MATTHEW 27 : 35.
Jesus on the cross; wounded and bleeding;
nailed and naked; trembling and dying;
But, at the foot of the cross, the soldiers gambled!
For what?; For the dress of JESUS!
How cruel! Insensitivity at its worst!
How was it possible?
When the body of Jesus was wounded and bleeding,
gambling for HIS dress?
When the body of Jesus was nailed and naked,
gambling for HIS dress?
They did not know what they were doing!
But, what about us?
When the body of CHRIST, the Church was wounded
and bleeding, nailed and naked, trembling and crying,
What we are doing at the foot of the cross?
One more Holy week; One more Good Friday;
One more Easter; One more visit to the church;
One more season of melancholic singing and sinking;
One more season of proxy fasting and pious feasting;
May be some times humbly uttering the seven words,
blood and cross, Lamb and the sacrifice and salvation;
But, how many of us actually think about ‘HIS BODY’?
How many of us are at least having some information
about the persecuted church and the wounded church?
We live, preach, worship and celebrate in a shell and
we spend our time, talent and treasure only selfishly?
Do you know some of the simple statistical facts?
Do you know the budget to decorate your church for
the Holy week is more than the annual budget of some
of the suffering churches?
Do you know the money you spend for your jolly trip to
the Holy land is more than sufficient to translate the
Holy Bible in to another language?
Do you know the dress you buy just for this Easter
costs more than a missionary’s annual salary?
Do you know the money you allocated for the Easter
party is more than the poor pastor children’s next
year academic need?
Do you know the money you waste to alter your house
again and again unnecessarily just to boost your image
can supply ten new churches in a much needed place?
Dear friend, I know, we all are experts in justifying our
way of life and life style.
But, before justifying your stand, come little closer to
the cross and have a purposeful look at HIS body!
Trying to honor the Head but ignoring the body?
In what way we are different from the soldiers at
the cross gambling for the clothes?
At least they did not know what they were doing!
How can we have a resurrected life even before entering
the crucified life?
Do you know, only one soldier got HIS dress after the
gambling near the cross;
But, we all got the GARMENT of SALVATION because
of the grace LAMB on the cross!
Remember this and thank HIM!
Have a crucified resurrected life!
THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS HAVE
NAILED THE PASSIONS AND DESIRES OF THEIR
SINFUL NATURE TO HIS CROSS AND CRUCIFIED
THEM THERE. ( GALATIANS 5 : 24 )
In the beginning, in my life, all my glory was my Dad;
After few years, it was depending on my grades in Acads;
I grew and my growth in this and that
pushed me to gad,
Slowly I got a secret affair with my latest tab and Ipad;
Of course, my house size and the make of my car made me glad,
Even though my neighbor’s wealth irritates me and I am sad;
Now, I have a new hope for my glory and that is my lad,
I took my old diaries and sharing him all the dreams I had;
But he is like me, full of blunders and that drives me mad,
Somehow to this world ………. ………. …………. ………….;
Hey, wait a minute!, I shared everything about my story;
But I forgot to tell you “I am living only for HIS GLORY!!!!!!”
REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE. (LUKE 17 : 32)
GENESIS 41 : 1 – 8, Egyptian king Pharaoh had disturbing dreams in the night; and consequently Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
In ESTHER 6 : 1 – 3, Persian king Ahasuerus could not sleep in the night; and consequently Mordecai became the number two in that kingdom.
In DANIEL 2 : 1 -3, Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had mysterious dreams in the night; and consequently Daniel got a promotion in that kingdom.
GOD disturbing the sleep of the king; KINGSOMNIA!
See the strange similarities:
Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel did not disturb their kings to get the promotion;
Till that evening, no hint or sign of promotion or honor for them;
All the three were faithful to the Heavenly master and to their earthly masters;
All the three were meticulous in their assigned duties, even though they were unjustly brought to those positions and nations;
All the three never hesitated to use their talents, whether rewarded or not;
All the three were having their own unanswered questions;
All the three were sharp enough to utilize the opportunities given to them;
All the three readily accepted their promotions against all the odds;
All the three fixed their eyes only on GOD’s approval and not on the king’s;
All the three used their new positions for the welfare of the people;
For these kind of people, if necessary, GOD will disturb even the sleep of their kings; push the kings in to a desperate situation which can be handled only by GOD’s chosen ones!
Like Joseph, no sign of recognition or deliverance?
Like Mordecai, voluntarily simplified a crisis situation but did not get the honor?
Like Daniel, your gifts and talents were ignored in a pyramid structure?
In one night, GOD can change your story and position upside down!
But, like the three, trust GOD and do good;
Wherever GOD placed you, execute your assignments in an excellent way;
Never compromise your work standard because of non recognition;
Don’t worry too much about promotion and hikes; Just pray and surrender;
Honor your GOD; be faithful to your employer;
Never murmur or complain; your times are in GOD’s hands!
In the right time, GOD will prove that you are of different Spirit!
Remember, you are the salt and the light, GOD kept in that place!
Arise and Shine! Be an example! God will honor you!
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT HEARTILY, AS TO THE LORD
AND NOT TO MEN, KNOWING THAT FROM THE LORD YOU WILL
RECEIVE THE REWARD OF INHERITANCE, FOR YOU SERVE
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ( COLOSSIANS 3 : 23 & 24 )
GENESIS 50 : 25, EXODUS 13 : 19 & HEBREWS 11 :22.
Joseph took an oath before his death from the Children of Israel.
“Carry up my bones from Egypt to Israel when GOD visits you”.
Think about the Egyptian culture; Royal Death means Royal Mummy!
A man who reversed the fortunes of Egypt deserved a Royal Mummy;
The Prime Minister, The CEO of Egyptian Food Distribution Services;
Number two in the Kingdom, The great administrator, tax reformer;
Son in law of the priest of On, the leader of the Goshen community;
He need not speak anything about his burial; The mummy reserved;
Even if not, he deserved it.
Reserved or Deserved, but he served the Living GOD;
Joseph knew his root and route!
Nearly 90 years in Egypt, knew everything about Egypt and its culture
but that culture did not touch his mind and heart;
His oath devalued the Egyptian culture; He was put in a coffin.
Even now people are fascinated about the mummies, but Joseph?
But, why Joseph didn’t wish to be buried, in Canaan, like his father?
The Word says, In Hebrews 11:22, by faith he commanded that!
What is the connection between his faith and his bones?
His bones reminded the Israelite, the promise of God,
The promise given to and through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
The promise about the Promised Land;
In times of prosperity, when tempted to build empires, the bones
reminds the Israelite ‘This is not our place, God will surely visit us’.
In times of adversity, when tempted to give up, quit, the bones
refines them to endure ‘ Some more time, God will surely visit us’.
For more than three hundred years, the bones were in Egypt,
Silently warning and encouraging the children of God;
Comparing with the mummies, these bones were so small,
But they were smart, The smart bones!
When Moses led the Israelite out of Egypt, people carried the jewels
of their neighbors, but Moses, their leader took the bones with him!
Prosperity, authority, adversity, slavery, murder of the male children,
hatred, work pressure, confrontation with the king and the pass over,
The Israelite never ignored the oath or the bones!
The Israelite preserved the oath and the oath preserved them!
But be warned, the bones were just reminders and not an idol!
I am remembering another death; another command;
Yes, The Lord’s table, commanded just before JESUS death!
His flesh and blood; a tradition, an idol or the remembrance?
Adversity or prosperity, The Lord’s table silently reminding us,
The Lord’s promise ” Surely I am coming quickly”.
Planning to build mummies or depressed to quit and give up?
Remember, this is not our place, move towards the promised land!
MARANATHA!, Amen, even so come LORD JESUS!
FOR AS OFTEN AS YOU EAT THIS BREAD AND
DRINK THIS CUP,YOU PROCLAIM THE LORD’S
DEATH TILL HE COMES.(I CORINTHIANS 11:26)
MARK 6 : 20.
John the Baptist, Herod and Herodias;
See the sequence;
Herod and Herodias committing sin;
John the Baptist condemning it;
Instead of repenting, Herod put John in the prison;
Wants to kill John but not executing it because of people;
Slowly getting understanding about John’s holiness and righteousness;
Trying to protect John from Herodias fury;
Gladly listening and obeying John, but keeping him in prison;
Yes, Keeping John in the prison and Herodias on the throne;
A secret battle to balance the truth and the sin;
But, the enemy waits, if necessary for years, to kill the truth;
If necessary, she will use even her daughter;
If necessary, she will spoil even Herod’s birthday party;
She waits for an opportunity to eliminate the truth;
Even if Herod hesitates, no option given;
Party,Promise, Guests, Checkmate;
A subtle strategy to enjoy tragedy;
Poor Herod; So close to truth, so eager to obey, but powerless;
His double game becoming a tool in the hand of the enemy;
Is it possible to celebrate any more birthday in the true sense?
Heard about Jesus, but remembered John, a resurrected John!
You know his story, his fears, the strategy and the tragedy;
Am I not doing it, like Herod?
Going away from God to please some herodias,
Hearing the Word, but not repenting, becoming furious,
Playing double game; trying to balance sin and truth;
No sharp decision, No separation, somehow manage!
For years, keeping sin on the throne and Truth in the prison!
So successful in balancing; the Word and the world;
Balancing Christian life or Balanced Christian life?
But, remember the sequence; the enemy waits, if necessary for years;
To catch you, to humiliate you, to make you feel worthless;
Even to the extend of getting confused about JESUS, like Herod;
Yes, you know the story, the fears, the strategy, the tragedy;
The enemy waits; but why you wait?
To come to senses; to take a sharp decision, to enthrone the Truth?
Please don’t wait, at least now, repent, come back to the Saviour;
He only can save us from the enemy, from the sin, from the world,
From the strategic tragedy, by His Blood, by His Word, by the Spirit;
Please don’t wait, come back, The Truth is waiting!
MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM,
AND THEY FOLLOW ME( JOHN 10 : 27 )
I KINGS 17 : 7.
Elijah hiding by Kerith Brook; The water from Jordan River;
Meat and bread brought by the ravens;
Little boring but so comfortable.
But one day, after a while, the brook dried up;
No more water to drink, may be, because of his own prophecy!
He saw it coming. Slowly. Steadily.
Expected any last minute miracle? No idea.
But nothing happened, no rain, no sign;
The brook dried up. The only source of water!
Sometimes, in our lives also, the brook dries up;
Slowly. Steadily. Seeing it coming?
Tensed, perplexed, secretly wishing and waiting for a miracle?
But the brook dried up!
Wondering what next?
Elijah heard the Voice of the Lord!
Be still and hear His voice.
Brook dried up? May be the time to move!
Time to move? No, I can’t. How can I?
The Brook, The Ravens, The Meat, The Bread.
No way! Think about the ravens, the good times we had!
No my friend, You have to move, yes, to Zarephath;
I commanded a widow to take care of you.
To Zarepath?. Yes Lord, Let THY will be done, but,
I have one request, Lord, please,
Permit me to take the ravens with me,
Not just to Zarephath, Anywhere in the world, I go;
But, How can I imagine a life without the ravens?
Yes, the sad story of modern day Elijahs!
The emotional entanglements; Affairs;
Work place romances; Unwed mothers;
Broken families; Cruel justifications;
Possessiveness; Partial obedience;
Why, friend, why?
Yes, we need people; we need relationships; but,
Be careful to keep them in the right place!
Never allow yesterday’s supplier to become tomorrow’s suppressor!
Hearing God’s still voice?
If He says you to move, move, don’t wait;
If He says you to leave, leave, don’t fight!
Thank God and say a farewell to the ravens;
Tomorrow you have to bring fire from the heavens!
Yes friend, understand the basic fact of life;
Separation and maturity cannot be separated!. Yes!
The rung of a ladder is not to rest upon,
But to go high. Look up. Move.
You are anointed to be a king;
Don’t get addicted to a rung!
Crying for the rung?
Crying for the ravens?
Cry, we all are emotional beings; humans; so cry.
But don’t stay there, move!
Thank and acknowledge Him in all your ways;
Ask Him to teach you to number your days;
It is not the ravens that fed you, it is His grace;
Understand this, your life will be a life of praise!
THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU;
THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU
AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU;
THE LORD TURN HIS FACE TOWARD YOU
AND GIVE YOU PEACE. (NUMBERS 6 : 24, 25, 26 ).