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In the final moments of His teaching at the temple of Herod as Jesus was winding up His public ministry to the Jews, He said, “Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be.  My Father will honour the one who serves Me.”

All of the teachings of Jesus leading up to His crucifixion were teachings that prepare those who are chosen to be His disciples to serve Him, not as believers and disciples of the Christ who has yet to die on the cross, but rather, to serve Him where He is after He has finished His work.  None of us can undo the work the Father sent Him to do, and rightly so.  That is why He laboured at it until He could shout out, “It is finished.”

Now as He rose from the dead on the third day and stepped out of the tomb that morning, He had arrived to where He had worked to be – glorified Man, glorified Son of God and Son of Man, walking on the face of this Earth, defeated by nothing, not by sin nor by death.  Indeed, a new Creature, a new Person, and indeed, the New God as it were.  For God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit had journeyed together, faced death, sin and rejection, and had overcome all things, and at the end of it all, more importantly, They had come out together as One – undivided and richer, more powerful than even They could imagine.  For by the finished work of Christ, the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins had been forged into eternity and even the spirits held in prison from the days of Noah had been preached this good news.

There would be no holding back the Holy Spirit from here on, not by death nor by the law, which empowered sin through disobedience.  On that first morning of the era of the resurrection, the new work could begin.  The work not of salvation, for that was finished on the cross, and that manmade tree could now be discarded rather than looked forward to.  Now what Jesus was looking forward to would be the beginning of the Age of the Resurrection and the work of the resurrection.

As surely as all who believe the good news will not perish but will have eternal life, so now all who take hold of that eternal life would be able to come to participate in the work of the resurrection until its completion on judgment day when all things will be judged and the New Heavens and the New Earth can begin thereafter.

So as servants of Jesus, disciples must ask where is He now, or rather, where did He last tell us to meet Him, so that we can be where He is.  Firstly, where He is now in the flesh is at the right hand of the Father seated upon the Father’s throne making intercession for us, and though we are not on the throne in the flesh, by the Spirit we are there in Him as well, for we are in His body.

Likewise, even though His flesh is not upon the Earth where we are now, He is with us in spirit by the Holy Spirit, for we are His body also.  So, through the Holy Spirit we are in Him and with Him now at the right hand of the Father in spirit and He is in us and with us now on Earth in spirit, so that what He said, “For where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them,” is true.

Once you understand this, then you can be ready to serve Him from where He is, not where He has been, for the servants must be where He is, not where He has been.  And indeed, like all kings, He will send some to where He will be to prepare the ground, the way, for Him.

So, if you are still practising His teachings from where He had been, that is, His ministry before His finished work of salvation, then, in truth, you are learning to serve, and so be encouraged and keep on practising His word like one who is learning to serve.

However, the time is shortening and His return is imminent, so that it is also appropriate and timely to finish up the time of practice so that the true time of serving can begin.  Now, no servant who does not obey and do what he has been commanded can truly say that he is serving the Lord.  No, a servant who does what he wants rather than what the Master wants is serving himself, not the Master.  A wicked servant who forsakes his Master and a lazy servant who does nothing are both serving themselves.  The one who does what the Master has commanded regardless of whether he is successful or failed has served the Master, perhaps one better than the other.

So, learn and see for yourself and teach others that the teachings and commands of Jesus before His crucifixion are all teachings that prepare disciples to serve Him, and it is the performing of that which He told us after He came out of the tomb which is true servitude.  For being resurrected is where He is now and we, His servants, must likewise be there.

His first command to His servants whom He honoured by calling them, “My brothers,” was:  “…go to Galilee…” on resurrection morning.  When we failed to obey and He had to come back to Jerusalem via the road to Emmaus that evening, His second command was:  “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.  Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven,” a command He would have undoubtedly repeated to Thomas a week later as He showed Thomas His wounds to help Thomas believe, for Thomas had said to the others, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.” And perhaps He would have repeated the command and the promise to Thomas, “I am going to send you what My Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

However, we know they did not, for the third time that Jesus appeared to them was on the shores of the lake of Galilee.  They had gone fishing with Peter, including Thomas, and had not waited in Jerusalem as commanded.  So, Jesus had to go after them and gather them, leading them to the mountain they should have gone to on that first day and then led them back towards Jerusalem so that they would wait for the Holy Spirit’s arrival in Jerusalem.  As they approached the day of His ascension, Jesus gave further commands:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” for He had earlier told them to, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation,” having also told them exactly what that good news should be:  “…repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

You who have followed the leading of the Holy Spirit these last ten years now know the truth – the eleven did not go to Galilee that morning, nor did they wait in Jerusalem as commanded, but had to be gathered like lost sheep by the Lord to Jerusalem.  So, we do not know what it was meant to be or how it was meant to be had they gone to Galilee.  However, what we cannot do in the flesh we can do in the spirit by the Spirit, as surely as we are also at the right hand of the Father in the spirit by the Holy Spirit.

Without the need of speculation as to what commands would have been given so that Satan will not be able to work in our midst with fantasies that are not based on what is written, we can be of the spirit of one and ones who did go and receive the commands from the Father that glorious morning and pick up, do and obey that which we do know…  “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. …and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Go… and preach the good news to all creation, all creatures and all mankind. …go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. …and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.”

You see, elect, that which is written is written and is available for all who take up and fulfil.  And a believer who has been properly discipled is ready for service, to serve Him by being with Him where He is.  If “…every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old,” then what should every teacher of the words of Jesus Christ who has been instructed about the Kingdom of God be like?  To find out you have to be one and ones who have mastered the words of Jesus in your practice of them, then you are the disciple who can teach because you have witnessed the reality of His words.  Having gone from an unbeliever to a believer, you can teach others to believe.  Having gone from a believer to a disciple, likewise you can teach those who are chosen to become disciples to be disciples.  But now, if you are ready to serve, then you must be prepared to be where He is, not remaining in the comfort of the pre-crucifixion ministry or distress of the days of crucifixion and burial, but in the unchartered territory of the era of the resurrection.

To see that the post resurrection commands are to be obeyed and fulfilled – not as a believer practising them but as a seasoned disciple – to have been training and practising for this very work like a young doctor facing his first patient alone.  This is what you believed for, this is what you prayed for, this is what you practised and prepared for, this is what you will live for – being where He is, with Him, to serve Him.

Since He told them (the first disciples) to be “…clothed with power from on high,” and as He reminded them, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” then the truth is that these new commands that came after the resurrection cannot be fulfilled without the Holy Spirit and His power.  But how can He trust those with power if they have not even bothered with the basic teachings, and how can you be fit for the fulfilling of the new commands if you are not prepared to obey the first command, the very first command… “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another”?

You see, elect, the new era – the new age, the Age of the Resurrection – is revealed through the disciples of Christ, men and women who prove themselves to be disciples because they love one another as Jesus has loved them.  From this firm foundation of love, that same substance that God is, nothing will be impossible for you, for love never fails, as Paul has written. And you will find as elects who are qualified by love to serve that the commands, laws, decrees and instructions that would have been given during the 40 days sojourn on the Mount of Transfiguration will be restored and the Kingdom of God that should have manifested from Galilee will be resurrected here at the ends of the Earth to be returned to the Mount of Olives there to greet the arrival of the King.

Amen.

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