Presbyter message

Dear Beloved- in- Christ,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

“And Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 28:20

The motto verse of 2018 is stated above. Mathew 28:16-20 known as the “Great Commission” given by resurrected Jesus Christ. The very verse gives us the God’s promise of presence to the very end of the age. But this great promise will be received only for those who obey his commandments which was given in the particular passage of Mathew 28:16 onwards. Who are those people?

Apostles: Mt. 28:19 ”Therefore go”

The word apostle literally means ‘one who is sent out’; it is the word for an envoy or an ambassador. The Christian is Jesus Christ’s ambassador to men. He goes forth from the presence of Christ, bearing with him the word and the beauty of his Master. How many of us are ready to be sent out into the world. The world of downtrodden, needy, sick, physically challenged, broken families are before and around us. Are we taking risk to enter into their world to console, heal and comfort them?

Disciples: Mt. 28:19 “make disciples of all nations,”

The word disciple means a learner. The men whom Christ needs and desires are the men who are willing to learn. The shut mind cannot serve him. The servant of Christ must be willing to learn more every day. The disciples are chosen to be with him (Mark 3:14). If they were to do his work in the world, they must live in his presence, before they go out to the world; they must go from the presence of Jesus into the presence of men. No work of Christ can ever be done except by him who comes from the presence of Christ. Nowadays, we spend most of our energy and money for the complexity of the activities of the modern Church, as we are so busy with committees, courts, arguments, administration, programs, and performances. Are we reluctant to be learners of Christ in spending time in meditation, prayer, charity and mission activities?

Priest: Mt.28:19 “Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The meaning of the Priest is ‘bridge builder’, connecting God to the people. Priest is the person who baptize in the name of triune God. As Disciples of Christ, we are also performing the function of a priest. Reformation theology also mentions about the priesthood of all believers. Baptism is a controversial subject and in the name of Baptism, Church is dividing and being divided into many. Many families’ relationships were broken. In Ephesians 4:5, Paul clearly says that we have only one baptism. Baptizing again and again shows the unbelief and it’s a sin. Many are considering Baptism in relation to salvation but ignore the grace and faith along with it, as we can see in many Bible verses. Re-reading the Bible and spirituality is needed, not to follow any of the dogmatic or heretics. Do not follow the Baptism as a simple ritual, but consider it as a strong symbol of washing away our sins and being one in Christ as the member and heirs of Kingdom of God. As a true disciple of Christ, are we ready to baptize the gentle world in the name of Triune God?

Teacher: Mt. 28:20 “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”.

In the early church, the teachers were of first rate of importance. Wherever they are mentioned, they are mentioned with honor. In the Church at Antioch they are ranked with the prophets who sent out Paul and Barnabas for the first missionary journey (Acts 13:1). In Paul’s list of those who hold great gifts within the Church, they come only to the apostles and to the prophets. The apostles and the prophets were forever on the move. Their field was the whole Church; and they did not stay long in any one congregation. But teachers worked within a congregation, and their supreme importance was that it must have been to them that the converts were handed over the instruction in the facts of the Christian gospel and for the edification in the Christian faith. It was the teacher’s awe-inspiring responsibility, that he could put the stamp of his own faith and knowledge on those who are entering the Church for the first time. Are we ready to take the responsibility of a teacher and give inspiration to them?

We are called with different capacities to enlighten, edify and enrich the spirituality in the Church. Let us humble ourselves to Christ our Savior and live a life of a true disciple, which God intended us to live. All evil thoughts, murmuring, grudging, envies, which destroys the Church shall put to an end by following His footsteps once again. 

May God bless you all in this New Year.

I wish you a blessed and prosperous New Year.

With love and prayers.

Rev. BinjuVarugheseKuruvilla