Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Monday, April 23, 2018
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Encounter With the Risen Lord
Vs. 5 He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I
am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
The Damascus road experience is a great event that we
see in the Bible. This is when Saul, a staunch Pharisee had an encounter
with the risen Christ on his way to Damascus. Damascus is about 150 miles
away from Jerusalem and after Stephen’s death many Christians fled
Jerusalem seeking refuge in other cities and countries. Saul was so
zealous for his Jewish beliefs that he was keen to bring to chains anyone
who was “following the way “. We see 5 reasons why Saul even went to
Damascus to persecute Christians:
1. Saul wanted to advance his career and build up his
reputation as a true Pharisee.
2. He wanted to prevent the spread of Christianity as
Damascus was a major trading town where many foreigners come daily.
3. He wanted to seize the Christians who had fled.
4. He wanted to prevent the newly converted Christians from
causing trouble for the Roman empire.
5. He wanted to create a unified Jewish front against the
common enemy-Christ and His followers.
But the sovereign God had a
different plan. He chose to meet Saul on his way. Saul was the first
eyewitness to see the risen Christ with his own eyes. God often breaks
into our lives in a mysterious manner. Saul refers to this experience as
the beginning of a new life. Saul acknowledged Jesus as Lord and savior and
surrendered completely, becoming the greatest apostle
Another character we see in this episode is Ananias. Even
though he was afraid to to meet Saul, he obeyed and prayed for Saul when
the Holy Spirit guided him Ananias.
What do we learn from this encounter experience?
1. True conversion and change in oneself comes only when we
have a personal meeting with Jesus Christ. If one is with Christ he is a
new creation the old is dead and has a new beginning.
2. We must obey and follow God’s guidance even when He leads
us to difficult peoples and places.
We were fortunate to celebrate another Easter this season.
Let us pray that the power and strength of the risen Lord strengthen us
day by day to go forward and work for His kingdom.
Gracious Lord, we acknowledge this morning that we are
sinners. We have not lived the way you want us to live. Yet because
of your mercy and kindness you have extended our life span in this world.
Talk to us today and make us worthy to be your child. The Lord who met
Saul on his way to Damascus is still watching our moves and
actions everyday. As Peter said, "Lord you know who we
are." When we hear your voice, do not make our hearts harden rather
melt us completely and make us surrender totally to you. Have mercy on us
and bless us. In your precious name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
He is risen and He is coming back.
Dr. Thomas K. Jose, MTC of Staten Island, NY Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church