Reflections

Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
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    Resurrection: Celebration of New Life in Christ

    Jesse Samuel

    St. Andrews MTC, NY

    “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory” Verse 19

        In the earlier chapters of Isaiah, God would act to rescue the nation from enemy armies and to punish wicked Israelites as well. He would also rescue His  people from sin. Since this task is impossible for any human to complete, God himself, as the Messiah, would personally step in to help. You see, whether we sin once or many times, our sin separates us from God and will continue to separate us until God forgives us.

        This current passage is full of promises. My favorite verse in the entire passage, as highlighted in the beginning of this devotion, is the reality of those promises. The places mentioned in this passage belonged to obscure tribes in the Arabian desert hundreds of miles from Israel. All people would come to Jerusalem because God would be living there  and would be attracted to His light. We should not be discouraged when we look around and see so few people turning to God; one day people throughout the earth will recognize Him as the one true God.


        When the Holy Spirit dwells within His people, they change. Former desires no longer matter, our aim is to please God. As we read these promises, we long for their fulfillment. But we must patiently wait for God’s timing. He is in control of our time, and He weaves together all our lives into His plan.

    PRAYER

    “Father, we thank You for the abundant blessings You’ve showered upon us. Help us to understand the full meaning of the resurrection. In Your name we pray. Amen.”

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17 
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    Resurrection: Celebration of New Life in Christ

    Gracious John
    St. Andrews MTC

    20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.


    “He is Risen.” This was the front page of every major news outlet on Easter Sunday.  Our Savior has overcome the grave in a mighty fashion. While we are celebrating Easter, we must also remember to celebrate and take hope in this resurrection when Christ returns.

    The passage refers to Christ as the first fruit. This refers to the Old Testament practice of sacrificing the first fruit of the harvest to the Lord. Only the best of the harvest was presented to God.  Jesus was the best and only sacrifice that could atone for our sins and provide freedom for our souls.

    Christ’s resurrection is also our proof of the resurrection to come. This gives us hope and those who have passed on before us that we will be raised in His Glory. While this is all great news, we must remember that only those who belong to Him, will experience this.

    The resurrection is not a physical one, but a spiritual one. Jesus raised many people from the dead before, but eventually they had to experience another physical death. Jesus rose victoriously from the grave without having the same result. We too are heirs to this resurrection! The wages of sin is death, but with Christ’s perfect death, we are able to boldly ask, “Oh death where is your sting?”

    As we celebrate Jesus triumph over physical and spiritual death, let us take time to celebrate that resurrection that is promised to us. As we celebrate, we must also ask ourselves if we truly belong to Him. Are our spiritual lives dead or are we renewed and resurrected? Are you unsure of where you stand? Take this moment now to make it clear. Jesus has already paid the price; you just need to accept it.

    PRAYER

    Dear Lord, Help us to be renewed by Your death and resurrection. Thank You for dying for us. By Your resurrection, help us to live for You. Thank You for overcoming the grave and giving us the hope of eternal life. Amen

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
     "He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said." Matthew 28:6a
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    Happy and Blessed Easter to ALL

    Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos, 

    Diocesan Bishop

    Diocese of North America and Europe
    “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen”. (Luke: 24. 5)                                                                         

    The church all over the world is celebrating Easter, rejoicing in the 'New life' that the Risen Lord brought to the world through overcoming death. This reminds the faithful ‘to live in the light of the resurrection – that is the meaning of Easter’, the words written in a German Jail cell in 1944 by Dietrich Bonheoffer.  While we celebrate new life, we recognize God’s faithfulness to us.  God’s faithfulness meant that God took the form of a human being to be with us; God was and continues to be Immanuel, ‘God with us’. God in Jesus has to face ‘death’, and it is that faithfulness unto death and bringing new life, that we celebrate.

    Human search for the Divine still continues. The question that was asked to the women who went to see Jesus at the tomb, continue to reverberate in us; are we searching the living among the dead? Yes, we recall the women who first found the empty tomb, that gave them the zeal to go and inform the disciples that ‘Christ is risen’. The voice that they heard of the men who stood in dazzling clothes beside the tomb was an added inspiration. Of course, the voice of risen Christ to Mary Magdalene, “woman, why are you weeping”, changes her state of mind. These gave the women the realization of a calling to spread the news of redemption, liberation and of commitment to mission and service. The new energy passed on them gave vitality to overcome the disillusionment and fear in them. Today the world is longing for this new life in the midst of deathful situations. 

    PRAYER

    Lord God, give us a renewed mind to see the things the way we ought to, a renewed spirit to carry on the mission with the transforming power and the willingness to be a witness of the risen Lord in this world. Amen.

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life". John 3:16