Last year at this time, August 9th. 2016, 11:30 pm, I was in the hospital, after undergoing a totally unnecessary biopsy, wearing a medical gown; as I was already suffering from severe pain, three sets of doctors left three different instructions on what position I should sleep that night, and was constantly interrupted by one or the other nurse, to change my sleeping position according to which doctor had left the instructions to that particular nurse; so, when I entered August 10th, 2016, my birthday, I was sleep deprived, wearing a medical gown and in severe pain.
So, this year, I did not have any plans for my birthday. Even yesterday, when I was praying for my birthday, I was grateful that this year, I would not be wearing a medical gown, suffering from sleep deprivation and intense pain. I just thanked the Lord for this, and in prayer, asked Him to bless me according to His will, and whatever He does, I will accept it with a grateful heart.
Imagine my surprise then when this morning (August 9th, 2017), as I was getting ready for our morning family prayer, my cousin brother called me to ask if I would join him for a small trip to Pondicherry, a nearby town by the East Coast of India. When I asked him what the occasion was, he told me that his family just wanted to go out and he would be happy if my wife and I could join them for the trip.
So, we went in the morning and I just came back. It was exhausting, but in a good way. We went to the beach, had some delicious food and did some shopping. More importantly I could spend a lot of time with my nieces. Though I became very tired in the evening, the Lord strengthened me soon.
I am too exhausted now. All I want is to sleep. But then my heart is filled with so much gratitude, I don’t know how to thank our Father in Heaven. One thing though. When I was young, I was taught that if you leave anything to the will of God, you will end up suffering a lot – remember the prayer of Jesus at Gethsemane and what happened to Him within 24 hours – is what I was taught. Though over the years I understood the folly of that notion, “according to Your will” had been always associated with severe afflictions and tribulations. But, the death at Calvary is not the end. It is the path leading to the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; yes, the will of the Lord is not always to make us suffer, but once we have suffered with Jesus, to make us partakers in His revealed glory.
With a grateful heart, I praise our Father and as I am about to begin a new year, Father, may Your will be done in my life; bless me according to Your Word that You have given Your servant. Through Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
When Mary Magdalene, Mary, mother of James, and Salome came to the tomb on that Sunday morning, they were worried about the stone. As it was written earlier, the stone was very large, it was sealed and was guarded. But they had a much greater problem than the large, sealed and guarded stone.
They had no hope.
Proverbs 18:14 says, “… but who can bear a broken spirit?” (NKJV)
When they went to the tomb, they were not hoping to see the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ in His glory. They went there with absolutely no hope. They went to anoint the body of Jesus. According to them, Jesus had died and that was the end of the story. They had no hope.
Dear child of God, probably you are also in such a situation, where you have no hope left at all. Nothing. Whatever hopes you had were dashed to pieces, grounded to dust and buried deep.
Does your future look bleak without any hopes?
Are you still looking for a job, at the age, when you thought you would be well settled in your life?
Is your body giving away slowly to the disease that you have been fighting for a while?
Have you lost all hope that you will ever be living a life that is pleasing to God?
Though you are religious, lately you are attending the church services out of habit rather than out of love for God?
Do you feel that the anointing you received is slowly burning down?
No matter what, dear friend, come to the Lord.
The women went to the tomb, without any hope. All they wanted to do was to anoint the body of a dead Jesus. But, then the power of resurrection came in its awesome might and they witnessed the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Like them, you may have lost all your hopes. All you want is just go through one more day. But come to Him, come to the LORD our Saviour Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection will be evident in your life.
The women came to anoint a dead body. But they ended up witnessing the greatest event in the history of mankind. Yes, come to Jesus even if you have no hope and you shall witness the great awesome power of our LORD in your life. And from a hopeless situation, the LORD will change your life so much that you will inspire hope unto thousands of others who have lost their hope. Amen.
|Hebrews 9:28“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
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Few years back, there was this best-selling novel, by the name of “The Da Vinci Code”, which sort of started many furious discussions about certain basic tenets of Christianity. The book was based on the concept that Jesus Christ did not die on the Cross, but escaped from death and that there is a blood line of Jesus Christ, still surviving, to become the savior at the right time. Many have asked me about the premise of this book and my answer is always the same: If Jesus did not die on the Cross and was not resurrected, then He would not be Jesus “CHRIST”. I would not be using “He”, it would be just “he”. Actually, I would not be even writing a blog about “him”. So, why would I care if there is a blood line or not?
The death of Jesus Christ is the ultimate sacrifice on the Cross, but it does not end there. The LORD is risen!!! And HE is alive forever and ever. But why was the LORD raised to life? For our justification.
When the LORD gave His life for us as the atoning sacrifice, we are cleansed from our sins. But giving a sacrifice is not everything. Remember Cain? He gave sacrifices to the LORD, but his sacrifices were not pleasing to God, so they were rejected. So, it is important that the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross is accepted by God the Father. And the Resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Calvary.
Though the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ on the Cross had washed our sins, we were still not justified before the eyes of the Most Holy God. It was when Jesus was resurrected, we became righteous before our God. Though Christmas and New Year are more popular than Easter is, IMHO Easter should be the Festival of Festivals. It is the Resurrection that changed everything.
The LORD’s Resurrection is proof that His sacrifice was accepted by God our Father, that the Lord God has accepted His sacrifice as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Resurrection made the work of Jesus complete. Because His Resurrection is what conquered the ultimate enemy of humankind – death.
His Resurrection is the basis of all our hopes. It was His Resurrection that made us righteous and it is because we are made righteous by His Resurrection, we hope for eternal life.
That’s why Apostle Paul gives so much importance to the Resurrection of the LORD and says,
|Psalm 14:1“For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
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