1 . JUDE 6
Angels; created by GOD; some of them sinned;
crossed their boundary; rebelled.
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GOD has reserved them in everlasting chains under
darkness for the judgment of the great day!.
Sinned angels chained.
2. HOSEA 11 : 4
Human beings; created by GOD; all have sinned;
fallen short of the glory of GOD; rebelled.
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GOD sent HIS own SON to the CROSS as their
substitute and drew them with gentle cords, with
bands of love towards HIM.
Sinned humans can get cleansed; cords; bands of love.
To sinned angels, everlasting chains; no second chance!
To the sinners, cords of love; how many chances!
Why ? In what way we are, special, better than angels?
In fact, we are little lower than the angels.(Psalm 8 : 5)
But, HE does not give aid to angels; HE does give aid to
the seed of Abraham.(HEBREWS 2 : 16 ).
Why? No one can explain!
One thing is sure; we all found favor in HIS sight!
If it can be explained, it won’t be a favor;
But, we can thank HIM; Are we doing that?
WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO THE LORD
FOR ALL HIS BENEFITS TOWARD ME?
I WILL TAKE UP THE CUP OF SALVATION,
AND CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
( PSALM 116 : 12 & 13 )
Golgotha; Jesus on the cross;
But, in the city there was a meeting;
The chief priests of the Jews met Pilate, the Governor!
The board put on the cross by Pilate!
The content of the board was the point of discussion!
The Board Meeting!
What kind of heart they had?
When Jesus was bleeding and dying, thirsty and naked,
rejected and abandoned, the title became an important
issue for them!
See the irony!
They ignored JESUS but worrying about HIS title!
The Roman and the Jew were arguing against each other;
The MAN was on the cross!
The Politics and the Religion were fighting against each other;
The HISTORY was on the cross!
The Governor and the Priest were trying to show their superiority;
The SAVIOR was on the cross!
The Ego and the Jealousy were ascertaining their claim;
The LOVE was on the cross!
The Authority and the Apologetic were busy in fault finding;
The TRUTH was on the cross!
The Wolf and the Serpent were manipulating;
The LAMB was on the cross!
The Will of throne and the Will of altar were clashing;
The WILL of GOD was on the cross!
Hey! One minute!
The above lines are not about that board meeting but about
our board meetings!
Yes, even after two thousand years, the way we conduct our
board meetings still remains the same!
Ignoring JESUS and worrying about HIS title!
Ignoring HIS WORD but worrying about HIS work!
For us the size of the hall and the color of the wall are more
important than stopping the culture of the mall in our churches!
For us the height of the tower and the style of the hour are
more important than the depth of HIS POWER!
At least Pilate and the priests did not claim themselves as
disciples of JESUS!
But we claim that we love CHRIST and boast about our faith!
You know, Pilate and the priests failed to see just one feet
below the board; the thorn crowned face of JESUS!
Yes friend, if we all see that face regularly, or at least a second
before seeing our agenda, surely in our board meetings, not just
in our churches and organisations but even in our families, the
decision making will be a sweet exercise!
THE OX KNOWS ITS OWNER AND
THE DONKEY ITS MASTER’S CRIB;
BUT ISRAEL DOES NOT KNOW,
MY PEOPLE DO NOT CONSIDER.
( ISAIAH 1 : 3).
Simon of Cyrene; a passer by.
Cyrene was a Greek colonial city in north Africa;
When did Simon come to Jerusalem?
Why did he come to Jerusalem?
To attend the temple festival?
Or to meet some of his kith and kin?
Or was it a business trip?
Nobody knows, but this trip was unusual!
Simon, just a passer by, happened to cross the
way of the Cross;
The Savior’s path and Simon’s path met!
The crossroad experience!
But, what happened after that meeting was unbearable,
at least from Simon’s point of view!
The soldiers compelled him to bear JESUS’ cross.
When there were so many disciples and followers,
when there were so many friends and relatives,
why poor Simon was compelled to bear the cross?
How Simon felt?
Whether he cursed the authorities for that extra-load?
Whether he cursed himself for choosing that path?
Whether he grudged to bear another Man’s cross?
Whether he felt irritated because of the forced changes
of his plan and his schedule?
Whether he cried silently ‘Injustice’ and murmured within
himself ‘why me?’
It was injustice, unnecessary burden, unwanted disturbance
to his schedule and unexpected public exposure!
But he had no other option than to obey!
We don’t know anything about his response, but one thing
is clear; the soldiers were forced to compel him!
But after two thousand years when we read that we wonder
about the unique opportunity given to Simon!
To give comfort to JESUS at least for few minutes,
To carry the cross of the Eternal importance,
To walk so close to the suffering Savior,
To understand the real meaning of Substitute,
To smell the sweat and see the blood of the Lamb,
only one person in the world history got the opportunity!
Yes, what could be considered as an act of injustice by the
authorities, two thousand years ago, will be considered now
as a great and unique opportunity!
Not just this cross and this burden, but any burden or cross
about which we murmur and cry will one day be considered
by us as an unique opportunity, provided we know JESUS!
The injustice, the unique cross, the unbearable burden, the
unanswered questions, the stress and the strain, tired eyes,
and the closed doors may force you to shout ‘why me?’.
But, if you have surrendered your life to HIM, without whose
permission even your hairs won’t fall, surely, one day you
will look back and praise HIM for that valley of shadow of
Given sufficient time, every cross, permitted by Him in your
life, will become your unique crown!
Tell me honestly, suppose if a chance is given to you to
replace Simon at the crossroad, will you not embrace it
But that was assigned to Simon;
So you embrace your cross!
Why fears and tears? HE is so near!
Walk close to HIM; Bear your cross;
You know, you are the only one, in the whole world,
who can carry that cross with a grateful heart!
Yes, you are so special!
Come, let us walk with HIM, carrying the God assigned cross!
IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN TO BEAR THE YOKE
IN HIS YOUTH ( LAMENTATIONS 3 : 27 )
Israel besieged by King Ben Hadad of Aram;
Result: great famine in the city; Even the donkey’s
head and dove’s dung became a luxury!
The pride, power, potential and prudence of the king
of Israel were not of any use against the enemy!
Day of mourning and fasting!
No hope of deliverance!
Doom and despair!
Destruction and Death at the doorstep!
The land was besieged by the enemy, but the hearts
were besieged by the fear about the enemy!
But, GOD had caused the whole army of the enemy
to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the
galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army
approaching! Assumptions and confusions; Chaos!
Consequently, the enemy ran away from there!
Yes, GOD overthrown the enemies in HIS own way!
But, that Victory was not of any use to the Israel,
at least for few hours, just because of one thing!
Yes, they did not know about the Victory!
Fear and famine gripped lives;
Not even thinking about deliverance!
Manipulation and blaming!
They continued to live the ‘ besieged ‘ life, even though
the actual besieging forces were scattered!
Even the information, about the Victory, was received by
them with suspicion and fear!
Slowly, it dawned on them that the enemy was defeated!
Famine to prosperity in no time!
Bondage to blessing in no time!
Trembling to gathering in no time!
Donkey’s head to fine flour in no time!
GOD accomplished what they could not do,
But, gathering the spoil was their responsibility!
Continue in the assumption and die in famine!
Or step out in faith and enjoy the prosperity!
Do you know most of the times we pray for the
deliverance even when we have that?
Do you know the assumptions and realities of
yesterday besiege our heart today and we live
a sub standard life?
Do you know the VICTORY our LORD accomplished
on the CROSS?
Do you know the new position and possession allotted
to you because of HIS death and resurrection?
In the case of Israel, the besieged life lasted only for
few more hours; But, in our case, how many of us
are living, for years, in bondage even though set free?
If we are in bondage, pray, GOD will give deliverance;
But if you are free and instead living in bondage because
of your assumptions and lack of knowledge, is it not
CHRIST, not just, defeated the enemy on the cross, but
also have given us all the spiritual blessings and position
in heavenly places !
If you know the TRUTH, indeed, the TRUTH will set you free!
Go up and possess!
I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND
THE INCREDIBLE GREATNESS OF POWER FOR US
WHO BELIEVE HIM. THIS IS THE SAME MIGHTY
POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD
AND SEATED HIM IN THE PLACE OF HONOR AT
GOD’S RIGHT HAND AT THE HEAVENLY REALMS.
(EPHESIANS 1 : 19 & 20 )
A signboard was fastened to the cross above JESUS head;
As ordered by Pilate; announcing the charge against JESUS.
Content? ‘JESUS OF NAZARETH, KING OF JEWS’
Pilate ordered it, ok, but who fastened it?
Naturally a soldier, may be more than one!
But, was that not a chance given to those soldiers to
go a little closer to JESUS?
Was that not an unique assignment?
Taking the signboard and taking it near and above the
head of The SUFFERING SERVANT and fastening it!
Many soldiers were there, but this group had a chance
to see the blood, the suffering, the thorn on the head,
the irregular last minute breathing, he blood covered,
blinded eyes and the agony of death on the cross in a
more clear way by going so close to HIM!
How they handled that? one more assignment; one
more signboard and one more death? Like a machine?
No impact or emotional disturbance?
Or some thing happened in their heart?
Whether that close encounter embedded the seed of
faith for their future transformation?
We don’t know, but
At least in this Holy week. are you not getting a chance
to go a little closer to The SUFFERING SERVANT?
Is it not an unique opportunity?
Hearing the verses and meditations about JESUS and
his sufferings, the last seven words of JESUS, little
extra time in the church, the cross and the blood!
How do you handle it?
One more year; one more passion week;
One more devotion? Like a machine?
Just a tradition but no personal transformation?
No impact or conviction?
So close to the cross and the Savior, but
no personal revival?
So close; so what?
Have you allowed that soul cleansing blood to
wash you and transform you?
Have you acknowledged HIM as your KING by
surrendering your life to the authority of HIS WORD?
Whether this close encounter brought you actually
closer to your SAVIOR and MASTER?
Who knows? Only you and Your LORD!
So close; So what?
YOU HAVE COME TO JESUS, THE ONE WHO
MEDIATES THE NEW COVENANT BETWEEN
GOD AND PEOPLE, AND TO THE SPRINKLED
BLOOD, WHICH GRACIOUSLY FORGIVES
INSTEAD OF CRYING OUT FOR VENGEANCE
AS THE BLOOD OF ABEL DID (HEBREWS 12 : 24)
GOD tested Abraham’s faith and obedience!
But, think about Isaac’s attitude!
He was not just a small kid; a young man who had the
strength to take up a three days journey and to carry
the wood for burnt offering on his shoulders!
How was it possible for him to obey his father like that?
How come he didn’t murmur to carry the wood to the
place of sacrifice, even when the servants were available?
And above all, how could have Abraham tied and placed
Isaac, a young man with so much strength, on the altar?
Whether Isaac tried or cried to escape from that position?
Was it possible for Abraham to do all the required things
without Isaac’s active cooperation and perfect submission?
How did Isaac empty himself of his rights and privileges
on the Mount Moriah because of his trust on his father?
Come to another mountain, Calvary!
The Father and The Son!
The Son voluntarily emptied Himself, obediently humbled
Himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on the cross!
On Mount Moriah, upto the last minute, Isaac was not clear
about his father’s plan;
But, JESUS knew the plan of HIS FATHER from ‘the beginning’!
On Mount Moriah, the son was replaced by a lamb on the altar;
But on Calvary, The SON, JESUS became the Lamb on the cross!
On Mount Moriah, the father got his son back because of the lamb;
But on Calvary, The Father opened a new way, through the LAMB,
to us to become HIS children!
Yes, we all GOT FATHER because of the perfection of The LAMB!
If Isaac wished to thank the lamb for its substitutionary death,
it was not possible because that lamb was no more;
JESUS, The LAMB of GOD, was not just allowed to die on
Calvary, but GOD raised Him up to the heights of heaven and
gave Him a name that is above every other name!
But we rarely thank HIM or The FATHER!
Yes, we, those who believed on the all sufficient death and
resurrection of The LAMB, GOT FATHER; but the question
is whether our life is a life of gratitude?
Perfect SON, Perfect submission, Perfect sacrifice, Perfect
atonement, Perfect substitution and Perfect resurrection to
make the imperfect, like me, also perfect by His Grace!
CHRIST DIED ONLY ONCE AS A SACRIFICE
TO TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF MANY PEOPLE.
HE WILL COME AGAIN BUT NOT TO DEAL
WITH OUR SINS AGAIN. BUT THIS TIME HE
WILL BRING SALVATION TO ALL THOSE WHO
ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM (HEBREWS 9 : 28)