Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 07 January 2017
Read: John 4:43-44; Matthew 23:31-33
Hostile Attitude to God’s Servants and its Aftermath: While Jesus the Son of God was on earth, He took the role of a great prophet. He preached against sin, He did miracles, and He taught them God’s will. However, people often despised Him. Then He said, “a prophet hath no honour in his own country.” Other Gospel writers also recorded this saying of Christ (Matt 13:57; Mk 6:4; and Lk 4:24). The records in Matthew and Mark were the words which Christ spoke while He was in the Galilean region. The record of Luke was spoken while He was in Nazareth of Galilee...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 06 January 2017
Read: John 4:7-14; Isaiah 12:1-3
The Samaritan woman was shocked to hear Jesus, a Jew, asking her for a drink. Neither was it customary for a man to talk to a woman in public. She was also a moral outcast, who would be normally shunned by people. Startled at Jesus’ request, she asked “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” But God reaches out to us regardless of our race, colour and status. No sinner is beyond the reach of Christ the Saviour...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 05 January 2017
Read: John 10:40-42; Matthew 3:11-12
Jesus walked from the field of conflict as the victor. He left behind Him an angry, confused, but resolute foe. Though they cast aside their stones, it was only for awhile. It was quite certain that the Jewish rulers would never believe the claims of Jesus. In fact with each of His succeeding visits to Jerusalem, this became more evident. The recent violent episode saw the line of battle drawn more tightly than ever. Because of Jesus’ dominant personality and unanswerable logic, they felt so humiliated and wanted to kill Him by creating mob violence...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 04 January 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:18-21; Ephesians 1:6-7
n verses 18-21 Peter calls the attention of believers to the priceless redemption God has secured for them. He introduces the value of our redemption as another reason for holy living. The words, "Forasmuch as ye know," at the beginning of verse 18 is a common method of expanding the preceding thought, which in this case is the reasons for holy living...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 03 January 2017
Read: John 12:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:16
Martha was busy fixing the meal to serve her Lord. Lazarus was at the table with the Lord, fellowshipping with Him and glorifying Him before others. But what would Mary do? She needed not be at the table, Lazarus was there. She was, perhaps, of small use in the kitchen; her culinary abilities appeared to be slender. What could Mary do...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 02 January 2017
Read: John 14:27; Isaiah 26:3
You may be in the midst of very harrowing trials. But you can still have peace. The peace that Jesus offers is not dependant on circumstances. It is an inner sense of assurance that is not touched by what happens on the outside. Does it appear ironic that this precious promise of peace comes from the Lord Jesus on the night before He died in agony? Though the Lord had perfect knowledge of the deadly pain that is coming His way, He took time to comfort His disciples with the message of peace...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 January 2017
Read: John 17:24-26; 2 Corinthians 3:18
ow do we know that Christians go to heaven? Because of the price that Jesus paid (1 Thess 5:9-10), the promise that Jesus made (John 14:16), and the prayer that Jesus prayed (John 17:24). Knowing that the Father always answers His Son’s prayers, we can be sure that His request that the believers will one day be with Him in heaven to behold His glory will be granted. Jesus prayed, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory.” This last request of Christ is like a covenant or testament...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 31 December 2016
Read: John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:8-10
In verses 12 and 13, Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit will help His disciples to understand His truths.
Though the disciples were incapable of comprehending all the truths that Jesus wanted them to know, the Spirit would later enable to understand “all truth.” His departure would not deny them the opportunity to learn of Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 30 December 2016
Read: John 1:35-39; 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
Personal evangelism can guarantee a steady stream of souls (when they are properly guided in the knowledge of the Gospel) coming to church. In John 1:35 to 39 we have an excellent Biblical example of the effectiveness and essentials of personal evangelism.
Be persistent in witnessing Christ (vv.35–37): The first word of this passage “again” (v.35) calls our attention to the Baptiser’s repeated effort in witnessing Christ. Just like the day before, he affirmed before others loudly that Jesus Christ is God’s provision for sinner’s redemption — “Behold the Lamb of God!” Because he persisted in declaring Christ, two of His disciples followed Jesus...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 29 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 4:8-9; Titus 2:12-13
After exhorting believers to get their relationship with God right, Peter now challenges them to get their relationship right with fellow brethren. In verses 8-9 Peter describes the second area of preparation for the end times as “charity.” In verse 9 he mentions “hospitality” as an expression of mutual love. The words “above all” (v.8) points to the superiority of a loving relationship with fellow brethren.
Peter said, “have fervent charity among yourselves.” The words translated “have” and “fervent” imply that believers must continually give their best to show love towards fellow believers. The Greek word for “fervent” was normally used to describe the maximum effort exerted...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Read: John 11:6-10; Jeremiah 20:11
Two days after receiving the news of Lazarus’ illness, Jesus suggested that He and the disciples return from Perea to the area of Judea (where Bethany was located). But this decision of Jesus frightened His disciples for they were filled with fear for His safety. The reason He had left Judea some weeks before was the murderous hostility of the Jewish leaders (10:39–40). There was an attempt to stone him. Though their attempts to kill Jesus had been unsuccessful,,...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Read: John 13:31-33; John 17:4-6
Every Christian must be preoccupied with his Lord’s glory. He should not be concerned about himself or his own glory. Jesus taught His disciples this all-important lesson both by example and by exhortation (cf. vv. 31-32). Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified.”(v. 31). Judas had begun to set everything in motion for Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus was ready to die, to be glorified. At first, the crucifixion may seem like defeat, shame, disgrace, and disaster. Nonetheless, Jesus could say, “Now is the Son of Man glorified.” How was there glory in the cross? On the cross, Jesus performed the greatest work of all the ages. By His death, He destroyed sin, defeated Satan, and paid the price of God’s justice and purchased for Himself all the elect of God. In all heaven and earth, no act is so worthy of praise and honour and full glory....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Read: John 17:6-8; Matthew 11:25-27
he little flock of disciples was given by the Father to the Son. They have been taken out of the world by the electing work of the Father “the men which thou gavest me out of the world.” He then gave them to His Son - “thou gavest them me” (cf. vv. 2, 6, 9, 24).
They had been separated out of the world (“world” occurs 18 times in this chapter). Thus the disciples and all true believers belong to the Father and the Son...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 26 December 2016
Read: John 10:1-18; Ezekiel 34:2-5
esus used this occasion to distinguish between the true and false shepherds, or between Himself and the Pharisees. For this purpose, He used the allegory of the Good Shepherd. The word rendered “parable” (paroimia) in verse 6 means a wayside saying. The word for parable (parabole) does not appear in John. A parable usually teaches one point, with little emphasis being placed on the details of the story. An allegory is a kind of parable in that it also stresses one theme. But it approaches it from many angles through the details
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 December 2016
Read: John 6:16-21; Psalms 29:3-4
While Jesus went to the mountain to pray, His disciples were on a boat going across to Capernaum. It was dark. Jesus was not with them. Late that night (Matthew and Mark say the “fourth watch,” between three and six a.m.), while they were about three miles out into the sea or halfway across, “they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs,” there was a great storm that stirred up the sea. As they were struggling, the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water. He was walking to their boat. Thinking that they were seeing an apparition, they were frightened...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 24 December 2016
Read: John 12:27-30; Isaiah 49:3-7
The Lord’s heart was exceedingly troubled because of (i) the scepticism and hatred in the hearts of the people (ii) the violent plots against Him and those who loved Him (iii) the time of His crucifixion is near. A great amount of pressure and trouble surrounded Him. Though His friends with much affection surrounded Him, they were only feeble and helpless men, full of fear and trouble themselves. But He knew from where He can find strength and help...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 23 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:14-16; Leviticus 1:7
eter teaches us to imitate our Holy God that we may live as holy.
Be Imitating Children: God alone must be the formative force in the believers’ lives. We are to look to God as our pattern, because "he . . . . hath called us" (v.15a). Peter knew the greatness of God’s call. Scores of years before he wrote this epistle, Peter and his brother Andrew heard Christ’s call - "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). When he responded to that call, his life was completely changed...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 22 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:14; Ephesians 4:22-24
All those who set their hope in Christ’s return cannot live like the way they lived before setting their hope in Christ. The future will have a great influence in Christians’ present life. There must be a change in every aspect of their lives. One of the most expected changes is the transformation from a life of sin to a life of holiness. Peter teaches us how to live a life of holiness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:8; Romans 12:5-6
he Apostle had been teaching us Christian responsibilities and duties in various realms of life and activities. In this passage, he broadens his appeal and exhorts all believers ("Finally, be ye all"- v.8a) to manifest virtues that are acceptable before the Lord. Here Peter exhorts us not only to be aware of our obligations among Christians and the society, but also to act according to our awareness...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Read: John 5:24-26; Ephesians 2:1-7
any of the Jews continually rejected His claims of equality with the Father (5:17–23). So Jesus described to them what is at stake if they reject Him, and what blessing awaits those who humbly believe in His divinity.
Death reigns in every man: When a man rejects Christ he denies himself “life” eternal. His destiny then goes on to eternal “death...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 19 December 2016
Read: John 10:11-21; Hebrews 13:20-21
ften, Palestinian shepherds took their flocks so far from the village in search of pasture and water, especially in the dry season, that many a time they could not get back to the fold at night. Thus they spent the night outdoors. And this was the time when the shepherd’s protection was most needed.
He dies for his sheep (vv.11–13):
Many shepherds died while defending their flocks. They had to counter the knives and clubs of robbers and the attacks of wild animals. In their cases...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 December 2016
Read: John 10:3-10; Acts 20:32
He leads his sheep out of the fold (vv.3c–6):
As Jesus presented Himself to Israel, the leaders rejected Him. Eventually, they persecuted Him, and those who followed Him. They even expelled the poor blind man who exalted Him. The most wonderful fact is that every one of them was being lead out by Christ. The Pharisees might object that Jesus did not lead the man out, but that they had cast him out. However, God in His sovereignty often used the acts of men to accomplish His purposes...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 17 December 2016
Read: John 10:1-3; 1 Peter 2:25
e comes through the proper entrance (vv. 1–2):
The shepherd who has a right to the sheep does not need to sneak into the fold or climb over the wall. He can enter through the door. So Christ could come to His people because He had the right to them as their Messiah. The Old Testament prophecies pointed to Him alone, and to none else. He was born of a virgin, as Isaiah had foretold (Isa 7:14). He possessed the right to the throne of David from Joseph...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 16 December 2016
Read: John 21:1-14; Acts 10:41
The risen Lord had instructed His disciples to meet Him in Galilee (Matt. 26:32; 28:7–10; Mk 16:7). So they all came up to Galilee, and Peter decided to go fishing in the Sea of Tiberias, which is also known as the Sea of Galilee. Peter had been called from that kind of life (Lk 5:1–11). When he went fishing, Peter took six other men with him! Why would Peter and his friends go back to their old profession? Understandably they were confused and unsure of the future.....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 15 December 2016
Read: John 18:1-2; Matthew 26:36-45
fter His pastoral prayer for His disciples in the upper room, Jesus went to a garden over the brook Cedron, which was the Garden of Gethsemane. Why did He go there?
Firstly, it was where He wanted to be with His disciples before His crucifixion. He could have wished that no one disturbed His quietness before the horror of the cross. But the Lord was full of compassion and He allowed His disciples to be with Him to the end...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:3-6; 1 Timothy 2:9-11
n 3:1-2, the apostle exhorted Christian wives to be submissive and faithful to their own husbands. In 3:1-6 he exhorts them to be modest women.
She must be modest: Firstly Peter warns women against being occupied with outward adornment (v.3). Many women in the Roman society dyed their hair with outlandish colours and braided it elaborately. They were also fond of expensive jewellery, elegant clothing, and fine cosmetics. Such passions for beauty and glamour are not consistent with God's design of Christian women...
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