12 NOVEMBER 2018 – 18 NOVEMBER 2018
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: John 20:11-17

Greetings family; we had an absolutely amazing and great time in the presence of the Lord this weekend.  People came from near and far to encounter the God of our father, Pastor Alph Lukau.  If we come to the house of the Lord expectant He will always meet us at the point of our need.    

The scripture above speaks of the encounter Mary had with Jesus, after His resurrection.  She had an outstanding encounter with Jesus, before any one else saw Him, after His resurrection.  She came to the tomb, where He was laid, weeping because His body was not in the tomb.  Meanwhile, she saw two angels standing, one at the head and the other at the feet of where Jesus was laid. The angels asked why she was crying and she said, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”  

After that, Mary turned around and saw Jesus, but she did not recognize that it was Him.  She moved from an encounter with angels to having an encounter with Jesus.  Beloved, there are different levels of encounters in the realm of the Spirit.  Mary had two different levels of encounters.  We do not all have encounters with God in the same level.    

Mary was standing right in front of Jesus but she did not recognize Him.  Likewise, many people weep and cry today, not recognizing that Jesus is present and very close to them.  Mary was standing with Jesus, but she was still weeping.  Jesus asked her for the reason of her weeping.  And she looked at Him, thinking He was a gardener, and said, “If you have taken Him tell me where have you laid Him and I will take Him away.”  

Jesus called out her name and she recognized Him.  Only those who sincerely seek God will be able to have such an encounter with Him.  He ordered her not to touch Him, and to go and tell His disciples that He was ascending to His Father and their Father, and to His God and their God.  Every time you seek an encounter with Jesus you must know that you will receive an assignment to go and witness of Him to others.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Kindly note this coming Saturday, the 17th of November 2018, we will have our Post Encounter class.  Let us encourage all those who have been to the encounter to come for this class.  

2. Disciples’ register is available at Homecells Table every Sunday; the AMI12 Leaders are requested to remind their disciples to meet, sign the register and submit it at homecells table at the beginning of the 3rd service.

3. Please go to your homecells on Wednesdays and ensure that you submit the Homecells Reports on Fridays or Sundays.