HALLELUIAH, HE IS RISEN! April 21/22, 2019
It took a bit of leg-work before the disciples got it – i.e., before they realized that Yeshua’s body had not simply been moved, stolen, or some other weird thing had occurred, but that He in fact was risen, just as He had prophesied. It was not immediate or automatic.
It took a reminder from the angel, when the two Miriams went to the sepulchre: “Remember what He told you when He was still in the Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be executed, and on the third day rise up.” And they were reminded of His words” (Lk.24:6-8). How often we forget what we have already been informed of, advised, even specifically taught. The disciples had received 3 ½ years of concentrated mentoring by Jesus/Yeshua Himself; He had just recently shared with them, even with tears in the Garden of Gethsemane – yet they did not remember what He had said. Something so profound, you would think it would be impossible to forget . . . As Rabbi Goldberg emphasized in his Message from the Bema (Goldberg, 20.04.19): “Over and over again, God reminds us to remember. God wants us to remember, and not forget.”
Yes, it took some leg work, as “They quickly left the tomb, with fear yet with great joy, and ran to bring news to His disciples. And behold, Yeshua met them. “Shalom!” He said. They drew near, grasped his feet” (Matt.28:8,9). It took awhile before everyone was on-side, for even after the women had reported having seen Yeshua, and others after them, also: “When they saw Him, they worshiped; but some doubted/wavered” (Matt.28:17); “Look at My hands and My feet—it is I Myself! Touch Me and see! For a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet”(Lk.24:39,40). “When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe. . . They went and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them either” (Mk.16:11,13). And, of course, we all know about the doubting Thomas: ““Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand in His side, I will never believe!” . . . . . “Put your finger here, and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe!” (John 20:25,27).
Can you imagine that walk on the way to Emmaus (Lk.24:13-35), all that while when the guys were chatting it up with Yeshua about the recent events, and how He must be the only one who didn’t seem to know what was going on. . … .. how silly they must have felt when they discovered it was HIM all along?! “And it happened that when He was reclining at the table with them, He took the matzah, offered a bracha and, breaking it, gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him” (Lk.24:30,31). Notice, too, that it was still the time of unleavened bread for they were eating matzah (unleavened bread), following the commandments of Torah, just as they always had; just as Yeshua had/was doing.
“Didn’t our heart burn within us while He was speaking with us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” . . . . “The Lord is risen indeed!” (Lk.24:32,34). He is risen; and He left some instructions before He left:
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh,” (Matt.28:19).
- “teaching them to observe all I have commanded you” (Matt.28:20).
- “in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak new languages” (Mk.16:17).
- ““Oh foolish ones, so slow of heart to put your trust in all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary for Messiah to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them the things written about Himself in all the Scriptures”” (Lk.24:25-27). He gave instructions fir His followers to walk in His footsteps (Lk.9:23,24); so it was necessary for Him to ensure an understanding of the correlation between everything in Torah and what He had taught – because the people historically had not put their trust in the Words of God’s prophets, He was substantiating that everything they had spoken was true; all the Scriptures that spoke about Him (Yeshua) had now been borne out. He needed them (and us) to see that His death on the Cross was an integral part of the Father’s plan: it was “necessary for Messiah to suffer these things and to enter into His glory.”
- “repentance for the removal of sins is to be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Lk.24:47).
- “ And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Lk.24:49). This was a command to receive the in-filling of His Holy Spirit. “Receive the Ruach ha-Kodesh!” (John 20:22).
- “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).
- ““Feed My lambs!” . . . . “Take care of My sheep!” . . . . “Feed My sheep!” . . . .. “Follow Me!”” (John 21:15-18).
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says Adonai Elohim, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty!” (Rev.1:8). “I am the First and the Last, and the One who lives. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever! Moreover, I hold the keys of death and Sheol (Rev.1:17,18).
HE IS RISEN! LET US ARISE, and live IN HIM, BY HIM, THROUGH HIM, for “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” (Gal.2:20,21).
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