Encircled in His loving arms

I descended-spiritually speaking-into my beloved’s garden.

The Spirit had pushed me to reflect and to write an article about the remembrance of Yeshua’s sacrifice. When prompted by the Holy Spirit, I always comply in haste.

I had just finished my article and was ready to get into our Lord’s rest.

It was Friday evening. After spending some time in prayer and praise, and chanting a few psalms in Hebrew, I was suddenly interrupted by some noise.

Usually I really dislike such things, especially at 9 in the evening and during Shabbat. But before I could even react to it, I heard our Lord telling me : “This is good noise, get out my daughter.”

I obeyed my Lord’s command and stepped out on my little balcony.

Not knowing exactly where it was coming from, but probably from a neighbor building, I heard loud shout-outs: “Barukh ata Hashem, melekh haOlam!” in Hebrew, with hand clapping. People were rejoicing and laughing.

It reminded me that Jewish people were celebrating Purim. I mentally joined their prayers and joy, and thanked our Messiah for showing me His people’s effusion of joy.

I slept well and under Yeshua’s protection that I strongly felt all night long.

As I woke up, our Lord made me travel 20 Centuries back. He showed me His disciples after He had appeared to them, when the Resurrection had taken place. They were dressed in white robes and hugging each other, smiling in awe and claiming with confidence: “He is risen. He is really risen. He is alive!”

The disciples had a shiny face of glory and huge joy was emanating from their beings.

My loving Lord had a beautiful surprise for me on the following day.

As I sat silently in His presence, He literally encircled me in His loving arms. My eyes didn’t see Him, but Yeshua was holding me so close to Him that I could sense His chest near mine. His arms were wrapping me in such a powerful embrace. Very intense was the joy inside of my soul: my Savior’s tenderness was so real, so heartfelt, so immense.

I started magnifying my beloved’s Name and giving Him high praise.

Yeshua then spoke to me: “Child, I am ALIVE.”

What a celebration! Our Lord is ALIVE.

Yes, I know it as a true fact and I am happy to be a witness of His Resurrection.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

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Miriam of Magdala, key witness of the Resurrection

synagogue of Magdala

N.B : I am using the Hebrew names of Yeshua and Miriam.

Mary Magdalene and Jesus, as quoted in different Bible versions refer to the same persons. I am pointing it out just to avoid to useless controversy.

Who is Miriam of Magdala ?

We know very little about Miriam of Magdala. The Gospels give us brief references about her. We know from the Gospel accounts that she used to be tormented by 7 demons and that Yeshua delivered her. After undergoing this exorcism, she became a disciple and started following Yeshua. She is one of the most faithful follower to our Lord.

She is named among the female witnesses of the crucifixion and she is also the first to be honored with the sight of our resurrected Lord.

Myriam of Magdala is also mentioned in some apocrypha such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Miriam, that goes back to the 2nd Century. However, the messages delivered in these apocrypha should be handled with care because they refer to some esoteric, gnostic teaching, a heresy from the 2nd Century.

As for the writings being recently excavated and stating that Yeshua was married with children to Miriam of Magdala should be done away with. I call them « unholy sources » and I do consider that the true follower of Yeshua who believes and respects our Lord and Savior should consider them as dirty boulevard press.

First of all, if Yeshua had been married, the Gospels would have spoken about it. The Gospel of Matthew did not hide from us that Yosef, Yeshua’s adoptive father had a normal, marital relationship to Miriam, Yeshua’s mom after our Lord was born. Brothers and sisters of Yeshua are mentioned in the Gospels as well.

Secondly, if one consciously knows that Yeshua is IHVH in the flesh, the thesis of Him being married is instantly ridiculed. Hashem marrying a woman ? Nonsense.

Third, Yeshua walked in purity during His whole time on earth. His « marriage » was His duty to accomplish His Father’s will and to bring Salvation to humanity. His life is a life of total abnegation, even of His own person.

So, if you respect Yeshua the Messiah of Israel, you should envision His relationship to Miriam as something beautiful, pure and holy.

On a side note, the ruins of a synagogue in Magdala where Yeshua supposedly preached have been found recently in Israel.

What the Gospels say about Miriam of Magdala

The Gospel of Luke mentions Miriam along with other female followers. Luke also points out that Miriam, along with her demonic possession, used to suffer from infirmities :

Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, about of whom had come seven demons and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.

(Luke 8:1-2)

Her name appears later again in Luke chapter 24 where she is mentioned along with another group of females spreading the Good News of our Lord’s Resurrection, but facing male disciple’s disbelief.

Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

(Luke 24:10-11)

The Gospel of Matthew reports of Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam coming to the tomb after Shabbat. The Resurrection is announced by an angel of the Lord who exhorts them to announce it to the other disciples.

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.He is not here, for he has risen,as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold,he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Matthew 28:1-8

In the Gospel of Matthew there is no record of Miriam’s encounter with Yeshua, but John offers us a touching report.

The scene at the tomb in the Gospel of John

« Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white,seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her“Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,“Rabboni!”.

Jesus said,“Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. »

(John 20:1-18)

 

An ocular witness of Yeshua’s crucifixion must have felt confused and in despair after Yeshua’s death. One must also consider that the disciples feared persecution after these tragic events. Their hearts were probably filled with grief and anxiety.

Miriam of Magdala was the kind of person to be very close to our Lord. Yeshua’s death left her in deep sorrow.

Today we are having the full picture of Yeshua being the Messiah of Israel. But back in the 1st Century, although Yeshua had foreseen and announced crucifixion and resurrection, most disciples were unable to understand the prophetic meaning of our Lord’s sayings.

Let us meet Miriam at the tomb. She is about to witness the greatest miracle that will give hope to all mankind. Deeply affected, heartbroken, she is sitting outside of the tomb, weeping.

Then she sees two angels asking her about her pain.

Miriam was looking for Yeshua’s dead body and thought that somebody had stolen it.

She then glances at someone she mistakes for the gardener. Her eyes are blind to see Yeshua.

I have been asking myself why so many times.

Had Yeshua’s post resurrection appearance changed to the point He was unrecognizable ? Or was it because He now possessed a glorified body ?

Did the depth of her pain contribute her shift in perception ?

Matter of fact, she is able to know it is Yeshua by the familiar tone of His voice.

Her deep sorrow is now changed into joy.

Miriam will now be able to tell the other disciple’s that she’s seen the Lord.

What a beautiful testimony from the first female to experience the glory of the Resurrected.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Walk ín the light of the Resurrection

resurrection light from shroud

A lot of people who claim to be followers of Yeshua are truly unconscious of the power that has been given to them. This is the main reason why the enemy infiltrates them and causes damage to them. Yet, instead of taking power and walking in the Light of the Resurrection, they keep whining about what “the devil did to them.” The enemy laughs at them aloud. Why is it so? It is because they are acting in a very weak way.

Years ago, when I was searching for Yeshua in the middle of assemblies I could observe the most deceitful behaviors: gossips, hatred, miserable people, and adultery. People of the world looked much happier than the ones who called them “followers of Yeshua”. I now even think that most of them weren’t real about their faith.

Once Yeshua enters your life and you have repented of your sins, you are truly a new creation. You are supposed to walk in the light of the Resurrection, with all the power that is attached to it.

“But if we walk in The Light as he is in The Light, we have communion with each other and the blood of Yeshua his Son purges us from all of our sins.” 1 John 1:7

If you are purged from your sins, the fruits of the Spirit should be visible in you.

Secondly, to all of you followers who keep speaking and complaining about how “Satan makes your life miserable”, just stop it!

You heard me? Stop speaking about the enemy, because you are giving him power, and this is exactly what he wants. Yeshua died at the Cross and resurrected three days afterwards. Through His resurrection, He defeated all evil forces.

If you really believe in Him, you should walk in power too. Stop whining about an enemy that is already defeated. Fill yourself with the Holy Spirit instead and the enemy will flee from you.

You will start bearing fruit once you really abide in Yeshua. Have a REAL relationship with Him. Be sincere with Him. Do not fake it with a few Bible verses reading and some rituals. Speak to Him as your best friend. Always ask Him to fill you with His Spirit. Obey His commandments.

As long as you will be close to our Lord, the world of darkness has no power over you.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. “John 15:4

Yeshua gave some precise promises to His disciples:

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; If they pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18 RSV)

A lot of clericals are trying to find explanations why they don’t see them fulfilled in people. No, it is NOT because it was only for the disciples of Yeshua, the twelve. The promise is for anybody who is a true disciple. Have faith, walk in His light and take power over darkness.

To see promises fulfilled one must have a neat heart and do His will.

Ask Him to create a clean heart in you, like the Psalmist in Psalm 51.

Whenever you are tested, do not blame it on evil. Rather glorify our Lord’s Name in the middle of your storm.

May this reading enlighten you about your true power in Yeshua. Be children of Light, walk in the light and spread His light all around you.

Copyright©2015