“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5”
Praise the Lord for his grace and mercy, the above verses is a strong promise that Lord Jesus Christ have given us. When we fall sick , we need to clearly examine our live why this sickness or disease have come to me. By above verses come come to know because of our transgressions ,inquities and sin we get sick.
When we seek the mercy of God he is ready to forgive our sins and heal our sickness. Our God is rich is mercy to forgive us – Psalms 103:11 “ For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” When ask forgiveness He will surely forgive and heal us.
We get sick because of trial from Satan. Some times God permits Satan to try us. Hence during trial time we need to hold on to promise of God and overcome our sickness.
We do get disease or have disease by birth , the reason for this is to reveal the healing power of Jesus Christ
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. John 11:4
Whatever may be the reason we to pray to God and find the reason and seek mercy of God and receive healing. There is nothing impossible for God. God is able to heal all types of sickness
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” – Matthew 4:23
Let us pray and claim the promises that God have given us through Jesus Christ.
“For I am the Lord that health thee”- Exodus 15:26
‘One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” – Psalms 27:4
The football world cup 2018 season is going on. Each people who are spectators want their country to win the match and move on forward to final match. In final also they don’t want draw but a complete victory to lift the Cup. That is ambition of each team.
Similarly , who are we?
What is our goal?
Many years we are attending church nominally . We are praying for ou needs and that’s all, no vision of eternity and preparation of our life for eternity.
But when we consider what is our “Goal”
answer is ”nothing”.
When receive worldly blessings, we think we have reached our goal. But that’s wrong.
Psalmist King Davids only desire was to dwell in the house of Lord all his days of life.
He being a king desired to dwell in the house of Lord rather than Palace with luxuries ! Because he truly loved God.
We who are in new testament period, we our selves that is our is dwelling place of God, that is the temple of God.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.”- I Corinth 6:19.
We need to be holy, preserve our holiness because our body is the temple of God. To live an overcoming holy life we need to go to church regularly. But most of times we go late by 5 or 10 minutes. Even though we attend we always looking at watch when will the message get over and we go home.
In this present world if we don’t like the presence of God in church , then how can we spend thousands of thousands years with Jesus in heaven for eternity ??? !!!
In heaven we will have only Jesus and bands of angels praising Him continuously. If we don’t learn to love Jesus here on earth, then how will we love him and spend time through out eternity???
Our Jesus Christ have already won the match for us and showed his love for towards us (John3:16). We are are on the victory side. we are in the last days of his coming ,Our one and only GOAL is to be like Him (Jesus Christ ). We must change our character to like Jesus only then we will be caught up in His coming.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”-1 John 3:2
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” In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” – 1 Cor 15:52
I use to wonder why Jesus Christ have kept fraction of second (moment ) for Rapture. If God would give one minute, one hour, or a day for transformation, then all most everyone one will ask forgiveness from Jesus Christ and become worthy to enter kingdom of Heaven. Imagine I we have to board a train, we must get prepared well and go to station and wait for that particular time when the train arrives. We will have only few minutes to search our seat and occupy it. Similarly let us imagine Rapture (second coming of Jesus ),if rapture takes place in a moment, then only the well prepared believers will go to Heaven. If the rapture takes place for more than a second, minute or hour, then the people who are not able fly with other believers will surely ask forgiveness from Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus is merciful God, will surely have to forgive them,that situation is almost everyone will get time to repent, pray and escape the judgement day. But God is not pleased with that, His aim is only the perfected saints , who are truely worshing Him must be caught up in His coming. Hence God have planned rapture will take place in a moment, less than a fraction of second . In a “moment” we will not be able repent, pray and get ready.
Since the second coming of Jesus (rapture ) may be at any time and the duration is less than a second we must be ready always.
Let God give us grace to prepare for His coming.
” For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1Thess 4:16-17
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Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God blessed Adam and eve with above blessing. With blessing God gave them power of dominion on all animals, birds, all creatures. Which means all living creature must obey Adam and even just like our pet dog obeys, when say sit it sits down, when we say get up it gets up. Adam could have ruled these animals for many years , before he fell.
After Adam and Eve sinned, they lost their perfection. They lost their dominion on all these creatures. Not only Adam was responsible for sin.
In Genesis 6:2,3- That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
The the above incident of marrying can be compared to love marriage (sin in the sight of God) . The sons of God chose the daughters of man because of beauty ( fair ). God is not pleased with it. Because God gave, Eve to Adam, Rebekah to Isaac, God knows and decides who to be our life partner.
Hence during blessing Noah, God blesses him like this way :
Gen 8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
The missing thing in the second time when God blessed them is the loss of dominion and subdue of all living creature. Which God had given them earlier.
But good news for us today is our ” Lord saviour Jesus Christ “ regained the lost dominion. By the grace and blood of Jesus Christ we get the dominion in eternity. Let us hope for that eternal glory.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9
After resurrection our Lord saviour Jesus Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdalene and Mary came early in the morning to the sepulchre, but to their surprise the Angel came and rolled the big stone. The Angel told He (Jesus ) have risen. Hence Mary Magdalene went back and brought the disciples of Jesus. They also saw that the sepulchre was opened, the stone was rolled out, only the clothes of Jesus was found.
The disciples who came there went home. But Mary alone was standing.
John 20:11 ” Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping:
John 20:15 Jesus said unto her,woman why deepest thou?
This is the first appearance of Jesus after resurrection. Jesus didn’t appear to his mother Mary, or His beloved disciples who came to see the sepulchre but His first appearance was to Mary Magdalene. Why ??
The disciples who came there went home, they didn’t search for him alive or seek for his body.
But Mary was seeking Jesus because, Jesus delivered her from evil spirits, she had experienced that miracle in her life. She was seeking Lord Jesus with contrite heart, her sorrow was deep. When she didn’t find Jesus body. She asks Angel to tell her where they have kept Jesus body.(John 30:13)
Mary Magdalene was truly seeking Jesus with great sorrow, Hence Jesus appeared to Her First
Likewise Jesus is going to appear only those who seek him fervently.
We need seek him diligently. we need seek God for our spiritual needs, We need to be always in prayer seeking God’s plan in every aspects in our life. When we seek Jesus diligently surely He will appear to us. Let God help to grow in prayer life. Praise the Lord.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? – John 11:25