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SO CLOSE; SO WHAT?

JOHN 19 : 19  &  MARK 15 : 26

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)

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GOT FATHER

GENESIS 22: 1 – 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)

CROSS – DRESS

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 )

BIAS – SCOPE

GENESIS 46 : 34

Every shepherd was an abomination to the ancient Egyptians!
Why? What was wrong in shepherding?
It was also one of the jobs; Why such a ‘bias’?

Like any other bias, no reason can be given;
But, have you noticed?

When Egypt faced crisis because of the seven year
famine, a shepherd, Joseph, became Egypt’s savior!

The abomination; The bias!
The administrator; The scope!

Nearly after 400 years, when Egypt was so powerful,
another shepherd, Moses, became Egypt’s nightmare!

The abomination: The bias!
The nightmare: The scope!

Dear friend, feeling low, humiliated, insulted, ignored,
cornered and sidelined because of any bias?
Color, caste, appearance, personality, nationality,
economic conditions, academic failures, professional
setbacks and family backgrounds are used as a snare
to build bias against you?
The world hates and hurts you, because of the bias?
Crying bitterly and silently, unknown to the world?

Remember, Joseph and Moses;
In the land where they were considered an abomination,
they proved that they were above the ‘ superiors’!

Their secret?
Their Lord!

Stop crying! Come out of the ‘ I am worthless’ shell!
Never accept the lies of the label makers!
Never allow the opinionated people to define your
potential and future!
The Creator of heavens and earth loved you,
called you, sanctified you, accepted you and
anointed you!
Let HIS WORD define your identity!
Reckon and remember your identity in Christ!
Respect your residential BOSS who is greater than
the one who is in the world!
Renew your mind by THE TRUTH!
Rest in HIS presence and regain the strength and
boldly claim ‘ I can do all things through CHRIST who
strengthens me!

Remember Joseph and Moses, who by HIS strength,
proved ‘ no weapon formed against us shall prosper’!

The GREAT SHEPHERD is your scope and hope;
Follow HIM and prove ” you are Highly favored”!
GOD BLESS YOU!


 

BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION,
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION,
HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, THAT YOU MAY
PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED
YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS
LIGHT ( I PETER 2 : 9 )

NOAH’S ALTAR

GENESIS 7 : 2 & GENESIS 8 : 16 – 22.

NOAH; A man who found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

When Noah finished the ark building, GOD gave him
a clear instruction to take with him seven pairs of
each clean animals, one pair of each unclean animal
and seven pairs of each birds to keep the species
alive on the face of all the earth.

To keep the species alive, if one pair of each unclean
animals are sufficient, why seven pair each of the clean
animals in the ark?
In case of birds, why seven pair each, clean or unclean?
Why extra ‘luggage’ in the ark?

GOD never explained; Simply said;
Noah never asked; Simply obeyed;

When the earth was dried, again GOD gave him clear
instruction to bring out every living thing out of the
ark; No numbers mentioned; Nearly after one year of
stay inside the ark, surely the numbers underwent
changes just by natural reproduction!

When all the living things came out of the ark,
Noah again started building, not an ark but an altar!

Check the Scripture carefully;
GOD did not mention any thing about the offerings!
But, Noah voluntarily offered the burnt offerings!

Not in a casual manner, but very carefully;
Only the clean animals and clean birds!

Think about the possible excuses!
The earth is so vast and the number of animals
and birds is so less and hence the life of every animal
and bird is so important to keep the species alive;
Why take risk by offering some?

May be after some time, the numbers will increase;
Is it not better to offer then than now?

When GOD is not specifically asking, why ‘waste’ the
scarce resources?

But, Noah offered the burnt offerings;
And GOD smelled the soothing aroma!

The Result: The Noahic Covenant (GENESIS 8 : 21&22).

Dear friend,
When was the last time you obeyed, like Noah, even if
the instructions were not clearly explained?
When was the last time you voluntarily offered your
scarce resources as a soothing aroma to GOD?

Some final questions?
The concepts of burnt offering, clean and unclean
animals and birds were explained only during Moses’
time. But how Noah grasped these things?

Is it true that any one who found grace in the sight of
the LORD and who is willing to obey GOD unreservedly
will be having an extra dose of wisdom to perceive things
much in advance?
I don’t know, but we all found grace in the sight of the
LORD because of the finished work of CHRIST;
If in addition, if we obey GOD sincerely,
Who knows, what kind of insights we all can have?


GOD IS THE LORD, AND HE HAS GIVEN US LIGHT;
BIND THE SACRIFICE WITH CORDS TO THE HORNS
OF THE ALTAR. (PSALM 118 : 27 )

TRAVELMATE

COLOSSIANS 4 : 7, 8 & 9.

Paul sent the epistle to Colossians and the epistle to
Philemon, two of the four prison epistles, to the Church
at Colosse and the elder Philemon respectively.
Dispatched through Tychicus and Onesimus!

But the content of the letter to Philemon makes
this journey a unique journey;

As we know, Onesimus, a runaway slave, was sent back
to his owner Philemon by Paul. That letter was actually
a personal recommendation of Paul; Philemon’s response
is going to decide the future of Onesimus!

Think about the journey of Onesimus.
Is it not difficult to go back to Philemon’s house?
Is there any assurance that he will be accepted?
Is everything a trap to enslave Onesimus again?

When doubts assail Onesimus, when tempted to change
direction, when the requirements of law disturbs him,
how can he continue his journey?
Yes, he is having the provisions to overcome the crisis;

First, the letter in his hand!
It tells not just his past and future positions but also the
relationship between Paul and Philemon!
Just open the letter, read the recommendations of Paul,
grasp the relationship between Paul and Philemon and
set aside the doubts and walk!

Second, the person Tychicus!
If Onesimus is not convinced about the contents of the
letter or if he is not remembering the contents, then the
companion Tychicus will remind him of the contents and
encourage him to continue his walk; Onesimus is not alone!

Dear friend,
Not sure about the future? Journey difficult?
False guilt assails you? Doubts confuse you?
Do you think that GOD won’t accept you?

Fear not;
We are having superior provisions;
Yes, THE WORD, the letter from GOD and,
THE HOLY SPIRIT, the companion sent by GOD!

Yes, Ask the HOLY SPIRIT to open your eyes to
see the secrets from THE WORD;
You can see your forgiveness, your present position,
Your future privilege, the mysterious relationship
between FATHER, SON and THE HOLY SPIRIT,
and, above all, GOD’s loving acceptance of you!

We don’t know, what happened to Onesimus;
But we know, what is going to happen to us!

Because, the letter, THE WORD, we have in our hands
was written and sealed by the blood of THE LAMB!

Set aside your doubts;
Search the Scriptures;
Ask the HOLY SPIRIT’s help;
Walk; continue your journey;
You are so valuable; that is why you are
provided with the BEST COMPANIONS!
Remember, You are not alone!
Happy journey!

HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST,
WHO THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT OFFERED
HIMSELF WITHOUT SPOT TO GOD, PURGE YOUR
CONSCIENCE FROM DEAD WORKS TO SERVE THE
LIVING GOD? ( HEBREWS 9 : 14 ).

U TURN

MARK 5 : 18 & 19

Region of Gerasenes:

The demon possessed man’s life underwent a dramatic
change in a single encounter with CHRIST;
Yesterday, an uncontrollable, self injuring and howling man;
Today, a humble, Christ honoring and word sharing man;

Yesterday, the most cursed and hated person of that region;
Today, the most blessed and listened person of that region;

One encounter with JESUS; Who can measure that impact?

Dear friend,
Tortured again and again by the same secret sin?
Not having the boldness to take a stand for TRUTH?
Confused by the triple attack of world, flesh and devil?
Lost hope of a life of deliverance?

Read the chapter Mark 5 carefully;
If that kind of person’s life can get an U TURN,
Why not our lives?

But, you need an encounter with CHRIST, THE WORD;
How you approach, appreciate, appropriate and apply
The WORD is going to determine your level of victory;

Read and pray;
Pray and read;
Read with prayer;
Pray with reading;
Have frequent, planned encounter;
Let the WORD of GOD dwells in you richly;

That is the one and only way to have an
CHRIST CENTERED, SPIRIT CONTROLLED
ABUNDANT LIFE!

I WILL WALK IN FREEDOM, FOR I HAVE DEVOTED
MYSELF TO YOUR COMMANDMENTS! (PSALM 119 : 45)

PAID IN FULL

PHILEMON 17, 18 & 19.

Onesimus, a runaway slave from the house of
Philemon, was sent back to his house by Paul.
A runaway slave deserves death penalty, but
Paul’s letter to Philemon gives new twist to
the story.
Paul’s request and recommendation not just
give life to Onesimus, but also cancel all the
balance to be settled by Onesimus;
Cancelled by merging Onesimus’ account to
Paul’s account and then by reminding the
close relationship of Paul with Philemon.

Is it not our story?
we deserved death because of our sin but
JESUS gave us new life; not just new life,
but also cancelled all our past account first
by accepting our account as HIS account
on the cross by HIS submission to death
and then by reminding THE FATHER about
the mysterious DIVINE relationship between
HIM and HIS FATHER!

How Paul settled Onesimus account?
Difficult to understand but can be accepted!

How JESUS settled my account?
Difficult to understand but can be accepted!

Onesimus’ freedom confirmed by Paul’s word;
But our freedom confirmed by GOD’s WORD!

But Paul’s settlement was of this world;
JESUS’ settlement is not just for this world
alone but extends to the NEW world also!
Life Eternal, Royal Priesthood, Co-heir and
beloved children of GOD!

Who can understand the efficacy of the
sacrifice of JESUS?
We can only thank HIM!

HE HAS RECONCILED IN THE BODY OF HIS
FLESH THROUGH DEATH, TO PRESENT YOU
HOLY, AND BLAMELESS, AND ABOVE REPROACH
IN HIS SIGHT. ( COLOSSIANS 1 : 21 & 22).

IRRITATING INTERRUPTIONS

MARK 5 : 21 – 43

Jairus, the ruler of synagogue, fell at JESUS feet;
To beg earnestly for his daughter’s life.
Praying and believing in these kinds of crisis is so important but 
extremely difficult; but he prayed and his prayer started giving
him signs of deliverance; Jesus got up and went with him.

But, that urgent journey got interrupted;
interrupted by an unknown person; a lady with a problem;
Is it not the time to get irritated, to loose peace?
See the contradictions in favor of Jairus;
This lady may have that sickness for twelve years, but never took 
the initiative to bring JESUS in that route; it was Jairus;
What right that lady is having to interrupt?
Is not my irritation justified?

This lady, before the healing, didn’t fall at JESUS feet;
But Jairus did; How can she interrupt?
Is not my irritation justified? 

She didn’t beg, no vigorous prayer, for her healing;
But Jairus traveled, begged, prayed vigorously……;
Is not my irritation justified?

Twelve years sickness, but she is still living;
But Jairus daughter almost dead, no, already dead;
Is it the time to interrupt?
Is not my irritation justified?

That lady never took a stand; so confidential, so silent;
secret belief; but Jairus prayed in public; took a stand;
What can she expect? What she deserves?
Is not my irritation justified?

Leave her, But think about JESUS!
HE knows everything; my crisis, my fears and tears;
My begging, my prayers, my initiative, my travel;
My situation, my faith and the emergency.

Then why HE wastes HIS time for these kind of people?
Why stopping the journey? Why explanation?
Why assurance and healing to that lady?
Why loosing His energy and focus?
Is this not the time to ignore the interruptions,
increase the speed and improve the concentration?
Is not my irritation justified? 
Not just against the lady, but against JESUS too; 

Tell me dear friends, how many times we stopped our
praying, we changed our directions, we blamed others,
got irritated, doubted His Presence and Promise just because
of some other person’s interruptions?
Some other person getting blessings is not acceptable to us?
Some other person’s testimony is laughed at by us?
Silently fuming about other’s unworthiness?
As if we deserve everything, but they don’t?

Fail to handle the interruptions properly, they will
spoil your peace, sap your energy, disturb your faith
and move you into the mold of self righteousness!

There is a better way!
First, understand the simple fact; Before GOD does something for you,
He will do something in you!
Second, your faith will not be measured by your public proclamations,
but by your silent submission and enduring patience!
Third, a matured person should understand all his initiatives and
sacrifices are not to get blessings just for himself, but for others too!
Fourth, it is the time to praise the LORD, by acknowledging the truth:
If He can do so much for a secret follower, how much more He will
do to me, who believed, prayed and took initiative;
Fifth, believing strongly that in a surrendered life, interruptions are also permitted by our LORD; not just our steps, but even our stops are in
HIS plan; Our times are in His hands!

Do you know one interesting thing? That poor lady never ever imagined
of interrupting some other person, stopping the journey and discuss;
She came behind, struggled and touched His garments and tried to
disappear; but JESUS only stopped and publicly praised her faith.

Invite the interruptions! Slow down! Praise Him!

DO NOT BE AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE!( MARK 5 : 36 )

EXCUSE ME, PLEASE

SONG OF SONGS 5 : 2 – 4.

A wonderful relationship between the Lover and the beloved:
What kind of trust He has in the beloved!
Even if it is night, even if she is sleeping, He approaches with
confidence; gently knocking at the door;
Oh, what a wonderful girl!
Just by listening the knocking sound, no words used,
able to discern that the knock is made by Him;
See how He appreciates her!
My Darling!; My Treasure!; My Love!; My Dove!
What more a beloved needs? 
Accepted; Admired: Appreciated by The Lover!

The Lover gently shares His burden;
My head is soaked with dew, my hair with the wetness;
Can you please open the door, I need your help?
Oh, what an opportunity!
A chance to serve Him; touch His head; comfort Him;
He also wants to share His burden, His needs;
He is searching for a reliable person to share that!

Who will miss this golden opportunity?, 
Run, open the door and grab the opportunity!
Wait, wait, the door is not opened; she is telling something!
‘Excuse me, Please!’;
What? Why? 
Excuse 1:
‘ I have taken off my robe, should I get dressed again?’
If the person knocking at the door is the Groom,
do you think any bride will give this as a reason?
She enjoys everything without grasping His greatness?

Excuse 2:
‘ I have washed my feet, should I get them soiled?’
The Master is sharing about a problem of the head and
this dear lady is worrying about soiling her feet!
What kind of lady is she? How He selected her?
Does she deserve His affection and appreciation?
Is it possible to give these kind of insulting excuses?

Excuse me, Please, Don’t judge her!
It is not her story, but your story!

How many times your Master, The King, The Lover
tried to share His burden to you, but received a cold
response, meaningless excuses, irrational stories
from you?
Do you really know His attributes, His worth?
Do you know the value of serving Him?
Do you really love Him?
Or just enjoying His blessings and asking more and more?

He called you His friend, Co-heir, Beloved, Royal Priest,
Saint, His bride, Holy and Perfect, etc, etc..;

Did you really understand His High Calling?

WHAT ARE MORTALS THAT
YOU SHOULD THINK OF US,
MERE HUMANS THAT YOU
SHOULD CARE FOR US?

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