Friday, September 14, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Exalted Messiah
Today is the Exaltation of the Cross. The Cross itself is not just the emblem of suffering and pain it is also the ladder that leads to eternal life. In the gospel of John 3:13-17 our Lord Jesus Christ told Nicodemus, “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” Indeed, our Lord Jesus Christ is the exalted Messiah. In his letter to the Philippians 2:6-11 St. Paul narrates how Jesus humbled himself and was later exalted by the Father with the name which is above every other name. That at the name of Jesus every kneel must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Look unto Jesus and you shall live!
When the Israelites murmured against God and against her servant, Moses they were bitten by a fiery serpent. But when they repented and cried to the Lord for mercy, the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it up as a standard and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live. So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it up as a sign; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.” The Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ represents this fiery serpent. Child of God, as long as you are connected to Christ Jesus, you will not die of any poisonous disease. You will not be beaten by any poisonous serpent. And as you continue to look unto Jesus you shall surely live and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Son of a Sorrowful Mother
Yesterday was the Exaltation of the Cross. Today, we are celebrating a Mother who shared in the sufferings of her Son; a mother who was found at the foot of the Cross where her only Son was crucified. John captured the sorrowful moment when our Mother, Mary was seen standing at the foot of Cross: “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clop as, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:25-27). With this, you can see that our Mother Mary participated in the paschal mystery of her Son. She did not abandon him. when he was suffering. She is indeed our Lady of Sorrow. So many mothers are suffering today because of their children. We have widow who are suffering loniness due to the death of their husband. We even have barren women who are suffering for lack of children and a good number of ladies who are tears for lack of a life partner. Through the intercession of our Mother Mary, our Lady of Sorrows, may they find comfort in the suffering of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You shall Participate in the Blood of Christ
In his first letter to the Corinthians 10:14-22 St. Paul declares, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” Participation in the Body and Blood of Christ is indeed a participation in the entire Pascal Mystery of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not just the participation in the Eucharistic celebration it is also the participation in the suffering and glorification of Christ Jesus, who shed his blood for the salvation of the world. Child of God, as you participate in the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ you shall also participate in his blessings and glorifications. And it shall be well with you, in Jesus name – Amen!
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Christ
Most of our leaders are dictators. They don’t give a damn of what people are saying concerning them. They don’t believe in feedback and people’s opinions. Our Lord Jesus Christ was a leader with a difference. In the gospel of Mark 8:27-35 our Lord Jesus Christ asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” And they told HIM, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others one of the prophets.” And HE asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the CHRIST.” The title ‘Christ’ means the anointed One, the Messiah. In the gospel of Luke 4:18 our Lord Jesus Christ highlights his role as Christ, the Anointed Messiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” Our Lord Jesus Christ was anointed for us. He was anointed for our liberation, our restoration and our salvation. As we share in his divine anointing our lives will never be the same and God’s name will be glorified forever in Jesus name – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You shall not be put to Shame
Today, God has remembered you. he has come to remove the garment of shame from your body. He has come to help you. In Isaiah 50:5-9 the prophet declares, “The Lord GOD has opened MY ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame” Child of God, as you give your life to God, He will open your ears. He will surely help you. And he will never allow you to be put to shame. And it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Monday, September 17, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Solution to all problems
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Most powerful and most faithful Man the world has ever known. He is the solution to all the problems on earth. In the gospel of Luke 7:1-10 the entire community came to him with the case of an upright man whose servant was sick and at the point of death. They told him, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.” Imagine, if there was nobody like Jesus to present the case of this man what do you think the community would have done. maybe they would have ended up in native doctors who would have complicated their case. Thank God, our Lord Jesus Christ was there to handle their case. He is the Solution to all problems. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You shall Eat and Drink
The Eucharist is a divine celebration. It is a banquet which the Lord has prepared for his chosen ones. It is a Communion that must be shared in common. In his first letter to the Corinthians 11:17-26, 33 St. Paul declares, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the chalice, after supper, saying, “This chalice is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Child of God, the Lord is inviting you to His Eucharistic feast. He is inviting you to his table of celebration. He wants you to eat with the Saints in his heavenly banquet. As you share in this heavenly banquet your life will never be the same and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Restorer of Life
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the giver of life, the sustainer of life and the restorer of life. There were so many instances in the bible where our Lord Jesus Christ restored the life of the dead. A typical example is in the gospel of Luke 7:11-17 where Jesus brought back to life the widow’s only son. “As he drew near to the gate of the city Nain, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” With this miracle, Jesus proved to the world that indeed He is the restorer of life. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You are a Body with Many Parts
Child of God, Do you know that you are not just an ordinary human being? Do you know that you are among the chosen ones? Do you even know that you are a body with so many parts? In his first letter to the Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31, St. Paul declares, “Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.” Child of God, you are not alone! even as a body with many parts you equally belongs to a Church with different gifts and talents. There is nothing you need in this world that you cannot find in the One Body of Christ. As you discover your gifts and put it at the service of the Church, it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Friend of Tax collectors
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Man of the people and friend of all. He is the Saviour of Heaven and earth. The Master of the universe. When he was in the world he related freely with everybody, both great and small; saints and sinners. While he was relating freely with tax collectors and sinners people were complaining. In the gospel of Luke 7:31-35 Jesus said, “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” Indeed, our Lord Jesus Christ is the friend of tax collectors and sinners. He even told his followers that he came for the sick and sinners. they are the ones that need him most. He is indeed, the Man of the people and the Saviour of all. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You are a Channel of Love
God created us out of love. We were all conceived through love and for love. We are born to love. Love is not just the greatest commandment it is also the essence of being as God’s children. In his first letter to the Corinthians 13:1-13 St. Paul wrote, “I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends… So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love is the ladder that leads to heaven. It is the only virtue that exists in heaven. Child of God, Jesus loves you! As a lovely child of God, do you know that you are the channel of love? Through you people will experience the love of the Most high God, and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Friend of Sinners
When our Lord Jesus Christ came into this world people could not understand him. They were expecting a moralist, a judge who comes to deal with sinners but to their greatest surprise they saw Jesus eating with tax Collectors and sinners. The scandalous one was for him to allow a prostitute to touch him. In the gospel of Luke 7:36-50, a public sinner, a prostitute came to Jesus, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. “The Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is it, Teacher?” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Our Lord Jesus Christ rightly told his disciples that He did not come to condemn anybody, instead he came that all may have life in abundance. He is a Merciful Messiah, the friend of sinners. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Jesus will surely appear to you
The appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ was not just the proof his resurrection; it is also the proof of God’s love for God’s chosen people. many are called but few are chosen. After his resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ did not appear to all his followers. There were lucky ones who saw him physically. In his first letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11 St. Paul gave a comprehensive list of the lucky ones who saw the Risen Lord: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.” Child of God, do you know that you are among the lucky ones who will see ,the Risen Lord? In the gospel of Matthew 28:20 our Lord Christ promised his chosen ones, saying, I will be with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:20). With the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, your life will never be the same and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!