Passion Is The Key Pt. 3

     In the previous two newsletters dealing with the intense passion of Jesus, his suffering was our focus. However, there is more to the story than suffering.  Hebrews 12:2, says: "... who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Lets look deeper into the "passover supper"."And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said to them, with desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup and gave thanks, and said, Take this and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come."(Luke 22:14-18) 

    From the Strong's concordance "have desired" is a strong word of passion, meaning: to long for, and "to set your heart upon". In great anticipation, Jesus was longing for this event. Peter and John ( his passionate disciples) were chosen to locate a large upper room, (no coincidence in God) this is the same upper room where the Holy Ghost would fall not many days later. No coincidence in God, scripture says the upper room was furnished and prepared, done in advance it seems.Here,s the revelation: the joy has overwhelmed the fear, Jesus knowing this supper is a memorial supper, it represents a milestone of gatherings, and at this gathering Jesus will set the date for a brand new chapter in a brand new book which he called the "new testament". 

     Looking closely at what is sometimes referred to as the "last supper" it is called this for a reason. Jesus is telling his chosen, this is the last time I will eat with you until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. Also, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. To the chosen, Jesus is giving a sign that the next time he eats and drinks with them (in the natural) the Kingdom will have come (present tense) !!  The proof is in the scriptures! This is part of Peter's discourse to the household of Cornelius, "And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem (upper room located in Jerusalem) ; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead."(Acts 10:39-41)

     Again the proof is in the scriptures: "Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead."(St. Jn.21:12-14)  Of a truth, Peter told the Gentiles that as a sign to his chosen witnesses, Jesus broke bread and did eat again after his resurrection, letting them know the kingdom of God was now a present reality and readily available to all people even though not every one would show the passion required to receive it.

     "But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.(Matt.26:29)   Of course the fruit of the vine speaks of wine, not only that but Jesus uses the wording "when I drink it New". Now we can understand the term "new wine". I remind you of what the mockers said on the day of Pentecost, concerning the 120 in the "upper room". "...These men are full of "new wine".(Acts 2:13) Here's the revelation: In the natural, at the sea of Tiberius, Jesus ate natural food with the chosen signifying that His kingdom was established. And as Joel had prophesied "he poured out His Spirit" and there in that upper room the Kingdom of God was sealed as the Head and the Body came together and shared "new wine"  WHAT A MIGHTY GOD

                                                             In -Christ Always  Elmer Hart

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