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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey and the “Conquest of Canaan” in the previous months, now in the month of March, considering that we are in the season of Lent, I intend to focus on the subject- “Lent season”.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




March 19th

Again the fulfillment of Scripture…



Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.- John 19:28, 29
 
  If there was one pattern in our Lord’s life, which stood out for its remarkable regularity of occurrence, right from his virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14) onwards at Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), then it was the fulfillment of many a prophecy regarding His life. Time and again, we see more than 300 prophecies-one after the other- getting fulfilled in His life, during the First Coming. Why so many prophesies? On his birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension depended the SALVATION OF MANKIND ITSELF. Lest, any rationalist attribute the entire sequence of his life events to an accident or coincidence, the Father foretold everything!

Even while He was on the cross, prophecies were getting fulfilled (refer again the Devotional of 15th March) and the fifth word (to be more precise the fifth sentence), he spoke on the cross was also in fulfillment of the Scriptures, which read thus

“They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.” – Psalm 69:21.

In response to these words of Jesus, the one who ran to “apparently” help Jesus was probably one of the military guards, and by taking a sponge and filling it with sour wine, he hoped temporarily to slake Jesus’ thirst. Honestly, he did not know that he was playing a part in the fulfillment of the Scriptures or for that matter neither did his counterparts know, who were vying for the garments of Jesus (John 19:23-24) that, they too were doing it in fulfillment of the Scriptures which read thus

“They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing” - Psalm 22:18.

Fulfillment of so many Scripture portions regarding the First coming of our Lord, leads us to an important question. Will not the Prophecies regarding His Second Coming (Acts 1:10-11) also be fulfilled? THEY SURE WOULD! AMEN!

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, the fulfillment of so many prophecies in Thy I Coming only underscore the fact that the prophecies regarding Thy II Coming also would be fulfilled. Even as we look forward eagerly for Thy II Coming, prepare us to meet Thee in a way, which would please Thee, most. Amen.
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