Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 02 February 2017
Read: John 17:11-12; Psalms 79:9
he time of Jesus’ departure to the Father was very close. He would soon leave His disciples in a world of hostility to fulfill God’s plan for the spreading the Gospel. The hostility against God which fell on Jesus would now fall on the tiny band of apostles, and subsequently on many of Jesus’ followers. So Jesus called on His Holy Father, thus emphasizing His just wrath against a sinful world. His holiness is also the basis for believers’ separation from the world. He would protect them from the sin and enmity of the world by the power of His name...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 February 2017
Read: John 13:36-38; 1 Corinthians 10:12
imon Peter wanted to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Jesus told him that he would not be able to go right away where He is going. Jesus was referring to His death, resurrection and ascension to the Father. But in a hurry to impress Jesus with his loyalty, Peter said, “Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.” Peter was too sure of himself, but without fully counting the cost...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Read: John 15:1; John 15:5
Iam the true vine. This is the last of the seven great “I am” statements in John’s Gospel (cf. 8:12; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). Jesus affirms that He is the living and true God. Without Him there is no salvation and blessing.
In the Old Testament, God called Israel His vine. He used the Israelites to accomplish His purpose, and He blessed those connected with them. He was the Vinedresser; He cared for the vine, trimmed it, and cut off branches that did not bear fruit...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 30 January 2017
Read: John 5:1-9; Matthew 5:3-6
When Christ asked the sick man, “Will thou be made whole?” he did not answer Him with a simple “yes.” Rather he chose to describe the patient waiting and anguish of his heart. He told Jesus how he struggled to get to the water first but always failing. By this he was relating to the Lord Jesus how miserably he wanted to be delivered from his illness. All the waiting for thirty-eight years to be healed was in vain. Thus, he acknowledged his inability to deliver himself, and willingness to be delivered...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 January 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:1; Psalms 119:19
The first verse of the epistle tells us to whom the epistle was addressed. Here Peter described the recipients' social and political circumstances. He referred to them as "the strangers scattered throughout" the various provinces of Asia Minor region, such as, "Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia" (1 Peter 1:1b). These areas were under the imperial reign of the Roman emperor...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 28 January 2017
Read: John 4:20-26; Isaiah 55:7
Having recognised Christ as a prophet than a mere Jew, the woman asked Him regarding a dispute about worship between the Jews and the Samaritans: “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship” (v.20). She expected Him to answer correctly, for she had recognised Him as a true prophet. (“This mountain” refers to Mt. Gerizim, the place of Samaritan worship.) In verse 22 and 23, Jesus told her that the real issue is not the location of worship, but that one should believe Jesus Christ who was born among the Jews...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 27 January 2017
Read: John 2:1-11; Ephesians 3:17-18
he Roman Catholic Church encourages people to worship and pray to Mary. It is known as Mariolatry. They claim that Mary will intercede for her devotee; and she herself can perform miracles. But this miraculous event in Cana tells us that Mary in herself did not possess any miraculous power, as the Roman Catholic Church has been teaching. She did not do anything more than others who sought Christ’s help. We must also note that Mary has no part in almost all of Christ’s miracles...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 26 January 2017
Read: 1 Peter 2:2-3; Acts 20:32
he strong desire for God’s Word must be met with the provision of ‘sincere milk of the Word.’ The word ‘sincere’ has the meaning 'unadulterated' or 'pure.' Believers must feed on the pure teaching of God’s Word to grow well.
We must be concerned with the kind of materials that our young believers read, especially with the plethora of so-called Christian books, tapes and videos available so easily everywhere. New Christians must be helped with sound teaching of the Word that they may know God’s will correctly and adequately...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Read: John 12:31-33; Hebrews 2:14
hrist’s death on the cross is the main focus of our Lord’s discussion in today’s text. He mentioned two things that result from His crucifixion: (i) judgment of the world and its prince, and (ii) drawing people unto Himself.
The judgment that results from His cross constitutes, firstly, the judgment of the world. As the world rejected the Lord and put Him to death, they were rejecting their only way of salvation. So when they passed judgment on Christ, their own judgment became more evident and real...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Read: John 4:1-7; Luke 19:1-10
Jesus had left Judea and was on His way to Galilee (v.3). Why did He leave Judea? Verse 1 says that the story of His success and popularity reached the Pharisees and therefore He left Judea. Pharisees already hated John the Baptist for his rebuke of their sins. One can imagine how the Pharisees might have been angered to see Jesus increasing in popularity with the support of the Baptist. Like John the Baptist, He also exposed and rebuked their hypocrisy. So as the crowd grew around Christ, the leaders increasingly became uncomfortable. This led to His leaving Judea. It was not time yet in the Father’s plan for Christ to enter into a confrontation with the Jews...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 23 January 2017
Read: John 5:36; John 15:24-25
esus introduced to His Jewish hearers His works as a greater evidence of His deity than the witness of John the Baptiser. “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.”
The works He was talking about are the evangelistic and miraculous works that He did. The supernatural element of His works certainly demonstrated that He was not just a human being. All His works are so unique that it can only be the works of the Father...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 January 2017
Read: John 5:37-38; Matthew 3:17
erses 37 and 38 explain the third testimony, which is that of the Father about His Son. God the Father had borne the testimony to Christ’s true identity before the people. The voice of the Father sounded from heaven at the baptism of Jesus (Matt 3:17) to declare the true identity of Christ. The heavenly Witness was a great proof of Jesus’ claim of His deity.
There was also the Spirit descending upon Christ like a dove. However, the Jews behaved as though they have never heard or seen the witness of God concerning Christ. In the same event, John the Baptiser also bore record to the people concerning the Father’s witness at the baptism...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 21 January 2017
Read: John 21:15-25; 2 Timothy 4:6-8
esus asked Peter three questions concerning his love for Him. Earlier, Peter denied the Lord three times. Hence, the Lord asked him three times to confirm his love that he has just rekindled toward Christ. Now three times he said he loved the Lord (21:15-17). Even the strongest Christian may fall into sin (1 Cor. 10:12). But God’s grace and forgiveness will restore the repentant. As an hymn writer said, His “grace is greater than all our sins...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 20 January 2017
Read: John 14:21-24; 1 John 2:5
full understanding of Jesus and the Father will mean a loving relationship with both of them. Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (v.21).
Judas (not Iscariot) asked, “Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) may have been the same man called Thaddaeus (Matt 10:3; Mk 3:18, Acts 1:13). He was puzzled that Jesus would manifest Himself to them and not to the world...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 19 January 2017
Read: John 6:47-59; 1 John 2:24
gain Jesus asserted His claim to be the Bread of Life (vv.47–50). To counter the previous objection that Jesus was not as great as Moses (v.31), Christ pointed out that the manna furnished through the leadership of Moses did not grant eternal life to its eaters. But Christ, the Bread of Life, provides life for evermore.
In verse 51, Jesus referred to Himself as “the living bread,” an expression synonymous with “the bread of life.” In the last half of this verse the term “bread” is further elucidated...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Read: John 5:43-47; John 17:4-6
n this passage, Jesus described why the Jews rejected Jesus Christ. In verse 43, Jesus said that they rejected Him who came in the Father’s name and accepted those who had no authority but their own. God’s authority was on Christ; and it was evidenced by the miracles He performed. Moreover, the witness of John the Baptist, the voice from heaven, and the Scriptures also affirmed the Father’s approval of Christ (vv.32–39). To reject such an One who came in the name of God the Father is to reject the Father Himself. This is a great offence against God Almighty...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Read: John 19:16-22; Psalms 2:2
inally Pilate relented and delivered Jesus to the chief priests. They took Him to be crucified. It was customary for the criminal to carry his cross, or at least the crossbeam, from the hall of judgment to the place of execution. Jesus began the mile-long walk to Golgotha carrying His cross. Golgotha (the place of the skull) was probably called this because the hill with its stony barren top looked like a skull...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 16 January 2017
Read: John 14:1; Isaiah 26:3
Ye believe in God”: What Jesus was actually saying was, When troubles come, you must continue to exercise your faith in God. Presence of trouble does not mean absence of God. Neither does the trouble prove that God has ceased to be our unchanging help. No trouble can rip God of His greatness, wisdom and power. Only when our hearts capture this wonderful glimpse of the unalterable greatness and love of God toward His children, our hearts will be comforted. Trouble frightens us, faith in God comforts us...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 January 2017
Read: John 5:39-43; Jeremiah 2:8
Today’s passage is an extended discussion of the last of the four witnesses of His deity which Christ cited, namely the Scripture. The term “Scriptures” in verse 39 is a reference to the whole of the Old Testament. Jesus commanded the Jews to “search the Scriptures.” The word “search” is an imperative or command. It literally means “diligently study.” Jesus was commanding them to diligently study the Scriptures. The Jews were known to be diligent students of the Scriptures....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 14 January 2017
Read: John 6:43-46; Matthew 16:17
In this passage, Jesus responded to the Jews’ murmur against His claim that He is the Bread from heaven. The sinfulness of their heart had blinded their spiritual perception. Though evidences of Christ’s deity were abundant, their view of Him appeared to be totally distorted. Their inability to perceive the truth about Christ was not because they lacked intellectual capacity, but they were totally lost in their sins. Every man, being totally lost in sin, is without the spiritual power to respond to God in the right manner...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 13 January 2017
Read: John 1:5-9; John 12:46
hough the life of God in the creation provided man with the light about God (v.4), the darkness of sin constantly blurred man’s understanding of God. In verse 5, John records this struggle and declares that the light of God still prevails. We can still see the light of God in the creation. Nevertheless, Christ came that we may have a greater and richer light about God.
The Witness to the Light, John the Baptiser: Though John the Baptiser clearly identified Jesus as the Messiah, the darkened hearts of many Jews refused to accept the truth. At times, they confused the identity of the true Light and went...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 12 January 2017
Read: John 12:1, 2, 9; 3 John 1:5-8
As for Lazarus, he was “one of them that sat at the table.” We might hastily imagine that by sitting there he did nothing: but, the people had come together very much to see Lazarus, and for him to sit there, and to show himself, and especially to eat and to drink, was to do the best thing to convince onlookers that he was indeed alive. Our blessed Lord Himself, when He rose from the dead, found it needful to convince His disciples that He was really alive and in a real body, and therefore He took a piece of broiled fish and honeycomb...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Read: 1 Peter 1:7; Romans 8:18
his verse ascertains once again that Christians will go through trying situations in their journey of faith. It also discusses the purpose, the value and the goal of the believers’ trials.
Purpose of our trials is found in the phrase "the trial of your faith" (v. 7a). The word "trial" here means "test" or "proof". The Lord allows trials in our lives that the sincerity and the strength of our faith may be proven...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Read: John 5:27-30; Revelation 20:11-15
The Lord Jesus has power to give man both physical life and spiritual life. In verses 27 and 28, Jesus declared that just as He gives eternal life to the believing ones, He is also able to give life to both righteous dead and wicked dead. The Lord shall resurrect them from their grave. Even those who died hating and rejecting Christ will be made to hear His voice and come out of the grave for His judgment. No one shall have power to deny His command...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 09 January 2017
Read: John 12:37-41; Isaiah 6:9-10, 53:1
Though Jesus had done an immense number of miracles for all to see that they may believe in His deity, many chose not to believe on Him. John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said that the unbelief that he had witnessed is the fulfilment of the prophetic words of Isaiah...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 January 2017
Read: John 1:15-17; Matthew 3:11-17
The author of this Gospel, John, recorded for us in this passage the testimony of John the Baptist concerning the Person of Jesus Christ. After establishing the deity of Christ by proving that He is the Word, the Life, the Light, and the incarnated God, the author once again reinforces the truth of Christ’s deity using John the Baptiser’s testimony. He testifies that Christ’s superiority above all the prophets points to Him as a divine prophet...
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