I am the Good Shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:14, 15)
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
We are entering into the Great Lent season, a time to meditate upon the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The crucifixion was not an isolated event but the central act in God's plan to save the world. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the resolution of the symphony of history. In the death of Jesus, God's love for His glory and His love for sinners are revealed. God made atonement through the cross, so great is His love for His people. The death of Christ was not an accident but was in the mind and heart of God from everlasting (Rev 13:8). Christ was not a forced surety but a willing one, a willing Servant, a willing Savior, a willing Substitute, and a willing Sacrifice. Our savior died according to the will of God, and for the glory of God. Though our Lord Jesus Christ "knew no sin", the Lord God was pleased to bruise him in the place of sinners. In the great Pentecost sermon Peter declared that our Redeemer was crucified by the hands of wicked men, but Jesus was delivered to their hands by the will of God (Acts 2:23).
But we failed to realize what God accomplished in the cross. The turning aside of the wrath and curse due to sin are wonderful beyond our best and noblest thought. In cross God, supremely reveals the majesty and wonder of His grace, his overflowing undeserved kindness. God presented Jesus as one who would turn aside the wrath. The costliness of the redemption magnifies the marvel of grace. Jesus poured out his life for us and in our place. The Lent season is to ponder and meditate upon the message of cross. During this time we must spend some time in personal and family prayer, thanking God for sending his son to die on the cross for us. Jesus laid down His life for me and you so our responsibility is to lay down our life before the cross of Jesus Christ.
Edavaka Mission meets every Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Church.
Edavaka Mission Activities
Thoma Voluntary Evangelist's Association was found by our late
Metropolitan Most Rev. Abraham Mar Thoma out of his strong conviction
that each Mar Thomite is an Evangelist. Evangelism
is the utmost mission of this Organization. The Parish level unit is
known as the Edavaka Mission and at the Long Island Mar Thoma Church,
New York, we give stress to the seven fold activities such as
Intercessory Prayer, Bible Study, Sharing of Experience, House Visit,
Visiting the Sick, Group Activities etc
Edavaka Mission regular
meetings are conducted every Thursday at 7.30 PM at the Church as well
as Members' houses with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
Fasting Prayer meetings are conducted once every month at the members' houses either the last Saturdays or Thursdays depending upon members and Achen's
convenience with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
Edavaka Mission also support various Mission projects such as sponsorship of students at St. Thomas School,
Visakhapatanam, India. Sponsoraship of an Evangelist in India. Medical
and financial aid to different individuals and families based on
requests received by Achen time to time. Edavaka Mission welcomes
donations from members for the above mentioned activities and
sponsorship. For details, please contact our Achen Rev. A. B. Binu, Mr.
Mammen Samuel or Achamma Jacob.