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Fruitless Branches

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 29 April 2017

Read: John 15:1-6; Matthew 3:10

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ruit-bearing and non-fruit-bearing branches grow rapidly and must be carefully pruned. If there is to be a large quantity of fruit, the fruitless branches must be removed as well as the shoots that grow on the fruit-bearing branches.

Jesus said His followers are like mature branches that bore fruit but needed pruning. There is no such thing as a fruitless Christian. Every Christian bears some fruit (Eph 2:10). If a person’s faith is genuine, his life will bear good fruit. Jesus’ illustration would make no sense if every Christian does not bear at least some fruit...


The Equality Of Christ With God The Father

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 28 April 2017

Read: John 5:15-18; Colossians 1:16

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he Jews were angry that Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath day. They considered healing a sick person as breaking the Sabbath day (v.16). Jesus answered their accusation in verses 17 to 47. The most outstanding thought in His reply is His oneness with the Father.

In His reply, Jesus first referred to God Almighty as “My Father.” This claim meant that Jesus was one with the Father. The Jews understood the meaning of this claim very well. They were extremely angry upon hearing Jesus’ words. They “sought the more to kill Him, because not only he had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father...


Behold The Man!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 27 April 2017

Read: John 18:33-19:5; Isaiah 52:14

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hough Pilate asked what the truth was, he was interested neither in the truth nor in justice. If Jesus was innocent of all charges, then Pilate should have set Him free. Instead, he began to negotiate with the Jews. Knowing that Jesus was popular, Pilate suggested to the crowd that he would release Him, as it was a custom to release a prisoner at Passover. But the leaders persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus (Matt. 27:20). So they said “Not this man, but Barabbas.” Barabbas was a robber...


The Elect Of God

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Read: 1 Peter 1:2; Deuteronomy 7:6-8

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avid wrote many years ago, "How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?" It is unthinkable in human terms to feel happy in the midst of hatred. But God's people can sing with joy and peace even in the midst of hostility. This is because of God's love that has chosen them. Though the world will estrange and hate the believers like aliens, yet they are loved and cared for by the Triune God. See how Peter explains this overwhelming divine love saga.

Peter addressed his readers as "strangers" (v.1), because that was how they were feeling. But he wanted them to know they have better things to meditate upon than the hostility of this world. So he quickly reminded them of their spiritual position before God...


Believing Mary’s Aid

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Read: John 11:28-33; Hebrews 12:12

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hile Martha went to meet Jesus, Mary remained in the house with friends and mourners. In personality, she differed from her sister. She needed sympathy rather than persuasion. So Martha encouraged her by whispering to her that the Lord had come and He calls for her. “As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him” (v.29). No matter how weary we may be, let us remember that the Lord bids us to His side. Like Mary, let us haste, no matter how crippling the grief may be, to the Lord’s side. He says unto us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...


Praise For The Eternal Salvation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 24 April 2017

Read: 1 Peter 1:3; Psalms 116:13-15

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eter praises God for the salvation of the Lord that reached and blessed his readers - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us…"

Peter regarded the regeneration of a sinner as an evidence of the greatness of God’s mercy. Like Peter, Apostle Paul also proclaimed this truth: "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ...


His Clothes Were Parted

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 April 2017

Read: John 19:23-24; Psalms 22:18

The garments of the condemned men belonged to the soldiers on duty, hence the action in verse 23. When they had crucified Jesus, nailed Him to the cross, and lifted it up, they left Him upon it that He may suffer and die in agony. They had nothing more to do, but to wait till He dies. They hardened their hearts and turned a deaf ear against His groaning and utterances. Then they went to divide His clothes or upper garment “without seam, woven from the top throughout.” They agreed to cast lots for it....


Death Is But A Sleep, In Jesus’ View

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 22 April 2017

Read: John 11:11-16 ; Daniel 12:2

Jesus’ response to the news of Lazarus’ deadly sickness was: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep” (v.11). The term “sleep” was a figure of speech. Nonetheless, the disciples, interpreting the word “sleep” in the natural sense, thought that Lazarus’ health was improving. Then Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead” (v.14). Then the disciples understood the actual situation in Bethany. Jesus knew clearly that Lazarus was dead...


We Have No King, But Caesar!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 21 April 2017

Read: John 19:14-15; Acts 3:13-15

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his was the day of preparation for the Passover Week (i.e., Friday); and it was the sixth hour. By Roman reckoning of time, it could indicate 6 a.m. That day was the Passover proper, the day on which Christ died.

After many attempts to release Jesus, Pilate said, “Behold your King!” Pilate did not believe Jesus was their King, but he said this to spite the Jews. Pilate could not resist goading the Jews: Shall I crucify your King? Then the Jews responded in ire that they had no king but Caesar...


Jesus Assures His Apostles

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 20 April 2017

Read: John 13:20; Matthew 10:40-42

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hile Jesus was speaking of His imminent betrayal, suddenly He addressed His apostles in verse 20. Initially, that statement does not seem to fit the context of what Jesus is saying in the passage as a whole. But a close look reveals that it fits beautifully.

We do not know what went on between verses 19 and 20. They might have assumed that a traitor among the disciples would lower the standing of them all. Worse still, if their Master would allow Himself to be killed, the future appeared rather gloomy...



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