Posts Tagged ‘Good News’


1 Thessalonians 3:4-8
In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.

When we take a stand for Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we go against the grain of this world and against Satan who is like a roaring lion, waiting to devour people (1 Peter 5:8). Paul reminds us of the reality of persecution but that is not the point of God’s message to us today. When Paul, Timothy and Silas were being persecuted, they were concerned that the Thessalonians would start to lose their faith and drift away from God. The fact that sincere followers of Christ were not blessed but rather were being attacked constantly would cause anyone who believed in Christ to doubt if their faith was rightly placed. Is this what you have experienced or witness in other believers? What is God’s response to this?

As you can note from Timothy’s feedback to Paul, the Thessalonians were not discouraged but instead full of faith and love. They had good memories of them and were longing to see them again. That was only possible because their faith was correctly placed. When we fully understand God’s calling in our lives and are willing to follow Jesus, we know that we will be persecuted just as He was for our faith in Him. Therefore when we suffer or see other christians suffer, we know that it is our responsibility to pray for them and our Lord and Savior is in complete control. When I think of suffering, I praise God because through suffering, our faith is strengthened and our desire for God is intensified. Lets not be shaken and tossed like the people of this world because our God is bigger than the little storms in our lives and our lives are secured by Christ’s resurrection.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

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Acts 24:5-9
“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.” The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.

Paul was brought to Caesarea for his trial by Governor Felix and the passage above is the charge that was levied against him. This charge was levied by Ananias, the High Priest, who traveled with other prominent Jews for the hearing. When I read this charge, the first thoughts that came to mind were the false charges made by the Jews against Jesus Christ. From what we have read about Paul in the various gospels, I had to agree with the charge if the Jews were referring to Paul being a troublemaker before submitting his life to Christ but not after. Do you agree?

Yesterday I had to vote for people in key positions on a chapter of marketing executives here and to help me decide, there was a brief description of each person along with a promise from them to do things to support the cause. How was I to judge their character from these well written briefs? In much the same way, when the accusations were made against Paul and with eyewitness (From the court’s point of view) testimonies to support, would he not have looked guilty? This is our story even in today. As Christians, we will face persecution if we stand for Jesus and the price we pay might be our lives but what we gain is an eternity with Christ and an opportunity to share the Love of God that transformed sinners like us, with the lost world. Is that not pure joy?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Matthew 24:3-8, 36

“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains…“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.


As Jesus approaches his betrayal and death, his disciples start to wonder when it is that he will come and rescue them? They had Jesus beside them and they followed him but when Jesus was gone, what would happen to them and their loved ones? If Jesus was going to be killed by human hands, what would these human hands do to them? These were questions that worried them and a solution was what they sought. Jesus answered them but he did not specify the time or date when he would come again because he said that he himself did not know, only God the father did. How would the disciples have felt by this response? What hope would they have had? Do you think they could loose their faith in him because of this?

It’s amazing to note that all the disciples except for Judas who betrayed Christ spent their lives, after Christ’s death and resurrection, in sincere service to God, a transformation only possible through the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives. However, at the point where we are at, the answer Jesus gave must certainly have worried them but like many of the mysteries surrounding Jesus, they did not question it but listened and followed Christ. When I read the warnings Jesus specified, I feel the time is here because everything that Jesus spoke about seems to be happening now. We therefore need to be faithful servants and be on our alert to serve God and his people sincerely and share the good news with many and help them find the same hope we have in Christ.

In His Loving Service,

Vineet