Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 07 December 2013
Read: John 20:10-31; 1 Peter 1:8
In 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! (which means my Teacher). She may have wanted to embrace Him physically, for the Lord responded, “Touch me not”. Jesus told her that He was not there to continue to stay with her and other disciples, but that He would soon ascend to the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 06 December 2013
Read: John 1:10-12; 1 John 3:1
Verse 10 begins with the statement, “He was in the world.” John was talking about the True Light, Jesus Christ, who came from heaven into this world. He then once again affirms Christ’s deity, asserting that He is the Maker of the world (v.10; cf. v.3). Jesus Christ is God, and that is certain. We must defend the doctrine of Christ’s deity at all costs. As the rest of today’s reading reveals, if any deny this truth about Christ, he can never taste eternal life.
John tells us that men rejected Christ even though God sent John the Baptiser to introduce Christ to them — “The world knew Him not” (v.10c)
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 05 December 2013
Read: John 1:45-49; Romans 10:14
Philip’s witnessing teaches us that one’s zeal in witnessing motivates other believers to witness: Philip followed the pattern of Andrew and Peter in witnessing Christ, just as Peter and Andrew followed John the Baptist’s pattern. Likewise, our zeal in witnessing Christ can motivate other brethren to win souls too. By our example, we must encourage other believers to evangelise their friends and relatives.
Philip’s witnessing teaches us that we must help our contacts to find answers to their questions: Philip’s conversation with Nathaniel suggests that Nathaniel was a man who knew the prophecies of Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 04 December 2013
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 Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Read: John 1:19-28; 1 Peter 3:15
Verse 19 begins with the words, “And this is the record of John.” The word “record” indicates the certainty with which John the Baptiser witnessed. He would even give his life for the truth he declared. From his witnessing of Christ, we can glean some important principles for effective witnessing.
Readiness to Answer the Unbelievers: This spiritual preparedness was well evident in the life of John the Baptist...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 02 December 2013
Read: John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-9
The Word was made flesh.” This expresses Christ’s incarnation. Christ the eternal Word who is God (Jn 1:1) came to earth as man. Yet in doing so, He did not merely “appear” like a man; He became one (cf. Phil 2:5–9). Humanity, in other words, was added to Christ’s deity. So the word “made” (egeneto) should be understood as “took to Himself.” “Flesh” in this verse means the human nature, not sinfulness or weakness.
“And dwelt among us.” By His divine presence, He always was in the world, but now that the fullness of time was come He was sent forth, made of a woman (Gal 4:4). Jesus Christ, God, the Creator, manifested in the flesh and lived among the people just like one of them...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 28 November 2013
Read: John 13:12-17; Luke 22:26-27
Jesus began His series of ‘close-door’ teaching for His disciples with a lesson on mutual love. This lesson is vital for our times too, as the world is preoccupied with self-esteem, self-love, and self-glory. When people are committed first of all to themselves, relationships disintegrate. And that is just what is happening today in homes and in society at large. Sadly, the preoccupation with self has found its way into the church. Perhaps the fastest-growing phenomenon in modern Christianity is the emphasis on pride, self-esteem, self-image, self-fulfilment, and other manifestations of self glorification...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Read: John 8:1-11; Hebrews 12:1
Convicted in their consciences, the accusers and the plotters slipped away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. Arising, Jesus asked the woman, “Hath no man condemned thee?” (v.10). Literally it means, “Hath no man found you guilty and pronounced his sentence?”
No man, who spotted her sin, could give the verdict because every one of them was overwhelmed by the guilt of his own sins and fled the scene. Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more” (v.11)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 25 November 2013
Read: John 5:27-30; Revelation 20:11-15
Ihe Lord Jesus has power to give man both physical life and spiritual life. In verses 27 and 28, Jesus declared that just as He gives eternal life to the believing ones, He is also able to give life to both righteous dead and wicked dead. The Lord shall resurrect them from their grave. Even those who died hating and rejecting Christ will be made to hear His voice and come out of the grave for His judgment. No one shall have power to deny His command...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 November 2013
Read: John 5:36; John 15:24-25
Jesus introduced to His Jewish hearers His works as a greater evidence of His deity than the witness of John the Baptiser. “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.”
The works He was talking about are the evangelistic and miraculous works that He did. The supernatural element of His works certainly demonstrated that He was not just a human being. All His works are so unique that it can only be the works of the Father...
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