PREAMBLE by Robert
I believe God brought us to this point to recognize where and when our journey began under Salvation and Grace. We are to learn the significance of the process or manner of healing our life’s journey will expose us to as we progress through our physical life experience. There must be a beginning to all things, and God’s work is no different and this day even though it is over 2000+ years we are about to spiritually witness what I believe was the first individual taken into Paradise under Salvation through Yeshua’s Grace by Yahweh’s initial decree through His love of mankind. Here we need to exercise our spiritual discernment apply our wisdom and recognize the fervor of God’s love for one individual. Yahweh enlightened this man’s understanding, wrought faith in him to believe in Yeshua and filled him with the courage to acknowledge Yeshua’s deity.
In the book of Luke 23:32-43 it is witnessed two others were being crucified with Yeshua that day. Both spoke, one to the Lord berating him as the soldiers and crowd did, the other rebuked the thief saying “they deserved to be where they were, and this man did nothing amiss.” And asked Yeshua “to remember him when he enters into thy kingdom.” Here right here without pomp and ceremony is when the first individual is taken by faith into Paradise through salvation and grace. V43: “And Yeshua said unto him, Verily I say unto thee. Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
John Gill (1697 -1774) The instance of grace stands on record, not to cherish sloth, indolence, security, and presumption, but to encourage faith and hope insensible sinners, in their last moments, and prevent despair.
No demonstrated ceremony just compassion for one who would acknowledge Yeshua’s deity through demonstrated faith and was blessed to be with him eternally. Surely a momentous moment for all as the starting point for our journey under Salvation had just been revealed, the action of Faith.
Our Lord declared to the world what had just begun and the world had no idea what door had just been opened. His declaration to his Father “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” was his plea to forgive those who had carried out this wickedness. However, I also believe it was a declaration that they did not realize the doorway to Salvation had been opened and the message, that it was available was about to begin. The time spent with his disciples training them to plant the seeds was about to become a reality that Yahweh’s love for all was about to spread throughout the world.
Now I understand all the time spent with our Lord over the past months was a preparation for what is yet to come as was for the Apostles at that moment. Like the Apostles and disciples of old, we are about to realize what God’s plan is for the modern-day Disciples, Fishers of Men and Beacons of light.
We will experience the growth of our newborn Spirit as Yeshua fulfills his Father’s plan while our human body ages and slowly perishes and returns to its origin dust, throughout this journey. We will experience the power of God’s heavenly gifts bestowed upon those walking fervently in His love, teachings, compassion, and His Sons footsteps.
We will be a part of God’s modern-day movement to bring His children back into His flock, by again, making the true knowledge of Yeshua’s sacrifice, making Salvation and Grace available, to all as a doorway to an Eternal Life with God, one soul at a time.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father humbly we approach your throne with this petition Father, fill us with your knowledge, wisdom, patience, and Love. That we may in spirit have the courage to spread your truth and witness about Yeshua’s precious sacrifice as your Son’s Disciples. Bring us to a place where we may serve as your Disciples and shining Beacons of light, “Fisher’s of Men” capture the hearts and minds of those we gather that we may teach them to come before you. Cover us with your protective wings, strength, discernment and bring your words unto us that we may minister through your Love for all mankind. Fill us with the spirit of “Goodwill unto all men.” In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Even while in the throes of death Yeshua cried out to his Father to forgive those, who, so wickedly desired his death. John Gill (1697 -1774) commentary explains the depth of Yeshua’s love and compassion and desire to do Yahweh’s will. “When he was crucified between the two thieves, and as he hung upon the cross, and while insulted and abused by all sorts of men, and put to the greatest pain and torture, he addressed himself to God his Father. The Arabic version reads “my father” who was so to him, not as he was a man. For as such he had no father; but as he was God, being a divine person, his beloved, and only begotten Son.
And this he uses, whilst a man, he is praying to him; partly to express his faith of relation to him; his confidence of being heard, and partly to set believers an example of praying, as he has directed saying “Our Father.” The petition put up by him is for forgiveness; which is with God, and with him only, and that for his enemies, his crucifiers. Not for those who sinned the sin unto death, the sin against the Holy Ghost, who knew him to be the Messiah, maliciously crucified him. For whom prayer is not to be made; but for those who were ignorantly concerned in it. Even for his own elect, whom the Father had given him out of the world, which was among his crucifiers; for those and not the world, he prays. And the fruit of this his prayer quickly appeared, in the conversion of three thousand of them under Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, next following, in six weeks time. Though such might be his affection, as a man, in general, as to wish for, and desire, as such, was it consistent with the divine will, forgiveness for all of them, adding, “for they know not what they do.” or are doing. And they parted his raiment and cast lots: that is upon his vesture or seamless coat, and so fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 22:18.
We move forward and see that there was a disciple among the Sanhedrin who was an honourable man who objected to Yeshua’s crucifixion. John Gill (1697 -1774) And behold, there was a man named Joseph a counsellor he was a good man, and just. The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them, he was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate and begged the body of Yeshua, knowing he was dead, that he might bury it, and prevent it’s being inferred with the two malefactors, or abused by the mob.
And he took it down from the cross with help from the others, having obtained leave from Pilate so to do; and wrapped it in linen as was the custom of the Jews in burying their dead. (Matthew 27:59). And laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in Stone; cut out of a rock; wherein never man before was put so that it could not be said it was another body, and not that of Yeshua’s that was raised from the dead. This circumstance serves to confirm the truth of his resurrection. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also which came with him from Galilee followed after; Joseph, and those that were with him, when they carried the body of Yeshua, to bury it. And beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid, in what position, form, and order, and observed that it was only wrapped in linen, and not anointed or embalmed.
In researching the customs of the Jews, I could see that God had put the sequence of the events together that particular actions were set aside. As the traditions would not allow them to be carried out as they would normally. The women returned to their homes to prepare the spices and ointments for the anointing. However, were prevented from doing so as it could not be done till the Sabbath was over, for it was forbidden to be done on a Sabbath day.
Now on the first day of the week, Yeshua rose from the dead, and which was the third day of his death, and so verified the scriptures and his own predictions.
John Gill (1697 -1774) relates the following “Very early in the morning, just as the light began to spring, the day to dawn, and break; the first appearance of the morning; when it first started to dawn. When it was yet dark, this must be understood of the time when the women set out from the city or suburbs; for by that time they got to the sepulchre, it was at sunrise, (Mark 16:2) and shows their great love, zeal, and devotion for Yeshua. And great courage and fearlessness to go out of the city at such a time, without a man with them, and to a grave.
This research is revealing a fact which I was not aware of, the number of women who had approached the Sepulcher that morning. I had always read there were only two or possibly three. To find there were multiple witnesses to the miracle makes it even more hermetic.
“They came unto the Sepuchler where Yeshua was laid, that is the women who came with Yeshua from Galilee and who had observed where and how his body was interred. Bringing the spices which they had prepared on the Sabbath eve, to anoint the body, but were prevented because of the Sabbath. And sure others with them; that is other women, besides Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Joses, and Salome, and other Galilean women. There were other Jerusalem women or Bethany, it maybe Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus and of the parts adjacent, as reported in the Syriac, Arabic and Persic versions.
My question then is how knowing the entrance was blocked by a huge boulder, did they think to move that rock to gain entry to the Sepulcher to anoint Yeshua’s body?
And they found the stone rolled away from the Sepulcher. Which Joseph had laid there, the security of the body, and in the sight of these women, which gave them concern, as they went along, seeing they were all women, and who should roll away the stone for them. (Mark 16:3). But when they came to the Sepulcher to their great surprise, they found it rolled away. Which was done by an angel (Matthew 28:2) “and behold there was a great earthquake\: the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.”
And they entered in being invited, encouraged, and led on by the angel that sat upon the stone. For the Jews sepulchres were built large enough for persons to go into, (Mark 16:5). And found not the body of Yeshua as they expected, having seen him laid there, and had observed in what cave in the sepulchre, and in what form he was laid.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
We now see the establishing of God’s promises and depth of His love for all being brought forward in the form of two angels who appear to the women in the form of men as witnesses of Yeshua’s resurrection. For by the mouth of two or three witnesses everything is established. And it came to pass as they were much perplexed thereabout the body of Yeshua, and it’s being gone what should become of it, whiter it was removed, and by what means, and by whom. Whether by a friend or foe, for they had no thought, nor expectation of a resurrection. Behold two men stood by them in shining garments which were angels in the form of men, and as these were the first witnesses of Yeshua’s resurrection. John makes mention of two, as here, seen by Mary Magdalene, though in a different posture; they were sitting, one at the head, the other at the feet, where the body of Yeshua had laid. But when the rest of the women came, they had risen up, and stood close by them, on a sudden, at an unawares, being arrayed in white raiment, as white as snow, as a token of their purity and innocence, and as bringers of good tidings.
And as they were afraid the women were of these angels these appearances and majestic forms. And bowed down their faces to the earth as not being able to bear the lustre of their countenances and garments they said unto them “why seek ye the living among the dead? “
“He is not here but is risen, remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee. Saying, the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified and on the third day rise again.”
And they remembered his words and returned from the Sepulcher. Quickly immediately as soon as ever the angel had done speaking to them. They fled in great haste as persons frightened and amazed, with fear and reverence, on account of the vision they saw, and with joy at what was told them (Matthew 28:8). And said all these things, that the stone was rolled away from the sepulchre and they found not the body of Yeshua in it. That they had seen a vision of angels, who had told them, that Yeshua was risen, and put them in mind of some words of his spoken to the disciples in their hearing in Galilee unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
Thus, the stage was set for the next round of events, which shortly would occur now that the eleven apostles and 70 disciples and as many others who were assembled together, possibly the 120 (Acts 1:15) had been informed. We know there was skepticism among them all of what these women were telling them, even though Yeshua had told them what would transpire. Peter and John though they did not believe the report ran to the Sepulcher to be satisfied how things were. When he stooped down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves without the body of Yeshua. Peter could see the body was not stolen, or taken away, for neither friends or foes would have taken the time to strip the body, but would have carried it away with the linen. Thus he left for John’s house in Jerusalem now wondering in himself at which was to come to pass, as he had no notion of resurrection. Then Yeshua joins two disciples who are on their way to Emmaus and converses with them as they journey not being aware of who he is. They only realize in whose presence they are when he blesses and breaks bread with them. “I wonder how many of us these days realize who is present in our daily journeys?”
These disciples rushed back to Jerusalem the same night and found the eleven gathered together without Thomas being present and them that were with them. They assembled in this manner for the sake of privacy and for fear of the Jews. As they entered the room the Apostles informed them:
“The Lord Has Risen“
In this statement, all the myths and false teachings and worldly customs should be shed from our minds as followers. The reality is Yeshua 2000+ years ago suffered was crucified buried and was resurrected to sit on the right hand of God. Salvation and Grace became obtainable gifts to all mankind because the Lord was resurrected and is recruiting modern-day disciples to again spread the truth afresh without any worldly attachments, myths, or traditional ceremonies. For those walking in Yeshua’s footsteps, the gifts are on their way until then use your God-given discernment wisdom and precious faith to go forward until we receive God’s blessings. Recognize what Yeshua promised us in the following which is about to be bestowed upon His fervent followers those walking in His Footsteps and spiritually suffered His crucifixion and spiritually will witness to His resurrection that many may come to His truth and eternal life.
John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Bless us “Oh Lord” as your humble servants obediently walking in your Sons footsteps having spiritually followed him to the crucifixion and spiritually witness to your son’s resurrection. We pray “Oh Lord” for your wisdom discernment and knowledge to be upon us that we would be prepared to receive your heavenly gifts. We ask this in all humbleness and sincerity Father. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
Please remember these messages are being presented by a humble servant of Yeshua as a “Watchmen” merely sounding his Trumpet drawing your attention to the word our Lord has delivered as a warning. May you prosper and grow