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Vol. 9 / Issue 43 / November 29 2007

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Pray for Protection and Peace
Why Jesus is God - Part 3

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

A few days back there was one cruise ship that headed to the Antarctica with more than 150 passengers and crewmembers. In the frigid waters it started sinking and the captain of the ship ordered immediate evacuation. There were three lifeboats around that ship. They came for their rescue. It took more than 4 or 5 hours to rescue all the stranded passengers. They thought that it was modern day Titanic. They told the press that it was hard to be in that cold frigid weather. No one thought that they could survive but they felt fortunate to be alive. The fact is that if they were stranded in the icy waters for longer period of time and if the rescuers failed to arrive in time they were in danger of being frozen to death. But thank God that there were rescuers who risked their own lives to save them.

Sin is also like this. If you are living in sin, know for sure that it leads to death – eternal death. Paul says in Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death,” but he does not stop there but says further, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When God saw that we are stranded in sin and cannot come out of it by our own efforts or by any other means, He took the form of a man and came down in this world to die for us so that we could come out of the miry clay of sin and live a holy life. He literally came to rescue us from death.

Soon we are going to celebrate Christmas. It reminds us of the great love of our Savior who humbled Himself and came to this world. He did not have any good place at the time of His birth. At the time of His death, He was bleeding from head to toe. The creator of this world was hanging on the cross helpless and mocked by mere men whom He had created. What a time of humiliation and dishonor for Him! Why? Just for you and for me to take away our sins and to give us eternal life.

Yes, that is the love of Christ for us. He really wants to rescue us from death and destruction. Come to the cross and accept eternal life that comes from Jesus alone. Let this Christmas season be a time of great joy and peace for you.

Pray for Protection and Peace

By Vinod Isaac

Last week I saw a vision. I saw San Francisco sky line and it looked as if it was night time because it was dark and lights were on. I saw the bridge at San Francisco above which one plane was spraying something from it. My immediate impression was that it is not the red material used to extinguish fire. Another impression I had was that it had some thing to do with next terrorist attack. I believe that we as believers need to pray more and ask the Lord to intervene so that there is not yet another tragedy.

Just the day before Annapolis conference I saw another vision. In this vision I saw the "dome of the rock" and Jerusalem skyline and I saw something burning in the sky. And also I felt as if hearing in the vision that Annapolis conference is not in the right direction and that, things are not going according to God's will.

To me it looks that Annapolis conference's wrong direction is a very serious matter and is disastrous. I urge all of you to keep these two things in your prayers. Pray for the protection of people of San Francisco and for the peace of Jerusalem.

Why Jesus is God - Part 3

By Sheela Isaac

Read Part I
Read Part II

5. Jesus is Mediator
6. Jesus is the prince of peace
7. Jesus is Savior

5. Jesus is Mediator:
So far we have seen many great and godly characteristics of Jesus Christ. Jesus showed all the godly and supernatural qualities which by itself proves beyond doubt that Jesus is God. Today we are going to see the qualities of Jesus as Mediator. Bible says that Jesus came down in this world as Mediator between man and God. He came down to reconcile the fallen and sinful man with God. Let's see why Jesus is the one and only perfect Mediator.

a. Jesus came from God:
John 8:42, "Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me."
John 6:57, "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me."


The Bible clearly says that when God was creating the universe Jesus (word) was with Him. Gen 1:26, "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;..." John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Jesus was from the beginning when the universe was created.

God is the creator and owner of this universe. He had the ownership over human souls till sin entered this world. When Adam and Eve sinned and fell from glory sin entered in this world. As soon as the first humans committed sin, the ownership automatically transferred to the hands of Satan. Satan tricked them and made them to sin and he took the charge of human soul. The Bible says, God commanded them not to eat the fruit of the particular tree and He warned them saying, the day you eat of it you will surely die. Gen 2:16 - 17, " And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." When they ate the fruit of forbidden tree did they die? Yes they died spiritually though they did not die physically at that time. Thus death and sorrow entered the world.

When the human soul died spiritually and God's ownership transferred to the hands of Satan, God was left with two choices. 1. Do nothing and to see the whole human race ending up in hell fire. Because now satan became the legal owner so that he had the full right to take the human soul to hell with him. 2. Pay the full price for human soul and redeem them back to life. To take back the lost ownership God needed to shed spotless and holy blood and for this blood sacrifice God needed to send His only son Jesus to die on the cross. What God had done? He decided to go with this plan and redeem the fallen humans from the snare of satan. That was the greatest love of all. Jesus came down in this world and shed His precious blood to save the lost humanity. He took the sins of yours and mine and became the perfect substitute. The punishment, which you and I needed to take , Jesus took it on Him self and paid the penalty on behalf of us. Thus He became the perfect Mediator for the whole humanity.

1 Tim 2:3 -6, "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,"

I remember one story. There was one hunter who catches lots of birds by spreading his net.. He then cages those birds and brings them to market place to sell them. While he was sitting and selling them a person observes the sale, pities for the fate of the caged birds and thinks how to rescue them and free them. He asks the hunter how much he needed to pay for those birds. He realizes that he needed a huge amount to buy those birds. Anyway as he wanted to see them free and happy he pays the full amount and takes the ownership of those birds. As soon as he receives the ownership he opens all the cages and frees the birds. With amazement the hunter looks at him and asks what's the matter? You paid this huge amount and how come you freed them so quickly? He smiles and says, I paid the amount to just see them free and happy. Yes that's what exactly God did. He saw our pathetic condition and He saw how satan had taken ownership and caged us in the miry clay of sin. God could not see His own creation perishing in hell fire. That's why He sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ to pay the full price and free us from the cage of sin, torment and shame. Jesus did exactly the same, He shed His precious blood and bought the whole human race with His precious blood. He paid the full amount to transfer the lost ownership. Thus with His blood He defeated satan and took back the ownership by dying on the cross.

There is a beautiful song, which says:
Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Now the question is, 'how do I become part of this great redemption plan? How could I become a child of God?

Jesus paid the full price and it is a free gift but it comes with one condition i.e. your willingness. In the Old Testament we find that Moses gave instruction to the Israelites to apply the blood of the Passover lamb on the door posts and lintel. Exo 12:23 "For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you." The Bible says that those who put the blood of the lamb on their door, they escaped death. The Passover lamb represents the lamb of God (Jesus). Blood of the lamb represents Jesus' blood. Jesus shed His blood to redeem us, to take the ownership of our life but the condition is that those who apply the blood of Jesus on their heart's door will see life. Those who reject the blood of the lamb will not see freedom and life.

When one applies the precious blood of Jesus on heart's door two things happen. 1. As soon as the blood is applied, the ownership of satan over your life lifts up and the ownership transfers to the secure hands of Jesus. Isn't it wonderful? Jesus becomes the owner of your life. 2. As soon as Jesus becomes the owner He puts the seal of the Holy Spirit upon you and He writes your name in the lamb's book of life. Thus Jesus declares in heaven before His angels, God the father and the Holy Spirit, 'this person is mine and satan no longer has any authority over this life.

Eph 1:13 -14, "In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory."

Rev 3:5 "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.


Jesus is the perfect Mediator who can redeem you from the hands of satan and sin. Hundreds of religion and founders of religions are there, but when you look into their lives you will see that they can't become a perfect mediator. Why? Because no one has holiness as Jesus has, no one has godly qualities as Jesus has, no one is all knowing, no one ever died and transferred the ownership from the hands of satan and, no one has holy blood to shed and bring redemption for human soul.

Are you looking for redemption of your soul? Are you willing to receive the free gift of salvation? Are you willing to put your life in the secure hands of Jesus? If yes please pray this prayer with sincere heart.

Lord Jesus I believe that you are the son of God. I believe that you died for me and became my substitute. I believe that you paid the full price for my sin. The punishment, which I deserve, you took it upon you and died on behalf of me. Lord please forgive and forget my sins. Wash me in your precious blood. Cleanse my life with your precious blood. Come into my heart. I apply your precious blood on my heart's door today itself. Lord please become my Lord and Savior. I repent of my sins. I accept you today as my Lord and Savior. I pray in Jesus precious name. Amen

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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