Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Our Lord Reigns
Vs.9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout,
Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having
salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a
The ninth chapter of Zechariah begins with an oracle, or a
message, from God. After the temple was completed, Zechariah gave several
prophecies about Israel’s future, which describe the eventual first and
second comings of Jesus Christ.
Many of us are unable to find the things we are looking for
because we have a wrong image of that thing in our minds. We may look for
something blue when in fact it is red. The mental picture we had conjured
up in our minds closed it to the actual thing we were looking for. This
is what happened to the Jews.
In Jesus’ day, most
Jews missed Him as their coming King because they had a different picture
of their Savior. The Jews thought they would be receiving a mighty
political individual, not someone who would be “gentle and riding on a
donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (vs.9).
Even today, many people still miss Jesus because of wild
expectations. They’re looking for someone who can solve their deepest
issues, someone who can instantly erase a debt. These people end up
disappointed because of these expectations. From verses 9-12, we see
that, in order to welcome Jesus as our King, we need to understand just
who He is.
Jesus Christ is coming
to reign (verses 9-10). These verses point out Jesus’ first coming in
humility as a substitute for sin. They also point out Jesus’ second coming
in boldness, power, to reign over the earth.
Father, we pray that we may be found faithful and pure
in Your sight when we meet You face to face. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in His
word I put my hope.” - Psalm 130:5
Jessie Samuel, St.
Andrews MTC, NY
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