Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 29 April 2017
Read: John 15:1-6; Matthew 3:10
ruit-bearing and non-fruit-bearing branches grow rapidly and must be carefully pruned. If there is to be a large quantity of fruit, the fruitless branches must be removed as well as the shoots that grow on the fruit-bearing branches.
Jesus said His followers are like mature branches that bore fruit but needed pruning. There is no such thing as a fruitless Christian. Every Christian bears some fruit (Eph 2:10). If a person’s faith is genuine, his life will bear good fruit. Jesus’ illustration would make no sense if every Christian does not bear at least some fruit...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 28 April 2017
Read: John 5:15-18; Colossians 1:16
he Jews were angry that Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath day. They considered healing a sick person as breaking the Sabbath day (v.16). Jesus answered their accusation in verses 17 to 47. The most outstanding thought in His reply is His oneness with the Father.
In His reply, Jesus first referred to God Almighty as “My Father.” This claim meant that Jesus was one with the Father. The Jews understood the meaning of this claim very well. They were extremely angry upon hearing Jesus’ words. They “sought the more to kill Him, because not only he had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 27 April 2017
Read: John 18:33-19:5; Isaiah 52:14
hough Pilate asked what the truth was, he was interested neither in the truth nor in justice. If Jesus was innocent of all charges, then Pilate should have set Him free. Instead, he began to negotiate with the Jews. Knowing that Jesus was popular, Pilate suggested to the crowd that he would release Him, as it was a custom to release a prisoner at Passover. But the leaders persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus (Matt. 27:20). So they said “Not this man, but Barabbas.” Barabbas was a robber...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:2; Deuteronomy 7:6-8
avid wrote many years ago, "How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?" It is unthinkable in human terms to feel happy in the midst of hatred. But God's people can sing with joy and peace even in the midst of hostility. This is because of God's love that has chosen them. Though the world will estrange and hate the believers like aliens, yet they are loved and cared for by the Triune God. See how Peter explains this overwhelming divine love saga.
Peter addressed his readers as "strangers" (v.1), because that was how they were feeling. But he wanted them to know they have better things to meditate upon than the hostility of this world. So he quickly reminded them of their spiritual position before God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Read: John 11:28-33; Hebrews 12:12
hile Martha went to meet Jesus, Mary remained in the house with friends and mourners. In personality, she differed from her sister. She needed sympathy rather than persuasion. So Martha encouraged her by whispering to her that the Lord had come and He calls for her. “As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him” (v.29). No matter how weary we may be, let us remember that the Lord bids us to His side. Like Mary, let us haste, no matter how crippling the grief may be, to the Lord’s side. He says unto us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 24 April 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:3; Psalms 116:13-15
eter praises God for the salvation of the Lord that reached and blessed his readers - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us…"
Peter regarded the regeneration of a sinner as an evidence of the greatness of God’s mercy. Like Peter, Apostle Paul also proclaimed this truth: "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 April 2017
Read: John 19:23-24; Psalms 22:18
The garments of the condemned men belonged to the soldiers on duty, hence the action in verse 23. When they had crucified Jesus, nailed Him to the cross, and lifted it up, they left Him upon it that He may suffer and die in agony. They had nothing more to do, but to wait till He dies. They hardened their hearts and turned a deaf ear against His groaning and utterances. Then they went to divide His clothes or upper garment “without seam, woven from the top throughout.” They agreed to cast lots for it....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 22 April 2017
Read: John 11:11-16 ; Daniel 12:2
Jesus’ response to the news of Lazarus’ deadly sickness was: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep” (v.11). The term “sleep” was a figure of speech. Nonetheless, the disciples, interpreting the word “sleep” in the natural sense, thought that Lazarus’ health was improving. Then Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead” (v.14). Then the disciples understood the actual situation in Bethany. Jesus knew clearly that Lazarus was dead...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 21 April 2017
Read: John 19:14-15; Acts 3:13-15
his was the day of preparation for the Passover Week (i.e., Friday); and it was the sixth hour. By Roman reckoning of time, it could indicate 6 a.m. That day was the Passover proper, the day on which Christ died.
After many attempts to release Jesus, Pilate said, “Behold your King!” Pilate did not believe Jesus was their King, but he said this to spite the Jews. Pilate could not resist goading the Jews: Shall I crucify your King? Then the Jews responded in ire that they had no king but Caesar...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 20 April 2017
Read: John 13:20; Matthew 10:40-42
hile Jesus was speaking of His imminent betrayal, suddenly He addressed His apostles in verse 20. Initially, that statement does not seem to fit the context of what Jesus is saying in the passage as a whole. But a close look reveals that it fits beautifully.
We do not know what went on between verses 19 and 20. They might have assumed that a traitor among the disciples would lower the standing of them all. Worse still, if their Master would allow Himself to be killed, the future appeared rather gloomy...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Read: John 7:40-53; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
he words of Jesus produced a division among the people. So there ensued an argument as to whether or not He was the Christ. John reported the different responses of the people. Some said, “Of a truth this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” There were also some who wanted to physically abuse Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:8c-9; Romans 15:13
hristians must be committed to rejoice always. It is important that we will be conscious about the biblical injunction to rejoice. We must resist every one of the devil's attempts to make us sad and troubled. The biblical command to us is "Rejoice evermore" (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
Peter says that we are to "rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." If this were not Christians' God-given inheritance, Peter would not have required that they immerse themselves in it...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 17 April 2017
Read: John 12:34-36; Isaiah 42:6, 7
When the audience heard from Jesus that He would die, they could not reconcile how such a tragic end would come to their Messiah. So they argued that He would not die. When they asked “who is this son of man?” they were simply asking what kind of son of man is Jesus if He is going to die? It is true that the Scripture teaches that the Lord liveth forever; and yet it also teaches that He would die bearing our sins. But death and grave cannot keep Him. He will resurrect and live for ever...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 April 2017
Read: John 1:47-51; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
oday’s passage teaches us how the efforts of a determined Philip were rewarded, when Jesus Christ dealt with Nathaniel’s skepticism and led him to genuine faith in Him.
Nathaniel was pleasantly surprised by the omniscience of Jesus Christ: The Lord’s remark of Nathaniel as “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile” is descriptive of his character (v.47). Jesus was saying that though Nathaniel expressed some skepticism, he was not a deceiver. Nathaniel was even more surprised when Christ accurately told him about his whereabouts before he came to Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 15 April 2017
Read: John 19:28-37; Philippians 2:8
hat an irony it is that the Giver of water of life says, “I thirst”! (cf. John 4:14; 7:38-39). Exhausted by the torture, our Lord cried out, “I thirst.” According to verse 28, He said those words in fulfillment of another prophecy about His suffering (cf. Ps 42:1-2; 63:1). Giving Him vinegar, a sour wine, fulfilled Psalm 69:21. He suffered and died according to the Scriptures. He was truly the promised Messiah.
Then Jesus said, “It is finished,” a single Greek word, tetelestai. It means “It is finished” (not “I am finished”). He meant His redemptive work was completed...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 13 April 2017
Read: John 13:21-30; 1 John 2:19
nmasking Judas’ betrayal must have caused deep anguish to Jesus (cf. v. 21). In His anguish, He said, “One of you shall betray me.” It must have been difficult for the disciples to fathom that one of them could have such treachery in his heart. John says that they began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking (cf. v. 22). And Judas, the hypocrite, even said, “Is it I, Rabbi?” (Matt 26:25).
If Jesus had ever treated Judas any differently from the way He treated the other disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Read: John 8:1-6; Matthew 7:3-5
After His participation in the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jesus spent a night on the Mount of Olives. The next day, He came back to the Temple and taught there. Then some Pharisees and scribes brought to Jesus a woman taken in the very act of adultery. The chief purpose of bringing her to Christ was to ensnare Him, for they thought that her case would put Him in a difficult situation. They asked Him, “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” John commented, “This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Read: John 13:18-19; 2 Corinthians 11:15
udas would not accept the love of Christ, even the final challenge the Lord had thrown to Him would not be regarded. The New Testament writers disdained Judas to such a degree that in every list of the disciples given in the Gospels, Judas is listed last, with a note of contempt after his name.
This lesson is vital for our times too. He wanted to prepare the disciples for what was about to happen. Jesus wanted to be sure that they did not think He was surprised by what Judas was about to do. Prophecy was clear that Christ would be betrayed by a close friend. So Christ chose him to fulfil prophecy...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 10 April 2017
Read: John 19:6-16; Matthew 27:24
he sight of the scourged and humiliated Jesus did not change the heart of the unjust mob. They began to crave for His death. “They cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.” Pilate’s reply to that crowd was equally gruesome. He said, “Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.” Crucifixion was a humiliating death, reserved for criminals, slaves, and especially political rebels. How could such a punishment be served to a guiltless Person? So the Jewish leaders gave Pilate their real reason: “We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 April 2017
Read: John 11:34-44; Philippians 3:21
The command of Jesus to roll away the large stone, which closed the entrance to the tomb, brought certain qualms to Martha. She had asked for this raising, but her faith in Christ’s power was almost engulfed by her awareness of conditions inside the sepulchre. Embalming was not practised in first-century Palestine. Burial usually occurred, therefore, on the day of death. Bodies were wrapped in strips of cloths, with spices sprinkled among the bindings to dispel the odour. Jesus encouraged Martha by pointing her away from the corruption of the tomb to the possibility of glorious promise...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 08 April 2017
Read: John 14:25-26; Psalms 143:10
he Lord Jesus was turning over the continuation of His teaching of the truth to the Holy Spirit, who would dwell in His people. “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (vv. 25-26).
All these three years He had been telling His disciples the Father’s truth. But they did not fully perceive all the things He had taught them. Earlier, John spoke about this problem in John 2:2: “When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 07 April 2017
Read: John 4:45-54; John 2:23-25
mong those who followed Him eagerly, there were unbelievers. Today’s passage reveals the nature of superficial faith and that of genuine faith.
Superficial Faith: The Galileans welcomed Jesus because of His earlier miracles. When He came to Cana, a nobleman approached Him to seek healing for his son who was sick. Then Jesus said, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (v.48). Firstly, Jesus was rebuking the superficial faith of the crowd, who would believe only if there were great wonders...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 06 April 2017
Read: John 6:22-29; Isaiah 55:2-3
The day after the feeding of the five thousand, the people recognised that something strange had occurred. There had been only one boat the day before and the disciples had left in it without Christ (v.22); yet in the morning He was nowhere to be found. They did not know that the Lord walked on the water and entered the boat to go across the sea. The crowd finally located Jesus in Capernaum and asked Him when (and presumably how) He had gotten there (v.25). Our Lord used this opportunity to teach an important truth, based upon the miracle He performed the day before...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 05 April 2017
Read: John 10:26-31; 1 Timothy 3:16
esus, being the Giver of eternal life, is the Christ (vv.26–28): His sheep hear and heed His voice; He knows them, and they follow Him. He gives unto them eternal life. Jesus gives eternal life to all those who come to Him and believe His words. Furthermore, “they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand” (v.28). “Never” renders a strong, emphatic double negative. In English two negatives make a positive. But in Greek two negatives make a stronger negative. So, Jesus emphatically said that His sheep shall “not never” be destroyed. The word rendered “perish” is the verb from which comes the word “Apollyon”, the destroyer, a name given to the devil...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Read: John 10:22-25; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Ahostile group of Jewish rulers surrounded Jesus, while He was walking along Solomon’s porch in the temple area. They tried to provoke Him by alleging that He would not tell the truth about Himself plainly to them. In the past, they had repeatedly tried to get Him to tell them who He was (cf. 8:25). But He always replied in plain and clear language, which they could not take advantage to accuse Him. Therefore, they challenged Him to come to the point. “lf thou be the Christ, tell us plainly” (v.24). The point of their demand was that He should speak “plainly.” They wanted Him to say flatly, “I am the Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 03 April 2017
Read: John 11:1-5; John 16:27
ot in vain did Mary and Martha send the news of their brother’s deadly sickness to Jesus. Certainly, no one seeks His face in vain.
The response of Jesus upon hearing the news of Lazarus’ deadly sickness is unusual and marvellous. He said, “this sickness is not unto death.” But as we know, Lazarus did die. So what did He mean? Was He mistaken about the future? Certainly Jesus was not mistaken about what would happen. In all probability, Lazarus died the same day when the news about his sickness was brought to Jesus...
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