Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 April 2017
Read: John 16:1-3; Revelation 2:10
esus was once again moved with compassion and concern for His troubled disciples. He wanted to prepare them not only for His impending crucifixion, but also for future persecutions and sorrows. Each of the disciples may have had very different problems. No matter what be the troubles, Jesus had remedy for their troubled hearts.
As Jesus began to strengthen and advise the disciples against the severe troubles that they would be put through, He said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended” The Greek word for “offended” is skandalisthete and it carries the idea of “going astray...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 01 April 2017
Read: John 7:1-13; Luke 6:26
hough there was a growing conviction among some of His hearers concerning His deity and teachings (v.41), the leaders’ hatred for Christ was deepening (vv.1, 44). They harboured deadly intentions toward Him. So Jesus did not come to them. This is an important lesson for us: when Christ’s presence and guidance is lacking in one’s life, it can very well be a sign that He has noticed that person’s destructive ways towards His glory.
Jesus’ half-brothers came to encourage Him not to miss the limelight of Jerusalem, especially on a special occasion such as the Feast of Tabernacles. The brothers thought that it would give Christ a good opportunity for more popularity and fame. Though they appeared to be sincere in their advice, they were not spiritually motivated, for they did not believe in the Lord yet...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 31 March 2017
Read: John 16:16-22; Romans 15:33
esus assured the disciples, “A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father” (v.16). The first “little while” refers to a few hours left before His arrest and crucifixion. After that “little while,” Jesus said that the disciples will not see Him. This He said with reference to His death and burial. Then He used the phrase “a little while” a second time. By this He referred to the period between His resurrection and ascension...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 30 March 2017
Read: John 4:15-19; Isaiah 55:7
earing Christ’s offer of the living water, the Samaritan woman said, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw” (v.15). Apparently she was still somewhat confused about whether He was talking about the physical water or something spiritual. Anyway, she wanted it!
Jesus quickly acted to end her confusion. Otherwise, her spiritual thirst would never go away. So He immediately addressed her problem. Jesus said unto her, “Go, call thy husband, and come hither.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Read: John 8:12-20; Isaiah 42:6-7
Jesus was in the section of the Temple where the receptacles for the gifts of the worshippers were placed. Each night during the Feast of Tabernacles it was lit with a candelabra, to commemorate the pillar of fire over the Israelites in the wilderness. Now the lights were extinguished, as the Feast was ended. And Jesus reacted accordingly. Thus a second time Jesus applied to Himself the spiritual reality of the symbolism of the Feast of Tabernacles...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Read: John 8:30-36; Galatians 4:4-7
As Jesus was teaching, many of His hearers “believed on him” (v.30). This raises the question of whether it was true saving faith because later He accused them of seeking to kill Him (v.37). Apparently while some sincerely believed, others who claimed to have believed in Jesus had come to a sort of mental acceptance, without any personal surrender to His Lordship. True discipleship would mean a full acceptance of His claims about Himself, and would demonstrate it by their continuance in His claims...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 27 March 2017
Read: John 7:26-30; Psalms 71:16
ome of the Jews in Jerusalem did know of the murderous attitude of their leaders. They knew how dangerous the situation was for Jesus. It amazed them that Jesus still taught the people openly, and the rulers could not take advantage of it to kill Him.
In verse 26, the Jews described Jesus as One with boldness. They also wondered whether the leaders knew that Jesus was indeed the Christ! The inability of the Jewish authorities to harm and silence Jesus...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 March 2017
Read: John 5:1-9; Hebrews 4:15-16
he scene of Christ’s miracle happened at the Bethesda pool near the sheep market (or gate) of Jerusalem (v.2). A large number of sick people lied around that pool. They suffered from serious incurable physical ailments. Though there were supernatural healings occurring in the pool, a certain man with infirmities was unable to get to the pool to be healed. He had none to help him to get to the pool for healing. He had been suffering for 38 years...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 25 March 2017
Read: John 16:4-6; Revelation 2:10
esus has been repeatedly cautioning the disciples of the coming persecution upon them. Persecution and trouble is no myth. Troubles are real in Christians’ life. Jesus speaks of them in advance, because He knows for sure that those experiences will come.
If we continually remember the warnings of Jesus concerning persecution, when it comes, we will not be deluded to think that our Lord has forsaken us. Jesus also warned us that persecution could come even from those who claim to be godly...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:18-20; Psalms 119:86
e are to be submissive to those who are above us, whether they are kind or rude to us. Christian employees must not take advantage of their employers. Each worker should honestly do a good day’s work and earn his pay.
Sometimes unbelieving co-workers or a superior may wrong a Christian employee. For the sake of good conscience before God, he must "take it" instead of avenging it...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 23 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 9:25-26
APeculiar People: The word ‘peculiar’ has the idea of ‘belonging exclusively.' This idea is reflected Exodus 19:5: "If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people." Christians are God's special possession. In other words we are a people of possession.
The Greek word translated ‘peculiar’ also carries the idea of purchased possession. We are acquired by God with a price...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Read: John 12:1-2; 1 Timothy 5:9-10
ohn 12 shows a division that was becoming more and more apparent among the people concerning their opinion about Christ. While those who believed in Christ showed greater love for Christ and His doctrines, those who rejected Him became increasingly intolerant with Him. Among those who loved Him ever more were Martha, Mary and Lazarus. They expressed their love by treating Christ to a delicious meal. Each had a different way of showing their love for Christ...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:32
here are 5 Christian virtues mentioned in verse 8. Yesterday we studied the first two of them, namely, unity and compassion. Three new virtues are considered today.
Brotherly love: Peter exhorts us to "love as brethren". A congregation must treat one another as brothers. We must express godly love that fosters an atmosphere of a happy family of God. Peter is challenging every child of God to show love towards one another...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 March 2017
Read: John 16:7-11; Acts 4:8-12
Jesus’ departure from the disciples would not mean that they would be without help. On the contrary, Jesus said, “It is expedient for you that I go away.” There is greater blessing to come their way, when Jesus would depart to His Father. Jesus then went on to explain those advantages that would come upon His leaving...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 March 2017
Read: John 5:19-23; John 14:10
n these verses the Lord Jesus asserted the equality of the Father and the Son. Jesus’ claim of equality was not because there was rivalry between them, but there was a need to affirm it before His hearers — “for what things soever he (the Father) doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (v.19b).
The Father’s will was not forced upon the Son. The basis of the Son’s submission was that the Father loves His Son. The Father lovingly and joyfully bestows upon the Son His plans and works so that the Son might reveal them to men...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 March 2017
Read: John 20:10-31; 1 Peter 1:8
n this section of John 20, the apostle records three post-resurrection appearances of Christ.
Jesus' appearance to Mary (20:10-18): When the two disciples returned to their homes, Mary remained outside the tomb crying. She saw two angels in the tomb. After she replied the angelic enquiry concerning her sorrow, she turned back and saw Jesus. She mistook Him to be the gardener. But when He called her "Mary," she recognized Him. She responded with the cry Rabboni...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 17 March 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Exodus 19:6
t is another privilege of the Christians with an Old Testament parallel. Peter’s idea of royal priesthood is drawn from Exodus 19:6, where God said of Israel, "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests." However Israel forfeited its privilege offered to it. When Israel apostatised and executed their Messiah, they lose the privilege of being a kingdom of priests. Peter affirms that at present the church is the royal priesthood of God...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 March 2017
Read: John 13:1; 1 John 4:19
The Passover season had arrived, and by Friday He would be utterly rejected and executed. To celebrate the Passover with His disciples, He gathered them in an upper room in Jerusalem. It has also been His intention to speak to the disciples. Knowing that He was soon to go to the cross to die for the sins of the world, He was still concerned with the needs of His twelve disciples...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Read: John 1:13; James 1:18
n verse 13, John firstly tells us that we become God’s children not by any physical means or physical process. He wants us to know that it is entirely a spiritual matter.
John tells us that God’s children “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man.” The phrase “not of blood” indicates that no one becomes a child of God through any physical descent. In other words, no blood relationship guarantees us the right to become a child of God. This truth is further emphasized in the following expression...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Read: John 7:14-25; Proverbs 17:15
oncerning the source of His teachings, Jesus assured His hearers that He had been instructed by God. Unlike the rabbis, He claimed no long chain of human traditions. He insisted that He was not without precedence: His teachings are from the One who hath sent Him from Heaven.
Jesus then went on to prove to them that divine authentication of one’s teaching is not based on rabbinical schools or traditions that one can claim. Instead, it is the moral or righteous character of teaching and practice of those who teach the Word that prove the authenticity of one’s teaching...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 13 March 2017
Read: John 12:9-11; John 13:34; Matthew 10:22
Many, hearing that Jesus was in Bethany, came to see Him (cf. v.9). John states two reasons for their coming to Bethany. First, “they came …for Jesus’ sake.” They knew Jesus through His previous teachings and works. They have seen Him and heard Him. They believed Him, so they came for His sake. They came to honour Him, for they loved Him. Second, “they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.” Those who love the Lord will love those whom He loves and blesses. It is only natural that they get together to listen to what the Lord has done in each one’s life....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 March 2017
Read: John 10:34-39; Galatians 4:4
f the Jews who accused Jesus of blasphemy would not believe in Him, even for all the evidences that He gave them, then they should refer to the Old Testament Scriptures, which they possessed. (And they insisted that they were their divinely appointed interpreters.) So taking them at their word, Jesus referred to Psalm 82:6 to refute their charge of blasphemy...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 11 March 2017
Read: John 13:2-5; 1 John 1:9
Though Jesus’ love is perfect, men do reject it. Judas did just that. We read in verse 2: “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.” Judas was constantly experiencing the love of Christ, yet hating Him at the same time. Such rejection of His perfect love only makes man’s wickedness all too plain...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 March 2017
Read: John 18:15-27; 1 Peter 2:19-25
eter joined the crowd that took Jesus to Annas. He did not flee with the rest of the disciples, as Jesus wanted them to do (John 18:8). Had he gone his way, he would never have denied the Lord. Though the concern and courage that made him follow Christ appeared commendable, we cannot agree with his actions; for he walked straight into temptation. This is what Jesus had forewarned him (Matt. 26:33-34, 41).
We do not know who the other disciple who brought him into Annas’ courtyard was. Some think that the “other disciple” is John (cf. 20:2; 21:20, 24). Others think that it was Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathea...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 09 March 2017
Read: John 14:17; Galatians 4:6
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him” (v.17a). Unsaved men do not recognise the Spirit or His work. If the world did not recognise the first Comforter, Jesus, you cannot expect it to recognise the second One, who is exactly like the first...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 08 March 2017
Read: John 11:4-6; Acts 4:12
The Lord told the disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them. Then He said, “And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know” (v. 4). That appears to be a very assuring statement. The Lord seems to tell the eleven that they will surely go where He is going to be shortly. But then Thomas queried, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (v. 5) This question suggests that some of the disciples, if not all, were still in a daze as to where the Lord was going...
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