She has done a beautiful thing to me. What about us???

The Lord’s plans for us is to always prosper us

Jeremiah 29:11, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Each man on earth desires to have only good things happen to us. For that to happen each one of us tries to do our best. The Bible teaches us that the Lord only desires good things and prosperity for us. You must be thinking, if that is so then why do we have bad things happen to us??? Judges 6:13, 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

Hebrews 12:5-11, And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

There are two ways before us.

  1. To go away and live a life like we wish like the prodigal son
  2. To live obediently with family, amidst corrections, troubles and tears, yet live in hope.

The word of God provides us with some examples.

1.Joseph: Joseph was the eleventh child of Jacob. He was a shepherd. He was hated by his own brothers, thrown into a dry well, and then sold away for twenty pieces of silver as slave. He was put into prison for an act he did not commit. The young man, Joseph did not lose hope in times of all these trials. He submitted himself completely to the Lord and lived in faith. The Lord’s plan was not to keep him in the prison. He was led out of the prison to the pharaoh’s palace. How?? The pharaoh saw a dream one night, No one was able to interpret the dream correctly. Joseph interpreted the dream correctly and told the pharaoh what was to happen in the coming future. The pharaoh understood that the Lord’s spirit was with Joseph. He appointed him as his commander, second to him in position. There was a severe famine everywhere in the world. Genesis 41:56-57, 56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere. Here we see that Joseph came to the rescue of his family.

2.David: David was a shepherd boy. Goliath, the giant had been challenging King Saul to war. Saul and his army were frightened of Goliath. David was victorious over him with only a stone and a sling. The Lord’s plan was for David to kill Goliath. In this way, David reached the palace of King Saul. After the death of Saul, David ruled the kingdom of Israel for a long time. Lord’s plan was not to limit David as a shepherd, rather to have him appointed as king.

3. Ruth: Naomi had two sons. Both of them died. Among the two daughter in laws, the elder one returned back to her family. The younger one was not ready to abandon her mother in law. To have a means of living for the two of them, Ruth went to glean along with other harvesters in the fields of Boaz (a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek). Boaz praised Ruth as a good woman. Following every instruction that Naomi gave her, Ruth became Boaz’s wife. They were the grand parents of David. Our Saviour, Lord Jesus was born in this lineage. The Lord’s plan was not for Ruth to live the life of a widow with her parents.

4.Esther: The girl named, Esther was an orphan. She was raised by her close relative, Mordecai. Many young girls were brought to King Xerxes’ palace to be appointed as queen in place of Queen Vashti. Mordecai helped Esther reach the palace. The king selected Esther as his next queen.

Haman, the enemy of Jews, was laying a plan to execute the Jews. Upon knowing the plans of Haman, Mordecai advised Esther how to help the Jews. Esther 4:13-14… “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther gained the King’s trust, and became the reason behind the rescue of the Jews and execution of Haman. The Lord’s plan was not to let Esther live the life of an orphan. He made her the queen of King Xerxes, and saved the lives of the Jews.

At that time, there weren’t just one Joseph, David, Ruth or Esther on earth. There were many young men and women of their age. They were different than the rest of the men and women their age. The Lord does not look upon us with human eyes that sees only the physical appearance. Our Lord sees our heart and soul. Obedience, humbleness and unwavering faith in the Lord amidst trials and tribulations was their unique quality. This quality led them to be selected for the Lord’s plan.

The other two people through whom the Lord’s plan was done are, Joseph and Mary in the NT. They were selected to be parents of our Saviour, Jesus, Why????? Angel Gabriel appeared before virgin Mary and said Luke 1:30-33 “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Luke 1: 38,38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

This humbleness was the reason why Mother Mary was selected for this divine plan. She is the model of humbleness. Joseph was a righteous man. He followed the Lord’s plan without any questions.

the Lord’s plan was to send Jonah to Nineveh, because 1,20,000 population of that land were drowning in sin. The compassionate Lord desired a change of heart of the people. Jonah fled to Tarshish. In the middle of his journey, he was thrown into the sea where he was swallowed by a whale. This is what we also do. then we find ourselves in the middle of the sea of tribulations. Whose fault is it??? Ours??? The Lord??? In Psalm 139:13, King David says, 13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 18:4, But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Dear children of God, like clay in the hands of the potter. Let us also submit ourselves to the Lord to carve and shape each one of us according to His plans for us. Let us abandon the way of Jonah and follow the path to blessings.


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Promises of God and our Reactions

Genesis 15:5, He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

In the Bible, in both Old Testament and the New Testament we read a lot about the promises of God. The word of God presents our Heavenly Father as the Lord of Promises. He is the Lord who fulfills every promise He makes. Eg: He promised Abraham that his offspring will be as numerous as the stars in the sky( Abraham). I will be with you wherever you go(Joshua). I will not let your children wander(David).

New Testament: I will always be with you; I will never abandon you; I will be with you till the end of time; etc. We do not receive the heavenly blessings according to our needs and time, neither is their fulfillment. Like the father on earth who knows and understands our every need, the Father in heaven knows better what we need and when. What we need is the patience to pray and wait for it to be fulfilled. We become disheartened when we do not receive them according to our time. We give up praying altogether.

Our forefather Abraham is an excellent example. He was childless. He received a vision from the Lord. What needs to be noticed here is that the blessing was received when he was advanced in age. Father Abraham celebrated the blessings received the Lord. He named his son and had him circumcised. the Bible teaches that he did the Lord’s will. Genesis 21:3-5, Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

We also celebrate the birth of our child, baptism, First communion, marriage, House warming, etc with lot of spirit and delight. At these moments we need to pause and see if we are forgetting the Lord amidst our celebrations. Is it possible to do away with celebrations that do not include the one who gave us these moments to celebrate in the first place???? If not, then you will see our Lord who looks upon us with tearful eyes for having forgotten Him in our lives.

Genesis 21:6, Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Here we read that Sarah was filled with happiness and names her son Isaac, meaning he will laugh. When the Lord fill our lives with happiness it is natural to celebrate. Genesis 18:12, 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” There is huge difference between the laugh she had earlier and the one she has now. Earlier she was barren and discriminated in society. Now she is blessed and a way to show God’s glory. In the first laugh she laughed since she felt it was impossible to conceive in old age. The second laugh was the laugh of the impossible being true. Sarah did not forget the Lord amidst her celebrations. The first words she utters need to be noticed, “God has brought me laughter…” When the Lord blessed Sarah with a child, she gave all glory and adoration to the Lord. This is what we too should follow by example, the ways of our forefathers.

Acts 16:31, 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” This promise was given to one particular person. The person who received the promise took the person who gave them the promise of the Lord into his house and prepared food for them. The whole household was blessed and received salvation.

Dear children of God, let us compare. How do we receive and react after receiving the promises/blessings from the Lord? Like our forefathers, Abraham and Sarah, or like the jailer in the book of Acts?? Do we receive with joy those whom we should receive and send away those who shouldn’t??? Isn’t this a seed for thought??? When we receive any promise/blessing from the Lord, shouldn’t we praise, glorify and adore Him?? Hence, now when you sit and pray, or otherwise, when we receive blessings from the Lord above, pause and think.

Walking in the wrong direction can lead one to problems

2Ki 5:8-14] Go, Wash Yourself Seven Times In The Jordan

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2 Kings 5, In this chapter we read about Naman, who was a commander in the army of King Aram. Even though he was brave and valiant, Naman had leprosy. During one of his raids, Aram had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. The young girl said to her mistress, ” If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” Hearing this, Naman sought permission from King Aram to go and see the prophet. King Aram sent a letter to the king of Israel that read, “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.” Let us pause and think about a few matters:

1.Walking in the wrong direction leads to problems: The young girl had said that if the master went to see the prophet, he would cure Naman of his leprosy. Naman went to Israel with the letter from King Aram. After reading the letter the king of Israel tore his robes. The reason:  “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!” Walking in the wrong direction leads one to problems. Naman was disheartened when he saw the king of Israel tore his robes after reading the letter.

When prophet Elisha heard that the king had torn his robes, he came to with the lamp of hope. He sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.”  Naman had two diseases, one physical and the other in his mind.

2.One cannot receive the Lord’s blessings through wealth: The list of things that Naman brought with him to Israel as gifts is astounding. Have a look: ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. Yahweh, the Lord of the prophet, rejected all these material gifts.

Exodus 23:8, “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

3. Get down from the throne of Pride: Naman was the commander of the neighboring country. Hence, he expected a grand welcome for himself from the prophet also. When he did not receive the welcome he expected he became furious. Elisha did not meet him at the door to receive and cure him. Instead Elisha sent a messenger to him with his words.

11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

Naman was under the grips of pride of his position and stature. He wanted to be healed but without any efforts from his side, as a miracle. He is corrected by his servants who say to him, 13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

The three wise men followed the star looking for baby Jesus but were way led and reached the palace of Herod. That night many children were killed just because of one question from them, Where is the child who will be the King of Jews? The wise men were to reach Bethlehem but reached Jerusalem.

Even today there is no change to the flitting nature of the human mind. Be it for getting a work done or for a vision, we always happen to chose those in high position and not humble people. The result, we invite numerous problems into our lives. Even today for getting something done the two most used ways are bribe and recommendation. It is difficult to get things done otherwise.

Another character that we need to see is Gehazi. Elisha rejected all the material gifts that Naman offered. But Gehazi, his servant went after Naman and using his master’s name says to Naman, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’” There is nothing which is hidden before the prophet of the Lord. Elisha cursed Gehazi that the leprosy of Naman may come upon him and his family, and so it was.

But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves? 27 Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.

Dear children of God, today there are a lot of Naman and Gehazi around us. Be vigilant when these two begin to lift up their heads within you. Let this passage be a lesson for each one of us.

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Satan, the thief

Once an environmentalist while walking through a dense forest heard the pitiful cry of a mother bird under a thick foliage of trees. What he saw when he went near was heart wrenching. The bird had build a nest in a fully grown thick tree. One by one her eggs had been swallowed by a cobra. Her pitiful cries were from the pain and desperation of having to see her last egg also being eaten. Seeing this, the environmentalist shook his head in dismay and said to the mother bird, ” There is no use of crying dear mother bird. You built your nest on a very low branch for the enemy to easily reach you. You should have built your nest on a higher branch in safety.”

Colossians 3:1-2,Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Dear children of God, just pause for a moment and think. Is our nest and our children safe from the clutches of the enemy. Matthew 13:24-30, 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

the Lord explains the parable in this way, Matthew 13:37-43

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

What all are the weeds within a man?

1.Desire of the eye: Joshua 7: 11…They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. The Lord abandoned Israel due to their act of greed. The act of greed was done by Achan. Why did he do such a dreadful act when the Lord instructed against it? Why did he violate the covenant?

Joshua 7: 21,20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” We can clearly see the desire of the eye blinding Achan to the Lord’s wishes. He saw and coveted. The result of his desire was horrific. He and his family were stoned to death and killed.

Joshua 7: 25-26, Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. 26 Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since.

2.Jealousy and Anger: Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to the Lord. Genesis 4:4-5,  In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Instead of questioning his offerings, as to what was missing from my side? Cain became jealous of his own brother. He took him to the fields and killed him.

Proverbs 15:29, 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9,If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

3. Desire of worldly materials: Hebrews 13:5, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

Naboth had a vineyard close to the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. Ahab asked Naboth to exchange his vineyard for a vegetable garden. 1 Kings 21: 2,  Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”

Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, got the vineyard through devious ways and had two scoundrels give false witness against Naboth that he had cursed both God and king. So Naboth was taken outside the city and stoned to death. Jezebel and Ahab too got punishment for their evil act.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

4. Desire for power: Absalom, the son of King David was greedy for power. 2 Samuel 15, In this chapter we read how Absalom tried to overthrow his father and become powerful than him.

In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”

Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

David was loved by all so a messenger came to him and told all that was happening. 2 Samuel 15:13-14,

13 A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”

14 Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”

In pain and hurt David says to Abishai, 2 Samuel 16:11, My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me.

5. Desire of flesh: 2 Samuel 13, In this chapter we read how David’s son Amnon desired his own sister Tamar. The desire led him to use evil way to have her. After raping her, he detested her and sent her away. Tamar’s brother, Absalom killed Amnon when he got the opportunity to avenge his sister’s dignity. The desire of the flesh causes so much destruction. Deuteronomy 2228-29, 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. But we see that Amnon does not follow the Law of Moses and leaves Tamar. Due to this, 2 Samuel 13:20, And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.

What we read above are only some of the weeds that Satan uses to enter the heart of ordinary man. Those who read the word of God and follow them do not fall into the traps and temptations that Satan lays for them. 1 John 3:8, The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. 

1 John 2: 15-17, 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

2 Peter 2:19,19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

Dear children of God wake up. First he tempted crawling his way. Today he numerous ways to tempt us created by us. If we are not alert and vigilant against his various faces and forms, we will not be able to defend ourselves.

1 Peter 5: 8-9, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,

Dear children of God, our enemy is very cunning. We do not realize when he enters our lives and takes away the blessings and graces given by God. Our fight is not with man. The Bible teaches us how to prepare ourselves.

Ephesians 6:10-18,

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 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. 

Let the word of God draw deep roots within our heart and soul. Let us all defeat with the power of the word of God. Our best armor are His words. So be alert, the enemy is always beside us. Walk carefully. 1 Peter 4:3-7,

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

The Lord blesses those who obey Him

When did disobedience first take place? Right after Creation. Adam and Eve had full liberty and freedom in the garden of Eden. They were allowed to eat fruit from any tree except the Tree of Knowledge that stood in the middle of the garden. Satan worked his cunning way and created doubt against the Father in the mind of Eve. What seemed like a trivial act became a grave act of disobedience which separated them from the Lord. It is natural to fill up something which is empty. Here we can see that the place of the Lord was taken over by Satan. He is trying to do so even today in each heart and in each home.

Let us have a look at some people who were blessed because of their steadfast heart and obedience.

1.Noah: Genesis 6: 9, This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Genesis 6:13-14, 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood;…

The Lord has given clear instructions to Noah about how to construct the ark, the materials to be used, the size, number of rooms, etc. Something that would have brushed off by others as joke was taken seriously by Noah. He gave due importance to the instructions of Lord. In those days, in the absence of modern technologically advanced tools or electricity, Noah built the ark together with his family. No one questioned the instructions by the Lord. they built it in accordance to what the Lord wanted.

The next set of instructions to Noah and his family was to gather two pairs of every animal and bird and bring them to the ark. They followed this also and did as told. It rained for continuously for 40 days and 40 nights. The earth was covered with water everywhere. Only Noah and his family along with the animals and birds in the ark survived. Genesis 9:1-3,Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

Noah and his family were blessed in the same way as our first parents, Adam and Eve.

2.Abraham: It was prosperous time for our forefather, Abraham. He was flourishing in trade during that time. Unexpectedly, one day Abraham received a call from the Lord

Genesis: 12: 1-4,The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.

Abraham did not have a child till he was old. He was blessed with a son in his advanced age at 100. The Lord asked Abraham to sacrifice his young son as an offering. Genesis 22:2, Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Abraham was ready to follow even this order. When Abraham took out his knife to kill Isaac, the Lord called out and asked him not kill his son. Genesis 22:12-13, 12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Abraham even today is known as the father of believers. Is there a greater blessing to anyone who has been born? We call upon not just the name of Abraham, but of his two descendants also. We call upon the Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For one to receive such a blessing you should be ready to follow the Lord’s instructions without any doubt and questions.

3.Moses: It was the time of slavery for the children of Israel. Moses was leading a peaceful life as a shepherd to flock of sheep, living with his father in law and wife. The Lord came to him as a vision and said to him that I have chosen you to deliver my children from slavery under Egyptian into the land of Canaan. Moses replied by telling about his shortcomings and tried to step away from the duty handed to him. The Lord promised him, Exodus 3:12,12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain. The pharaoh was a very powerful ruler. the Lord performed several miracles(10 plagues) through Moses and rescued the people of Israel from slavery. We received the Ten Commandments through Moses which is ever revered and obeyed for generations.

The children of Israel disobeyed the Lord who performed several miracles for them and also gave them food to eat. As a result they were severely punished. Moses is respected and given importance among the forefathers by believers across the world. The reason is that despite being aware of his shortcomings and flaws, he obeyed and followed every instruction that the Lord gave.

In the New Testament also we read about numerous people being blessed when they obey the Lord.

These may trivial and small to you. Yet small acts of obedience became the way to greatness and blessings. Luke 6:46-49, 46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Dear children of God, let us also like our forefathers obey the Father Almighty. Let us also receive His grace and blessings for our obedience. Let us all try and live by their example. May the Word of God strengthen and guide us all. Amen

The house that welcomes Jesus will see His Glory

Miracles - Cana

John 2: 7-8, Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

The first miracle was performed by Jesus in a very ordinary home. With respect to that house it was momentous time of celebration. There was a wedding held at the house and Jesus was invited to the wedding along with His disciples and mother. The Bible teaches us that wedding should be respectful, Hebrew 13:4, Marriage should be honored by all

It is a matter of pride and honor for the people where wedding is held that the guests are fully satisfied with the preparation and arrangements. At the wedding at Cana the wine ran out. It is probable that human nature would have come to the front and as always someone would have criticized the shortcoming. There is no need to talk much about the condition of the man of the house. Mother Mary dealt with the situation wisely. Till that time Jesus had not revealed His glory. Mother Mary went to Jesus and explained the situation at hand to Him. Jesus spoke to the servants in secret and said to them to fill the jars with water to the brim. He blessed the water and asked them to serve it to the guests.

In an ordinary house the presence of Jesus became a moment of glory and magnificence. There is no discrimination before Jesus of rich or poor, white or black, sinner or righteous. He will definitely come and reside in the house that welcomes Him with open and pure heart which is ready to receive Him. Just take a moment here and think, in today’s wedding preparation what is given top priority/importance???? Who is invited to the wedding??? Or Lord or the enemy??? It is not enough to just invite Him to the wedding, we need to follow Him fully. Jesus instructed the servants to fill the jars with water. The servants did not question His instruction or ask Him anything. They followed Him without any questions or doubt. He then asked them to fill the jars with ordinary water from the well. They did this also and then served the water turned into wine to the guests without any questions. John 2:11, 11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Mathew 9:18-19, 18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

Mathew 9:24-26, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.

The daughter of a synagogue leader died. The father came before Jesus and in faith said to Him, that my daughter has died but you come and put your hand on her and she will live. Jesus went with Him to his house. When He reached the house He asked the people lamenting the death of the girl to go away, the girl is not dead but asleep. The bystanders there all made fun of Jesus. Jesus went inside the house and took the hand of the little girl. The little girl got up. This news spread all over the region.

The synagogue leader had full faith that Jesus could bring his daughter back to life. His faith became his salvation. Jesus raised the girl back from dead. The leader was unaffected by the mocking of the people who stood there. the glory of God was displayed in this house too.

Dear children of God, your house must also be an ordinary house. There must be people within your own house who might be mocking your faith. Those who do not let this affect their faith and dedication will definitely see the glory of the Lord once you invite Him into your house with open arms and hearts. May each child of God be able to do so. Amen.

Be alert and pray, and watch out for the enemy’s trap

Mathew 26:41, 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Mathew 4, Luke 4 , In both these chapter we read Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. The Son of God fasted for forty days. In Luke 3 we read that Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit came down upon Him like a dove and was in Him. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

After the Heavenly Father proclaimed that this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, the Devil tested Jesus in the wilderness. The devil was silent for the thirty years that Jesus was silent. the devil does not pay attention to a person till the time the person lives entrapped in the dreams and desires of the material world. The devil becomes active and we come under his scanner when we come closer to God and the Father call us as His Son/daughter.

In the OT the first question that was asked was by the serpent to Eve, Genesis 3:1,Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” This question was just the beginning. Today he asks numerous questions to each one of us. Eve doubted the creator, Heavenly Father, and believed the enemy, the devil. She fell into the snares of the crafty devil. A small disobedience in the form of a fruit became the curse for whole humankind. Some sins seem trivial to us. Dear children of God, one drop of poison is enough to send a person to the land of dead. Be it a drop or a full bottle, poison does its work. Our enemy tested the Lord also.

First test: There is no need to delve into details about the experience in the wilderness. The devil tested Jesus through tempting hunger. After fasting for 40 days, Jesus was very hungry. Not letting go of the golden opportunity, devil came to test Jesus in His hunger. Luke 4:3, The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” The Lord need only say a word that the heavenly food would have been sent down from heaven. Our Heavenly Father is the one who fed His children with manna in the wilderness. He sent food to Elijah through a crow. Even though Jesus is the Son of God, He fasted for 40 long days and nights like a normal human. He was tired and exhausted out of hunger. The Lord defeated him by words of God Himself, Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ Today a lot of people fall into this trap. After breaking a fast, most people pollute themselves by eating whatever comes in sight. If we become ready to sacrifice a little for redemption of our souls, then we can achieve salvation for our souls. Our soul is eternal. Body needs food, in the same way the soul needs the word of God. Let us all make it our mantra for living.

Second Test: Luke 4:5-6, The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” When the devil saw that Jesus was falling for the trap of hunger, he tries to tempt Him through the riches of the world. Here too, Jesus defeats him by the word of God, Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. Just think if we were in place of Jesus, what would have we done??? After looking around and seeing that no one is around, would you have worshipped him??? And if you find someone looking would you have tempted them too to join is worshipping the devil?? Or, instead of falling into the traps of a hunter would you be careful and alert and rescue yourself like a bird??

Third test:The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Dear children of God, the devil knows the Bible better than all of us. He presented a challenge before the Savior. If he won he could have made Jesus retrace His steps from His duty on earth. By having Jesus do the wonder he was trying to do away the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus for the sins of the world. The devil knew it very well that salvation for the world was possible only by the sacrifice of the blood of the Lord. It was an unbearable thought for him that the children whom he had distanced/separated from the Father would once again be close to Him. The answer to his temptation was, 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” The sword of the word of God helped Jesus defeat the devil in his plans. He left Jesus.

Dear children of God, just think if the devil had the guts to tempt the Son of God, would he spare us feeble humans??? He is around us always, hence be alert and careful. He presents before us the pleasures of this material world to tempt us. Man has many forms of hunger. Once those are satisfied, then man seeks power & authority. After achieving that, man is ready to even test the Lord Himself. There are many around the world today who having fallen into the quicksand of sins, find it difficult to come out. In this there is discrimination of the weak or mighty, rich or poor, etc.

Romans 6:12-13, 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

James 4:7-8, Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 1:13-18, 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

Psalm 91:11, For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;

Believe in this promise always and move ahead. He did not promise that He will be with us if we go astray.

1 Corinthians 10:12, 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

The thief on the right

When we speak about the Lord’s crucifixion, there is one thing that is discussed the most, the thief on the right. Our Lord does not let go or abandon any sinner. He does not count our innumerable iniquities against us. He embraces everyone who truly repents and returns to Him.

1.He self evaluated himself: The thief on the right accepted that he was a sinner. 1 John 1:8-9, 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. Like the Pharisees , we do like to self justify rather than accept out mistakes and sins. The thief fully believed that the Lord Jesus was capable of rescuing and giving him redemption from his sins. At the same time Judas Iscariot had the golden opportunity to be near Jesus and know Him personally. Instead of heaven he went to hell. The devil had ensnared him in his chains till his last breath. He did not select the path of redemption. Before suicide had he fallen at the feet of the Lord and sought forgiveness for his sins he would have received salvation and escaped the gruesome end. The thief on the right made use of the first and last opportunity while on the cross to seek forgiveness for his sins.

2.He believed that there is punishment for sins: Since early childhood, parents and teachers teach children that if they did a mistake there will be consequences/punishment. The consequence/punishment for sins is grave before the Lord. One loses his/her soul, as result of sins. The thief on the right understood this well. One person dies in his sin and receives its punishment. The other person sought forgiveness and received salvation. One person tried to self justify, whereas the other tried to correct him. He says to the Lord from the bottom of his heart,

Luke 23:40-43,  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The grace that the thief received from the Lord is something that each one of us desires for ourselves. Romans 8:1 ,Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,…This verse becomes the truth here. It is an even bigger sin than sinning to mock and ridicule the Son of God. Romans 7:15-16,15 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. It is the truth that there is punishment for sin. The punishment for sin was taken up by the Lord on the cross.

3. He called upon the Lord and pleaded before Him: Romans 10:13,13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” The thief on the cross showed us the practical way to do this. The way to his redemption was not because he was eligible or that he did good deeds. It was only because of the grace and compassion of the Lord. Blind Barthimaeus, shouted out to the Lord for His healing. All those who shouted for His help have never been returned empty-handed. Never will be, is the truth. Be it a sinner, diseased person, anyone who reaches the Holy presence will never be disappointed.

4.The Lord is never in a hurry: The Lord is ever vigilant to our prayers. Dear children of God, the truth is we are always in a rush and do not have time to sit down and pray. Our Lord is never in a hurry that would give a deaf ear to our pleadings. He is the one who understood the hunger of thousands and gave them food for their hunger. He is the one who felt broken seeing the tears of the widow at Nain. He is the one who cried along with Martha and Mary. He is the one who knew beforehand the need of the woman who touched the end of His cloak. He is not stone hearted to ignore the tears and pains of His children. He is the one who suffered for our sins. Romans 3:25, 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

1 John 2:2,He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

5. Our Lord does not ignore any sinner : The woman from Samaria was a sinner, but through Christ she became a witness for everyone. Jesus did not condemn the sinful woman as a sinner. He forgave her sins and said to her that her sins are forgiven, and not to sin again. Romans 5:8,But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Through the parable of the prodigal son He taught us about the love of our Father in Heaven. We also learnt that if one truly repents from his/her sins they will receive salvation. Micah 7:18-19, 18 Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

6.He believed in the resurrection and second coming of Christ: Every week in the church we proclaim :

O Lord, we remember your death, burial and resurrection, your ascension into heaven and your presence now with God the Father in glory and in power. We await your coming again to judge the world in righteousness and truth.

This the foundation of Christian faith, hope and trust.

The Lord does not abandon any sinner at any time. He does not condemn us even when others condemn us. He will call us down when we sit upon sycamore tree for just one look. He comes to us when we sit disheartened near a lake. While travelling he waits for us on the path to lead us to salvation. He respects those who respect Him when invited to a banquet. There is no sinner who is low before the Lord Jesus. There is no sin before Him that cannot be redeemed. The heaven rejoices in the repentance of one sinner rather than 100 holy people. In other words, the Lord rejoices in repentance of every sinner. Like the sinner let us also make use of the opportunity. This is the time for redemption. Let us all proclaim with our hearts, Son of God we can receive salvation only though you. Son of David, I am a sinner, have mercy on me. All are my transgressions, my transgressions.

KUASA DARAH YESUS – THE BLOOD OF JESUS – Berjaga-jaga di akhir jaman