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Christmas is not about Santa n his gifts, Christmas trees, snowman, and food or merry making… So I’m sorry i can’t wish you Merry Christmas,
But True Christmas is about a King,
A God who chose to pay the ultimate sacrifice on the cross as a gift to deliver me and you from sin and slavery to sin,
It’s about that tree out of which the old rugged cross was made, it’s about resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Christmas was the plan for Calvary.
So my wish for you all is a blessed and happy Christmas… May today be centered around Jesus and may we reflect Him through us…
Br. Enoch Kumbanaden
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by th! e window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
Be the encourager.. Lift others
8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
All of us want to be the good soil which brings forth much fruit, but little do we realize that even the good soil bore 30%, 60%, 100% fruit.
So let’s decide whether we want to be the 30%, 60% or do we want to be the 100% fruit bearing soil..
God bless you
May you bring forth much fruit in Jesus name.
Luke 8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Somebody once asked a Christian friend, “I can’t understand you Christians because India is the home of many religions that it is an exceedingly religious country .Why then do you introduce yet another religion and add to the confusion? Surely, India has enough religions.”
The *Christian* friend answered, “Friend, I’m *not interested in religion*, but I’m *deeply interested in the Gospel*. I would not walk across the streets for religion, but I’m willing to go around the world for the sake of the Gospel. There is a difference between the two.”
*Religion is man made; the Gospel is God given*,
Religion is what man does for God; the Gospel is what God has done for man,
Religion is man’s search for God; the *Gospel* is God’s search for man,
Religion is man trying to climb the ladder of his own self-righteousness, with the hope of meeting God at the topmost rung; the Gospel is God coming down the ladder of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and meeting us as sinners at the lowest rung (forming the steps of a ladder),
*Religion is good views; the Gospel is good news*.
Religion is good advice; the Gospel is glorious announcement.
Religion takes a man leaves him as he is; the Gospel takes a man as he is and makes him what he ought to be.
Religion ends in an outer reformation; the Gospel ends in an inner *transformation*.
Religion white washes; the Gospel washes white.
Religion often becomes a farce; the Gospel is always a force, the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.
*There are many religions, but only one Gospel.*
Many learned Vedic commentators of India of the past and present agree that animal sacrifices in India are true and actual.
Shankara and Ramanuja who were recognized as religious leaders of the past, both recognize the practice of animal sacrifices in ancient time. In India during the Vedic period, saints observed Nara Medhya Yagnam (Cow body sacrifice), and Ashwa Medhya Yagnam (Horse body sacrifice).
(Abel offering Sacrifice)
The great scholar P.B. Kane has written volumes of books on Indian animal sacrifices.
Mahavira and Gowthama Buddha alienated themselves from Vedic animal sacrifices. It was during Buddhist rule in India, animal sacrifices to gods and goddesses were forbidden. But, even then, in many villages and small towns these animal sacrifices are still followed by people.
Many religious scholars are struggling to disprove and get away from the fact of ancient animal sacrifices during the Vedic period.
They are seeking to write apologetic literatures, giving figurative interpretations to ritual accounts.
There is nothing wrong in spiritualizing the sacrifice (Yogna) for Yagna (sacrifice) indeed is the shadow of reality. At the same time one cannot deny the history of animal sacrifices in the Vedic period.
One cannot discard the evidences of Rig Vedha 10th mandala, chapter 91 and Yazar Vedha chapters 22, 23.
The Bible too presents the accounts of many animal sacrifices, ordained by God under the Law of Moses. But here again, it is mentioned as shadow for the real sacrifice of God himself.
The real and supreme sacrifice was to take place upon the cross of Jesus Christ.
Christians do not observe animal sacrifices. They believe that the Lord and savior Jesus Christ has fulfilled all animal sacrifices in his one and only sacrifice. My humble opinion is, disciples of the Vedanta would make a grave mistake if they deny the old heritage of animal sacrifices of the Vedic times. It does not mean that these animal sacrifices need to be revived again.
All animal sacrifices both in Vedic times in India and in Old Testament times in Palestine are shadows for the real sacrifice of God or Prajapatti
(Praja = People; Pathi = god, so God is called god of people).
The animal sacrifices are practiced even today in Indian Soil, though it is forbidden by the Government.
Every home sacrifice many young lambs for their god. Christians will surely understand that how the Jewish animals sacrifices has a place in Indian soil, because Jews migrated to India especially to South India even before the birth of Jesus Christ.
People in India still believe that by sacrificing an animal, the curses and sins of their family will be gone.
In Tamil Nadu, India, I have personally witnessed such animal sacrifices and often spoke to the people about the parallels of Old Testament and Indian Vedic scriptures, which were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
For many educated people it is an eye opener.
Read the book of Moses 2, Leviticus Chapter 1″ 1-9.
Jesus is the fulfilment of all animal sacrifices.
Hebrews 7: 28; 9:28, 10: 10, 12,14
Atonement for Sins
In the beginning, God allowed mankind to sacrifice animals, so as to make them understand that there is atonement for everyone’s sins, as it is written inThertiriya Aranyaka verse 3,Sarvapapa pariharo raktha prokshna mavasyam which means that the atonement is through shedding of blood only.
Though the animal’s blood is not a substitute, it was expected that man would repent and turn away from his sinful ways by seeing the animal, which is being sacrificed on his behalf. But mankind started practicing it just as a ritual, and thus came into condemnation.
If mankind were to be saved from this predicament, as Thertiriya Aranyaka 3rd verse says again, “thad raktham Paramatmena punyadana baliyagam” which means that-blood has to be through the sacrifice of God himself.
The Purusha Sukta says, there is no other way other than the sacrifice of Purusha Prajapati.Purushao vava yagna(Chandokya Upanishad 3.16.1), God, the Purusha is the sacrifice.
Not only by acknowledging but also by accepting this sacrifice as one’s own, and for one’s own sake, the identity of one’s self with the Divine Self is achieved.
Vedic requirements for the Sacrificial Purusha
The Rig Veda specifies ten important requirements for the sacrificial Purusha.
1. Should be without a blemish (Nishikalanga Purusha)
Kaatyaayana Srautasootram describes in chapter six, that the water and fire were to be used for the purification of the animals, since blameless (defect less) animals are not available in this world.
2. The Purusha has to be separated from others
While sacrificing the horse, the sacrificial horse is always separated from other horses. A bush of thorns is usually placed on the head of the horse to inform the people that this horse is separated from the sacrifice.
Also the head of the horse is considered to represent the Purusha (Sathapatha Brahmana 13th kanda, 6.22).
3. The Purusha has to be rejected by his own people
In Itareya Brahmana it is written that the sacrificial animal should be rejected by its father, mother, brother, sister and friends (2.16).
4. The Yagna Purusha has to suffer silently
Rig Veda 5.46.1 says, “Like a horse I have yoked myself, well knowing to the pole. I seek neither release nor turning back”.
5. The Purusha has to be tied to a post
In Satapata Brahmana it is written, never do they immolate an animal without tying it to a pole. “Na varute yapaat pasum alabhate kadachana (III -7.3.1)”. It is important to tie the animal to a sacrificial pillar before it is sacrificed.
This pillar is called “Yupastampa (sacrificial pillar)”, which has now become a flag mast.
6. The blood of the sacrificial man should be shed
Bruhad Aranyaka Upanishad (184.108.40.206) says, “Tvacha evasya rudhiram, prasyandi tvacha utpatah, Tasmaattadarunnaat praiti, raso vrukshadi vahataat”,
As the sap comes out of the cut tree, blood comes out of the Purusha who is cut.
7. The sacrificed animal’s bones should not be broken
In Itareya Brahmana 2.6 it is stated that the sacrificer separates the twenty-six ribs of the animal without breaking them
8. The sacrificed Purusha should return to life
The Bruhad Aranyaka Upanishad says,
“Yad Vruksho vrukshano rohati, mulannavatharah punah, martyah svinmrutyuna vruknah, kasmaanmulaat prarohati, Retasa iti maavocata, jivatastat praja yate, dhanaruh a iva vai crau vruksho, anjasaa pretya sammbhavha”,
which means, if the tree is cut, it will grow again from its root. But after the man (martyah) was cut off by death, from which root does he come forth? Do not say that has is from the ratas (seed or semen) because ratas comes from the one who lives. Remember this man is dead. But this man (Purusha) comes alive, on his own.
9. The flesh of the Purusha should be eaten by his saints
In Satpata Brahmana(220.127.116.11,2) we find that Prajapati gave Himself up to them, thus the sacrifice became theirs, and indeed the sacrifice is the food of the gods (saints).
10. The sacrifice is for all
Verse 8 in Purusha Sukta explains,
Tasmaad yagnatsarvahutah, pasuntamscakre voayaryaa, naananyaan gramyaasca ye.
By that sacrifice, all these originated: sprinkled ghee and all kinds of animals of the sky, forest and country. The significance of sprinkled ghee represents the original sacrifice.
Verse 9 of Purusha Sukta says:
Tasmaad yagnat sarvahuta, nucha samaari jagnire, Chandaamsi jagnine, tasmaad yajustas naada jaayatah.
From that sacrifice, Purusha offered everything that he had, including the Rig, Sama, Yazur Vedas and the Chandas (sacred writings).
How meticulously these Vedic requirements have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ of Nazareth
1. Jesus Christ was without any blemish
In the Old Testament Bible it is written, “Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf”(Levi 22:20). “Whether male or female, present before the Lord an animal without defect ” (Levi 3:1).
The New Testament says, “In Him (Jesus Christ) there was no sin”(1 John 3:5).
2. Jesus Christ was separated from others
The Bible says,
“the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe” John 19:2, thus separating Him from others.
3. Jesus Christ was rejected by his own people
The Prophet Isaiah wrote,
“He (Jesus Christ) was despised and rejected and they shouted to crucify him”.
Jesus said on the cross, “Eloi Iama sabaktani”, which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mathew 27:46).
4. Jesus Christ suffered silently
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open his mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before the Shearer’s is silent” (Isaiah 56:7).
5. Jesus Christ was tied
Ps. 118:27 says, “Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar”.
6. Jesus Christ’s blood was shed
This was fulfilled in Jesus Christ when he was nailed to the cross.
“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but entered the most holy place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Without shedding blood there is no redemption” (Heb 9:12,22).
7. Jesus Christ’s bones were not broken
In the Bible, Exodus 12:46 says that the bones of the animal should not be broken. Three hours after crucifixion,
“when they (soldiers) came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs”(John 19:33).
8. Jesus Christ rose again from the dead
“Him (Jesus Christ) God raised up the third day, and showed him openly” (Acts 10:40). “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept”(1Cor. 15:20).
9. Jesus Christ gave his body to be eaten
At the last supper Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and gave it to his disciples saying,
“Take and eat; this is my body. Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and offered it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many, for the forgiveness of sins” (Mat. 26: 26,27).
10. Jesus Christ was given to all
“He who did not spare His own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
God’s plan for Moksha
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;Romans 3:23.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6.
For He has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Corinthians 5:21.
The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:23.
And according to the law almost all things are purged with the blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.Hebrews 9:22.
But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10.
That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9.
Or do you underestimate His wealth of kindness and tolerance and enduring patience, unmindful that God’s kindness is meant to lead you toward repentance? But in line with your obstinacy and impenitence of heart you are treasuring up for yourself anger for the day of anger and the revealing of the righteous judgment of God, who will reward each person according to his deeds. Romans 2:4-6.
For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11.
So today if you hear His Voice, harden not your heart, but come boldly unto the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy and pardon. Hebrews 3:15
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12.
God has a plan for your life, and He wants to heal you everywhere you hurt.
God loves you. And because He loves you, He wants the best for your life—restoration and wholeness. That’s why Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life, died, and rose again. His sacrifice has provided the way for us to find and experience the healing and restoration we need.
God has a plan for your life, and He wants to heal you everywhere you hurt. John 10:10 says that Jesus came to give us abundant life, and part of that abundant life is making sure you are healthy and whole—physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
But the truth is you cannot “catch” health like you can disease. For example, if you’re around somebody who has a cold, you don’t have to do anything to catch it. You can get it by just by being around them because that’s the nature of sickness and disease. But you can be around a healthy person and you won’t catch their health. You have to choose health.
One of the ways we can choose life is through prayer and by speaking His truth over our lives. I want to help you do that. You can speak these scriptures and confessions over your life to strengthen your faith in God for the healing and wholeness you need.
“God wants to make you whole. He doesn’t want you to spend the rest of your life hurting.” —Joyce
Think about it like this: If I have a headache, I take an aspirin to get relief from it. I have to swallow the pill for it to work. If I put it on top of my head, it won’t do anything for me. God’s Word is medicine for our spirit, soul and body, and the way we experience its power is by speaking it out loud, praying it to God, meditating on it, and believing it. When you speak His Word over your life, it releases that power into your life. It won’t work for us if we just have a Bible and leave it on the shelf. We have to use it.
God wants to make you whole, and what He’s asking you to do is believe what His Word says more than you believe what you think or how you feel. Keep speaking His Word over your circumstances and in His timing, He’ll complete the good work He’s begun in you!
Applying the Medicine of God’s Word
Depending on your situation, one or more of these scriptures or confessions may apply to a need you are facing right now. Take time to read them, meditate on them, pray them, and memorize the verses that will encourage you to trust God for the healing you need. Or write them down on a note card and carry them with you so you have them on hand wherever you are, whenever you need them.
If the scriptures you need aren’t listed here, search them out in the Bible and make them your confession. As you do, you’ll be amazed at how God’s Word will give you more of the abundant life you can have in Christ, and you’ll experience the wholeness and healing it brings.
More Promises from God’s Word About Healing:
O Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.
Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Psalm 34:15, 17
The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.
God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).