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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
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
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…