Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Rule of Love

UV 1579/10000 The Rule of Love
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Acts 5 v 42

The temple is the house of God and our houses are the temple of God. When Jesus is the cornerstone at all four corners of our homes, every stone and every part of our lives becomes consecrated or dedicated to the service of the Creator and Redeemer. The apostles devoted themselves to teach and to preach the good news about Jesus every day and not just one day in the week. Human beings by nature are seekers of good news, news that bring hope, joy, comfort and cheer into our lives. Everything that is good in nature and in the supernatural is personified in Jesus. He represents the best and noblest of the divine in the human being.

Napoleon, a man of this world who had millions die to help him fulfil his earthly ambitions eventually acknowledged the greatness of Jesus and His mission in these words:
“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love, and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” The apostles had just faced trial before the Council of the High Priests and Gamaliel had persuaded the others to let them go for if what they teach is from man, it will not sustain but fail and perish on its own. If it is from God, they would only be fighting against God. Jesus proved that the greatest power is the power of love and He proved that His love is the greatest. His empire of love has outlasted the empires of the world and its call and appeal is timeless and eternal. His name itself became the password to eternity.

The only way to win against God is to surrender. To struggle against Him is to kick against the thorns. The thorns of life are pointers to the throne or the rule of love of the Lord. Like in the story of Androcles and the lion, Jesus removes the thorn of sin that is hurting our paw and keeps us from walking straight. The lion represents anything terrible and painful like death, sickness and suffering. When Jesus removes the painful thorn from our lives, we are filled with love for Him and are willing to do anything and even die for His name. Our nature is transformed from that of a beast into someone resembling the best.

Prateep V Philip

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