June 07, 2024

Resurrection, Ascension And Pentecost - Morning Devotion on June 3, 2024

Resurrection, Ascension And Pentecost

After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

Acts 1:3-5

Jesus resurrected after he passed away on the cross. After his resurrection, he worked on the earth for forty days before he went back to the spirit world. Similarly, the fact that Jesus passed away and then resurrected, and after that ascended again, symbolically demonstrates God's work of creation.

Jesus Christ Will Come and Go for the Sake of Heaven and Earth
May 26, 1956

John the Baptist, who was in the position of Cain, should have cooperated with Jesus, who was in the position of Abel. Cooperating together, they should have located the Mother, the bride of Jesus. Then Jesus would have been the Father and his bride the Mother. When these two wedded in divine love, they could have given birth to children who would have been Jesus' sons.

Even though Jesus lost his body on the physical level, he could resurrect on the spiritual level to save mankind. Even on the spiritual level, he had to go through a certain course of indemnity in order to save mankind. After the resurrection, Jesus was placed in the position of father and in the position of Abel. There was no one in the position of Cain and that's why he looked for Peter, James, and John. By their becoming entirely one with Jesus, at the cost of their lives and at the cost of everything else, the road could be paved on the spiritual level -- the road of salvation. From then on they would sacrifice themselves, their lives, for the cause of Jesus. With that foundation established, they could meet their mother, the Holy Spirit. This is what happened at the Pentecost.

The True Path of Restoration
January 11, 1972

Upon Jesus' crucifixion, his eleven remaining disciples were demoralized and scattered. After his resurrection, however, Jesus gathered them in one place and commenced a new phase of the providence: the restoration of the spiritual Canaan. The disciples chose Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot and fill the vacancy among the twelve. By believing in Jesus and following him at the cost of their lives, they laid the spiritual foundation of substance and the spiritual foundation for the Messiah. Upon this foundation, Jesus ascended from the position of the spiritual mission-bearer for John the Baptist to the position of the spiritual Messiah and sent the Holy Spirit. Thereupon, Jesus and the Holy Spirit became the spiritual True Parents and began the work of giving rebirth. Ever since the descent of the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), the resurrected Jesus as the spiritual True Father and the Holy Spirit as the spiritual True Mother have worked in oneness to grant spiritual rebirth by spiritually engrafting believers with themselves. This is the work of spiritual salvation, which established the realm of resurrection inviolable by Satan...

The resurrected Jesus is the spiritual fulfillment of the Temple... The most holy place and the holy place, representing the spirit and flesh of Jesus, were fulfilled as spiritual realities through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The ideal of the mercy seat has been realized through the works of salvation given by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, enabling God to appear in their works and impart His word. On the mercy seat, where God's word is proclaimed, the cherubim that had blocked our path since the Fall were parted, opening our way to enter the Ark of the Covenant and receive Jesus, the Tree of Life. There we can partake of the manna provided by God and witness the greatness of God's power that once caused Aaron's staff to bud. (Hebrews 9:4-5)

Exposition of the Divine Principle
Moses and Jesus

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