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Thursday, April 12 2012

Leaving

When you read the title of this study, what did you think? What does "leaving" bring to mind?

For many, it may mean a departure, whether from a place, from a business or educational institution, or from a spouse.

But "leave" can also mean to remain, as in "leave us here," or "leave the deposit here."

Sometimes it involves both, in which someone may leave, but also leave something with those who remain - as a proof and assurance of a return. Such was the Messiah's promise to His people, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

Fishermen On The Sea Of Galilee First, the Messiah (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) warned His followers (see Friends Of Jesus and The Yoke Of Freedom) that He was leaving.

"13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

13:36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou?

Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards." (John 13:31-36 KJV)

The Messiah wasn't "leaving them behind," but, in effect, leaving them ahead with humanity's first opportunity for salvation (see the Fact Finder question below).

"14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions [see Mansions]: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." (John 14:1-4 KJV)

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you"

Thomas then asked the question that produced one of the most famous responses by the Messiah: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." It was also the revealing of the Father to a nation who thought that "the LORD God" was the Father (see Appearances Of The LORD God and The Apocalypse Of Jesus Christ).

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"14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?]; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do [see Works Means Obedience]; because I go unto my Father. 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:5-14 KJV)

The Messiah commanded that His people are not to remain idle (again, see Works Means Obedience), or idol (see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and Is Your Church A Cult?), while He was away. His leaving was for a purpose, for those of His people at that time (see Could Christ Return Tonight?) and for all time - to live a life of leaving sin behind. To enable that conversion of and to life, the Messiah made possible to leave the Holy Spirit with His church, His people (see Can You See The Church?).

"14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments [see The Way To Salvation: Step 1]. 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words [see Friends Of Jesus]: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence." (John 14:15-31 KJV)

Fact Finder: How and when will those who put "leaven" out of their lives be "raised up"?
See When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Rising Of The Messiah's Unleavened People


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This Day In History, April 12

1204: During the Fourth Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Constantinople was taken from the Muslims by the Crusaders (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantinople was founded in 330 by the Roman Emperor Constantine, after whom the city is named (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). Centuries later, the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1606: King James of England (after whom the King James Bible is named) ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George of England and St. Andrew of Scotland. The origin of the Union Jack.

1654: The Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.

1782: The British, under Admiral Sir George Rodney, won a naval victory in the West Indies over the French off Dominica.

1796: Napoleon's forces defeated the Austrian and Sardinian armies at the end of the Battle of Montenotte. It was Napoleon's first significant victory.

1945: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63. In his last weeks, he had reportedly turned "anti-Zionist" after a meeting with Arabian King Ibn Saud after the Yalta Conference. The "pro-Zionist" Presidential assistant, David Niles, later asserted: "There are serious doubts in my mind that Israel would have come into being if Roosevelt had lived" (Mr. Niles overestimated Roosevelt and the late-comers who became involved in what others had built - nothing or no one could stop the fulfillment of the prophecy of Judah's return; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1955: The new Polio vaccine was announced as being safe and effective.

1955: Albert Einstein collapsed at home in Princeton, New Jersey from a ruptured aortic aneurysm; he died in hospital 3 days later.

1961: Yuri Gagarin of Russia became the first human in space.

1981: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, the Columbia (the U.S. and Russia deliberately sought to overshadow important dates of the other's accomplishments; in this case, the first U.S. space shuttle launch was deliberately chosen to be the same date of Russia putting the first man in space 20 years earlier). Columbia completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry on its 28th flight, on February 1, 2003. Seven astronauts, including the first Israeli astronaut, were killed.


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