Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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