Thursday, April 24, 2014

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Resurrection-Celebrating New life in Christ
Exodus 15:1-11
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him”.(V.2)
I still remember an incident while driving a motor bike in India. As I was passing another vehicle at a good speed, I see this bus suddenly appear in front of me from the opposite direction. I just had nowhere to go on either side. I still don't understand how God could fit my vehicle in between those two vehicles. How relieved was I. It was like a new life for me and my pillion riders. I am still in awe and wonder at that incident some 17 years later.
Moses was in a similar situation. He had the Pharaoh’s army on one side. He had the Red sea on the other. How could he and his people escape. It was not humanly possible to escape. We can guess that there were probably more than a million people. No place could hide so many, feed so many, sustain so many. God was already protecting them through the pillar of fire. And in that situation where nothing else seemed to be option, God opens up a new way, HE opens up a secure roadway out of nowhere. For Moses and all the others escaping Egypt, it was such a happy and relieving experience.
God didn't stop over there. With the Red Sea incident where He opened the way for the Israelites, He also used the same Red sea to destroy the chasing Pharaoh’s army. The Israelites found themselves in an entirely new environment on the east side of the Red sea. They didn't have to be on the run anymore. God was opening an entirely new chapter to get the attention of His people. And rightfully the next passage is the praise song of Moses and Miriam for God's faithfulness to the Israelites. The Israelites were in awe and wonder at God's faithfulness. They were thanking God for rescuing them and providing them a new life.
As we celebrate the resurrection, let us never forget the Cross. It is that price paid on the Cross that redeemed us from the ever present danger that Satan posed for each of us. Now it is our time to sing and praise the faithfulness of God.
Prayer: Lord, as we celebrate your resurrection, open our eyes to realize the price you paid to redeem each of us, your children. Help us to sing and praise you all of our life in whatever situation we go through. Amen.
Thought for the Day: As we celebrate Easter, the Cross for many of us is far off in our rear view mirror gradually losing focus. We need to instead etch the Cross to our windshield so that we never lose focus of it.

Deep Varghese, Virginia