Yeshua answered, “I Am the Bread which is Life! Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in Me will never be thirsty.”
Yeshua spoke to them again: “I Am the Light of the World; whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the Light which gives Life.”
John 10:7, 9, 11, 27-28, 30
So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I Am the Gate for the Sheep.”
I Am the Gate; if someone enters through Me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture.
I Am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the Sheep.
My sheep listen to My Voice, I recognize them, they follow Me, and I give them eternal Life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from My hand.
I and The Father are One.
Yeshua said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever trusts in Me will live, even if he dies…
Yeshua said, “I AM the Way – and the Truth and the Life: no one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 15:1, 5
I Am the Real Vine, and My Father is the Gardner.
I AM the Vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with Me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from Me you can’t do anything.
My Kingship does not derive it’s authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, My men would have fought to keep Me from being arrested by the Judeans. But My Kingship does not come from here. “So then,” Pilate said to Him, “You are a King after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I AM a King. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who belongs to the Truth listens to Me.” Pilate asked Him, “What is Truth?”
As we can see, Yeshua (Jesus) made very clear statements about who He IS. He announces His identity. He then puts forth the question: “Who do you say that I Am?” This question is still ringing and echoing from His mouth and won’t stop until The Day when He abrupts the flow with “I know you. You are Mine. Or I never knew you, away from Me.” Testimony after testimony of those whose mouths confessed and announced Who Yeshua IS, and their lives that spoke as loud as their mouths continue to sound along the fabric of time, united with His declaration of who He IS. Along with the Father whose declaration can not be more clear, “and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) came down on Him in the form of a dove; a Voice came from Heaven, “You are My Son, whom I Love; I AM well pleased with You.” (Luke 3:22) and again, Then a cloud enveloped them; and a Voice came out of the cloud, “This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7) To be initially roused from the dead, born again, one must be given eyes to see Yeshua, acknowledge His Authority as God and Savior, and begin to truly live. To be kept awake, made ready to live with Him forever, He must be the First and the Last, Beginning and End and the only Authority one consults and yields to until that Shofar shall blow on The Day, where He comes to bring His Bride Home. So it is very simple, to stay awake, one only needs to confess Yeshua is Lord, then do as He did, nothing more and nothing less and we are assured to be ready for anything – anything as He acts on His Will to bring about His Plan, beginning, middle and end.
Are we awake? Let’s take our “temperature” and see. With only one thing Yeshua said and did, acted upon and or against. Let’s see if we are asleep or awake.
You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘eye for eye and tooth for tooth’. But I tell you do NOT stand up against someone who does you wrong. On the contrary, if someone hits you on the right cheek, let him hit you on the left cheek too! And if a soldier forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it for two! When someone asks you for something, give it to him, when someone wants to borrow something from you, lend it to him. You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Love your neighbor – and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES! Pray for those who persecute you!
Did Yeshua do what He told us to do? Some could say He stood up for Himself when arguing with the various people and leaders. Yet it should be noted, He never defended Himself. Only His Father. When Peter tried to fight for Him at His arrest, He rebuked Peter, healed immediately the injured soldier and offered NO resistance when taken into custody. He never raised a hand in defence or retaliation when struck, spit on, insulted, abused, flogged, and beaten. Not one time. The only fighting He spoke of was spiritual, He would not, and could not be drawn into the physical world of violence. He never spoke of our “right” to bear arms, to free speech, or fair treatment by mankind. Only where it resided with us, to give these rights to others, but not to claim them for ourselves. Let’s now go see if Peter learned from his mistake on the Mount of Olives where Yeshua was arrested.
1 Peter 2:19-25
For it is grace when someone, because he is mindful of God, bears up under pain of undeserved punishment. For what credit is there for bearing up under a beating you deserve for doing something wrong? But if you bear up under punishment, even though you have done what is right, God looks on it with favor. Indeed, this is what you were called to: because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in His steps. He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His lips. When He was insulted, He didn’t retaliate with insults; When He suffered, He didn’t threaten, BUT HANDED THEM OVER TO Him (the Father) who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness – by His wounds you were healed. For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to the Shepherd, who watches over you.
1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, be one in mind and feeling; love as brothers; and be compassionate and humble-minded, not repaying evil with evil or insult with insult, but, on the contrary, with blessing. For it is to this you have been called, so that you may receive a blessing.
One could say the entire book of 1 Peter is dedicated to this subject alone, to be awake, one must not only read it, but put it into action.
Now, we who live in America will find this reflection of Yeshua, the following of Him in this way to be rather difficult. Arguments have been made, reciting the old Testiment and examples of David (who by the way did not retaliate to Saul), and the many times God instructed His people to fight and destroy entire nations. From my own study and time spent in prayer asking for wisdom I came away with the final Word being Yeshua’s as Authority. Adonai said, ‘behold I make all things new’ – Yeshua said the same. To lay down our arms and weapons now, may seem ludicrous, but it shall prove our trust in our Defender more. The Truth – we have nothing to lose here folks! Another argument is to stand in defence of our loved ones. This one is hard, and as I did, you must seek out the will of God for yourself, measure it with the backdrop of scripture and do as He leads. Yet, again, Who is it that You say that He is? Is He your Defender, is He your loved ones Defender? Do you believe as He did, and trust in Him (the Father) for justice? Is who you say He is the same as all those scriptures above where He, Himself defines who He IS? These are hard questions. The days ahead, especially, do not bode well for those who follow Yeshua and stand for His Way, His Truth, and His Life. Persecution is sure to come to us all before The Day. Who will you decide to say that He is?
To be asleep on this one issue, any one issue, that He has sent forth His Word to clearly instruct us with, we risk a deeper sleep to settle one upon another.
As for me and my house, I will serve the Lord, follow in His footsteps and trust everything about and concerning me to His care. As I do so He arms me for war with altogether different weapons of warfare. I am continually at His feet in learning of them, and how to use them. The first, learn the Truth, and let it set you free, then live it! The second, speak the truth, let Him deal with the offense of it. Third, hold fast to the Truth all the way to the end. He comes soon, and His justice is with Him! Focus!
🔯 In Your grace, hear our voice; Adonai, in keeping with Your justice, revive us. The pursuers of carnality are getting close; those distancing themselves from Your Word. Your are close by, Adonai, and all your Instructions are Truth. Plead our cause, and rescue us; in keeping with Your Promise, revive us. Salvation (Yeshua) is far from the wicked, because they don’t seek Your Teaching. Great is Your compassion, Adonai, in keeping with Your rulings, revive us! Although our persecutors and foes are many, let us not turn away from Your instruction. The main thing about Your Word is that it is true; and all Your rulings last forever. May our courage give glory to Your Name, Yeshua our Messiah, and may You continue to keep us sheltered under Your protection as long as we may shine Your Light into a dark world. Shalom to you all in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah 🔯