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Mark 16:1-7
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

There are 23 days from today to the commercially celebrated birthday of Jesus Christ and the joy and festivities have begun. Everywhere we go, we can see colorful lights, christmas trees, santa, elves, movie releases, sales, offers, dinners, dances, choirs, services and so much more. It would be great if all of this actually was meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus whereas in reality, it is nothing but a retail and commercial event to most celebrants. Santa Claus has become bigger than the birthday boy Jesus Christ and the story of the birth and death of Christ is replaced by Christmas movies. What a tragedy but is it really? In these dark times, we also hear of the many who receive gifts they din’t expect, are shown love they have never felt and probably get a chance to experience Christ whom they desperately need and I hope you are a part of that side of Christmas?

When Salome and both Mary s went to perform the ritual practices that were done in those times to mourn the dead, they were struck by shock to realize that the one they came to anoint with spices was no longer dead but alive. This is a phenomenon that has baffled the world for centuries and will continue to, but to those who believe, it is the reason for their faith and the reason for their hope. If Christ had not risen, we would have to put our faith in a dead God but in his resurrection, we have the hope of eternity because through Christ’s resurrection, we know that sin can never defeat us if we are on God’s side. Physically our bodies will fade away but our souls will celebrate the end of living in this dark world and the beginning of an eternity in God’s perfect presence. What are you celebrating this Christmas? What does this Christmas mean to you and what are you plans to serve Christ through this time?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Where The Path Leads


Matthew 10:26-31

“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”


These are the words Jesus spoke to his disciples before sending them off on their journeys across Israel to share the gospel with God’s children. Every word spoken is so weighty and I dint know which one to choose but I ended up choosing this passage because of the assurance God gives us in it. My biggest fear in sharing the gospel is that I am embarrassed to talk to someone about something that might make me look and sound uncool. Talking about religion is so socially unacceptable in our times that it is now shunned in commercial media, at schools and universities, in offices, homes and just about anywhere you go. How then are we expected to live out the great commission of sharing the gospel with the lost if it is such a difficulty.

The answer is not in going for a toastmaster’s class or going to Bible school but instead, the answer is through prayer and knowing that we are going about God’s work, not ours. When I first thought of starting this devotional, I was embarrassed to invite anyone to read because I was worried my writing was not good, my understanding of the word was poor and many other excuses, much like Moses before freeing the Israelites. Once I asked God to lead me and realized this was God’s work, it became so easy and today it’s a joy. I may still not be a great writer, have a masters in Theology or be ordained to minister in the Church but I know that as I serve God, God gives me the wisdom and I’m just a glorified typist who is blessed to be entrusted with this work. It’s about God, not me! Until we get over the fear of man and recognize that it is not about us but about the one that saved us, we will live in fear and satan will rejoice. Now are you ready to give God a chance?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet