How privileged you are because of what you are witnessing. Yes! I want you to know that many of God’s messengers would have given anything to experience what you are experiencing, but were not so fortunate as you.
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The Blessedness of the Twelve pronouncement forms the final segment of the “Mission of the Twelve” complex. A pervasive theme throughout the complex is the redemption of Israel, which God was bringing about through Jesus and his followers. The appointment of twelve apostles to Israel signified the miraculous renewal and ingathering of the twelve tribes (Choosing the Twelve). The healings and exorcisms the apostles were commissioned to carry out signified the lifting of the curse of exile (Sending the Twelve: Commissioning). The apostles’ proclamation that the Kingdom of Heaven had arrived reverberated with the themes of the exodus from Egypt when, according to Jewish tradition, the Kingdom of Heaven had first been revealed (Sending the Twelve: Conduct in Town). When the apostles returned, rejoicing in all they had accomplished in the course of their mission, Jesus affirmed that he had seen a vision in which he saw Satan fall (Return of the Twelve). In other words, the supernatural powers that opposed the redemption of Israel had finally been cast down. Nothing now could stop the coming redemption promised by the prophets of old. Whatever resistance the diabolical powers might still mount against the Kingdom of Heaven could no longer prevail. The day of redemption had dawned, and the glories the prophets had struggled even to imagine (Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven) were now being revealed for everyone in Israel to see (Blessedness of the Twelve).
 This translation is a dynamic rendition of our reconstruction of the conjectured Hebrew source that stands behind the Greek of the Synoptic Gospels. It is not a translation of the Greek text of a canonical source. ↩
Today when we hear the word “gospel” we tend to think of a message about Jesus that tells people how to “get saved.” But in the ancient world in which Jesus lived the word “gospel” was applied to “good news” of a certain type. When people in the ancient world heard the word “gospel” they understood it to mean a royal proclamation that someone had become king.
Explore this fascinating topic with Joshua Tilton in his new eBook “Jesus’ Gospel.”
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