The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes
MiniM Chordiels Magazine Vol. 6, Issue 1, Jan - Mar 2017 Editors Dr. S. JUSTUS Dr. V. Immanuel
Associate Editor Dr. V. HEPSIBA JUSTUS Head Publishing Shri. L. CHARLES SELVARAJ
Dear Friends, Greetings in His Mighty Name.
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It’s time that we relate ourselves to eternal things. But at the same time, we must be concerned about out health, and the good things we leave for our next generation. It is our responsibility to take care of this. Chordiels were busy with some of the best concerts during the last Christmas season. New year bloomed with hope and trust on the days and months that our Lord gives us. Often times we are under the pain rejection at one point of time in our life. If that is going to be our style of everyday affair, it would be so sad. I’ve felt that so many times. At the same time I am reminded that God has lifted by head in the places where I was rejected. As I am writing this, I am undergoing a strong wind of rejection. I am compelled in spirit by the Lord to make this issue of magazine titled ‘Capstone’, themed on Mathew 21:42. I am not ashamed to write on this. Though rejected be assured there is a crown of glory on the way. So let’s praise and sing for the Lord. If it is in our Lord’s will, we will be travelling to Middle Eastern Countries for a series of 10 days of musical concerts, and also a series of concerts booked ahead for the year. Request you all to uphold us in your prayers. Read this issue of the Magazine and share the good blessing you’ve received from the Lord. Peace and Joy fill your hearts. Chordielly in Christ,
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Rejected & Raised to Glory by Dr. S. Jusus
I was rejected many times before what I am now. I was rejected for my enrollment for Violin lessons and made to take up Guitar lessons. Rejected medical seat at CMC Vellore, but got admitted in a local college. Rejected an MBA seat, rejected in placements. Plainly rejected in so many job interviews. Was thrown at many places, where I want to live happily. Rejected, broken, crushed, and thrown away in many situations. In all these situations, though disappointed, my Lord God chose me to do His will. What could be more than this best in this whole world? What could be more desirable to be in His will, and to obey His command? He took me as one of His stones to build His kingdom.
David: The first rejection to David was by his own father. When the prophet Samuel came to anoint the next new king for Israel, David’s brothers were lined up for Samuel to find the chosen one. When Samuel did not find the chosen one, David’s father told there is still one last kid out in field, tending the flocks. He is not fit to be a king. Samuel ordered that David be brought in. David, the youngest, rejected, shepherd boy was anointed the king of Israel, even when Saul was in the throne. This David found favor in Saul’s eyes when he killed the Goliath, the Philistine. It did not last long. People praised David more than Saul. Out of jealous Saul rejected David. David escaped to the desert fearing Saul and his men would kill him. He wandered in the desert, rejected by his own boss. Amidst all this, David was singing.
Even after becoming King, David was rejected by his own sons. They were after him trying to take away his life. One more time David was singing in the deserts. Many Psalms that he wrote portrays his pain of rejection. Yet he did not loose heart to follow God’s words. He was in the fear of death, but did not cease praising. Then this David who was rejected in all means was in the throne of Israel, ruling in all his might and wisdom. After that he never did anything without God’s approval. He depended God for everything. You know this? He was called ‘the Son after God’s own heart’. How great it is to be called so, an eternal certificate by God himself.
Joseph: The prime example of rejection. Joseph was rejected for no reason or for none of his mistakes. He was rejected by his own brothers out of jealous. They threw him in a dry well, and thought he would be killed. Then they sold him to Egyptians as a slave. How pathetic, to be sold by my brothers as a slave to a foreign land. For no sin in his part, for no contribution to the sin, Joseph was rejected by Potiphar. This was the best thing he did even while was still in his young age. This is the best example for youngsters. Even in a far away land, even when no one is there, even when Potiphar’s wife is willingly interested, Joseph ran away from sin, and says’ how can I sin against my God?’ What a great statement and the character of Jospeh? Love him. Our characters are determined when we are alone, when no one is seeing. This is the real personality. Joseph is sent to prison for no fault of him God sees this. God raised Joseph as prime minister of the entire land of Egypt. All powers were given to Joseph. He was in the pinnacle next to Pharaoh. God’s Spirit was with him. He ruled Egypt alongside Pharaoh and built the cities. God brought Joseph ahead to Egypt to safe guard His people during the famine. The rejected Joseph was raised to glory to the rule the nation. Are you rejected? Then there is a glory awaiting.
Jesus: Rejected an inn even before birth. Rejected by his own people who received miracles and healing. Rejected by his own disciples, who learnt many good things from Him. Rejected on the Cross by everyone. Jesus was under constant pressure during the three years of ministry. His first miracle was under his mother’s order. People healed weren’t thankful to Him. People murmured, conspired against Him . The leaders of His time questioned his authorities. They spit Him on the face. They mocked Him. Pilate washed his hands and gave orders to crucify Jesus. But Jesus didn’t speak a word. He knew all this would happen. Imagine how much pain he would have had in his heart. All people who praised Hosanna yesterday were shouting ‘kill him’. Jesus asks the Father, ‘why have you forsaken me’. Rejection at its core. At its peak. Three days later. He rose. Rose from the dead. Raised unto heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is preparing great mansions for you and for me. Trust in Him. Are you in the pain of rejections? Rejected by parents, friends, spouse, relatives, rejected by your own sons and daughters? Rejected for the sake of the Gospel? Rejected for no wrong of yours? Remember, they hated Jesus first. Remember, He who raised into Glory will raise you to greater heights. The God of David, the God of Joseph is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not worry of your rejections. He will build you up for the betterment of His Kingdom.
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What does God require? by Dr . Anita Chelliah
Day after day He is bombarded by requests, pleas, demands, and supplications, yet we see our God as a patience -loving, ever-giving, concerned gracious Father. I had taken a half day in a weekend regularly for three months to spend time with my parents, driving them to their church and doing chores. Little did I know that my Dad would move on to be with the Lord at the end of that short time. In a small way I was able to meet my dad's requirements. Growing up, at different stages in our life we learn and adapt ourselves to the expectations of parents, friends and ourselves in different ways. But do we grow spiritually to meet the requirements of our Maker? What does my heavenly FATHER REQUIRE? Micah 6: 8 says “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Yes! The Lord has done good things for each one of us. Out of the fullness of His grace we have received one blessing after another John1:16, for His compassion never fail, they are new every morning Great is His faithfulness.(Lam 3:21-22). Should we not look into His heart to know what He requires?
To Act Justly The Lord is a God of Justice (Is 30:18) and all His ways are just (deut32;4). “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing”. Deut 10:18. The word says “He upholds the cause of the oppressed, and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow.’ (Psalm 146:7-9). All this speaks of a merciful and a just God. We are to be clothed with Christ and have a mind of Christ. Let us offer our bodies and be transformed by the renewing of our minds. When we give place to the Risen redeemer (dwelling in us) to take control of our lives we will learn to act justly. Biblical principles should be incorporated with our busy lifestyles . Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1 :27 Religiosity without actions amounts to a clanging symbol and a resounding gong. Anyone then ,who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it ,sins James 4:17.Our life is a mist ,a breath, a few years on this earth compared to eternity with our dear Lord ,but what we are upto in this little life of ours matters.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:13. Oswald Chambers in his devotional ‘My Utmost for His Highest’ quotes “The teaching on the Sermon on the Mount is not Do your duty, but - Do what is not your duty. It is not your duty to go the second mile, to turn the other cheek, but Jesus says if we are His disciples we will always do this. Never look for justice, but never cease to live it. Jesus says - Go steadily on to do what I have told you to do and I will guard your life ”.
To Love Mercy He who chose us in Him before creation to be holy and blameless in his sight calls us to Be like Him –to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. God who is rich in mercy saved us not because of our righteousness which is filthy rags but only because of His great mercy. By His mercy we have been called out of darkness into his wonderful light. So let us be filled with compassion and mercy just as He was the Lord our God is a merciful. His mercies never come to an end. Luke 6:36 says ‘Be merciful just as your father was merciful”. In the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 we see the king forgiving a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. He not only set him free but he also cancelled his huge debt. This same servant unmercifully throws his fellow servant in prison for owing him just a 100 silver coins. We who have received mercy and grace from the heavenly Father are asked to show mercy to our fellow men. Matt redman sings “I will kneel in the dust at the foot of the cross, Where mercy paid for me. Where the wrath I deserve, it is gone, it has passed. Your blood has hidden me.
To Walk Humbly with your God He who chose us in Him before creation to be holy and blameless in his sight calls us to Be like Him –to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. God who is rich in mercy saved us not because of our righteousness which is filthy rags but only because of His great mercy. By His mercy we have been called out of darkness into his wonderful light. So let us be filled with compassion and mercy just as He was the Lord our God is a merciful. His mercies never come to an end. Luke 6:36 says ‘Be merciful just as your father was merciful”.
In the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 we see the king forgiving a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. He not only set him free but he also cancelled his huge debt. This same servant unmercifully throws his fellow servant in prison for owing him just a 100 silver coins. Humble yourself and you will be lifted up in due time He who knew no sin humbled himself to be sin for us on the cross. Jesus Christ whose example we are called to follow did not come in pomp and fanfare, did not sit on thrones with a scepter, did not array himself with royal robes or precious gifts. In a humble stable, in a simple carpenter household choosing fishermen as companions the King of Kings and Lord of Lords choose to be among the weak ,the sick and helpless .He chose to bear a humiliating trial and death only out of His love for you and me . Phil 2:7-9 “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. Does not the word say ‘It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud. Prov 16:19 Moreover God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble .2 peter 5:5 God reveals to His servant Isaiah what is true fasting “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. Isaiah 58:6-9 Is not this that we hear our Lord crying out even today? …to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Dr . Anita Chelliah is a woman of faith with a passion for evangelism She shares the gospel to all groups of people. A lover of music she sings with the St Andrew's Church choir where she leads worship and also serves as a musician. Anita is part of a trio ‘Ambassadors for Christ’ with her husband Joshua Chelliah and son Rajan Chelliah. She is also a full-time medical practitioner.
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REJECTION & RESURRECTION by Grace Ji-Sun Kim,
I hate to be rejected. Don’t you? No one likes rejection. Yet, we experience rejection and its pain from an early age. Children feel hurt when, on the playground or in other settings, they are not allowed to play a game with the rest of the kids. Childhood rejection may even be self-inflicted, when we resent the fact that we are afraid to climb up to the top of the Jungle Gym. I remember growing up and anticipating my being picked for a sports team at school. It could be a baseball game or a volleyball game. I waited with the other students as the teacher chose two leaders to pick their teams. The process was devastating as students waited. And waited. And waited some more, to be picked. The process lasted less than five minutes, but it seemed an eternity. It felt awful to be one of the last ones picked for a team. It hurt as all the strong athletic kids got picked first and the ones with no perceptible athletic ability were left to the end. If you were the last, or among the last, you felt the rejection as each person, other than you, was picked. Nobody wants to feel rejected. None of us wants to receive a rejection letter to our college application, audition or job application. It is painful and could be heartbreaking. Jesus knew rejection through his life. The people of Nazareth, his own hometown, rejected him (Luke 4:26-30). Still others wondered about him because of that hometown. “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked (John 1:46). People rejected much of his teaching. Many questioned the origin of his teachings and do not accept him as he was born poor, the son of Joseph the carpenter. In Matthew 21:42, Jesus talks about the stone the builders rejected. The story is a revelation about Jesus, himself. The Gospels say that Jesus travelled a lot and suggest he entered villages where he found no place to rest. Luke’s Gospel tells of one time Jesus was not welcomed in a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-53). Jesus’ comment on the experience could imply this happened frequently (Luke 9:58).
Remember the last few hours of Jesus’ life before his crucifixion. Many people and groups rejected Jesus, including those closest to him. Judas betrayed Jesus and identified him in the Garden of Gethsemane for those who came to arrest him. The disciples all ran away in fear when Jesus was arrested. Peter, who said that he would never desert Jesus, ended up denying Jesus three times (John 18:15-27). The high priest, the chief priests, the elders and scribes rejected Jesus and wanted him put to death. The religious leaders took Jesus to Pilate for a trial. Pilate did not want any trouble and since it was the governor’s custom to release one prisoner during Passover, he asked the crowd, “Which do you want me to release, Barabbas or Jesus?” (Matthew 27:17). The crowds chose Barabbas and rejected Jesus, leaving him to be crucified. At the final moment of his life, Jesus felt the ultimate rejection. On the cross at the ninth hour Jesus cries out “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45). Jesus knows and understands rejection. Jesus exemplified rejection. Tremendous pain comes with rejection. The experience can feel like one has been thrown into a spiraling emotional and spiritual black hole and lead one to wonder if there is hope of return to a normal life. Rejection fills life. We may experience rejection from a lover or a family member. We may experience rejection from a community or society at large because of our skin color, gender, age, sexual orientation, or other aspect of our personhood. All forms of rejection cause pain and add obstructions on our path of life. Yet, as we remember Jesus, we know that his experience of rejection and crucifixion on that wooden cross did not end the story. God had the final word: a word of life, and love. The week we now call Holy had a wondrous and miraculous outcome. In the burden and pain, there is hope. In our misery and suffering, there is resurrection and new life. As the sun seems to set during our moments of rejection, darkness and desolation, we can live with the hope that the sun will rise. Even though people and the world around us may reject us, God greets all of us with open arms, embraces us and welcomes us in love. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grace-jisun-kim/jesusand-the-cross-rejec_b_5143162.html
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