In honor of Jude

Jude’s time with us on this earth seems so short and we long for the time when we will see him again. We know where he is now, to be absent from the body is to be with the Lord. We will see him again, we just don’t know when or where yet. We believe in resurrection – Paul tells us in1 Corinthians 15:20-22 Yeshua was raised from the dead as the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. In Him, all shall be made alive.

We have faith in the truth of His word. David had faith, he knew he would go to meet his son again. (2 Sam. 12:23) The Shunamite woman had faith, she knew our Father and King could act and her son returned to her. (2 Kings 4:1-37) The synagogue official had faith and saw his daughter arise and walk. (Mark 5:41-42) Mary and Martha had faith and saw their brother came forth after four days. (John 11:1-44)

Yet even those who did not act upon their faith had God intrude into their everyday lives. When Yeshua declared “it is finished”, the ground shook and many tombs were opened and the dead raised. Many a family received an unexpected visit from personal messengers from God in the form of relatives that they did not expect to see again. In Second Kings 13:21, the Scriptures record that a dead man touched Elisha’s bones and was raised again, to the surprise of his companions.

We are to be strong and courageous for the Lord of Hosts is with us. We are not to fear nor be troubled but instead we are to sanctify Yeshua as Lord in our hearts, being always ready to make a defense to everyone who asks us to give an account for the hope that is in us, with gentleness and reverence. For we are not uninformed about those who are asleep and we do not grieve like those who have no hope. For we do believe that Yeshua died and rose again and that Yahweh will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Yeshua.

1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

John 14:1-3 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places ; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for Jude. 3 “If I go and prepare a place for Jude, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

John 11:25 Yeshua said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.

Phil. 3:14-21 So let us … press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. Brethren, let us join in following his example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern we have in Scripture. …(20) For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Yeshua haMashiach; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Psalm 139:13-18 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Harry and Cheryl Salem, in a book called From Grief to Glory, said: God, through the Holy Spirit, speaks to us through our spirits. Our enemy focuses his energy on directing our attention to what we can see and feel, to get us to stay earthy minded, reoccupied with temporal things – our thoughts and feelings. Remember that our thoughts and feelings are completely subject to change and are not eternal. The life of faith in Yahweh is based on believing more in what we cannot see than in what we do see. Faith says to us during our thoughts and feelings of loss that God is a good God who will bring beauty to our lives once more. This is where our strength and hope come from.

Psalm 126:5-6 Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

May Yahweh bless each of us with peace.

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