Saturday 11 January 2020


Dear Reader,

This, again, is intended to invite you to know Jesus. We all need to know Him because He is God. We all need to know God. Because we all need Him. Because whether we live or die depends on Him.

In the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 16, Verse 25 Jesus said this to people around Him:

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it.”
Finding life by losing it for the sake of Jesus…Doesn’t this sound strange? Well, it may but we need to know that He did not mean to ask us to die for Him. Of course, time may come when we may have to die for owning Him or choose to live without Him. We learn from the history that countless people have died for accepting and preaching Jesus. But not all had to undergo the same ordeal. So, what this verse means to the people who do not have to suffer persecution for His sake?

He meant exactly this: We live for Him, not for ourselves! Simple! We live for His sake. We fulfill His will, not our own will in our life. It’s all about leading a life of self-denial. This is what Jesus meant when He said:

“Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.”
Denying our self is taking up our cross. The next step is to follow Him. It means death of our ‘self’ – the sinful self – the life of flesh. The life of flesh means leading a life of sinful pleasures. Until and unless we sacrifice the life of flesh with its sinful pleasures, we cannot have the life that Jesus promises. The life that Jesus promises is abundant:

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

It is glorified, free from the weaknesses that mark our flesh-and-blood life, free from sorrow, diseases and death:

“The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
(1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

The life that we are living at present is lived in a body that will perish one day. All will die. Kings and their subjects, wealthy and poor, great and small, important and unimportant – all will die and turn to dust – the same dust that we tread on. It is not going to reflect the beauty of a Miss Universe or intelligence of a scientist or the art of artists or the powers of emperors, kings, statesmen, etc. It will be dust. All beauty, powers, intelligence, art, might, wealth, etc will end up there…one day.

The life Jesus promises is very unlike this life on earth. It will be imperishable, glorious, powerful and spiritual. And the glory of each life will be marked by diversity and uniqueness which are infinitely greater than the life of flesh on earth. It will be simply mind-boggling:

“But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.”
(1 Corinthians 15:35-41)

It is the life that awaits us beyond the grave…It is the life as it is lived in the Kingdom of Heaven – the ideal world that the mankind has been striving for from time it was driven out of the Garden of Eden. It will be a life that will be free from sin, corruption, sorrow, disease and death. We find it in Jesus. That is reason enough to find Jesus. Will you find Him now?


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