A Visitation of Jesus in
by Donna Diorio
If Jesus came down for an encouragement visitation with His kinsmen in Israel, He wouldn't head straight for the Israelis that Christians seem to think of when we think about supporting Israel.
As soon as He arrived Jesus would head off first to meet with His followers who have been enduring the most persecution, like the Jewish believers in Beer Sheva and Arad; His Druse disciples in village of Maghar; or the Arab Bible Society that recently shut down under bomb threat from masked gunmen in Gaza.
Jesus would probably soon afterwards want to go up to
While in the
Back in Jerusalem, Jesus would be far more likely to hang out with young people at the JAMM or to head over to lead a night watch in the 24/7 intercession at Succat Hallel than He would be to mingle with the ‘religious’ in the Old City. He would also want to get over toTel Aviv to hang out at the Dugit Coffee Shop and talk 'God stuff' with people who drop in for follow up conversations after encountering street ministries outside. He would probably stop off at several ministries and congregations along the highway between
Jesus would love being around all the young (and some not so young!) believers witnessing at the believer's booth at the giant annual New Age festival. He would certainly want to meet with all His followers who are serving Him and their country in the Israeli Defense Forces. (He is the Commander of the Armies of the Lord, after all.)
Jesus would want to travel up the Mediterranean coastline visiting all the congregations and house groups of believers along the way in Netanya, Kiryat Yam,
From there Jesus would undoubtedly travel over toward Tiberias and to the
From Ariel to Eilat, and from Mt Carmel to
Many of the prophets, hearing that Jesus was in the
That might sound surprising but the reason they would miss Him is because so many are convinced that Jesus would be hanging out with the same ones they like to rub elbows with. (Isn’t it just too cool to talk to a rabbi or a Knesset member?)
Hearing that Jesus was making a visitation to
Actually Jesus probably wouldn't even bother visiting that particular area. There is a time and season for every visitation, and the season for Him to visit the
Some of the prophets would expect Jesus to go visit 'the righteous' in Mea Shearim, but His visitation to
Jesus would not go over to the Mea Shearim neighborhood where Yeshiva boys "enforce" the Sabbath on a Friday night by angrily pelting rocks at the cars of the seculars that drive past. He wouldn't travel down into one of the ultra-pious enclaves in the
If the Israeli government was dismantling another settlement like Amona while Jesus was visiting—in spite of what many Christian Zionists may think--He wouldn't don an orange tee shirt and head for the protest site! Some of us might link arms with the "Greater Israel" protesters hardened in violent resistance of a legal government eviction but Jesus wouldn’t take part in it. He isn't worried about losing ground; His concern is with not losing sheep. (Jesus is convinced in the wisdom and integrity of the Father's plan and promise to restore
If Jesus came to visit
You know what I'm talking about right? Jesus is "the head" and we are His "feet" walking out His witness and will on the earth? You know, "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me."
Jesus has "feet" in
Jesus’ body in
“As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, ‘Do not destroy it,
For a blessing is in it,’
So will I do for My servants’ sake,
That I may not destroy them all.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
And from Judah an heir of My mountains;
My elect shall inherit it,
And My servants shall dwell there.
If Jesus came to visit Israel today, just to walk around and encourage His kinsmen, He would make His way around to all His shepherds, the congregational leaders. He would go to the evangelists and the street witnesses. He would meet with the worship ministries and psalmists who make music in name of Yeshua; and with the intercessory prayer groups that meet throughout the Land.
Jesus would make it a point to lift up the arms of those who are ministering humanitarian aid to terror victims and to those passing out food and clothing to the poor. He would meet with un-salaried ministries that raise their own support (from donations in their former nations) just to be able to minister His life to broken families and wounded individuals. (Just because many minister on staff with a congregation in
Jesus would go round to the many offices set up by His believers to minister to women with unwanted pregnancies offering them a way to live with their choice. He would be eager to impart even more compassion to those ministering to the homeless, the alcoholics, the druggies and the others who are used and abused by themselves and by others. He would want to speak grace upon those ministering care to the elderly, and also to those teaching new believer parents how to “raise up their children in the Way they should go.”
Jesus would want to meet with all these believers whose citizenship is not only Israeli, but also Heavenly. All these spiritual brothers and sisters would be the ones Jesus would want to see first, to bless first, to speak grace and shalom to first.
But Jesus is not going to come down from heaven to earth again to encourage the saints in
Do you see it Church? We are His feet; we are His body in the earth. It is our job to do this in the same way He would. Do you see that we should go to encourage the same ones He would? It is going to take our feet to go around and encourage, uplift and generally build up His body in the
You know the saying, “What would Jesus do?”
This is what Jesus would do regarding the support of His family in