Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 24 November 2016
Read: John 3:22-28; 1 Peter 1:7
After the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus went with His disciples from Jerusalem into Judean land. John the Baptiser also was baptising in those days. In the Jewish mind, baptism was indicative of repentance and purification. Since two groups were baptising and more people began to go to Christ, a debate arose between John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. This question surfaced as people began to leave John to go to Christ (vv.25–26). When they came to John, they said, referring to the popularity of Jesus “Behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Read: John 13:13-14; 1 John 5:14-15
hile Jesus continued to assure His disciples, He gave them a wonderful promise “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (vv.13-14). The disciples had left everything and were completely without resources. Without Jesus, they would be all alone in a hostile world. So He assured them that they did not need to worry about their needs. Whatever perception they might have about His whereabouts, they can draw near Him through prayer...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Read: John 12:12-19; Psalms 118:25-26
oday’s passage occurred on the Sunday morning following Jesus’ arrival in Bethany on Friday. John is careful to show us the clear division among the people in their responses to Jesus.
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is usually called His Triumphal Entry. But it has none of the earmarks of such events. In a triumphant entry, usually a king would ride into the city on his chariot or on a white horse, symbolising victory, followed by defeated kings or other captives in chains. But in His entry into Jerusalem Jesus came into His capital city not as warrior king but as a King of peace riding upon an ass, a humble animal...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 21 November 2016
Read: John 2:23-25; Matthew 7:21-28
oday’s passage provides us an actual evaluation of the people who were fascinated by the miracles and claimed to be believers. No period in history has ever seen as many miracles as during the three and a half years of Jesus’ public ministry. John later wrote that “There are also many other things, which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 November 2016
Read: John 18:33-34; John 8:47
ilate’s personal interrogation of Jesus is recorded in verses 33 to 38a. He knew that something was unusual about the Jews’ case against Christ as it is not normal for a Jew to turn over another Jew to the hated Romans. Pilate began by asking Jesus if He was the King of the Jews. Soon Pilate revealed that it was the Jews and their leaders who made the accusation against Him (John 1:11).
Jesus assured that He had no intention of any political insurrection against the Jews or the Romans. He was no revolutionary guerrilla leader. His kingdom is not of this world. Therefore it comes not by rebellion but by submission to God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 19 November 2016
Read: John 2:1-2; Ephesians 3:17-18
he wedding house in Cana had many guests who were invited for the happy occasion. But they seem to have taken special effort to use the occasion to honour Jesus Christ, while many others were suspicious of Him.
Christ was invited: After three days of Journey from the place of John the Baptiser’s ministry, Jesus reached a place called Cana of Galilee. Cana was near Nazareth where Jesus grew up. Obviously He had many friends in that part of Galilee. Verse 2 tells us that “Jesus was called.” Inviting Jesus and His disciples points to the fact that the host had already recognised Christ as “the Lamb of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 31 October 2016
Read: John 1:19-28; 1 Peter 3:15
erse 19 begins with the words, “And this is the record of John.” The word “record” indicates the certainty with which John the Baptiser witnessed. He would even give his life for the truth he declared. From his witnessing of Christ, we can glean some important principles for effective witnessing.
Readiness to Answer the Unbelievers: This spiritual preparedness was well evident in the life of John the Baptist. When the priests and Levites came to interrogate the Baptiser, “he confessed and denied not” (v.20). John was ready to answer them because he wanted them to know Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 October 2016
Read: John 13:34-35; Ephesians 5:2
esus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Jesus expects all His followers to love one another. Love for fellow believers is an essential mark of a true disciple of Christ. We are also told how we should love one another. Jesus said, “ye love one another; as I have loved you...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 29 October 2016
Read: John 6:67-71; Psalms 73:25
hen many of these casual followers dropped out of the crowd that followed Christ, He put forth a question to the twelve, “will ye also go away?” (vv. 66–67). Was it possible that there might be unbelief even in that inner circle?
Peter spoke for the group and asserted their firm faith that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God (vv.68–69). There was no other teacher who could be placed on the same level with Jesus Christ, because no one else had the message of eternal life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 28 October 2016
Read: John 14:2-3; Revelation 21:2-3
As the Lord Jesus comforted His disciples, He gave them a most delightful promise in today’s text. Jesus wanted the disciples to know that His promises in these verses were not vain words. For this purpose He used the words, “if it were not so, I would have told you.” He said these words to reassure them that their expectation of eternity in His kingdom was not a vain hope...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 27 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:18; Ephesians 6:5
The workplace plays a large part in modern Christians’ lives. As Christians it can be a place where we either bear or tear our testimony for the Lord. From Monday to Saturday most Christians spend their daytime at work. It is a place where Christians come in contact with the world. It is where their faith is often tested. Therefore they must be very careful to keep their testimony unharmed in their work environment...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Read: John 11:45-46; 1 Thessalonians 1:6
The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, being one of the most outstanding evidences to Jesus’ claim that He is the true Son of God, demanded a response from all those who witnessed it. So immediately after the raising of Lazarus, people openly expressed their opinion of what they had seen, either by trusting Jesus and taking a stand for Him or by rejecting the evidence and taking sides with the Jewish leaders who hated Him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Read: John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3
he Apostle John’s main purpose for writing his Gospel is that his readers “might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (Jn 20:31). At the very first passage itself John points to Jesus Christ as God, by introducing Him as “the Word.” (From Jn 1:14, we can see that Jesus is the “Word.”)
Much as our words reveal to others our personality and purposes, so Jesus Christ is God’s “Word” to reveal God and His purposes to us. Jesus Himself said, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 24 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:11, 18
e are saved to obtain an "inheritance." The word "inheritance" in its Greek origin (kleronomia) refers to "a sanctioned possession" like in the case of a father’s possession being assigned to the son. When we become God’s children, we receive an inheritance from the Father. "And if children, says Paul, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." (Romans 8:17a).
The New Testament clearly speaks of things that we will inherit as believers. Some of the things we will inherit as a result of our salvation are mentioned in the following verses...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:20-22; Romans 8:1
n verses 21 and 22, Peter sees the experience of Noah figuratively and draws spiritual lessons for Christians ("The like figure"- v.21a).
Noah and his family "were saved by water"(v.20 b). But the water did not fall on them. They were saved through the water that fell on the ark. The water burst from beneath (figure of man’s hatred and sin that nailed Christ), and the water poured down from heaven (figure of God’s judgment from heaven which Christ bore on the cross...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 22 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:19-20; Acts 10:42-43
Peter is encouraging his readers to witness boldly and righteously to the hostile unbelievers around them. He just finished telling them to "sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15). Peter’s emphasis in the context is the hostility of people and not hostility of demons (verses 14 and 16). When Noah was building the ark and preaching to the hostile unbelievers around him, Christ "in the Spirit" was preaching through Noah...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 21 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 3:19-20; Hebrews 12:1-3
n verses 19-20, Noah's example is cited to teach how believers should bear witness of their faith in a hostile world.
The word "which" refers to the Holy Spirit, which is mentioned at the end of verse 18. It is through the Holy Spirit "he (Christ) went and preached unto the spirits in prison". But who are "the spirits in prison?" We must allow our interpretations to be guided by the context. Some say that it is a reference to fallen angels who were disobedient in the time of Noah and were imprisoned...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 20 October 2016
Read: 1 Peter 2:15-17; Romans 13:7
he phrase "For so is . . ." at the beginning of verse 15 indicates that the thought in verse 14 is continued. In other words, verse 15 also has in view the attitude of Christians towards a government.
We are to do that which is right before God. We do well when we do all for the Lord’s sake. If we respect the offices of authority and live submissively, there will be nothing for those who speak against us to dwell upon...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Read: John 16:23-28; Ephesians 3:14-20
esus continued to grant His troubled disciples greater assurance, joy and understanding. In today’s text He assured them that their prayers will be answered (v.23). His departure would not deny them the privilege of telling Him their troubles and receiving the help they needed. If they would pray to the Father in His name, the Father would most assuredly answer them...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Read: John 4:45-54; Romans 4:20-21
Real Faith is Based on the Word of Christ (v.50): When the nobleman asked Jesus a second time to go with him to heal his son, Jesus wanted him to learn that his faith is to be proven in a different, but better way. Jesus wanted him to learn that genuine faith first and foremost must be submissive to His Word. So He told him, “Go thy way, thy son liveth.” Let us note that Jesus first gave a command and then the promise of his son’s restoration. This order of command and promise imply that true faith finds its fruits when it proves itself through obedience...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 17 October 2016
Read: John 11:1-5; Psalms 62:8
Jesus had a close relationship with a family in Bethany, a village located on the south-eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. It was the family of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. It was a very happy and godly family. This affectionate trio were lovers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and kept their house open for the Great Teacher, whenever He came to their village. But, alas! “Virtue may sentinel the door, but grief is not to be excluded from the homestead.” Lazarus had fallen gravely ill. It was a time of crisis for the sisters. Lazarus had a mortal sickness beyond the power of physicians...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 October 2016
Read: John 1:29-34; Acts 4:10, 12
Some Christians stay away from evangelism fearing that they do not know what to tell others. Then there are others who are very confident, but drastically misrepresent the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John the Baptiser’s witnessing of Christ shows us how we can adequately prepare for the Gospel communication...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 15 October 2016
Read: John 1:10-12; 1 John 3:1
Verse 10 begins with the statement, “He was in the world.” John was talking about the True Light, Jesus Christ, who came from heaven into this world. He then once again affirms Christ’s deity, asserting that He is the Maker of the world (v.10; cf. v.3). Jesus Christ is God, and that is certain. We must defend the doctrine of Christ’s deity at all costs. As the rest of today’s reading reveals, if any deny this truth about Christ, he can never taste eternal life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 14 October 2016
Read: John 1:40-44; Matthew 22:8-10
In the preceding passage (John 1:35-39) we had a fine example of effective personal witnessing from the life of John the Baptist. In today’s text, the Holy Spirit provides for us three more Biblical patterns for effective personal evangelism from the lives of Andrew, Simon Peter, and Philip. Why are there so many records of people witnessing Christ in the Bible? The Lord wants us also to be active and effective in evangelism...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 13 October 2016
Read: John 3:10-13; Ezekiel 36:25-28
Jesus expected Nicodemus to know those things concerning the new birth because they were already discussed in the Old Testament and, being a teacher, Nicodemus was expected to have knowledge of those things. So, in verse 11, He said, referring to the prophets of old and Himself, “We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.” The Old Testament prophets and Christ explained the role of the Word and Spirit in man’s salvation. But many Jews, like Nicodemus, had been ignoring those truths about their new birth...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Read: John 17:9-10; 1 John 2:23
esus prayed for His disciples before He chose them (Lk 6:12), during His ministry (John 6:15), at the end of His ministry (Lk 22:32), here (John 17:6-19), and later in heaven (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25). This prayer of intercession by Jesus reveals His concern and love for His servants.
At this point He was not praying for the world. He was praying for His disciples (v. 9). Jesus prayed for them because of God’s ownership of them by creation and election (“they are Thine”). Jesus’ words, “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine,” reveal how intimately the Father and the Son cherished all His children...
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