20 April 2014

posted 18 Apr 2014, 03:50 by C S Paul

20 April 2014

Sermons Based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church

Easter (Kyomtho Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ)

Gospel Reading for this Sunday - Matthew 28: 1 - 20
New King James Version (NKJV)

He Is Risen

28 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 

His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 

And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 

And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

The Women Worship the Risen Lord

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 

10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

The Soldiers Are Bribed

11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 

12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 

13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 

14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 

15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 

17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Devotional Thoughts for Easter Sunday

by H. G. Zachariah Mar Theophilos

My Dear brothers and sisters in Resurrected Jesus Christ. Prayer and blessings. Wish you all a blessed Easter. Easter is a blessed time and a blessed season. The word Easter is very closely related to East. East is also blessed. “Sun rises in the East“ is a general statement and the Son of righteousness will come from the East is our faith also.

Easter is a time to confess our faith.

St. Luke 23:56. “Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments”….St.Luke24.1…”they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.” In the above verses something is missing. They prepared both spices and ointments, but they failed to bring the ointment on Sunday to anoint. To anoint means to accept Him as Messiah. Spices are good. If prayer is the tree and fasting is its root, then charity is the fruit of that tree. Charity is a kind of spices and it perfumes to please God and others. Through them we can become the children of God and do His will. Mtt.5:45 …”so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust”. This is also a call to perfection. 'Do good and be good' is practically practicing Christian life. For both confession of Faith is necessary. God is good and His Son is also good. It is a time to confess that Jesus is Messiah. Confessing Him as Messiah, not only by words but also by our life (day to day).

Easter is a time of blessings to those who wait and weep.

Wait, weep and worship is a blessed experience. For worship both waiting and weeping are necessary. We can see the picture of Mary Magdalene. After the burial of Jesus she waited on Sabbath. After the Sabbath she went to the garden to see Jesus. She failed and she wept. Finally she found Him and worshipped Him. She was a waiting woman, and a weeping woman and thus becomes a worshipping woman. She is inviting us to wait and weep before our worship.

Easter is a reward to the sufferings.

Without pain there is no gain, without cross there is no crown. Jesus suffered a lot at the time of His earthly life and thereafter that, and even now. Now some are trying to present betrayal is better than the betrayed. To see good in everything is godly. To see good in bad is divine, but to cover the goodness in the good and uplifting the good in bad is not genuine. Judas is the child of God. He betrayed once and we are still continuing our betrayal. We have no authority to blame him. God is judging even at the last judgment. Let us pray for him and ourselves to have mercy on that judgment day. Jesus is the Gold and its color or quality will never fade. Nobody can change or dilute its glory. This Lenten attack is a blessing and a reward to all those who suffer for His sake. Easter is again an invitation to His suffering. Let us suffer with Him for the glorification of God

Easter is a Gospel. Gospel is good news.

The word meaning for gospel is go and spell, God spell, and good spell. Our duty is to go and spell the God spell of good spell. There is only One Gospel and Jesus is that Gospel-Good News. In that gospel there are two gospels, the birth of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus. At the same time we can see four gospels according to Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Easter is good news to the world. Are we ready to share these glad tidings to others- the needy, poor and the marginalized? St.Luke 14:12-14. Jesus said: when you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” May this Easter bring glad tidings to all especially the above mentioned.

CHRIST IS RISEN, INDEED HE IS RISEN.

Wish you all a blessed Easter.

With love prayer and blessings.



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