Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Friday, December 22, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vs. 2,3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in
God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many
dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to
prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may
be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.”
Once as Christmas was
nearing, a Judge questioned the man who had been brought into his
courtroom. "Now then, please tell me, what is the charge
against you?". " I was caught doing my Christmas shopping
very early." replied the man in the dock. "That doesn't
seem like an offense to me. What do you mean by 'very early?
"Well, your Honor." said the defendant, "It was before the
shop was open."
Sometimes the hustle and
bustle of the Christmas season overwhelms us to the point we lose our
true focus. The message of Christmas is that our Savior has come
but, it is also a reminder to us that Jesus Christ will come again.
Throughout the season of Advent, the Church prepares to "receive her
King" our triumphant Lord who will return. It is this faith
that enables us to see Christmas not just as another holiday but, as an
enduring testimony of God's faithfulness, love and promise of salvation for
all humanity. As we recognize Mar Thoma Church day during this
time, we affirm that Christ Jesus has chosen us to truly be the Church,
His living and loving Body in the world. We may understand Advent
more as we relate it to the given passage.
Advent, Assurance of Acceptance
In this passage, before Jesus
Christ is crucified He comforts His disciples by offering them a vision
of eternity and life anew. Jesus says that He is going to "His
Father's house" where there are "many rooms". As
Christ attributes the house and rooms therein to the Heavenly Father God,
Jesus communicates its eternal significance. That is, it is the
promise of a place for the believer within the divine abode of God.
In one essence, this was also the hope of the faithful in the Old Testament
vocalized by the psalmist in the Psalm 15, "Who may dwell in your
sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?" Jesus Christ
assures His disciples, though finite and mortal, that in their experience
of faith they have been graciously granted acceptance and space with the
infinite and immortal God. Advent reminds us powerfully this
Christmas season that the birth of Christ Jesus ushered forth an
outpouring of divine grace; a grace that challenges us to prepare
ourselves for the promised eternity. Our Lord God Jesus Christ who
entered this world as a babe was offered no space and "His own
did not receive Him". Yet, it is this Jesus Christ, Love
Incarnate, who assures His disciples and the faithful a place and loving
reception in eternity.
Advent, Promise of Divine Presence
The miraculous incarnation of
Jesus Christ reveals the love of God and His divine intention to bond
with humanity in intimate relationship. In this passage, Christ
Jesus states "I will come back and take you to be with me that you
also may be where I am". In these words we find the
epitome of relationship that is characterized by oneness of dwelling with
Christ. It is an everlasting and candid relationship where there
are no constraints of space, time or boundaries. God entered creation
to be with humanity and showed the way, truth and life humanity could be
with Him. Advent affirms this promise that the love of God
beckons us to the true fellowship and dwelling in His divine
presence. It is the tremendous faith that the believer shall never
be separate from God in this life or in eternity to come. The
promise is so powerful because when humanity moved away God, He moved
closer to humanity to the point of incarnation and sacrificial
death. The season of Advent and Christmas challenges us to relate
to God deeper and witness His presence always.
Are you ready to just celebrate Christmas or Christ?
Lord God, help us to adorn humility, practice love,
foster faith and witness peace so our hearts would prepare Him room as
heaven and nature sing. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look
up into the Father’s face and tell Him you have received His Christmas
gift.” John R. Rice Rev.
Jaisen Thomas, St. Thoma MTC, Yonkers, NY
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church