In Remembrance of Him

(Matthews 26:23; I Corinthians 11)

Christmas season is the time when everyone is running to and fro, here and there, after gifts for one here and the other there, but not realizing the meaninglessness of it all when they say it is YAHSHUA’S birthday.  The Word of God tells us that YAHSHUA had no beginning and no end. We read this in the book of John chapter one verses 1-4: In the beginning there was the Word (YAHSHUA), the Word was with God and the Word was God Himself! He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him(YAHSHUA), and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. He existed before time; He was never held in the boundary of time, neither to its limits, for time exists only by Him. To fulfill the Father’s will, a body was prepared for Him, but that did not measure the time frame of His existence, neither His beginning.  It just implies the human’s time frame for men to mark the date of His coming to earth.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

(Job 19: 25-27)

I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, and at last He will stand upon the earth; and after my skin, even this body, has been destroyed, then from my flesh or without it I shall see God, whom I, even I, shall see for myself and on my side! And my eyes shall behold Him, and not as a stranger! (Job)

These words which came from Job have indeed resounded throughout the ages, echoing hope and peace to men.  Although Job did not have the written Word in his days, he had a relationship with God in some form or another. He believed in the resurrection of the dead and the hope that sprang from it for the righteous person. His integrity, honesty and devotion for God showed in the way he lived. “I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives” overcomes all fear of death; we can confront death with the enthusiasm of hope and faith, with certainty that we will see God on the other side with our own eyes. Death is by no means the end of life, but the beginning of a new life for the believer in Christ. When we shall see Him, as He is, we shall become like Him. The Apostle John says, Beloved, we are now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He is (I John 3: 2). Eternity awaits all of us. For many, eternity has brought surprise; but for the believer, it has brought the fulfillment of the hope we have in the promises of God.

But Peter Got Up

(Luke 24: 9-12)

YAHSHUA’S last Passover was the most memorable Passover ever observed in the frame of time. Although not recognized and acknowledged by men, it was the most important Passover in God’s purpose of redemption of mankind. That Passover came bringing the sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God. No other animals that were being slaughtered that day as a sacrifice for the atonement of sin mattered at that time, for God had brought out His only Son to the altar to sacrifice Him and through His death, purchase men for Himself. The shedding of His blood through the nails piercing through His hands and feet, the spear piercing through His side, and the thorns in a shape of a crown piercing His head, were the manner in which He paid the price to redeem men to His Father. YAHSHUA warned His disciples several times about His ultimate sacrifice; however they were deaf to the fact- deaf to the point of betraying and denying Him. Why would they believe His resurrection, when they did not believe His death could happen? Peter tried to stop him from going to the cross more than one time; however, when the time arrived, he denied to have known Him. YAHSHUA called them the incredulous generation; the word incredulous means unwilling, or unable to believe; doubt and skepticism according to Webster’s dictionary. That was the position of the disciples all along even when YAHSHUA warned them of His death and His resurrection.