Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Meeting the Resurrected Lord
Vs. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus
himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from
Where is Jesus? Is He
still on the cross? Is He in church? Or is He alongside us, walking with
us every step of the day?
Imagine the mindset of the two believers…the Messiah who had
been sent to save all of Israel was nailed to the cross. And now, they
hear reports that His body was no longer to be found. They had lost a
friend, a companion and their teacher. Here in the loneliness of this
experience, Jesus walks with them. What a joy it is to know our Shepherd
walks with us in our deepest sadness! Open our eyes, and see our Savior
standing next to us with loving kindness and tender mercies. Our God is
an ever present God, one we can so proudly call our own. So even in our
darkest moments, we are not to be downcast, for our Savior lives! We will
never walk alone.
Jesus, in all compassion and humility, asks them “what
things” they are worried about. He disregards the pain of the cross and
is willing to hear first hand their knowledge of the cross. We need only
to invite Him to come in with us, as the men did, saying “Abide with us.”
He so lovingly explains and clarifies the Scriptures to them. They later
realize that His words made them feel that their hearts were burning.
This is the power of Christ in each of us. Words of wisdom, words of
life. What is our speech today? Are we sharing words of life with others?
Jesus rose from the dead to
enter the glory set for Him before the beginning of time. His glory
is our glory too. For we are of Christ and Christ is of God (1 Cor 3:23).
Today and every day, we need to remember that we are loved, we are
forgiven, we are healed, we are made perfect in Him. So, in turn, we need
to love, forgive, heal and make perfect. We need to live our lives
knowing that we are the children of the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. We need to live a life worthy of
His ultimate sacrifice.
Father, guard our tongues and hearts. We praise You for
the gift of forgiveness, and the joy of being Your forgiven children.
Help us to value and honor that gift every day. Help us to be ever
watchful of Your presence in our lives. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Because he lives, I can face tomorrow. Because he
lives, All fear is gone.” Because He Lives... (Hymn by Bill and Gloria
Dhanya Mary Jacob, Phoenix MTC, Arizona Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong 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 abused, abandoned, and …
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 from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 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
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!
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 resurrection of