What an incredible winter day it was! There in the Judean Hills outside of Jerusalem, not far from where King David had placed the Ark as he endeavored to bring the very dwelling place of God up to Jerusalem, another small but devoted group of men and women gathered.
Like David, our heart’s desire was also to bring the Glory of God up to the City of the King, though this time not in an ark built of wood and gold but rather by raising up the glorious, living Body of Messiah.
The essence of that glorious body that God desires to establish in Jerusalem (and in every other city and town throughout the earth) is comprised of “living stones,” each joined together in eternal bonds of love and relationship.
So on that clear and crisp Jerusalem morning, we were not concerned with physical building materials but rather with the two new Israeli believers who had come to be immersed in the name of Yeshua.
What a joy it was as twenty members from our congregation gathered to participate in their immersion. “I” is a university student who has been a believer for the past year. He is extremely friendly and easily connects with people. There is no doubt that the warmth and love that emanates from him will make him an effective witness of Yeshua in the coming years. “L” has believed a bit longer and recently married a lovely young woman who made aliyah from South America. Both of them are a bold witness for Yeshua and we are honored to have them as a part of our believing community.
We all gathered outside a cave that was hewn from the natural rocky terrain. I shared for a few minutes with these precious brothers about the significance of what they were about to do. Then we gathered around them and prayed. Asher and I walked down into the water and we all shared in the joy of heaven as these two young Israeli men participated in the death and resurrection of Yeshua. As they came up out of the water, there was a great shout of joy and victory. Two more living stones had been saved out of darkness and brought into the light. Two more men had exchanged their natural lives for the eternal life that is promised to those who believe in the name of Yeshua.
After the immersion, we all went over to the Revive Israel office where we shared in a wonderful time of “Body” building fellowship and food.
David achieved his goal and purpose when the ark that he so loved found its resting place in Jerusalem. It is our prayer and hope that through these two young Israeli men and many others like them, the light and presence of God will once again fill the city of Jerusalem. May that day be soon.
This vintage post from February 2010 serves to remind us what our core mission is all about – bringing new believers into the Body of Yeshua and declaring Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah!