Saturday, 14 March 2015

I do not know this Jesus!



I do not know Him! How could peter ever utter those words about Jesus? Peter knew Jesus for more than 3 years. They were really close friends. Peter was in the inner circle, watching and following Jesus very closely. His life was interwoven with the life of Jesus, that it would be impossible to explain the life of peter without Jesus. Peter knew Jesus very well. Well, atleast he thought he knew Jesus very well.

One of the early meetings with Jesus happened when peter was mending his nets. Jesus used Peter’s boat as the pulpit. Peter thought Jesus was a great teacher. Immediately after the teaching was over, Jesus miracoulsy helped peter to fill his empty nets and boat with a enormous catch of fishes. It was when Peter realized that Jesus was more than a teacher who was searching for pulpits to preach. Jesus was searching for people. He understood that Jesus had the power to perform miracles.

From there on Peter had the privilege of closely observing the power of God through Jesus. Jesus changed water in to wine, Fed thousands with 5 loaves, calmed the storm, raised the dead, tackled the cunning Pharisees, cleansed the temple with authority, transfigured on the mountain top, walked on water, cast the demons out. There was no stopping the power of God. Jesus had authority and the power and Peter knew this Jesus.
He also had the revelations of God to confess Jesus as the son of God.
Peter knew the powerful, miracle working, authoritative, compassionate, life giving Jesus.

But last few days in the life of Jesus were different. He had not seen Jesus so disturbed like this before. He had not seen a Jesus who sweats blood as he prayed. And for sure he didn’t see and expect a Jesus who surrendered himself to his enemies without any fight back to be killed by them.
Peter might have expected a miracle to happen and Jesus would walk away free. Jesus had already done it before. When people wanted to push Jesus of cliff, he walked away right through the angry mob.Pharisees and teachers of the Law were in constant hunt to kill Jesus. But somehow Jesus would escape them.

But this time was different. As peter followed this Jesus into the courtyard, he was shocked to see Jesus laying aside his powers and become bound by chains as a criminal. People were insulting him and were planning to kill him in a few hours.
It was in this background, as one of the girl identified Peter with Jesus, peter said I do not know HIM. In one way, Peter was right. He had not known this meek and completely surrendered Jesus. He did not know a Jesus who would not use his powers to fight injustice that was happening for him. He did not know a Jesus who would die naked on the cross. He for sure did not know this Jesus.

As peter began to see the sufferings of Jesus, he might have first said to himself, that he did not know Jesus.
 Have you ever felt this way? Have ever felt that Jesus you knew from a few experience some times is different from the one you are now experiencing? Sometimes Jesus does things that you never expect and you might be very discouraged as peter and say i do not know this Jesus. But let us learn from peter’s experience. Instead of saying and being shocked at the way Jesus does things in your life, remember that we have a Jesus who surrendered, suffered, and was sentenced to die.

Peter did not know Jesus but Jesus was never shocked when peter denied him as Jesus knew peter well. He knows you well.
Instead of saying i do not know this Jesus, let us say i want to know Jesus.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Forgive Me




A beautiful prayer of confession. May God forgive us and give us a fresh start this New Year. Let us live forgiven and let us live like we are His!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Love Jesus Extravagantly!


Matthew 26

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

 
What appeared as Beautiful in the eyes of Jesus appeared  as Waste to Jesus's Disciples. Are you very critical and judgmental in the way others worship Jesus? Does their worship appear as Waste to you? 

Stop critizing. May be its time to Break your Expensive Alabaster Jar and Love Jesus Extravagantly!!

 And Jesus said "what she has done will also be told, in memory of HER". Wherever God's love for people was told, Jesus promised that Her love for God would be told. 






Wednesday, 5 March 2014

40: A Video of Jesus in the Wilderness


After 40 days of wilderness, Luke says "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit". As we enter the lenten days, days of reflections and days of preparation, I pray that we may return in the Power of the Spirit.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Always!!



"Always"

My foes are many, they rise against me
But I will hold my ground
I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way, my help is on the way

Oh, my God, He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear, His promise is true
My God will come through always, always

Troubles surround me, chaos abounding
My soul will rest in You
I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way, my help is on the way

Oh, my God, He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear, His promise is true
My God will come through always, always

I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord
I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord
I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord
I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord
From You Lord, from You Lord

Oh, my God, He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear, His promise is true
My God will come through always, always

Oh, my God, He will not delay
My refuge and strength always, always

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Holiness – A 1000 Times Word

Whenever I make a important point to my sons, I say. “Listen, I have told you 1000 times and I am saying it again now...”. Well, saying something 1000 times means its really important. The word “Holiness” appear 1066 times in the bible. It means it is very important for a Christ follower to be Holy. I have not heard a complete sermon dedicated to the topic of Holiness for quite sometime.
The bible we read is called a Holy Bible. The God we worship is a Holy God. But we seem least bothered to about Holiness. Its bothering me. Heb 12: 14 says “…Work at living a holy life ,for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” (NLT) “…Pursue …. holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (NKJV) “…pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.” (Amp) We are called to “Work” at living a Holy life and “Pursue” Holiness as if it is our only dream. A Holy Life is a greatest evidence of Jesus on this earth. It is difficult to argue against a Holy Life. I think I will be focussing more on this word in the coming days and hope to pursue and work on Holiness.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Build Your Kingdom Here!!


This is one of my favorite song, which I heard all day long today!!