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Jesus said, “…you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord,'” in Matthew 23.39, which is a most unusual thing for Him to say when you consider that the people were shouting, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord,” in Matthew 21.9 and Mark 11.9.  When Jesus was speaking this, He was addressing Jerusalem, not the people.  Indeed, Jerusalem has not seen Him again since His crucifixion, for He did not appear to the people of Jerusalem in the 40 days after the resurrection, but only to His disciples.  And Jerusalem has not seen Him since because He has not returned.  Indeed, Jerusalem will not see Him again until it says, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

Now, who is this ‘He’ whom Jesus was speaking of who is to be greeted in this manner?  Is it not the Holy Spirit?  For the Lord said, “When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me.” [John 15.26]  For the Holy Spirit has been sent because the Lord asked the Father, and as such He has been sent in the Lord’s Name.  The Person who came in the Name of the Lord, whom Jerusalem was to have greeted in the prescribed manner, is the Holy Spirit.

However, when the Holy Spirit arrived in Jerusalem on Pentecost day, there was no such greeting for Him from the Jews of Jerusalem who were gathered outside the house with the upper room.  The Jews of Jerusalem have never been recorded as saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord,” to the Holy Spirit.  Neither, is it recorded in the book of Acts or the epistles or the Revelation that any believer or disciple ever spoke these words to greet and receive the Holy Spirit.

Since Jerusalem will not see Jesus again until it says, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord,” to the Holy Spirit, then we must begin to pray that the churches that are presently in Jerusalem begin to put this into practice.  Since we can only do unto others what we want done to ourselves, then we too must begin to greet and receive the Holy Spirit by blessing Him, saying, “Blessed is the Holy Spirit who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

When the Jews of Jerusalem and the believers of Jesus in Jerusalem begin to greet the Holy Spirit in this manner, then we will know that Jerusalem will see Jesus again soon.  So, let us begin to do this ourselves and bless those in Jerusalem that they are likewise moved by the Lord to greet the Holy Spirit in like manner.

This may not seem much, but, elect of the Holy Spirit, this is another small step in our journey to bringing Jesus back by fulfilling the necessary scriptures.  And if you will bless the Holy Spirit, then how much more will the Father and Jesus bless you.  So shout, cry out and sing, “Blessed is the Holy Spirit who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

Hr. Ed, manager of the Holy Spirit’s Workshop

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