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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.

As the month of December coincides with the Christmas season, in this month I intend to dwell exclusively on all the topics revolving around Christmas using the visit of the Wise man described in Matthew 2 as the base.

Let me wish you a happy and an edifying read… oh yes-MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF US!

Suresh Manoharan




December 26th

The Two pillars of Christian Faith


When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' " – Matt 2:4-6

‘…while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…’ – Titus 2:13
 
  While continuing to meditate on the Christmas story post Christmas (we have to retain the festive spirit at all times. Right?) using the visit of the Wise men as our text, we focus once again on the tête-à-tête between the nervy King Herod and the Jewish religious leaders of those times for it would cast light on one of the many prophecies concerning Christ’s life. We had concluded before (refer Daily Devo dated 9th Dec) that clear-cut prophecies concerning several aspects of Christ’s life preempts cynics and rationalists from attributing Christ’s life to mere coincidence, whereas the truth is quite different.

Today, we come to yet another significance of fulfillment of prophecies. That is it compels us to take the only remaining unfulfilled prophecy of God…Christ’s II Coming… seriously. For the I advent of Christ loses its significance unless we keep the II advent in perspective. No wonder Biblical scholars quite rightly assert that the I advent and the II advent of Christ are the two pillars on which the Christian faith rests squarely. Paul even calls the anticipated II Coming of our Lord ‘the Blessed hope’ (Titus 2:13).

Even in the human realm, if we have a friend who time and again sticks to his word, won’t we take his other promises’ seriously simply because of his spotless track record of sticking to his word, always? Similarly, if our Lord has time and again, kept up His word in the past, should we not take Him at His word when it comes to His II Coming?

Today, the World over all the nations would be somberly remembering what happened exactly 4 years back on Dec 26th 2004 when Tsunami waves lashed several coastal cities of the world in perfect fulfillment of the prophecy regarding signs preceding His II Coming. Consider the following scripture portion culled out of Luke 21:25b, which reads thus…

‘…And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides’ - NLV


Isn’t this a clear sign of His II Coming? Just reflect on the cause of Tsunami waves– earthquake in the sea surface- and the enormity of the significance of the words ‘STRANGE TIDES’ in the above-captioned scripture portion would sink in instantly, for tsunami waves were no ordinary tidal waves triggered by a cyclonic storm like many tidal waves are but rather these waves, which shook mankind to the core, were the very definition of ‘strange tides’ for they were caused by a rare earthquake in the sea surface. Really scriptures, leave no room for doubt. Right?

Now, should lakhs perish in order the II Coming of a loving Lord be heralded? Where is God’s love in all these? We shall ponder deeply on this issue tomorrow. Meanwhile it would serve us well to simply remember that God is great and that He is just.

Prayer:

Father, thou art a Sovereign God but also a loving and a just God. Perhaps only in eternity, we may gauge the purpose behind all thy actions, meanwhile enable us to trust thee implicitly even while eagerly awaiting the II Coming of thy dear Son and our Saviour. Amen
 


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