And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
Many people consult many sources when they need advice or solutions, but very few consult Me first. You need to listen to the One who knows and then do as He further directs. And I tell you who to listen to:
While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” Matthew 17:5.
And My Beloved Son gave you another counselor just like Him who will teach you all things, remind you of all I have said, pray with you and intercede for you, guide you to all truth, tell you the things to come, lead you, and share My deepest thoughts with you. And He is not hard to contact, He is in you and with you always with no interruption. His Name is the Holy Spirit but when He tells you things, it is Me that is talking. He takes what is Mine and gives it to you. He is the way I communicate with you directly. He is My breath. My Word is Spirit breathed.
Walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh, and those who walk in the Spirit should live by the Spirit.
And these are all yours in the One who died for you upon the Cross. He came to save you from your sins but also to give you a Counselor to be with you and in you always to keep you from ever returning to the slavery of sin and death again. Where My Spirit is there is freedom.
And as the Words Jesus spoke are repeated anew over the bread and the wine it is My Spirit that performs His Word and the substance changes in to the heavenly substance that gives you eternal life. When you partake of the body and blood of My Son you become one body and one Spirit with Him.
And then you walk the journey of remembrance in the Spirit with Him, for the Spirit teaches you all things and reminds you of all I have said.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28.
And if nothing else, you should see this in the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I worked out the sin of Adam which looked like it had ended all between mankind and Me. Expelled from the Garden of Eden, living under the curse, trapped in the realm of darkness without Me and without hope, it looked like the gates of My Kingdom would be shut to mankind forever and you would return to the dust from which you had been made. The second death was there before you. Life, no matter how long, was to end in death.
This was not My Will. I call death My enemy. But the seed of My Word that I planted in Abraham’s line bore fruit and took down the gate of the enemy that took man into Sheol, the devil’s realm, took back the keys and set before you a door to Heaven that no one can shut to you once you are born again from My imperishable Word. My Word made you and My Word saved you.
He was My plan to turn everything around for the good of those who love Me and are called according to My purpose. And the purpose? To bring you back to be My people, My forever family, My own special treasure, upon whom I could shower My blessings and give you the Kingdom. To enjoy all I made for you together as One.
I sent My beloved Son and even though it looked like evil had won as He died upon the Cross under the crushing weight of your sins (the sins of all the world for all time), I made it all work out for His good and your good and for the good of all who were still far off, as many as will respond to My call. Acts 2:38-39.
Let us return to the Eucharistic journey where we left off. Jesus had committed His spirit to Me, and declaring it finished, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit into My hands. He died the death that you who have taken refuge in Him shall never die. He went to the dust of death and tasted death for everyone.
And the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. He had opened the Holy of Holies to all who would receive Him and bring Him as their sacrificial Lamb. Let no one come before Me empty-handed.
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
If a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he is executed, and you hang his body on a pole, you must not leave the body on the pole overnight, but you must be sure to bury him that day, because anyone who is hung on a wooden pole is under God’s curse. You must not defile the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance. Deuteronomy 21:22-23.
So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers Him out of them all. He keeps all His bones, not one of them is broken. Psalm 34:19-20.
I had revealed His sufferings and death to My servants the prophets before they took place for many reasons, but one is so that when they did take place as spoken you would believe.
One of the soldiers then pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed all that had happened, began to return, beating their breasts. And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me (אֵ֣ת) whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10.
Something very deep took place here that changed the whole age from the Law as the path to righteousness under the Mosaic Covenant I made with Moses and the descendants of Abraham at Mt. Sinai, to the age of grace as the gift of righteousness unto good works and eternal life in Christ Jesus, the Church age, the age of the one new Man you all become joined in Christ.
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:13-16.
Just as I pulled the bride of Adam out of His side and built her up as flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone, Genesis 2:21-24, just Rebekah, the bride of Isaac, the son Abraham loved, was born right after Abraham offered up his son on Mt. Moriah, to the son of the brother of Abraham, as flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone, Genesis 22:20-23, so too as I gave My Son on Golgotha, a mountain of Moriah, out of His pierced side was taken His bride, the Church, His body, flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone, Spirit of His Spirit, in the flow of blood and water in all her beauty and splendor, and, on the day of the fulfillment of Pentecost, filled and clothed with the power from on High, the Holy Spirit. The eternal bride, the Church, the body of Christ of which you who believe and have been baptized into Christ, who have partaken of His body and blood, are members. The most powerful body on earth, the Church of the firstborn, of the overcomers.
Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:5-12.
And I revealed much about this mystery to My servant Paul, though I had revealed it to Isaiah and Hosea as well that I would espouse My people and their Maker would become their spouse.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:25-32.
Jesus loves the Church, His body on earth, made up of each and every believer, partakers through and with Him of the divine nature in the flow of grace upon grace, for the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came to be through Jesus Christ. John 1:17. He died to give you the Church through your redemption by His blood and then He cleansed you by the washing of water with the Word. And that is the blood and water that poured out, redemption by the blood and sanctification by the Word, for I sanctify you in truth and My Word is truth. And thus He presents you holy, blameless and beyond reproach before Me. Colossians 1:20-22.
And as your great good Shepherd and great High Priest, Jesus continues to nourish and cherish the Church, and each of the members thereof, for you are members of His body. And when you have joined yourself to Him you become one spirit with Him and just as He is one Spirit with Me, in Him you become one with Me as well. And the Spirit, the water, and the blood testify to you of eternal life.
And after these things Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God and had not been a part of their plan or action in crucifying Jesus; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. So he came and took away His body. Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. And Joseph laid the precious mangled body in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.
And here in all its power was fulfilled the words of My prophet Isaiah, who had seen in the Spirit not only the physical suffering and death of the Messiah, the suffering servant of Me and mankind, but what took place in the spiritual realm, i.e., that He bore your ills, pains, sins, iniquities and guilt and released you from them by paying the debt you owed. And I had even shown Isaiah the burial of Jesus in exact detail. Though He was counted among the wicked, He was with a rich man in His death.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. Isaiah 53:8-9.
My Word is precise, living and working, sharper than any two-edged (two mouthed) sword. And once My Word is spoken into the earth it is on course and must be performed at the appointed time.
But the chief priests and the Pharisees were not ready to give up yet. They had him murdered as they had planned in diabolical premeditation but they feared that, just as all other Scriptures were fulfilled by Him in, what they termed, an uncanny way, even accusing Him of being possessed by the devil, so on the Shabbat day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” When you have done wrong, it never ends with the one act, you must keep working to cover up the truth or you will be exposed. Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.
They would find out all the guards in the world, all the sealing they put on that stone, could not hold My Son in the grave. One touch of an angel of the angelic host and that sealed stone rolled away as easily as a pebble and the guards fell down before the brilliance of the angelic light like dead man. There was no way anyone on earth or under the earth could have stopped Me from raising My Son from the dead on the third day in accordance with My Word.
The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:10-11.
If I am for you who can be against you? The answer is obvious: No one and nothing. I AM the Most High.
I love you. I make everything work together for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purpose. Did I not tell you that you shall call His Name “Wonderful?”