Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 March 2017
Read: John 5:1-9; Hebrews 4:15-16
The scene of Christ’s miracle happened at the Bethesda pool near the sheep market (or gate) of Jerusalem (v.2). A large number of sick people lied around that pool. They suffered from serious incurable physical ailments. Though there were supernatural healings occurring in the pool, a certain man with infirmities was unable to get to the pool to be healed. He had none to help him to get to the pool for healing. He had been suffering for 38 years.
Jesus did not pass by that man without compassion. He noticed his misery and felt deeply for him. His compassion was great because he “knew that he had been now a long time in that case...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 25 March 2017
Read: John 16:4-6; Revelation 2:10
Jesus has been repeatedly cautioning the disciples of the coming persecution upon them. Persecution and trouble is no myth. Troubles are real in Christians’ life. Jesus speaks of them in advance, because He knows for sure that those experiences will come.
If we continually remember the warnings of Jesus concerning persecution, when it comes, we will not be deluded to think that our Lord has forsaken us. Jesus also warned us that persecution could come even from those who claim to be godly...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:18-20; Psalms 119:86
e are to be submissive to those who are above us, whether they are kind or rude to us. Christian employees must not take advantage of their employers. Each worker should honestly do a good day’s work and earn his pay.
Sometimes unbelieving co-workers or a superior may wrong a Christian employee. For the sake of good conscience before God, he must "take it" instead of avenging it. In no circumstance he should allow his conscience to be marred with anger...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 23 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 9:25-26
APeculiar People: The word ‘peculiar’ has the idea of ‘belonging exclusively.' This idea is reflected in Exodus 19:5: "If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people." Christians are God's special possession. In other words we are a people of possession.
The Greek word translated ‘peculiar’ also carries the idea of purchased possession. We are acquired by God with a price...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Read: John 12:1-2; 1 Timothy 5:9-10
John 12 shows a division that was becoming more and more apparent among the people concerning their opinion about Christ. While those who believed in Christ showed greater love for Christ and His doctrines, those who rejected Him became increasingly intolerant with Him. Among those who loved Him ever more were Martha, Mary and Lazarus. They expressed their love by treating Christ to a delicious meal. Each had a different way of showing their love for Christ. Today we meditate on the loving service of Martha...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:32
here are 5 Christian virtues mentioned in verse 8. Yesterday we studied the first two of them, namely, unity and compassion. Three new virtues are considered today.
Brotherly love: Peter exhorts us to "love as brethren". A congregation must treat one another as brothers. We must express godly love that fosters an atmosphere of a happy family of God. Peter is challenging every child of God to show love towards one another...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 March 2017
Read: John 16:7-11; Acts 4:8-12
Jesus’ departure from the disciples would not mean that they would be without help. On the contrary, Jesus said, “It is expedient for you that I go away.” There is greater blessing to come their way, when Jesus would depart to His Father. Jesus then went on to explain those advantages that would come upon His leaving...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 March 2017
Read: John 5:19-23; John 14:10
n these verses the Lord Jesus asserted the equality of the Father and the Son. Jesus’ claim of equality was not because there was rivalry between them, but there was a need to affirm it before His hearers — “for what things soever he (the Father) doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (v.19b).
The Father’s will was not forced upon the Son. The basis of the Son’s submission was that the Father loves His Son. The Father lovingly and joyfully bestows upon the Son His plans and works so that the Son might reveal them to men...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 March 2017
Read: John 20:10-31; 1 Peter 1:8
n this section of John 20, the apostle records three post-resurrection appearances of Christ.
Jesus' appearance to Mary (20:10-18): When the two disciples returned to their homes, Mary remained outside the tomb crying. She saw two angels in the tomb. After she replied the angelic enquiry concerning her sorrow, she turned back and saw Jesus. She mistook Him to be the gardener. But when He called her "Mary," she recognized Him. She responded with the cry Rabboni...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 17 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Exodus 19:6
t is another privilege of the Christians with an Old Testament parallel. Peter’s idea of royal priesthood is drawn from Exodus 19:6, where God said of Israel, "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests." However Israel forfeited its privilege offered to it. When Israel apostatised and executed their Messiah, they lose the privilege of being a kingdom of priests. Peter affirms that at present the church is the royal priesthood of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 March 2017
Read: John 13:1; 1 John 4:19
The Passover season had arrived, and by Friday He would be utterly rejected and executed. To celebrate the Passover with His disciples, He gathered them in an upper room in Jerusalem. It has also been His intention to speak to the disciples. Knowing that He was soon to go to the cross to die for the sins of the world, He was still concerned with the needs of His twelve disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Read: John 1:13; James 1:18
n verse 13, John firstly tells us that we become God’s children not by any physical means or physical process. He wants us to know that it is entirely a spiritual matter.
John tells us that God’s children “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man.” The phrase “not of blood” indicates that no one becomes a child of God through any physical descent. In other words, no blood relationship guarantees us the right to become a child of God. This truth is further emphasized in the following expression...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Read: John 7:14-25; Proverbs 17:15
oncerning the source of His teachings, Jesus assured His hearers that He had been instructed by God. Unlike the rabbis, He claimed no long chain of human traditions. He insisted that He was not without precedence: His teachings are from the One who hath sent Him from Heaven.
Jesus then went on to prove to them that divine authentication of one’s teaching is not based on rabbinical schools or traditions that one can claim. Instead, it is the moral or righteous character of teaching and practice of those who teach the Word that prove the authenticity of one’s teaching...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 13 March 2017
Read: John 12:9-11; John 13:34; Matthew 10:22
Many, hearing that Jesus was in Bethany, came to see Him (cf. v.9). John states two reasons for their coming to Bethany. First, “they came …for Jesus’ sake.” They knew Jesus through His previous teachings and works. They have seen Him and heard Him. They believed Him, so they came for His sake. They came to honour Him, for they loved Him. Second, “they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.” Those who love the Lord will love those whom He loves and blesses. It is only natural that they get together to listen to what the Lord has done in each one’s life....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 March 2017
Read: John 10:34-39; Galatians 4:4
f the Jews who accused Jesus of blasphemy would not believe in Him, even for all the evidences that He gave them, then they should refer to the Old Testament Scriptures, which they possessed. (And they insisted that they were their divinely appointed interpreters.) So taking them at their word, Jesus referred to Psalm 82:6 to refute their charge of blasphemy...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 11 March 2017
Read: John 13:2-5; 1 John 1:9
Though Jesus’ love is perfect, men do reject it. Judas did just that. We read in verse 2: “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.” Judas was constantly experiencing the love of Christ, yet hating Him at the same time. Such rejection of His perfect love only makes man’s wickedness all too plain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 March 2017
Read: John 18:15-27; 1 Peter 2:19-25
Peter joined the crowd that took Jesus to Annas. He did not flee with the rest of the disciples, as Jesus wanted them to do (John 18:8). Had he gone his way, he would never have denied the Lord. Though his concern and courage that made him follow Christ appear commendable, we cannot agree with his actions; for he walked straight into temptation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 09 March 2017
Read: John 14:17; Galatians 4:6
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him” (v.17a). Unsaved men do not recognise the Spirit or His work. If the world did not recognise the first Comforter, Jesus, you cannot expect it to recognise the second One, who is exactly like the first...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 08 March 2017
Read: John 11:4-6; Acts 4:12
The Lord told the disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them. Then He said, “And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know” (v. 4). That appears to be a very assuring statement. The Lord seems to tell the eleven that they will surely go where He is going to be shortly. But then Thomas queried, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (v. 5) This question suggests that some of the disciples, if not all, were still in a daze as to where the Lord was going...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:17; 2 Corinthians 7:1
In the preceding passage (1:13-16), Peter taught us that hope and holiness are the fruits of the great salvation in Jesus Christ. The new passage is connected to the preceding by means of the word "and" which appears at the beginning of verse 17. Thus we understand that holiness is inevitably connected to fearing God, a challenge that Peter gives to all Christians at the end of verse 17...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 06 March 2017
Read: John 15:15-16; 1 Corinthians 9:16-18
In Jesus’ day, servants and their masters rarely were friends. Not that they were necessarily enemies; they simply did not cultivate the kind of relationship friends would have. A slave was told only what he should do, never why he should do it. He never knew his master’s plans, goals, or feelings...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 March 2017
Read: John 15:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:9
he disciples would have been happy to be known as Jesus’ slaves. To be a servant of God was by no means a shameful thing. But to be known as the friend of God was an honour. All of them had longed for intimacy with Him. They had even contended among themselves about which one would sit closest to Him in the kingdom. Now He reassured all of them that He desired intimacy with them as well, and He listed a number of the characteristics that are essential to a loving relationship with Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 04 March 2017
Read: John 6:60-66; 2 Timothy 2:19
any of the so-called disciples found the teachings of Jesus too difficult to accept. The word “hard” in this passage (v.60) means “hard to accept,” and not “hard to understand.”
The actual implications of the discourse between Christ and the Jews demanded much more than intellectual capability. One must either make the tremendous leap of faith and receive Jesus as the Son of God, equal with the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 03 March 2017
Read: John 15:26-27; Acts 1:8
hrist declared a comforting message lest any should fear. He promised them the special ministry of the Comforter, which would keep them in His truth and comfort, that they may function as efficient ministers of the Gospel.
The world would disagree, alter, and even reject the truth of Christ. But the Spirit will enable the believers to know the truth and boldly testify, for they themselves have the Spirit’s testimony within them. Whenever and wherever the enemy may rise, Christians will have the company of a divine Comforter. When there is earthly hostility, there will be heavenly consolation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 02 March 2017
Read: John 8:12-20; Isaiah 42:6-7
Jesus was in the section of the Temple where the receptacles for the gifts of the worshippers were placed. Each night during the Feast of Tabernacles it was lit with a candelabra, to commemorate the pillar of fire over the Israelites in the wilderness. Now the lights were extinguished, as the Feast was ended. And Jesus reacted accordingly. Thus a second time Jesus applied to Himself the spiritual reality of the symbolism of the Feast of Tabernacles...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Read: John 2:12-17; 1 Chronicles 16:29-30
esus and His disciples came to Jerusalem to participate in the Passover, in obedience to God’s commandment that the Jews should remember the deliverance of their fathers from the bondage of Egypt (Exo 23:14–17; Num 9:1–5). Jesus showed great respect for this festival as it was commanded in the Old Testament. The Lord Jesus is our example in all aspects of life, even in the matter of worship and service of God...
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