Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
1-15 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and
my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father —
and I lay down my life for the sheep. "(John 10: 14-15)
Two men were invited to recite psalm 23. One, an orator
and a well-known stage performer, repeated the psalm in a powerful way.
When he finished, the audience cheered up his wonderful performance. Then
the other man who was much older, repeated the same psalm slowly. But
when he finished, people sat in a deep mood of devotion and prayer. The
first man stood in front of the old man and confessed, "I know the
psalm, but my friend knows the shepherd". Do we really know the
shepherd? If we really know him the shepherd will make our life more
abundant and rich. In his own word, Jesus tells us, "I am the good
shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John
10:11). Let us focus on three points.
1. The Good Shepherd is our
Security: The shepherd tends his flock day and night. He would
gather the sheep into the sheepfold at night for their safety and
security, since there were no doors to these places of shelter for the
sheep. Jesus is the door, the loving protector and caretaker of his
flock. We seek temporal safety in appointing gunmen, or by fixing giant
gates, security alarm system, etc., but Jesus is our permanent security
and he will protect us from all casualties.
2. The Good Shepherd is our
Savior: Jesus, the good shepherd is our savior also. John chapter
10 tells us how thieves and wolves come to destroy the sheep. But the good
shepherd is there to save them. He has a genuine love towards all
sinners, and is able and willing to save us from evil and give us eternal
life. Jesus, the good shepherd, sacrificed his life and died on the cross
for our sins.
3. The Good Shepherd provides
Satisfaction: Jesus, the good shepherd always stands with us, not for
his benefits, but for the welfare and satisfaction of his flock. He would
give guidance, protection and sustenance, even at the cost of his own
life. We are blessed and benefited by the Lord all through Our life. Are
we satisfied with God's blessings?
our good shepherd; we rededicate our lives before you to live a life with
deep gratitude and great satisfaction. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A Good Shepherd knows the heart of the sheep.
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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“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
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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…
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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
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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