Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Read: John 5:24-26; Ephesians 2:1-7
any of the Jews continually rejected His claims of equality with the Father (5:17–23). So Jesus described to them what is at stake if they reject Him, and what blessing awaits those who humbly believe in His divinity.
Death reigns in every man: When a man rejects Christ he denies himself “life” eternal. His destiny then goes on to eternal “death...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 19 December 2016
Read: John 10:11-21; Hebrews 13:20-21
ften, Palestinian shepherds took their flocks so far from the village in search of pasture and water, especially in the dry season, that many a time they could not get back to the fold at night. Thus they spent the night outdoors. And this was the time when the shepherd’s protection was most needed.
He dies for his sheep (vv.11–13):
Many shepherds died while defending their flocks. They had to counter the knives and clubs of robbers and the attacks of wild animals. In their cases...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 December 2016
Read: John 10:3-10; Acts 20:32
He leads his sheep out of the fold (vv.3c–6):
As Jesus presented Himself to Israel, the leaders rejected Him. Eventually, they persecuted Him, and those who followed Him. They even expelled the poor blind man who exalted Him. The most wonderful fact is that every one of them was being lead out by Christ. The Pharisees might object that Jesus did not lead the man out, but that they had cast him out. However, God in His sovereignty often used the acts of men to accomplish His purposes...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 17 December 2016
Read: John 10:1-3; 1 Peter 2:25
e comes through the proper entrance (vv. 1–2):
The shepherd who has a right to the sheep does not need to sneak into the fold or climb over the wall. He can enter through the door. So Christ could come to His people because He had the right to them as their Messiah. The Old Testament prophecies pointed to Him alone, and to none else. He was born of a virgin, as Isaiah had foretold (Isa 7:14). He possessed the right to the throne of David from Joseph...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 16 December 2016
Read: John 21:1-14; Acts 10:41
The risen Lord had instructed His disciples to meet Him in Galilee (Matt. 26:32; 28:7–10; Mk 16:7). So they all came up to Galilee, and Peter decided to go fishing in the Sea of Tiberias, which is also known as the Sea of Galilee. Peter had been called from that kind of life (Lk 5:1–11). When he went fishing, Peter took six other men with him! Why would Peter and his friends go back to their old profession? Understandably they were confused and unsure of the future.....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 15 December 2016
Read: John 18:1-2; Matthew 26:36-45
fter His pastoral prayer for His disciples in the upper room, Jesus went to a garden over the brook Cedron, which was the Garden of Gethsemane. Why did He go there?
Firstly, it was where He wanted to be with His disciples before His crucifixion. He could have wished that no one disturbed His quietness before the horror of the cross. But the Lord was full of compassion and He allowed His disciples to be with Him to the end...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:3-6; 1 Timothy 2:9-11
n 3:1-2, the apostle exhorted Christian wives to be submissive and faithful to their own husbands. In 3:1-6 he exhorts them to be modest women.
She must be modest: Firstly Peter warns women against being occupied with outward adornment (v.3). Many women in the Roman society dyed their hair with outlandish colours and braided it elaborately. They were also fond of expensive jewellery, elegant clothing, and fine cosmetics. Such passions for beauty and glamour are not consistent with God's design of Christian women...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:1-2; Titus 2:5
Having considered Christians’ behaviour and responsibilities in the society and at work, Peter turned his attention to their obligations at home. Peter’s concern in this passage is married men and women who recently received Christ, and were in much trouble as to how should they respond to their unbelieving spouses who oppose their newly found faith...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 12 December 2016
Read: John 8:21-29; Isaiah 41:4
Christ had perfect knowledge as to what would happen and where He would be. Upon the completion of His work on earth, He would finally return to the Father. So He said, “I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.” By this Jesus alluded to His death, resurrection and ascension. He also alluded to the Jews’ murderous intent. In verse 28, He told them that they would kill Him — “ye have lifted up the Son of man....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:13; 2 Peter 3:9-14
eter mentions two fruits of salvation in verses 13-16. The word, "wherefore," in the beginning of verse 13 suggests that in this passage we are given the consequences or results of the salvation that is discussed in the preceding passage. Today let us consider the first result of salvation, mentioned by Peter...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 10 December 2016
Read: John 1:18; Luke 10:22
o man has ever seen God in all the fullness of His divine nature. We, in our sinful estate, are unable to behold God in His mighty and awesome splendour. Even the appearances of God to man in the Old Testament times did not manifest the “fullness” of God. To Moses, God said, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 09 December 2016
Read: John 3:14-17; Numbers 21:4-9
In verses 14 to 17, as Christ continues His conversation with Nicodemus, He explains how men can be delivered from their spiritual tragedy or death. For this purpose in verse 14, Jesus used the illustration of Moses and the brazen serpent, recorded in Numbers 21:4-9. In the Old Testament passage we read about a plague of poisonous snakes among the Israelites, which led to the tragic deaths of many. God then gave instruction to Moses to make a brass serpent and lift it up on a pole in the midst of their camp...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 08 December 2016
Read: John 8:37-39; Psalms 63:1
It was now the last (eighth) day of the feast, the day for the Holy Convocation. On each of the previous seven days the priests had brought, in golden pitchers, water from the pool of Siloam. This was poured out in the temple to commemorate the water which God had provided during Israel’s wilderness wanderings, and to remind the Jews of the prophecies concerning the coming of the Spirit of God. As the water was being poured out the singers chanted Isaiah 12:3, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 07 December 2016
Read: John 4:35–38; 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20
A Vision of the Soul-Harvest (v.35): Jesus decided to use the scene of people preparing for the coming harvest as an illustration to teach the importance of foreseeing the need of the soul-harvest. Jesus had a clearer vision of the spiritual needs of the people than the disciples. The disciples were more concerned about hunger and food (vv.31–34), while His concern was the hunger of the souls of Samaria. So Jesus said to them, “lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” When Jesus saw the city, He saw their greatest need...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Read: John 4:27–34; Psalm 40:8
Willingness to Reach Out Indiscriminately (v.27): While Jesus was still talking to the woman, the disciples who went to buy food had returned. They were surprised, but did not question His action. It was not customary for a teacher to talk to a woman in public at length. Over and above, he was talking to a Samaritan woman. Christ, our supreme example of soul winning, showed no racial prejudice or discrimination that was common among the Jews. Like Christ, if we exhibit a love for all men regardless of their race and status, we will be able to guide many to the light of the Gospel...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 05 December 2016
Read: John 12:20-26; Hebrews 7:27
Among those who came to the Passover were certain sceptical Greeks. They were apparently Jewish proselytes - Gentiles who had forsaken pagan gods and worshipped the God of Israel. They met with Philip and requested a private interview with Jesus. Philip together with Andrew made their request known to Jesus. The disciples might have been unsure of Jesus’ response, for Jesus had said that He was sent to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24).
It does not appear that the Greeks received a private interview with Jesus. But they were present at the public discussion that ensued...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:10-11; Psalms 34:12-16
eter also teaches us how we can turn what appears to be "bad days" to "good days." The word "for" in the beginning of verse 10 connects this verse to his previous discussion of how we should respond in the midst of persecution. Peter’s teaching in verses 10-13 is taken from Psalm 34:12-16.
First, we must deliberately decide to love life. It must be an act of one’s will: "He that will love life" or "He who wills to love life." It is the optimism of a believer. When trouble comes, we must decide by faith that we want to rejoice in that circumstance...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 03 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:4-8; Isaiah 28:16
ocks in the field may be looked upon by some as useless, but it can also be useful to some others. It all depends on how people view the rocks. Only those who see the goodness of the rock will find it very useful, while others will find it a ‘curse.’
In the passage that starts with verse 4, Peter tells us that Jesus Christ is a ‘precious’ and ‘living stone’ to the community of believers, though unbelievers view Him as a ‘rock of offence.’ The believers build their own lives upon Him as ‘lively stones’ to form ‘a spiritual house’, the church...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 02 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:9; Romans 12:14
hristians should show love and graciousness not only to one another, but also to those who are their enemies. The first recipients of this letter were experiencing persecution. So Peter taught them how they should relate to those who oppress them.
These lessons must be appropriated into our lives that we may prepare ourselves for evil times ahead of us. The church today better be prepared for difficult times ahead...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 01 December 2016
Read: 1 Peter 5:1-11; Acts 20:28
n the last chapter Peter focuses on the life of the people in the church.
Conduct of the leaders: Peter’s concern for good leadership led him to write about the responsibilities of the elders who are the leaders of a local church. Referring to himself as an elder, Peter admonishes his readers as one who is familiar with the job...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Psalms 33:12
The first readers of this epistle were a persecuted and rejected people in this world. They were like strangers in their own countries. In this world they were like a rejected people. However, Peter reminds them that they are a special people to God. No matter how horrible the treatment of the world would be, Christians should remember how special they are in God’s eyes.
Peter’s description of the New Testament Church parallels God’s description of the nation of Israel in Exodus 19:5-6 and Deuteronomy 7:6. When the nation of Israel has gone rebellious and disobedient...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Read: John 17:1-5; John 13:31, 32
We know from the Gospel records that our Lord spend long hours in prayers. John 17 gives us a glimpse of the way He prayed. In the first section (vv.1-8), Jesus prayed for Himself, and then He prayed for His disciples and for all who henceforth should believe on Him.
Christ prayed that the Father would "glorify the Son" that the glory of the Father may be fully manifested through Him. Christ sought no glory other than the glory of His Father. Believers too are to glorify God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 28 November 2016
Read: 1 Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:6-8
In verses 10 and 11, Peter discussed how Christians must serve one another as they prepare themselves for the “end.” This is the third and final realm of spiritual preparation that Peter discussed in this passage.
Ministering spiritual gifts: Every Christian (“every man”) has a spiritual gift (Cf. 1 Corinthians 12:7). Spiritual gifts are not earned but “received” from God’s hands. So spiritual gifts do not reflect a person's greatness, but the greatness of God who gave the gift...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 November 2016
Read: John 13:12-17; Luke 22:26-27
Jesus began His series of ‘close-door’ teaching for His disciples with a lesson on mutual love. This lesson is vital for our times too, as the world is preoccupied with self-esteem, self-love, and self-glory. When people are committed first of all to themselves, relationships disintegrate. And that is just what is happening today in homes and in society at large. Sadly, the preoccupation with self has found its way into the church. Perhaps the fastest-growing phenomenon in modern Christianity is the emphasis on pride, self-esteem, self-image, self-fulfilment, and other manifestations of self glorification...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 26 November 2016
Read: John 6:41-42; 1 Corinthians 10:10
Earlier, Jesus claimed with reference to Himself that “my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” (vv.32a–33). He also said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (vv.38).
“The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread, which came down from heaven” (v.41). The mention of “the Jews” here is another of John’s many uses of this expression in the specialised sense of “Jewish leaders...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 25 November 2016
Read: John 6:34-40; Hebrews 7:25
Just as Jesus had whetted the appetite of the woman of Samaria by His description of living water (Jn 4:10), He aroused the desire of the multitude for the “bread of life.” They appeared to desire it. They said, “Lord, evermore give us this bread” (v.34b).
But their eagerness was misplaced. Their asking revealed that they did not understand that He was really offering Himself to them. Therefore, Jesus explicitly stated: “I am the bread of life” (v.35). Receiving Him by faith as the Redeemer from sin and the Giver of eternal life would result in spiritual satisfaction that would never cease...
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