of the 40 Days
The LORD JESUS CHRIST
spent with His+ Disciples,
in His+ Glorified Body,
AFTER HIS+ RESURRECTION !
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Knowing that CHRIST
being raised from the dead dieth no more;
Death hath no more dominion over HIM+.
Romans 6: 9
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And as they [ the men from Emmaus ] thus spake, JESUS HIMSELF+ stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them,
Peace be unto you.
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And HE+ said unto them,
Why are ye troubled?
and why do thoughts arise
in your hearts?
Behold My+ hands
and My+ feet,
that it is I+ Myself+:
handle ME+, and see;
for a spirit hath not
flesh and bones,
as ye see ME+ have.
And when HE+ had thus spoken, HE+ shewed them His+ hands and His+ feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, HE+ said unto them,
Have ye here any meat?
And they gave HIM+ a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And HE+ took it, and did eat before them. And HE+ said unto them,
These are the words
which I+ spake unto you,
while I+ was yet with you,
that all things
must be fulfilled,
which were written in the Law of Moses,
and in the Prophets,
and in the Psalms,
Then opened HE+ their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures,
Luke 24: 36-45
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They did NOT RECEIVE
The LORD JESUS appeared in His+ glorified Body to the Company of His+ Disciples.
Although Followers of JESUS, these men — every one of them His+ disciples — were not with Peter nor with the Women of the Company nor with the men walking to Emmaus and thus, they had missed seeing the Resurrected LORD JESUS.
The Company of His+ Followers did not believe ANY reports of their fellow Followers ! They did not believe that The LORD JESUS CHRIST was risen from the dead !
They did Not Receive their Witness.
They had watched HIM+ die, themselves being scared to death. They were gathered together in Jerusalem somewhere, when SUDDENLY HE+ APPEARED among them.
Unlike a spirit, HE+ spoke to them and His+ words were very familiar:
” Peace unto you !” HE+ said.
Did that bring them “peace” ?
NO… because they did not receive His+ Words . They were terrified and frightened. They thought they had SEEN a SPIRIT !
So, HE+ told them to observe His+ hands and His+ feet … undoubtedly as a means to identify HIMSELF+, that it was indeed HE+ HIMSELF+ , to these terrified disciples who had watched HIM+ die.
HE+ invited them to touch HIM+
in His+ Glorified Body .
HE+ even gave them a rational, concrete explanation: “… for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see ME+ have.”
Then HE+ showed them His+ hands and His+ feet.
YET they BELIEVED NOT for joy, and wondered !
Then, HE+ ate before them. Undoubtedly, every eye was trained upon His+ biting, chewing, and swallowing!
As they opened their hearts in Belief
to RECEIVE the TRUTH
of what they perceived
through their senses,
HE+ opened their understanding
that they might understand
ALL things written of HIM+ in the Prophets and the Law of Moses and the Psalms concerning HIMSELF+ had to be fulfilled , HE+ explained to them.
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O, LORD CHRIST, The First-Born from the Dead,
help me to remember that my heart must be open to the Truth before I can understand it with my mind.
Help me to minister Thy Word+ to others in a way that their hearts are pierced. Then I will know that YOU+, O LORD, will open their understanding of it.
Keep me from teaching to the mind when I ought to be reaching the heart .
O LORD JESUS, Master of men’s hearts, show me how to so bring my life in line with Thy+ Truth… that without a word spoken, others will see YOU+ , standing among them.
Blessing and Honor, Glory and Power be unto The LAMB+ forever and ever ! Amen.
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Preach the GOSPEL always; if necessary, use words.