Thursday, March 30, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The Restoring Christ


Mariamma Ninan
St. James MTC, NY

But as for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, says the Lord, and do not be dismayed, O Israel; for I am going to save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and no one shall make him afraid.


Jeremiah 30 –33 often called Jeremiah’s " book of consolation”. This section depicts the ultimate restoration of both Israel and Judah. Jeremiah accuses Israel of breaking their covenant with God and warns them about the resulting exile to Babylon. But Jeremiah's hope is that God’s mercy will one day heal Israel’s rebellious hearts so they can truly know and follow their God. The prophet optimistically looks forward to the time when God would redeem His people, the restoration of God’s kingdom. The overall framework of Jeremiah’s prophesies is sin, then exile, and restoration.

       As Paul explained  “ As it is written there is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one”. (Romans 3:10-12). According to the Bible, sin is universal. Sin is the result of all our thoughts and actions. As a result of sin, we reject God and thus we broke our relationship with God. It is only through God’s grace that we can restore our relationship with God. Let us pray to God for His grace and mercy.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing love. Merciful Lord, please give us the wisdom and strength to do what is right. Lord, give us the patience to understand each other and help us to restore our relationship with You.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body is also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness” (Luke 11: 34)