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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Vs.18 All this is from God, who reconciled us
to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of
The main theme of 2 Cor.5:16-21 is Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is restoration or re-establishment of relationship.
Reconciliation according to St. Paul is forgiveness of sins.
Reconciliation means to be at peace. Peace is restored between God and
world through Jesus Christ. Let us reflect on two simple points:
Reconciliation through Jesus Christ
The relationship between God and humanity was broken and
shattered because of the disobedience of humanity (Gen. 3). This
disobedience brought distortion in relationship between God and the
world. The gulf between God and world is bridged in and through Jesus
Christ who was obedient to God in all ways (Phil. 2). Jesus embraced all
our sins in his life to redeem us (2Cor. 5:21). He became part of sinful
humanity so that we through him might become the righteousness of God.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is the victory of God over all evil
powers. God has reconciled himself to the world through Jesus Christ. St.
Paul says, “It is no long I who live, but Christ lives in me (Gal.2:20).”
In Christ we are a new being. The past is finished and gone. Everything
in Christ has become fresh and anew.
Ministry of Reconciliation is our mission as new being
Jesus has given us the ministry of reconciliation. As God in
Christ has forgiven us we are also called to forgive others. As God
reconciled with the world through Jesus so we are called to be reconciled
with other through Jesus Christ. St. Paul reminds us that we are the
ambassadors for Christ. Our worship is acceptable only when we are
reconciled with others. St. Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus says, “So if you are
offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has
something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go.
First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. So
fasting, praying and offering is not acceptable to God, unless we are
reconciled with others. Jesus taught us to pray “Forgive our debts and
sins as we forgive our debtors.” So Father God is forgiving to those his
dear children who forgive others.
Let us remember that God in Christ has reconciled us and we are
called to “forgive and be reconciled.”
Lord Jesus, fill us with your Spirit that we may forgive
others as God through you have forgiven us. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Be bearers of Christ who teaches us to forgive others.
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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…