40 DAYS and 40 NIGHTS… the RESURRECTION Season


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 Guest post by Sr. Judith Hannah  + + +

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that JESUS began both to do and teach,  Until the day in which HE+ was taken up, after that HE+ through the HOLY SPIRIT  had given commandments unto the apostles whom HE+ had chosen: 

 

To whom also HE+ shewed Himself+ alive 

after His+ Passion by many infallible proofs, 

 

being seen of them forty days, 

and speaking of the things pertaining 

to the Kingdom of GOD:

Acts 1: 1-3

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Forty days and nights — unlike ANY other 40 days and nights ever had been or ever will be on planet earth — were 40 VERY ACTIVE days and nights. 

 

Disciples were moved from  a despair they could hardly live with to  a  JOY that they could hardly contain in their natural bodies. 

 

In fact, the brothers walking to Emmaus were SO ENLIVENED by contact with the Resurrected, Living LORD , that they turned around and walked BACK TO JERUSALEM  that very same night … a matter of nearly 7 miles ! — just to share the fact : 

JESUS+ IS RISEN !

What did The Risen LORD talk to them about during that 7 mile journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus ? 

 

Then HE+ said unto them, 

O fools, 

and slow of heart to believe 

all that the prophets have spoken: 

Ought not CHRIST

to have suffered these things, 

and to enter into His+ Glory?   

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets,  

HE+ expounded unto them 

in all the Scriptures 

the things concerning HIMSELF+.

Luke 24:  25- 27 

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 Earlier, verse 16 tells us that their eyes were holden, that they might not know Who+ HE+ was, as they expounded to HIM+ their puzzlement over His+ death. 

 

From the very words of these brothers, they had TRUSTED in CHRIST, so they were quite confounded at the works of GOD.  

 

Apparently, they did NOT trust the witness of the women of their company who found His+ Tomb empty … and had talked with an Angel !  

 

HOW OFTEN HAVE WE OURSELVES

REJECTED THE  WITNESS 

OF THE LIVING CHRIST ?

 

Why do we make The LORD “prove” HIMSELF+ to us, over and over again?  

 

Yes, we “agree” in our minds… but do we ALWAYS AFFIRM in our hearts the Truth, when we are faced with great and serious difficulties ? 

 

The LORD,  The LIVING LORD, The RESURRECTED JESUS, up-braided the brothers … and it was NOT GENTLE. 

 

“O, fools … “

The LORD called these brothers !  

and slow of heart to believe 

ALL

that the prophets have spoken

 

 The LORD JESUS revealed HIMSELF+ to them only in the breaking of the Bread, His+ Body,  because their minds were fixed on “what they knew”  or thought they knew.  

 

Unbelief is like that.  

The LORD had to share with them the Crucified JESUS, alas,  before their eyes were opened to the Resurrected, Living CHRIST !

The breaking of the Bread, HIS+ Body, was required to move them from unbelief to FAITH … that living trust in CHRIST to be exactly WHAT HE+  said HE+ is ! 

IS  CHRIST REQUIRED 

to do that for us too ? 

Must  HE+ prove Himself+ over and over again to us before we move from unbelief to faith in HIM+, faith in His+ Victory over death, hell, and the grave ?  

 

Do we continue to live in despair in secret, tormenting areas of our lives ?

Must HE+ upbraid us, also ?

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Dear Heavenly FATHER, 

 

O, THOU WHO hast given  us Thy SON+ and made us meet to be partakers with HIM+ in glory,  I stand ashamed before THEE for my unbelief. 

 

I repent and forsake my clinging on to unbelief even when I know The LORD JESUS is ALIVE and LIVES ever to make intercession for us. 

 

Turn my vision from myself and onto the Victory in CHRIST.  

 

Turn my vision from the affairs of this world and onto the Coming Return of CHRIST, when HE+ makes all things new and puts to flight the workers of evil, high and low. 

 

Grant me that Living victory, entrusting my care and keeping unto HIM+ Who+ lived and died, and “Behold,”  HE+ said, ” I+  AM  ALIVE FOR EVERMORE! ” 

 

In the Mighty and LIVING Name of our Resurrected LORD JESUS CHRIST, I lift these prayers to THEE, O FATHER. 

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Glory be to GOD ON HIGH ! 

HalleluJAH ! The CHRIST IS RISEN ! 

HE+ is risen INDEED ! 

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2 replies

  1. Faith = Trust. Early in my walk and even later I had the audacity to question whether Almighty God could really handle what I was facing. Would He know what the best outcome might be? Ugh… It’s almost laughable to me as I look back. This relationship only works when He alone is in charge. We call Him Savior but He is also Lord. Lord means master.

    Obedience is imperative. I wonder if anyone has counted the number of times “obey”, and the other side of coin “disobey, disobedience” are trumpeted in His Holy Word? It marks us as belonging to Him or else we belong to the Adversary. What we believe- really believe- comes out in our actions.

    I trust Him.
    Shabbat shalom!

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    • Dear Brother Scott Miller,

      Yes, you are correct and my, don’t we ALL HAVE REGRETS for the times we did not trust Our LORD … for the times we did not listen to HIM+ … for the times we did not obey His+ Word LITERALLY. You are certainly not alone in these regrets and I think every serious follower of JESUS CHRIST would acknowledge that he / she has done the same thing.

      But, we learn and MOVE ON IN A CLOSER OBEDIENCE, in a closer, contrite walk, bless GOD.

      The PROBLEM is , that most of us coming from the Evangelical church world have not been brought up in a right and proper FEAR of GOD.

      One of the things I have found intriguing is the last verse of John, chapter 3.

      In the GREEK, listen to this:

      “The one believing into the SON+ has Everlasting Life: but the one NOT OBEYING the SON+ shall not see Life but the wrath of GOD abides on him. ”

      How I wish the Bible translators of the KJV had translated that verb ( NOT OBEY ) ACCURATELY! Then, anyone reading the KJV would have the proper perspective from their youth up of how important OBEDIENCE really is.

      Thank you for your comment; may The LORD bless your day.

      In HIM+ Who+ alone is Life,
      both here and beyond the grave…

      Sr. Judith Hannah + + +

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