Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Subscribe to this blog
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
in ‘Christ the Truth’ John 17:1-5
Vs.3 And this is
eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom you have sent.
The Gospel according to St.
John chapter 17 is known as the high priestly prayer of Jesus, in which
He prays for himself, for His disciples and for those who will
believe in Him in the future. In the first part of the prayer, vs.
1-5, where He spoke about himself, He affirms the glory of the cross and
expresses the essence of the eternal life. The purpose of the life of
Jesus Christ was to give the eternal life to all the people who had been
given to Him in this world. Through His life and this prayer, He teaches
the believers the real meaning of eternal life. Let us focus on
two important aspects of the life of those who believe in Christ, the
Knowing the Father: Eternal life is an important theme of the
Gospel according to John. The Greek term used for eternal life means
‘life of the age to come’, which refers more to the quality of life than
the duration of the life. Here, in the words of Jesus, we get the
definition of eternal life. Eternal life is to know God and to know Jesus
Christ whom He has sent. To know God means not merely to have an
understanding about the nature of God that was revealed through Jesus
Christ, but also to have an intimate relationship with Him. In essence,
it is nothing less than the participation in the eternal life of God,
which is revealed through Jesus Christ.
Glorifying the Father: The event that glorifies
the Son was His death on the cross. It is through this death on the
cross, the Father was glorified for fulfilling His redemptive plan in the
Son. It is through the obedience of the Son that the Father was
glorified. Knowing the Father, leads to the understanding of the will of
God. Jesus Christ was obedient to the will of God, which brought
glory to the Father. As the believers of Christ, we also are called to
know the Father and to glorify Him through our life. Christ has set His
life as an example for us. Let us have an intimate relationship with God
and participate in the eternal life. Let us glorify Him through our life
by obeying the will of God.
help us to know You intimately and to glorify You in this world through
our life. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Eternal life is nothing other
than participating in the life of God for His glory.
Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand! In this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resur
Revelation for Liberation Acts 27:18-26 Sherine Thomas Long Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. “After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to tell a child as to why they’ve been a
PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his people. Two important things