Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 27 April 2017
Read: John 18:33-19:5; Isaiah 52:14
Though Pilate asked what the truth is, 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 (John 18:40), a notorious prisoner (Matt. 27:16), an insurrectionist and a murderer (Lk 23:19). Would a wise and just ruler release such a prisoner...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:2; Deuteronomy 7:6-8
David 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
While 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” (Matt 11:28)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 24 April 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:3; Psalms 116:13-15
Peter 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...
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, had 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...
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