The Crown

During our visit to the Tower of London, we came across a display of crowns that were worn by the king (and queen) in the early times. There were many different types of crowns, each exquisite with gem  and jewels ornately seated in them. Each was so beautiful that it would not befit anyone less than a king or queen.

According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, the crown signifies the authority of a king and I began to wonder, that if an earthly king’s authority was signified by the type of crown he wore, how much more exquisite the type of Crown, it would be, for the heavenly King of kings, Jesus Christ. But then it quickly dawned on me, that the type of Crown, Jesus Christ wore was not one that would be archived and displayed for generations to see, because it was a crown of thorns, that was ornate with thorns, not gems and jewels. The crown of thorns was one that Jesus willingly wore for you and me. And because Jesus accepted in humility a painful crown in our stead, God crowned Him with glory and honor (Hebrews 2:9).

The King of kings, Jesus Christ, was made to wear  a crown of dishonor by men, but God has now made Him wear a crown of glory and honor; a Crown that you would not find archived and displayed in the tower of any earthly king.

Matthew 27:28-30 (KJV)
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Hebrews 2:9-10 (KJV)
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

The Standard of Time

On our visit to London, we had to synchronize our watches to the local time. While doing so, it struck me that with London uses the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during winter, which is what the other world clocks use as the reference to set their time. The GMT is a standard. Any clock that is not set with it as the reference will show a time that is erroneous.

Jesus Christ does not change and He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8); ever faithful. He is not only the Standard of Time, but Jesus Christ is The Standard Reference by which our lives need to be set (John 14:6). All who are in Him are fixed and error free.

Point(s) to ponder:
Is Jesus Christ the standard of your/mine life?

Thanks giving

Thanks giving is not one word but two words. The word “thank” when used as a transitive verb implies action and it means one of the following – 1. to express gratitude to in acknowledgment of having received something good from another and/or 2. to hold responsible. “Giving” on the other hand, when used as a transitive verb implies “to offer to the action of another”. So the words thanks-giving has two verbs tied to it.

This holiday season what are you and I thankful for? During the Thanksgiving season many of us are thankful for one or more of the following reasons:
1. Faith
2. Family
3. Friends
4. Finance

Let us not forget to give thanks by expressing our gratitude to Jesus in acknowledgment of having received eternal life and salvation from Him. Jesus is the only one who can be held responsible for the salvation of all mankind. We must offer our lives as a living sanctuary to the action on God’s precious son, Jesus Christ as an expression of giving thanks.

Point(s) to ponder:
What are you/I thankful for?

1 Corinthians 1:4 (KJV)
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

Being Filled

The Bible counsels us to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). The operative word in this edict, is “filled”. What does it mean to be filled?

Take an empty glass and turn the water on, and let the water flow into the glass. Once the glass is filled, if you continue to let the water run, the water overflows. Also, if we are to put some other object into the glass, the water from within the glass spills outside.  Now try shaking the glass filled with water. Very soon you will realize that the water from within the glass is spilled outside.

To be filled by the Holy Spirit, means

  1. We must first empty ourselves (total surrendered) so that the Holy Spirit can be poured into us, when we believe in Jesus.
  2. Once we are filled, there should be no room left within our lives for any other object (anyone or anything else.)
  3. When the situations of life attempt to shake us, if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the obvious outcome would be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God.

Point(s) to ponder:
Are/Am you/I “filled” by the Holy Spirit?

Acts 13:52 (KJV)
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

The tempter’s tricks

The accuser of the brethren and God’s adversary, the devil is known for a few tricks that he has up his sleeve, by which he attempts to beguile and mislead those who belong to Christ Jesus. To understand his schemes, it is best to look at the way he approached to tempt the sinless Jesus Christ. The temptation of Jesus Christ is recorded in the book of Matthew 4:1-10.

The first trick of the devil is that he appeals to the appetite. Jesus was hungry after fasting for forty days and forty nights, and the devil tempted Jesus by appealing to appetite, asking Jesus to turn the stones to bread. Jesus responded from the Scripture, stating that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Secondly, the devil tempted Jesus by appealing to avarice, to usurp the throne of God that He had humbly given up, by questioning the position Jesus had (as he did the first time), which was “the Son the God”. When the devil tried to tempt the Jesus by asking Jesus to test the Lord God, Jesus responded by stating, the the Lord God should not be tested. Finally the devil tempted Jesus by appealing to ambition. The third time, note, how the devil does not question Jesus by asking Him if Jesus was the son of God, but instead, shows him all the kingdoms of the earth and attempt to appeal to Jesus’ ambition (quest for power and position).

The devil appeals to our appetite (physical primarily), our avarice (greed for more) and an appeal to our ambition (quest for power and position).  Let us hold fast to the Scripture (as Jesus Christ did) and use the word of God, so that we may not fall into the traps laid for us by the devil.

Love and Fear – Relationship

1 John 5:3 states “Love God and keep His commandments”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 states “Fear God and keep His commandments”

The thing common in both these statements is “keeping God’s commandments”.
When we Love God, we will also Fear Him, not out of a sense of dread, but out of a sense of devotion and in doing so, we will doing what He has commanded us to do, which in other words mean, we will keep His commandments.

We must Love God and Fear God and keep His commandments.

Points to ponder:

  1. Do you/I Love God?
  2. Do you/I Fear God?
  3. Do you/I keep God’s commandments?

Roses and Thorns

Someone said “If GOD gave you roses and then you ask, “Why are there no thorns?”, God would just smile and show His bleeding hands saying…  “I took them away, to save you from pain.”

God is a God who cares. He cares for each one of us individually. The Bible says that He has taken our pain (judgments) away (Zephaniah 3:15).

Point(s) to Ponder:
1 Peter 5:27 (KJV)

7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.