First appearance

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“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

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The most Blessed man on earth !

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Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Mark 15:21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

Luk 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.

Simon  of Cyrene was going  out,  we really don’t know where he was going. He might would have come out to see Jesus. But the soldiers compelled him to carry  the cross . We really don’t know how far he carried the cross of Jesus Christ. But the truth is he was the most blessed person on earth in my opinion. Because  the sin of whole world was upon on the cross, which Jesus Christ was carrying.

Simon was compelled to carry this cross. There were 12 disciples but they all ran away.

Isa 53:5 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.

The curse, iniquities, transgression, sickness, bondage, all together  our sin was upon Jesus Christ , He was carrying these as cross on his shoulder.
Which Simon of Cyrene carried to little distance. He carried only little distance because after that the verse we read soon Jesus Christ was crucified.

Today Jesus Christ is asking everyone one of us will you carry My cross.??

Everybody of us have trials, tribulation, sickness, difficulties which we need to carry daily and overcome it. Only then we can inherit the throne and reign with Jesus. Without cross there is no throne. Jesus Christ successfully overcame in this test and is on the right hand side of Lord the God. Likewise we need to overcome in our trial to be seated at right side of Jesus Christ.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Safety under the Wings of the LORD!

 

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust”-Ps 91:4

Praise the Lord for his Grace. Above verses is a very famous promise, most of us know. The wings here refer to wings of the hen. Hen is the One of the bird which dwells on the land. By the creation of God, All the birds fly and their dwelling place nest is upon the tree, rock, or cliff of a mountain. There are few birds like kiwi, ostrich, emu, hen, which dwells on the ground, even though they are birds they cant completely fly, they can fly only up to 10 to 15 feet height. They walk around and move for food, water and breeding, throughout life time they are on the ground. Let’s study about the Hen, hen lives on the land, breeds, lays egg, after hatching for 21 to 24 days the young ones comes out. It’s the duty of the hen to feed & protect its young ones. Usually birds which has nests on trees have less predators, hen which do not make nest, but dwells on ground has more predators like snake, cat, eagle, mongoose etc. Whenever the enemies come, mother hen make signaling sound call, all the chicks’ runs under the wings of its mother, hence the enemies cannot catch the chickens. Also some times the mother hen flies and fights with cats, eagle, crow and protects its young ones.

Under His Wings

Spiritually this refers to us, when we are under the wings of LORD, the enemies cannot touch us. In times of troubles we need to take refuge under the wings of God  Deut 33:27 – “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:” Enemy may attack us in many ways like sickness, financial crisis, witchcraft, accidents ,discourage us comparing to the life of others. But our God protects, cares and leads us in the way that we must go.

Wings of the birds are a very special creation by God. It gives shade for young ones during the hot day time and warmth during Cold night time. The under portion of the wings are very soft and makes the little ones very comfortable and luxury. The Wings can be compared to the commandments of the LORD. when we follow it, even though trials, tribulation, sufferings may come, But we will be safe, we will not get destroyed. As the wings are soft, the commandment given by our LORD Jesus Christ are also soft “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”- matt 22:37,39.

When the predators come and attack, the young ones need to go under the wings of its mother. But if it fails to do so, then the predators will catch them and kill them. The predator in our life may be marrying non Christian, working O.T job to earn more money, even though we may get sufficient salary, watching television,, visiting tourist place spending time in vain things of this world. Anything which hinders, separates our fellowship with saints of God and church, will Drive us away from Jesus. Hence we need to be vigilant about the devices of satan .we must abide with Jesus Christ.

Upon His Wings

“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:” -Deut 32:11. “I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself”-Exo 19:4.Here we read about the Wings of eagle. there are two peculiar qualities of eagles wings, one the eagles wings makes it to fly very high compared to all other birds, second thing the eagles bears its young ones on its wings and teaches them to fly. This refers to our holiness. Our Lord Jesus not led a Holy life, but teaches us to live holy life.

By His Wings

Exo 19:4 also shows us how God delivered the Israelites and brought them to promised land- Canaan. Wings can also be compared to the Grace of God. On the covenant box, there are two angles sitting on the throne of Grace, their wings are already raised up, ready to fly. It’s not our ability, wisdom, knowledge, or spiritual standard makes us worthy for the rapture. But it is the Grace of God which makes us worthy to reach our promised land New Jerusalem and Zion-

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (jude 21st verse).

Give first preference to God.

​”Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalms 51:10

 In Psalms 51 chapter we read about the confession of King David. He was convicted of sin with Bathsheba. Hence he with a broken heart seek  God for His forgiveness.  Here David ask God to create a clean heart and right spirit  in him. 

When people of Israel was in battle with their enemies , David being a King should have  been there in battle. But he was in palace at that time, this shows he was led by a wrong spirit,  which in turn led into a sin with Bathsheba. 

 This can be compare to our spirutual battle. During church hour we must go and attend church. If we do not go to church on Sundays, and go to some other place and spend time in vainly then we will get into trouble, this shows we are led by wrong spirit. Surely we will commit sin. Hence we need to be careful, attend Sunday worship , Bible studies . we must give first preference to God and seek him. The right spirit always urges us to attend church meeting. Let God give us Grace to seek him presence diligently. 

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” – Psa 143:10

Who will be caught up in second coming of Jesus Christ (Rapture) !!!

Jesus Christ :”I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 

Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Luke – 17:34-36

No one predict who will be caught up in second coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But above verses give  clue about Rapture(Second coming of Jesus Christ)

 two men in one bed:  who can be on bed – brothers, sisters, husband & wife, children and a parents. Mostly closely related persons sleep together. Among them  one will taken and  other  will be left behind.
Two women grinding together- house : this can be compared to house of God . in the church only one part of believers will be taken and others will be left behind.

Two men in the field:  This can be viewed in two perspective way. 

a) Our work place: we physically work. There one will be caught up and other will be left behind.

b) Field : spiritually where saved and unsaved people live together. Only those saved people who preserve the salvation, love , holiness and faith until coming of Christ will be caught up in Rapture. 

In above all verses we read one thing common, one will be taken and other will be left behind. This shows only 50% will caught up, and the remaining 50% will be left behind group. By the Grace of God let us be in caught up group.

Let us pray and receive  Grace of Jesus to be seen in His Coming.

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:21
  

The Lost Coin !

“Either what woman having ten pieces(coin) of silver, if she lose one piece(Coin), doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.”  Luke 15:8-9

This lost coin is we (I and you). Once we were lost in this world following things of this world. We didn’t know there is a living loving God Jesus Christ. As a coin is non living thing , there was no life in our  spiritual life. We were not content, in our education, job, money or family life. Nothing was not able to satisfy us, but when our loving Jesus found us, There came life in our lives, We got a peace, joy, satisfaction and true happiness that this world cannot give. Thank Jesus Christ our beloved saviour, who found us , saved us, made worthy to be with Him in eternity. Let us pray to God receive His Grace to be caught up in His coming…

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Great faith !

“when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? ” -Luke 18:8

Jesus Christ said above verses when He was telling the parable of unjust judge and widow. That unjust judge heard and avenged to the widow, similarly God will answer all our prayers, He may delay but but will surely answer our request. 

One thing we learn here is, when the Lord is near, God expects we must have faith in Him. Because since we are in a world of full of sin , in this sinful world to live a Holy life, Righteous life, forgiving and loving our adversaries is difficult, even though we try to make it with our own ability is only a small thing in the sight of God. Hence God expects aleast we must grow in faith life day to day, we may be Holy for a day but next day we may commit sin, but in  aspect of   faith we must grow from faith to faith.  Our holiness is nothing compared to God’s Holiness, our righteousness is nothing compared to God’s righteousness. Hence only by faith we believe , we will be caught up in His coming.  Let us pray to God and receive His Grace to be seen with.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. – Jude 1:20-21