Sunday, September 25, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

ONE  GOD  AND  OTHER  RELIGIONS
John 12:20-26
 
Rev. Sony Philip
St. Andrews / Ebenezer  MTC, NY
24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
 
Broken God for the unity of whole world
  Brokenness  for more fruitful experience. Brokenness is a process for more maturity and fruitfulness. In this Bible passage Jesus gives a lesson about  His life with the comparison of wheat.
God  uses  broken  things
                                Broken soil to produce a crop
                                Broken clouds to produce rain
                                Broken grain to produce bread
                                Broken bread to give strength  to human body
 Brokenness  is the surrender of our heart, mind and body to Christ. Brokenness is what  we allow God to make of us. Brokenness brings wholeness in our life. The amazing paradox  which Jesus says , it is only by death that you can gain life. It is only by spending life that you can retain it. It is only by serving that greatness comes.
What are the changes of corn or wheat when it is planted ?
a)  Store room security
b)  Wheat has been thrown from comfort zone to danger zone
c)  Burial of wheat
d)  Softening the hard shell of wheat
e)  Transformatory  stages of wheat
f)  The corn of wheat opens:- Openness
g)  Resurrection of corn:-  Flowering-Fruitfulness
  For abundance of life we all should go through burial and resurrection process of wheat  for a meaningful Christian life, this is what Jesus Christ has shown in His life through the way of cross.. For  abundance of life and resurrection we have to go through a dying process
 Your pride has to die
Your worries have to die
Your greed has to die
Your selfishness  has  to die
You wrong lifestyle has to die
 In the contemporary world , is religion a dividing  or unifying factor? In today's world we see the blood shedding ,terrorism, fanaticism  and genocide in the name of God , but Bible presents God as a loving God and He has broken His life on the Calvary  for the abundance of life and the salvation of the world . So as a Christian  we have a great mission from Jesus Christ to stand for the abundance of life like the mission of wheat. So will our presence be a life giving and dialogical  in a   pluralistic world ?

PRAYER

Lord Christ Jesus, by descending You have delivered us from our sins and  through ascension  You have glorified our  human nature to the status of Your glorified nature   ... Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17