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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 23rd

The glorious “Resurrection”



There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." - Matt 28:2-7
 
  The removed tombstone on the Easter Sunday by Supernatural events (an earthquake and angelic intervention) forms the cornerstone of Christian faith. Any Christian worth his salt, risks his skin for his Lord’s glory for the simple reason that death is not the end of it all. Because of resurrection of Christ, a Christian knows that death for him is longer a master shoving him into the unknown but rather a meek servant ushering him into his Master’s glorious presence.

As always, as at every event in Jesus’ life right from his virgin conception and birth onwards, we see in His resurrection also both a miracle and a fulfillment of prophecy. As though, his bodily resurrection itself was not sufficient, other supernatural events such as an earthquake and an angelic descent were at hand on the Glorious First Easter. Mind you angel removed the tombstone, not for Jesus to come out-in his glorified body now, there were no limitations on him now as evidenced by his frequent appearances to his disciples post-resurrection, from nowhere-but for the devout women and the disciples to go into the tomb to see for themselves the fulfillment of the Prophecy .

“Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” Psalm 16:10

Do not so many stupefying miracles and prophecies –their fulfillment-confirm Christ’s deity? THEY DO!

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, this Easter we give ourselves into thy hands permanently. We know, nowhere, we can be more secure than in your powerful and loving arms. Amen.
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