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August 24th, 2015

Encounter With Jesus

Encounter With Jesus

When we travel, say a train journey, we meet people. They are not friends but we call them acquaintances. But certain people who enter our lives help us, support us, stand by us, transforming us to reach the sky, the zenith of glory, the summit of success or the pinnacle of joy. Such transformation leaves everlasting memories, gratitude and breath of a new life in our hearts.

Encounter with Jesus

The word ENCOUNTER means “bring a change after contact so that you are no more the old self.” i.e. leaves an impression on someone. The same happens with our relationship with Jesus. We all know him as God, His life, His glorious finish and so on. This knowledge cannot help us in any way.

When Jesus was walking along the roads of Jerusalem and Judea many people flocked around him. They were all gifted to see him face to face which none of us got. Yet how many of them benefited? Only the ones who allowed Jesus to transform them completely.

Let us now look at three encounters people had with Jesus:

1. Bartimaeus [Mark 10:46-52]

Bartimaeus, a beggar on the roadside, totally blind, has heard so many talk about a man named Jesus. He pondering over His power, fully desires to meet Jesus, awaits with anxiety, as his last chance of hope in life. Bartimaeus cries out yelling in full surrender “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me” as He passes by him. Jesus, fully aware of the situation, moves forward. Now the beggar hears (for he cannot see) the sound fade and Jesus moving beyond him, his last ray of hope fading, throws himself and yells “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me”. Now Jesus turns back, calls him and asks “What can I do for you?”. He answers “I want to see You”. That is it. His sight was restored! This is what Encounter is all about!

2. The Woman with Hemorrhage [Luke 8:43-48]

A woman with heavy bleeding for 12 years comes to Jesus, “For she said in herself, If I may touch but his garment only, I shall be whole.” A huge crowd was pressing Jesus, still He particularly felt some power leaving him. He knew that a woman with full hope of being healed is touching Him. Jesus asks “Who touched me?” Peter says “Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”. This is the difference between being pressed by a crowd and touched by a single one with faith, full of hope and surrender to be transformed. At this perfect timing healing becomes instantaneous. The woman certainly had an Encounter with Jesus.

3. Martha and Mary [John 11]

The dynamics between the two sisters and Jesus is just awesome, revealing and releasing many graces and blessings in stages. When Lazarus dies, the whole of Bethany gather in their home in mourning. Martha comes to know that Jesus is in town. She runs to the street, meets Jesus and says “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died”. Then she runs home, tells her sister and brings her to Jesus and now Mary repeats every word of Martha “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died”. Jesus is deeply moved and seeing the crowd weeping He too weeps. The crowd says “He who opened the eyes of the blind, can he not prevent this man from dying?” Again Jesus is deeply moved. Now comes the glorious finish. “Lazarus come out”! The whole audience then had an encounter with Jesus…dumb struck, standing in awe to see a dead man coming out to dine with them! Amen.

We can go on with many more examples like Centurion, Zacchaeus, Leper – they all had a desire to go to Jesus with their whole heart and faith. We also see that Judas, Pilate, High Priest, Herod, Pharisees – they all had the greatest chance of seeing Jesus face to face, yet they were lost in their own world of mortality, filled with hidden agendas and missed the mark and lost the valuable eternal life.

Let us seek Jesus to get transformed, to have an encounter with full confidence, hope, trust and faith, without even the slightest ray of doubt or apprehension. We are sure to be transformed in our six areas [Job 5:19] of life viz: physical, mental, spiritual, family, society and finance. Amen!

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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July 4th, 2015

My Words Are Spirit And Life

My words are spirit and life

“My words are spirit and life” [John 6:63] But how to read the Bible?

Bible can be understood in three frames, rather three levels. Information, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Let us take an example. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, when asked “Who is my neighbour?” the instantaneous reply would be “the good Samaritan”. There we also come to know of the many characters like:
1. Traveller
2. Robbers
3. Priest
4. Levite
5. Good Samaritan

Information (Senses)

When we read the Bible with our senses like eyes, ears etc; When we read and re-read again and again, even memorizing and we recall the story to many, we are actually just hitting vanity, surfing the surface, doing a study, browsing everywhere, as we do with any other text-book. We are gaining information.

Knowledge (Mind)

“Some (with knowledge) have missed the mark as regards the faith” [1 Timothy 6:21]

When we read the Bible from the mind, we tend to ask questions like: Where is Samaria? What kind of bandits? Who is a Levite? What is the work of a Priest? How costly is a stay in the inn?

We do research spending all the time and even our whole life just like those ‘cerebral theologians’ to get updates. Still our endeavor is futile, beating round the bush, we have not come anywhere near the purpose of this magnificent book “GOSPEL”, the good news of salvation. We are gaining only empty knowledge, degrees, awards and rewards too.

Wisdom (Soul, Heart, Spirit)

“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” [Luke 2:19]

We must do exactly what Mother Mary did. First be filled with the Holy spirit like Mary, read the Bible from the Heart; the seat of Love, the seat of compassion, the seat of GOD Almighty. Be silent and meditate in-depth. Let the word of God permeate every cell, spirit, soul and every tissue in your body.

And then see what happens. So many mysteries will unveil. Who is my neighbour? Surely the good Samaritan. Sure? Are you so sure? If so, you are in the I or II level.

Look deeper into The Good Samaritan Parable

1. This parable is your life journey in this world.

2. Every person we meet, however good or bad they are to us, is our neighbour. “Love your enemies, do good, bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you” [Luke 6:27-28]

3. We must love all of them equally, be it a robber, a priest or a Samaritan. They are all characters in your life put by God himself to make you fit for eternal life.

4. Everybody sees “Jesus in the Good Samaritan”, but “Jesus is actually the traveller” who was beaten. The priests are the Apostles who ran away, the Levites are his disciples to be found nowhere, the robbers are the soldiers who beat and plundered his garments. The good people like Mary, Veronica, Simon and Mary Magdalene who took part in his agony are the Samaritans.

5. High up on the cross the same Jesus says “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” [Luke 23:34] for He understood their role in his life and mission.

Thus reading the Bible like a text says the good Samaritan is the neighbour, but with wisdom filled and guided by the Holy spirit, we conclude every human being we meet, put in our life with a plan and purpose for our prosperity which only God can understand, is our neighbour.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and
my thoughts than your thought” [Isaiah 55:9]

The word of God is full of life, full of truth, a real story of unfathomable love. One drop is greater than the deepest ocean. Amen.

How To Read The Bible

Prayer Before Reading The Bible

New International Version NIV Bible PDF

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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June 29th, 2015

My Rock And My Stronghold

Jesus is rock Your trust in him is that lever

At times, we feel we are just hanging in the air, with no grip or a strong hold, with no support from anyone. Every person, enter our life, use us, stay a while and throw us away. We are left only with abuses and hurts.

We feel that we have everyone AROUND us, yet NO ONE for us, very ironical. The world may look empty and nothing much left to love or live. Without hope, our lives will just wither away.

The Lord is My Rock

Are you really so alone and lonely? Hear the Word of God say:

The LORD is My rock, My fortress and My deliverer;
My God is My rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of My salvation, My stronghold
In whom I will Trust.
[PSALM 18:2]

Every word of God in the Bible is 100% true. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words shall not pass away. [Matthew 24:35]

The Rock and The Lever

“Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.” said Archimedes. JESUS is that FIRM ROCK and your TRUST IN HIM is that LEVER.

Everyone needs a firm ground to stand still when the storms are raging. Jesus will be your rock which gives you this firm ground. HE will be your fortress when enemies war against you. Our Lord is the deliverer who delivers us from sin, evil, death and judgment.

Hold on to HIM. You are the Conqueror. Amen.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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