Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the everlasting name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
"And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you." But Jesus made no further answer, so Pilate was amazed.' (St. Mark 15: 4,5).
The Jewish leaders in their hate against Jesus, had brought him before Pilate to obtain from Pilate what they desired, which was that Jesus should be crucified. These Jewish leaders had brought with them a number of false witnesses to accuse Jesus. But all these accusations were without any foundation. Pilate had discerned that the Jews had brought Jesus to him because they were envious of Jesus.
When Pilate says to Jesus "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you" he shows how surprised he was that Jesus remained silent when accused. In any other trial of person brought before Pilate on a capital charge, the accused would have defended himself vigorously. Why did Jesus remain silent when he was accused? He had answered other questions Pilate had asked him, so why did Jesus refuse to defend himself here?
It is plain that Jesus was not guilty of any crime. His life had been one of exemplary righteousness. The reason for his silence was that he had come to give his life a ransom for many. He committed no sin himself. He deserved no punishment for sin, but in his refusing to defend himself from false accusation, he was accepting responsibility for our sins, to be punished for the sin of the world.
Jesus was sent by God, to pay the price of sin and to take the punishment for the sin of the world instead of us who have sinned, so that we sinners may come to him. So, let us come to Jesus and receive the forgiveness justly from God and try to lead a blessed life without sin and err.
I’m glad that Immanuel Voice from now on, will be published quarterly. To achieve this, I request everyone’s kind cooperation. I request all the IMMANUEL MARTHOMA CHURCH, Nerul, October, November & December, 2022 02 parishioners to prayerfully partake in all church activities in the coming months.
In October, we have Youth Sunday, Annual Convention, Family Sunday, VBS, Revelation Follow up meeting and Edavaka Mission Auction.
In November, we have, World Sunday School Day, Youth Retreat, Sevika Sanghom Retreat, Mission Field Visit, One day Income Collection, Church Picnic, and Harvest Festival.
In December, we have, Youth League Auction, Mission Field Visit, Dhyana Yogam, Edavaka Mission Retreat, Door to door Carol singing, Christmas Carol and Watch Night Service.
May the Good Lord be with you all throughout this last quarter of 2022 and help us to enter the New Year 2023, with a strong faith in God. May God bless us all.
Yours in His service,
Rev. Aji John