This is the joy we remember and celebrate during Passover, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday.
When I asked the Lord what He desired for me to write in this final blog of my “Passover Series,” I heard two words; “honor” and “hope.”
Then, the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me;
“My hope does not disappoint. My hope reveals what is – the ‘solid’ of eternity. My hope is tangible substance – The tangible reality of heaven released on the earth. In Me, you are HOPE RELEASED into the earth.”
GOD’S TANGIBLE HOPE – IS JESUS RESURRECTED!
The hope we have in God is not wishful thinking. The hope we have in God – is trust and faith in the person of Yeshua, the promised Messiah of Israel.
The person of Yeshua is the substance of our hope. Yeshua is the solid rock – THE Corner Stone – THE PROMISE of God for redemption and salvation – FULLFILLED!
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense and He who believes in Him will not be disappointed!” (Rom. 9:33).
Yeshua is the PROMISE – of Scripture fulfilled, past, present and future. As we meditate, understand, and live in the truth of Scripture fulfilled, it brings forth the tangible substance of faith – that ALL Scripture will be perfectly fulfilled just as God has promised.
“Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things unseen” Hebrews 1:1 (NKJV).
Yeshua became the “substance” of God’s promise of salvation. Yeshua is the tangible evidence of God. And, IN MESSIAH, we too are the tangible evidence of God upon the earth!
How glorious it is – that we are to live, move and have our being IN HIM – and in doing so – we are the “living hope” of God’s salvation on the earth! We are to exhibit the tangible reality of God’s hope and existence – to a hurt and perishing world!
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NKJV).
PASSOVER & “HONOR”
Up until now, I had no idea what “honor” meant in light of Passover and the Exodus story.
“Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:18 NKJV).
The Passover story of Exodus is the consummate exhibition of God’s absolute power over all of His creation.
God is forever renown, famous, honored and remembered for His mighty deliverance of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt.
The Hebrew word translated here as ‘honor’ comes from the root word; ‘kabod’ which means; to be heavy, weighty, or burdensome. (See Strong’s #3513).
God honored the heavy weight of slavery His people had suffered for four hundred years, by becoming a burdensome weight upon the Egyptians. God’s judgment was certainly heavy, weighty and burdensome.
The plagues God poured out upon Egypt were in direct retribution for the slavery and abuse of His people.
God proved without a shadow of doubt He is the all powerful creator, and ruler of the universe. When God commands and decrees a thing shall be done, no king, army, devil, fallen angel, or nature’s fury, can stop Him.
The honor of this story, is the certainty of God’s principal, “Do not be deceived, God will not be mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap,” (Gal 6:7 NKJV). When we sow to the spirit, we reap everlasting life. When we sow to sin and rebellion against God, we reap everlasting damnation.
THE MOCKERS WILL BE JUDGED
No human being has been more lied about, misrepresented, mocked, maligned, ridiculed and hated, than our Lord Jesus Christ. His name is used as a curse and cuss word.
Yet, His name is the only name by which we are saved. Our meek, humble, glorious Savior, Yeshua the Messiah, is King of the Jews. Yeshua is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He is coming again to redeem all of God’s creation, and judge once and for all – all evil. Forever. Amen!
The devils mock and hate Jesus. The devils mock and hate us. We began our Passover Story with the “Mockers of March” looking at how the devil mocks us in our identity and calling in God. Yet, God is calling us to understand this spiritual dynamic – and overcome, in and through His love and empowering grace. We are called to be God’s champions of honor and hope in the earth.
We looked at Patrick of Ireland one of the greatest saints who ever lived. We saw how St. Patrick’s Day has become the song of the drunkard. Yet, the truth of Patrick’s life lives on as an example of how God saved a nation through one man’s faith, devotion, and love for his fellow human beings. Patrick triumphed over the witches and sorcery of his day – SAVING these men and women and winning them to Jesus. Glorious!
And, we looked at The One New Man – God’s glorious triumph in bringing together both Jew and Gentile – as one glorious symphony of salvation – to honor God’s ultimate power to bring redemption to all His hands have made!