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“As He Is” continued. . .

“AS HE IS”

A PURIFYING HOPE

The Word of God speaks of a transformation and purification that is to come upon every true follower of Jesus Christ when the reality of 1John 3:1-3 begins to live in their life. The Apostle John wrote these words by revelation. Thinking and meditating upon this section of scripture fills the heart with joy for the promise to the Christian believer is “we shall be like Him for we shall see Him AS HE IS.”

1John 3:1-3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

LORD! LORD!

Unfortunately, the stark reality is that a day will come when some that profess to know the Lord will confidently declare to Him how they had done many mighty works in His name. Sadly, He will say to them that He never knew them. This will be a terrible shock to these individuals who were so sure they knew the Lord! What a cold and rude awakening this will be to some that spent a lifetime thinking they were serving and worship-ping Him. How painful and terminal it will be to these when they discover in eternity that they never had a personal relationship with Him AS HE IS.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many won-derful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The more we discover about an individual the deeper our relationship may become. The same is true of Jesus Christ! Therefore let us explore His nature for if we only know Him as fully human we are most definitely limited in our relationship with Him. On the other hand, we are limited in our relationship with Him if we only see Him as fully divine.

The fact of Jesus being fully man and fully divine during the days of His flesh is a prominent Theology in most of the traditional Church today. To some the statement that Jesus Christ was fully man, and fully God may seem contradictory and may even find this confusing. Others may simply dismiss it all as foolishness. However the question remains. Is it possible for us to comprehend this seemingly difficult subject? Could a human being be fully divine? Could God be fully human? And, if this is true, then how, when, where, and why did all this take place? The scriptures in Matthew 7:21-23 tell us how imperative it is that we know Jesus intimately and that He knows us. However before we continue in this quest let us investigate the subject of what the scripture defines as strongholds.

To be continued…

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY By Frank J Manasseri

In our quest to learn more about the King of the Kingdom of God we must embark on a quest to discover the Lord Jesus Christ “As He Is Today.” Therefore I submit the following series for our prayerful and thoughtful consideration of the scriptures.

The following is submitted by the author not as a completed work but as a journey in progress. This quest to personally know Jesus Christ “As He Is” may take a lifetime, and one must be willing to be open to new information based upon truth of scripture alone and not speculation, feelings or experiences.

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY
By Frank J Manasseri

INTRODUCTION

This is a Biblical study of the plan of salvation, which after the counsel of His own Will, the Father God, along with His only begotten Son, set in motion before the foundations of this world.

The goal of this work is to present information that will be both challenging and enlightening concerning Jesus Christ (The Messiah). What is written in the following pages may challenge some traditional theology in such a way that it will encourage the reader to join the ranks of those noble Berean’s who after hearing the scriptures, “searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 (KJV)

THE REVEALING OF THE CHRIST

Today many are seeking to learn more about this Jesus of Nazareth who claimed to be the Son of the True God. During the days of His earthly ministry, Jesus presented a challenge to His disciples when He asked them, “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?”

There was a significant purpose for His inquiry. This one simple question provoked a response that unleashed a revelation from heaven concerning the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

The Lord desired to know what the people were saying about who He was, but of more importance to Him, He desired to know who the disciples believed He was. Why was this so imperative? Why didn’t the Lord just simply announce who He was to everyone? Jesus knew He was the Christ, the Son of the living God, and He certainly did not need any man to confirm or validate this truth. He knew that only the Father could truly reveal the Son and that only the Son could truly reveal the Father .

In this revelation from heaven one may begin to develop an intimacy with Him, for what one thinks of Jesus Christ is the most singularly important factor for those who deeply desire to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him and to know Him “AS HE IS” today.

In this record some thought He was John the Baptist, while some thought He was Elias, Jeremiah or some other prophet that had been reincarnated. Opinions have not changed much since the time when the Lord Jesus asked this question of His disciples. Even today, individuals still have a myriad of opinions as to who they think Jesus of Nazareth is.

Many so-called Biblical scholars hold symposiums designed to share information, in-sights and opinions hoping to find the answers to who Jesus really is. By the confession of their mouths they speak and declare who they think He is. Their conclusions are like the opinions recorded in this section of scripture – some are correct, and some are wrong.

Why is it so important to the Lord that people accurately know who He is? The proper answer to this question will determine the quality of an individual’s personal relationship with Him. If one thinks He is just one of the many prophets or just another holy man, then the relationship will not be based on truth. However if one accepts, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, then this relationship is built upon the solid rock of truth.

The Father God’s love for mankind was and is continually manifested through His only begotten Son. The selfless life of sacrifice and service of Jesus the Christ is plainly illustrated as we journey through the pages of the Bible. The Son of God declared the Father to His followers and to all those who would listen.

To be continued …

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“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.””Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”( Mark 1:14, 15).

The birth of The Christ was first announced in Judea. (Luke 1:30-33)

The Shepherds in the fields tending their flocks on the hills of Bethlehem heard and saw the angels fill the skies proclaiming the birth of Christ. (Luke 2:8-18)

Forty days after His birth when Mary and Joseph took the baby to the Temple in Jerusalem where Simeon and Anna testified to His divinity. (Luke 2:22-39)

When Jesus was about two years old the Magi bearing gifts had come to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews. They did not find Him in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) but in a house in Nazareth.(Luke 2:39-40)

When Jesus of Nazareth was 12 years old He was in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46-47).

“Jerusalem and all Judea” had heard the preaching of John the Baptist; and the official rejection from the Sanhedrin, with the multitude, had heard his testimony concerning Jesus.

In Judea, Christ called His first disciples and much of His early ministry was centered on and around the Sea of Galilee.

Christ demonstrated of His divinity in the cleansing of the temple, His miracles of healing, and the lessons of divine truth which He spoke, all proclaimed that which He had declared before the Sanhedrin, His Son ship to the Eternal Father.

Israel was chosen by the Father to receive the first oracles of the Word of God, (Romans 3:1-2). Therefore Jesus of Nazareth was first sent to the House of Israel to announce that the Kingdom of God was at hand.

If the leaders in Israel had received Christ, He would have honored them as His messengers to carry the gospel to the world. To them first was given the opportunity to become heralds of God’s Kingdom and grace.

This announcement that the Kingdom of God is at hand was rejected by the religious leaders of Israel and the Sanhedrin. Clearly, Israel was officially given the opportunity to accept the responsibility of declaring the Kingdom to the world but Israel knew not the day of their visitation. Luke 19:41-44.

Israel missed their visitation because they were spiritually blinded by the leadership of the Pharisees. Jesus confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees warning them by saying “Your House is left unto you desolate.” (Luke 13:35) (Matthew 23:38) (Luke 21:5-38).

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they rejected Him and the message of the Kingdom of God. He knew the misery and extreme tribulation that would come upon Israel during that generation. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple occurred as prophesied by Christ in 64AD. Matthew 23:34-36) (Luke 19:44)

Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to others who would commit to proclaiming His message of the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all nations.

The Apostles were chosen by Christ to follow Him. After His resurrection from the dead, He spent 40 days teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1-3)

On the day of Pentecost the Apostles were endued with Power from on High and became witnesses of Him (Acts 14-9) (Acts 2:1-3) and they began to preach and teach others how to become citizens of the Kingdom of God and live a kingdom lifestyle. (Acts 2:42-47)

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Immanuel — God with Us

Christ is Immanuel–God is with us!

He is not a concept, a theory or a theology.

He is not a system or a religion.

He is not an icon, a figurehead, or a mythical movement leader.

He is not an allegory.

He is not an ideal.

He is not a way of life.

He is not a memory.

He is not experienced in the past or the future.

He is not a static-drenched echo from a far off land.

He is not once, or at one time.

He is not less real now than He was to those who could touch Him.

He is not the property of the pietistic, of any denomination or location.

He is not a fable created to make children shape up.

He is not here more for those on their game.

He is not over there, up there, away from here.

He is not withheld.

He is not unwilling.

He is not less here because we haven’t called on Him enough.

He is not a bedtime story.

He is not capricious or sporadic.

He is not every now and then, or on special occasions.

He is not only in the miracle.

He is not here because you called hard enough.

He is not here because you earned it.

He is not ever absent.

He has not forgotten.

He is not weaker, less able than back then.

He is not beyond where your prayers reach.

He is not vague.

He is not here in spirit.

He is not here in a metaphor.

He is not here in a riddle or a formula.

He is not here by wishing He was real.

He is here. Right now. Fully, completely.

He is in you, around you, with you, over you, about you, for you, on time, in the middle of, surrounding you and the ones you love, in complete power, communicating as clearly as any time in history, doing perfectly to you, for you, by you, thinking about you every moment, walking directly into the middle of your worst day, your worst moment, your worst fear, your pain, your loneliness, your doubts, your insecurity, your sickness, your tragedy, your frailness, your hope, your joy, your peace, your dreams, your relationships, your love, your longing to have your life count.

He is here.

He is champion and author of every beauty you find yourself longing for. He is the one who stands over you in the darkest hour.

He is lifting you up, when you are too exhausted, too devastated, too hopeless, too failed, too compromised, and too far gone.

He is in this season.

He is with you driving alone in the car, pushing a cart amidst the mind-numbing department store music, the hurting ones you can’t get to, the loss you can’t comfort, the change you can’t stop, the party you drive by, the memory of past Christmases you can’t bring back.

He is here listening to every word, forming answers, and intimacy stronger than words.

He is here in the music that draws your new nature to the sounds of Heaven.

He is here in the eternal.

He is here, drawing you to the Cross in this very moment, to fall down in awe of the endless love He is displaying right now, to show you the moment of the Resurrection and to bring it into this moment.

He is here to protect you from the despair, the condemning voices, the regrets.

He is here to stop you from plotting a way out of your marriage.

He is here to help you completely find your life after your marriage.

He is here to show you the new way, in this new season.

He is here to whisper who you are in Him and who He is in you.

He is here to stroll the lanes with you, hands in pockets, smiling, with all the time in the world.

He is here to declare your worth.

He is here to be glorified, enjoyed, trusted, loved, and worshiped by you.

He is here, to stare at the lights right next to you. Right now, right here.

He is here, whether you want Him here or not.

He is here in all power, doing exactly right, even when you don’t believe it.

He is here in the pain you never thought He’d allow.

He is here in the yelling at Him you never thought you’d ever dare.

He is here completely, in full Person, for you and you alone in this moment.

He is God with me, God with us, God with them, God with the wicked and twisted and vile, all at once.

He is with the shivering homeless one, with the starving mother who can’t get out to find food.

He is unafraid to be present in a world that questions why He allowed, why He doesn’t do more, why He doesn’t stop it all.

He is here and does not deflect our accusations.

He is here in our arrogance and self-righteous imagining that we care more than He does.

He is perfect love poured out and fused in.

He is my new name, Christ in me!

He is Immanuel. God is with us!

He is not here the way we demand. He is here exactly in the way we need.

…and all it takes to experience it, is to trust that who He is named is actually true.

Adapted from –John Lynch

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December 25, 2016 · 1:51 pm

The Cross and the Kingdom

The Cross and the Kingdom

Revelation 13:8-9

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Everything the Father has done for mankind since the creation will culminate when His Kingdom is established on earth. The New Jerusalem, will come to earth and God’s righteousness will rule forever.

This all began at the Cross.

Those of us who have believed in and put our trust in Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the Messiah are now citizens of His coming Kingdom. We have the promise of Jesus Christ that if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness all things we need in this life will be supplied to us. We may not always get what we ask, but we are promised our needs or daily bread will be supplied by the Father’s provision.

So then the ultimate Plan of God will be fulfilled at the culmination of this present evil age when His Kingdom is established on earth. At that time those who are citizens will have eternal life and live in His Kingdom in a lifestyle which the world has been clamoring for, but are not able to achieve.

A question one might ask is where does this Kingdom life begin and who is this Kingdom for?

I believe the Kingdom life begins at the Cross of Jesus Christ. I believe the Kingdom life is available for all men and women who accept God’s grace, and mercy, of the gift of salvation.

With this said, I would like to share my personal story with you:

About twenty years ago my manner of life brought me to the place where I was confronted with the reality of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Something happened that day that changed my life forever.

I was alone at home and had come to the conclusion that even though I wanted to serve Jesus Christ, I could not because in all honesty I was still a sinner. I was well aware of my shortcomings and struggles and was ready to throw in the towel and quit trying to serve Him.

This is when I began getting a deep agonizing feeling in my gut, or as the Apostle Paul would say in my “bowels.” Like I said, I so wanted to serve the Lord but I knew I was still a sinner. Therefore I concluded that I could not do anything for Him. This deep feeling was so strong that it felt as if my gut was going to burst at the seams. I began to realize there was a battle going on within myself. I was lying flat out on my living room floor and telling the Lord with tears I could not serve him due to the weakness of my flesh. Then suddenly a scripture flashed in my mind. “Oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from this body of death?”

Immediately another thought quickly followed indicating that Paul was a spiritual man trapped inside a sinful body, and that whenever he desired to do good, evil was present in him. Paul was trapped and he realized that within his flesh was dwelling no good thing.

It was then I realized that Paul at one time felt similar to the way I was. After contemplating this, I finally came to understand that as long as I am alive sin would be dwelling in my flesh. I also realized that in Christ I was given a power to exercise dominion over this evil.

When I was saved I was given a gift of holy spirit which is the spirit that has the power to overcome the sin dwelling in my flesh. This may also be called the spirit of obedience.

I began to see that through what Christ accomplished on the Cross I was given the power to overcome sin and given the ability to serve my Lord.

Now I could serve Him even in my imperfection.
Now Grace made strong in my weaknesses.
Now Grace is an ever present unmerited divine favor.
Now Grace is power given by Christ which is sufficient for me to overcome the infirmities in my flesh.

Then suddenly as if in a dream I found myself at the foot of the cross at Calvary. In my mind’s eye this was as real to me as if I were watching a movie with all its color and sound.

There I was laying stretched out with my arms wrapped around the foot of the cross sobbing. As I looked up I saw His bruised and bloodied feet, and the rusty nail that had been cruelly driven through them.

As I clung to the cross I slowly lifted my head and looked higher until I saw His legs which showed the marks of the cuts caused by the whips. They were badly bruised with the blood running down and dripping on my face.

I began to weep as I heard the wind howling and saw the low hanging ominous dark clouds blocking out the sun. The wind and dust in what seemed like a crazed frenzy blowing around the place of the skull. Some of the bystanders stared at Him while some wept uncontrollably.

There He was my Lord hanging helpless. His life almost gone from His body. He had been brutalized and mangled beyond recognition. His bones were out of joint and parts of His ribs were exposed. It looked as if there was not any place on his body that was not bruised or broken, or torn. The wound made by a soldiers spear in His side was open and oozing out both blood and water. I saw Him struggle to take each breath, while some people spit on Him and called Him names.

With my eyes, now flooded with tears, began to look higher until I saw His head hung to one side with the thorns insisting on digging deep into His bloodied scalp. His face was bruised and swollen, worse than any boxer I had ever seen after a brutal fight. His left eye was swollen shut, and His right eye was barely visible.

All this seemingly happening before my very eyes and not realizing that I was in a position of prayer called obeisance with my arms stretched around the base of the cross with His blood drops falling on my face.

Then He took one last deep painful breath. Just then His almost shut right eye caught my eyes and I realized He was looking at me with a pure love, forgiveness, and acceptance. No matter what I had done to sin against God and humanity before He loved me.

Suddenly He cried, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Then came His last words.

“It is finished!”

Suddenly the labored breathing which caused Him excruciating pain stopped. He offered up His live as a sacrifice to the Father.

His head fell limp.

He was dead!

Then as they slowly and carefully took Him down from the cross, I could hear some say, “Will He rise again in three days as He said He would?”

Three days later He arose from the dead and He is still alive today active in the affairs of men. He is still calling all who will believe in His name and saving and forgiving all of their transgressions committed against God and man.

As took this all in I was filled with the most relieved emotion I had ever felt before. A flood of peace came over me as any doubts of being able to serve Him were now washed away and gone!

I was cleansed by His precious blood.

I was empowered by His grace.

In this moment of time that I spent on my living room floor, I realized without a doubt that I had been to the cross where my Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.

I cannot explain this occurrence but it is real to me. Now I am able to serve Him because His willing sacrificial death paid the full payment for all my sins. And not only my sins but yours also and the sins of the entire world.

Now I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am His and He is mine! He is my Lord and my savior and He is my King.

Nothing will ever be able to separate me from Him ever again.

Without the Cross of Christ there is no forgiveness of sin and there would be no Kingdom coming in the future.

Without the Cross of Christ all mankind would be still lost and doomed to misery.

Praise the Father Who sent His only begotten Son to usher in eternal life and His coming Kingdom.

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Building a Heart Bridge

Did you ever think that perhaps our heavenly Father would like us to become bridge builders?

Bridge Builders you may ask?

Wouldn’t this would require me to become and architect or an engineer.

Yes this may be the case if the bridges God desires we build were made of steel and mortar. However the bridges that our Father would like us to construct are perhaps invisible bridges that span the distance from our heart to another heart.

At a point in my life when I spent many hours alone in the woods each day getting quiet and listening for my inner voice, the thought occurred to me to begin to learn how to build bridges to the hearts of others in my sphere of life.

What did this mean? How do I build an invisible bridge from one heart to another?

The answer came as I began to listen to what others had to say and I discovered that people have a lot to say about their favorite subject. . themselves.

I learned that in order to construct a “Heart Bridge” I had to become genuinely interested in what others had to say about themselves instead of pushing my agenda onto them.

After awhile I began to notice more and more people that I listened to eventually became interested in me and what I had to tell them about me.

Slowly but surely these invisible bridges began to materialize into conversations of the heart between me and another person.

One of those individuals was a young woman from India who was in my English Composition class at the local Community College I was attending.
She came up to me one day and said that she would like to become my friend. With this she began telling about herself and where she was from and that she was a Hindu.

Then she asked if i was a Christian? I responded by telling her that I was a follower of Jesus Christ. She immediately looked me in the eye and sternly said, “Do not try to talk me out of my God like many missionaries in India have tried to do!”

I said, “Salli I would never do that! In fact I am happy for you that you have a God.”

Over the next year the bridge to her heart was built and I was able to learn so many things about her and her religion and culture. She also learned about how I was not a religious or denominational Christian, but simply a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Other friendships that resulted in “Heart Bridges” being built were with students and teachers who are Jews, Muslims and avowed atheists. All of these became friends where we shared with one another what we believed and why.

Building a “Heart Bridge” may take some time and effort but it is time and effort well invested.

When we become “Heart Bridge” builders we are making it available for that other person to be linked to our heart and perhaps maybe someday they will cross over the bridge and find something they never expected to discover.

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What is the Preaching of the Kingdom of God?

What what is the Preaching of the Kingdom of God
 
What is the preaching of Gospel of the Kingdom of God and what are the dynamic effects upon people when this gospel is preached?
 
The subject matter of the kingdom of God has been and continues to be a topic of great interest to me for many reasons. One of which is the importance of this topic in the scriptures, and the weight Jesus Christ of Nazareth placed upon the preaching of the message of gospel of the kingdom of God in the entire world.
 
First of all, we see Jesus actually preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God throughout the Gospels.
Matthew 4:23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
 
Matthew 9:35
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
 
Mark 1:14
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
 
Luke 8:1
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
 
 
After the Lord along with His 12 Apostles preached the kingdom in very city, He then sent out the Seventy in groups of two.
 
Luke 10:1
10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
 
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
 
The Lord sent them out with authority and power to preach the kingdom of God and when their mission was complete the seventy returned to the Lord with joy:
 
Luke 10:8-12
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
 
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
 
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 
12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
 
The Lord rejoiced with the Seventy not because the devils were subject to them through His name, but because He saw Satan fall from heaven.
 
Luke 10:17-24
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
 
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
 
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
 
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
 
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
 
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
 
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
 
24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
 
 
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit! The Greek word here for rejoiced is, agalliáō.
 
HELPS Word-studies
21 agalliáō (from agan, “much, very” and 242 /hállomai, “jump, leap”) – properly, getting so glad one jumps in celebration; to exult (boast) because so experientially joyful.
 
What is this telling us?
 
This is showing us the emotions the Lord felt in that when He rejoiced He was ecstatic with emotion and was actually jumping for joy!
 
To Be Continued. . .

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