Monday, 6 July 2015

Messiah means He Lives!

The Word of God is true and loving and kind and good and gracious … and alive!

We bear fruit because of Him. He is our living Hope!

How can we be certain?



It is just amazing how the whole of the Word of God is a prophecy onto Jesus. Not just onto His birth, His life on earth, His death on the cross, but also His resurrection and life in us.

When the disciple who once denied Jesus three times before He was crucified, became filled with the life-giving Spirit of Christ (Messiah, Hebrew: Mashiyach), following the ascension of our Lord, he became a very different man, a new living being.

Peter and the disciples waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in an upper-room, hiding behind locked doors, fearing the Jews for their lives.

But as the Spirit filled them, they boldly spoke the mysteries of God to such an extent that people down in the street could hear the Gospel in their mother tongue. That must have been loud, very loud … and took boldness, super-natural boldness!

When we encounter Peter again, it is at this very same event. Filled with the Spirit of Life, he preaches a heart-touching sermon explaining the unfolding events of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Power of God, and more especially, what gave rise to this. His heartwarming explanation culminates in the crucifixion and, specifically, the resurrection of Jesus before many witnesses and being exalted to the highest place … and He poured out what was witnessed by those in the streets. Acts 2:33

That is what the Spirit of Life does:
He gives life where once hopeless death prevailed!
He gives power where once weakness lingered!
He gives a living Hope where none was found!
He gives boldness where insecurity brought denial!

We need look no further than the Hebrew word for Messiah (i.e. מָשִׁיחַ
mâshı̂yach):
  1. The first letter mem or מָ has the pictograph of water, meaning Mighty
  2. The second letter shin or שִׁ pictures teeth, meaning to consume
  3. The third letter yod or י pictures an arm and hand with the meaning to move or do action or do work. It stands for the Arm of the Lord (Jesus) Who moved for us!
  4. The last Hebrew letter of the word is a chet or חַ and depicts a fence, meaning to secure from or to divide from, but also to display and reveal.

What does it say?

Put together the pictogram astonishingly reveals: The Mighty (God) consumed (died) reveals (displays) His Work.

How?

By raising Jesus from the dead and anointing us with Him! We are anointed with His Spirit just as He promised in John 14 and 15. His Spirit living in us!

… to do His works … and even greater! HalleluYAH!


It reminds me of what the author of Hebrews says in Hebrews 4:12:

 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Oh, glory what the Spirit of the living God does in man without man having to earn it in any way!

The bold Peter says in 1 Peter 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
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