Sunday, January 22, 2017

20 Mysteries: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-41:

[1] And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. [5] Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 
   
[6] And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. [7] And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? [8] And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? [9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, 
   
[11] Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. [12] And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? [13] But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. [14] But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. [15] For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day: 
   
[16] But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: [17] And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. [18] And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. [19] And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. [20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come. 
   
[21] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. [22] Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: [23] This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. [24] Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. [25] For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.

[26] For this my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. [27] Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. [28] Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. [29] Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David; that he died, and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this present day. [30] Whereas therefore he was a prophet, and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne. 
   
[31] Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. [32] This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses. [33] Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear. [34] For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, [35] Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
    
[36] Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. [37] Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? [38] But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. [39] For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. [40] And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. 
   
[41] They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.




Praised be Jesus Christ!

Now and forever. Amen.


Surprise! I had a bit of extra time this weekend, so I thought, why not? Let's write another post!

This is the Third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary.

I would like to introduce a clear timeline of events here, beginning with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or the Pasch. This feast was a week-long event, beginning on the 14th day of Nisan (Saturday - the Great Sabbath), and ending on the 21st day of Nisan (Saturday). This feast commemorated the Passover, when God freed the Israelites from Egypt. Jesus died on the Friday of this feast, and the feast concluded on the Saturday that He was in the tomb.

Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, and began appearing to the Apostles for 40 days, starting from that Sunday. Pentecost is a Greek term meaning "fiftieth day", and was used by the Hellenized Jews to refer to the Feast of Weeks (Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10), also called the Feast of First Fruits or Feast of the Harvest (Exodus 23:16, Numbers 28:26). The reason it was called Pentecost is because this feast fell on the fiftieth day after Passover, and commemorated the day that Moses received the Law on Sinai, which occurred 49 days from the Exodus, or 50 days from the Passover.

So, Jesus ascended to the Father on the fortieth day after Passover, and ten days later, at Pentecost, the Apostles received the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had promised to send with power. That's the timeline we're looking at.

Pentecost


Let's take a closer look at this feast that the Jewish people celebrated. As I just said, it is a commemoration of the day that Moses received the Law from God. This was the Law of the Old Covenant. We have to remember why this Law was given.

The Law of Moses was given within a very specific context: that of God freeing His people from oppression under Egyptian rule. We tend to think of the Law (any law) as limiting freedom, but in the context of Salvation History, the Law is part of the freedom that God is giving to His people.

What happens when Moses comes down from the mountain with the Tablet of the Ten Commandments? He sees his people worshiping a golden calf, one of the gods of Egypt. From that moment forward, the Law as added to, not just including the Ten Commandments, which are essential to the moral life, but also all the Laws pertaining to ritualistic sacrifice and cleanness. Why? Because they had to learn to let go of the idolatry of Egypt. They were worshiping a golden calf, so now the Law required them to offer up animal sacrifice--in essence, offering up their previous object of worship to the Lord, the greater God. Letting go of this idolatry, and entering into the moral life is part of the Exodus, the exit from oppression, and preparation for entry into the Promised Land.

Jesus dies during the feast of the Passover, establishing the New Passover, whereby the blood of the True Lamb would be the means of salvation from sin and death. Along with this New Passover comes a New Covenant, and therefore a New Law, which is established fittingly during Pentecost.

Within this context, we should continue to understand the Law as being a means of freedom. Jesus frees us from sin and death through His self-sacrifice. We enter into the Exodus from sin, and He establishes a New Law, which He taught during His sermon on the Mount. Just as He passed the Law to His people through Moses, now He passes the Law to His people through the Church.

And coming down out of the upper room, just as Moses came down from the mountain, the Apostles bring the New Law to the people. But what is this New Law? The Law of Moses was central to the Jewish life. The New Law is central to the Christian life. It is nothing other than Jesus, Himself. Peter teaches, in coming down from the Upper Room with this New Law, that Jesus was with them, proven by God through many signs and miracles, that he was crucified, put to death, and that He rose again to life, that "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved," and "Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," and "Save yourselves from this perverse generation."

And just as Moses, upon seeing the error of the Israelite's idolatry, received again the Law from God, and new Laws to bring them back to the truth, to God, so too, throughout Christian history, whenever an error has begun to spread through the Christian community, the Church declares, clearly and forever, the truth that Her people might return to the True Christ.

This Pentecost is also called the Feast of the First Fruits. And this is fitting, because it is on this day that the Apostles, having received the gift of the Holy Spirit, go out into Jerusalem and gather the first fruits of the harvest of the Church. She harvested three thousand souls that day, and this was the first fruit of the work of the Church, the first fruits of the New Creation.

The Book of Ruth


The Book of Ruth was traditionally read during the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). This is important, because it is a signal about universality of the New Covenant. The Book of Ruth is a short story, containing only four chapters, and tells the story of Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David. I'll give the story briefly here.

The story goes that a man named Elimelech and his wife Noemi left Bethlehem and went to the land of Moab, which was a pagan land. There, their two sons took Moabite wives, one of which was Ruth. In time, Elimelech dies, and then so do both of his sons. So, Noemi is left alone with her two daughter-in-laws; Ruth and Orpha.

Noemi decides to return to Bethlehem, and lets Ruth and Orpha return to their families. Orpha goes, but Ruth chooses to stay with Noemi. Noemi warns that may only return to Bethlehem with her if she gives up her old gods and begins to worship the God of Israel. Ruth agrees.

They return to Bethlehem, but Noemi is a widow, considered cursed by God, and so is Ruth, and Ruth is a Moabite to boot, so they have no expectations of a good life. Noemi, who at this time is already an old woman, sends Ruth out to the fields to collect any corn that is left over from the reaping. She happens to go to a field owned by Booz (or Boaz), who happens to be a close relative of Noemi. Booz can see Ruth's virtue, and realizing her relation to him through Noemi, permits her to collect corn from his own fields, uninhibited, despite being a Moabite.

Noemi is grateful for their good fortune, and directs Ruth to present herself to Booz for him to take her as his wife. She does so, and he is astonished that she would respect Israelite law which commanded that widows could only take a new husband who was a relative of their late husband. He was especially astonished because he was already and older man, and she could have taken a younger man.

He, respecting the Law also, realizes there is another man who is closer kin, than he is, and that he by right should take her as wife first, before he. He presents Ruth to this other man, who chooses to decline the right for the sake of the family he already has. So, Booz then takes Ruth as his wife, and Noemi as his mother-in-law, and they are blessed by God for their adherence to the Law, and give birth to a son, who turns out to be the grandfather of King David.

The Jews traditionally read this story at Pentecost because of theme of the wheat harvest, which is a big part of the feast. However, within Christian theology, this story has deeper significance, and I see it as foreshadowing that the Jews read this at this time.

There are two major themes that are important in this story as they relate to the New Covenant. The first is that of repentance. This is a story about a woman who went with her husband out of the land of Israel, into the land of Moab. Being a pagan land, this may be understood to symbolize sin. So, this woman turns from God and turns to sin. In Moab, her husband and two sons die. This can be understood to be the curse of sin: death. Noemi even says in the story, "I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me back empty." She even changes her name from Noemi, which means beautiful, to Mara, which means bitter.

However, it is upon returning to Bethlehem, to the land of Israel, that she begins to receive new blessings. She receives a new son (Booz) and grandson (Obed).

It is also significant that the town in the story that we read about is Bethlehem (House of Bread). Leaving Bethlehem, they become cursed, and returning to Bethlehem, they are blessed. It is a great sign pointing to Jesus: leaving Jesus, we become cursed (by sin) and returning to Him we are blessed.

The second important theme in this story that is highly important in the New Covenant, and that is its universality. Ruth is not an Israelite, but she is brought into the Bethlehem community. She has chosen to leave her old Gods, and accept the God of Israel, and respect His Laws. Booz is absolutely a Christ figure in the story. Noemi, a member of God's people, goes out into the world, brings back a woman who has chosen to worship the True God, she places herself at the feet of Booz, and he accepts her as his bride. And through all this, the Law is respected and followed.

The blessings of God are not reserved only for the Jewish people now, they belong to all who come to Christ.

Tongues of Fire


Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the Apostles in power. But in what form does the spirit come? "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost."

What's happening here is very important. The presence of God in Jewish lore was frequently identified as wind, or cloud. Life is the "breath" of God. So, the wind is something the Apostles would have immediately recognized as the presence of God. Fire was also an image of God in the Old Testament. So here, we have double confirmation about the presence that has come among them.

But what form did that fire take? Tongues. Why tongues? That's a very important question. We know that the Apostles were immediately filled with the gift of tongues, and immediately went out to preach to all who came to them, and all who came to them, regardless of their language, understood the Apostles in their own tongue. So, the gift is certain an outcome of the Holy Spirit coming to them.

I think, though, that the form of the gift, as tongues of fire, signifies something deeper. The Jews, for all intents and purposes, were Scripturists. They were the original holders of Sola Scriptura. They held to the Law, as it was written down, fastidiously. Indeed, when Moses received the Law, it was written down in stone, a Law that was firm and unchanging.

The Apostles didn't receive a Law written in stone, though. They received tongues of fire. This marks a significant shift in how God's governance would be transmitted to His people. Rather than relying solely on the written word of the Torah as the sole source of rites and Law and morality, now the Church, the Apostles, have received that authority as a Charism of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit would speak through them, would transmit truth and law and ritual through them, rather than relying strictly upon an unchanging written Law. The Church has now been imbued with the authority of God, protected from error by the Charism of the Holy Spirit, and has the capacity to make and change laws according to the time and place and needs of Her people. Not moral laws, but ritual laws, governmental laws. The moral laws are unchanging, but the Church now has the ability to clarify that which is unchanging, to interpret it anew for each new culture, to make it sensible within the context of different thought patterns and cultural sensibilities.

This is the significance of the tongues of fire: that they represent the authority of God and to transmit that authority through the spoken word, through the preaching and teaching of the Apostles.

Jesus entrusted them with the Deposit of Faith during the forty days, that time of preparation, and then sent His Holy Spirit to empower them to transmit that Deposit faithful, inerrantly, in their teachings.

What a great and marvelous God we have!

God bless you, and thank you for reading.

20 Mysteries: Jesus Ascends Into Heaven

Mark 16:15-20:

[15] And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    
[16] He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. [17] And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. [18] They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. [19] And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God. [20] But they going forth preached everywhere: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed.

Luke 24:44-53:

[44] And he said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. [45] Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.
    
[46] And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead, the third day: [47] And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [48] And you are witnesses of these things. [49] And I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city till you be endued with power from on high. [50] And he led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.
    
[51] And it came to pass, whilst he blessed them, he departed from them, and was carried up to heaven. [52] And they adoring went back into Jerusalem with great joy. [53] And they were always in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Acts of the Apostles 1:6-12:

[6] They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? [7] But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: [8] But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. [9] And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. [10] And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. 
   
[11] Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven. [12] Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day' s journey.




Praised be Jesus Christ!

Now and forever. Amen.


Hello dear reader. If you've been wondering where I've been, I apologize. There's not really much excuse on my part. Sure, things were a bit busier over the Christmas holidays, but if I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, I actually forgot all about the blog for a little while. Please forgive me.

So, we have comet to the final part of the Gospels, Jesus' Ascension. Two of the Gospels, Matthew and John, don't make record Jesus' Ascension (though Jesus does refer to His ascension in John's Gospel: John 20:[17]), but simply record some of Jesus' final words to the Apostles. However, as we see in Acts, Jesus appeared to the Apostles for forty days after His resurrection (see Acts of the Apostles 1:[3]), so there was much more that He said to them that wasn't recorded, as indicated in the final verses of John's Gospel.

I think this is really important, and I would like to say a bit about this forty day period.

40 Days


It's kind of clear that, throughout the Gospels, Jesus' teachings weren't very well understood by His disciples, even His Apostles. He frequently taught in Parable form, and often had to explain His parables to the Apostles afterward. Moreover, the Jews were expecting a military leader who would liberate Israel from the oppression of external powers. So, the part about Jesus having to suffer and die was really difficult for the Apostles to understand. They obviously didn't understand it, nor did they believe right away when Jesus resurrected. He had to prove to them that He wasn't just a ghost.

What was even less understood by the Apostles, and Jesus' disciples in general, was how Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, or even what scriptures were written about Him. I see the forty days that Jesus appeared to the Apostles after his resurrection as vitally important to their understanding of the Deposit of Faith which He was entrusting to them.

I believe I have already spoken about the significance of periods of forty back in my "Into the Desert" post, which was one of my first. Periods of forty are periods of preparation. The rains in Noah's day which wiped clean the earth of man's wickedness was forty days and forty nights; it was a time of preparation in advance of a new creation. The Israelites wandered the desert for forty years in preparation of entering the promised land, whereby they had to rid themselves of the idolatrous practices of Egypt, and ingrain the Laws of Moses into their culture, so that they could withstand the idolatry of the Canaanites. Jesus also stayed in the wilderness for forty days in preparation for His public ministry, enduring temptation from the devil.

This forty day period after Jesus' resurrection was also a time of preparation, whereby He opened the minds of the Apostles to the Scriptures, and to His teachings, in preparation of His departure from them (at least under normal appearances), and in preparation of their Mission as His Church. It was a time of preparation to receive the Promise of the Father; the Holy Spirit would come to them.

And You Shall Be Witnesses Unto Me


We cannot talk about Jesus' Ascension, nor about the time of preparation leading up to His departure, without speaking about His Great Commission to the Apostles. The Great Commission is the last command that He gives to the Apostles before He Ascends to the Father. The commands that He gives during His ministry, I would argue, pertain to the individual. Those are the things He expects from us as persons; they are moral imperatives.

But His teachings, His offering of Himself, is not for the Apostles only, or for the Jewish people only; it is not for a small group of people. His Gospel is meant for all people, but He has to go to the Father. Therefore, He commissions His Church, the ones He has entrusted His Gospel to, to take that Good News to all the peoples of the world.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus says: "[18] [...] All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world."

In Mark 16:15-16, He says: "[15] [...] Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. [16] He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned."

In Luke 24:47-49, He says: "[47] [...] penance and remission of sins should be preached in [Christ's] name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [48] And you are witnesses of these things. [49] And I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city till you be endued with power from on high."

Jesus commands His Church, therefore, to go out into the whole world and teach all nations, preach penance and remission of sins, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the of the Holy Ghost, and that whoever listens to the teaching and preaching of the Apostles, believing them, repenting and being baptized, will be saved. His Gospel, therefore, is one of hope, it is freedom from sin wrought by His victory of sin and death, it is the opening of the gates of Heaven to the whole world, and that God will take to Himself all who turn themselves to Him, whatever their past sins, and who repent from evil and wash themselves in His blood, which is righteousness.

I don't know about you, but that's good news for me.

The Right Hand of God


In Genesis 48, we see a strange exchange. Joseph, son of Israel (Jacob), brings his two sons Manasses and Ephraim to Israel to receive the blessing. This is the same blessing that Jacob bought from Esau, it is the blessing of the birthright; the blessing of the Covenant. The Covenantal blessing was also given to the "legitimate" Firstborn son. By legitimate, I mean the Firstborn son of the favored wife. So, for example, we see Ishmael was born before Isaac, but Ishmael wasn't Sara's son, he was the son of her concubine. Sara's son, Isaac, was the true Firstborn. Thus, Isaac received the blessing, not Ishmael.

I also say favored because even though Jacob had twelve sons, only two came from Rachel, the wife he loved (he was forced into marrying Leah). Joseph was Jacob's 11th son, but was considered the Firstborn, and was to receive Jacob's blessing, which is why his brothers were jealous.

Anyway, Joseph brings his two sons to Jacob to receive this Covenantal blessing from Jacob, who is now Israel. Manasses is the older of the two, and Ephraim the younger. Joseph puts them before Israel, setting Manasses to Israel's right, and Ephraim to Israel's left. When Israel goes to bless them, though, he crosses his arms, and places his right hand on Ephraim's head, and his left hand on Manasses' head. Joseph gets upset by this, and tries to put Israel's right hand on Manasses' head saying, "It should not be so, my father: for this is the firstborn, put thy right hand upon his head." Israel responds, "I know, my son, I know: and this also shall become peoples, and shall be multiplied: but this younger brother shall be greater than he: and his seed shall grow into nations."

What we're witnessing here is a practice by the ancient Hebrews whereby the right hand was a sign of greater blessing, or honor. The placement of Israel's hands indicated who would receive the blessing of the Covenant. The blessing was passed through the right hand, and even though Manasses was the Firstborn, Israel had received a vision indicating that the blessing would pass to the seed of Ephraim, which is why Israel placed his right hand on Ephraim's head instead.

This exchange gives us insight into why Jacob named his 12th son Benjamin. He had intended to give the blessing to Joseph, but when Joseph was lost, he hadn't yet given his blessing. Thus, when Rachel gave birth to another son, Jacob called him Benjamin, which means "son of the right hand" because he intended to give his blessing to him (when he was old enough).

The right hand, then, is a symbol of blessing. But, it's also a symbol of power: Exodus 15:6: "[6] Thy right hand, O Lord, is magnified in strength: thy right hand, O Lord, hath slain the enemy." The right hand was also important in Jewish sin-cleansing rituals (see Leviticus 14:14). God gave Moses the Law from His right hand (Deuteronomy 33:2: "[2] [...] In his right hand a fiery law."). It was a place of honor for the queen mother in the court of King David (3 Kings (1 Kings) 2:19). It is also a symbol of judgement (Matthew 25:33: "And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.").

In Mark, we're told that when Jesus ascended into Heaven, He went to sit at the right hand of God. All of these symbols should be brought to mind, then, within the context of Jewish tradition. It is a seat of blessing; from there, Jesus will bless His people with the blessings of the New Covenant. It is a seat of power; from there, Jesus will rule as King in the Kingdom of Heaven, as All Power is given to Him. It is a seat of cleansing; one of the blessings of the New Covenant, one of the Powers that He will exercise in His Kingdom, is the cleansing of the Baptized, and of those who repent and do penance unto the remission of their sins, drawing on the work of His sacrifice as High Priest. It is a seat of Law; from there, He will ensure that His Church will never fall into error by sending the Holy Spirit to His Apostles to teach His people righteousness. It is a seat of honor; from there, Jesus will receive all glory and praise from His new creation. It is a seat of judgement; from there, He will separate the righteous from the wicked.

This is truly a glorious mystery. Let us stand in awe before our Lord who sits at the right hand of God with all power and majesty.

Thank you for reading, and God bless you.