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Jesus Is Risen Part 5

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

These scriptures recorded by the Apostle Paul are considered the first official “Creed” of Christianity. This is very compelling evidence of the resurrection as this was believed to be documented within 5 years of the resurrection. From a historical perspective this is very early evidence and almost unheard of.

As we see, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the central theme of Christianity. This is the core of our beliefs, without the death and resurrection of Christ, we would still be dead in our sins!

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:5-7

Notice this for eyewitness accounts, Jesus not only appeared to Peter (Cephas) and the rest of the Apostles. But Jesus then appeared to over 500 eye witnesses , many who were still alive when Paul wrote this. Remember after Jesus resurrection, he remained for 40 days until he ascended back to Heaven.

And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:8-9

How about the Apostle Paul as an eye witness, here is a man who hated Christians to the point he hunted them down and was responsible for the death of Stephen. However when he met Christ on the Road to Damascus, he became transformed and is arguably the greatest preacher in Christian history, writing over half of the New Testament

Jesus Is Risen! Just as he transformed the lives of many including Paul, he can transform your life also because He Lives! Amen!

 

Jesus Is Risen Part 4

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept Mark 16:9-10

As we see again from the gospel of Mark, Mary Magdalene, who was freed from seven demons was the first to see the Risen Jesus. Also notice how it described the disciples, they were weeping and mourning over the loss of their Lord Jesus

However Mary went to tell them the good news (Gospel) that Jesus Is Risen! Imagine their response when they first heard this! Imagine when they thought Jesus was dead and now realized that He is Risen forever!

And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. Mark 16:11-12

But look what it says, even though Mary seen Jesus with her own eyes, they didn’t believe her! Even though Jesus told them countless times, he was going to be resurrected, they didn’t remember and they didn’t believe

Now for the next 40 days Jesus would make numerous appearances to his disciples and hundreds of other people. Here he appeared to two of his disciples to reveal He Is Risen

And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Mark 16:13

Those two disciples went back to report that Jesus Is Risen also, and guess what they still didn’t believe! Does this sound familiar? Does this sound a lot like people today? There are still many people today who still don’t believe Jesus Is Risen! What is it going to take for you to believe?

Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. Mark 16:17

Later Jesus came and appeared to the rest of the disciples and notice what he did, he rebuked them! Why? Because of the hardness of their hearts! Even though they had multiple witnesses to his resurrection , they still hardened their hearts and didn’t believe

Are you still hardening your heart today? There were hundreds of eye witnesses of the resurrected Jesus, receive him today because He Is Risen!

Jesus Is Risen Part 3

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. John 20:11-12

As Mary Magdalene looked into the empty tomb ,she was full of sorrow as she thought her Lord Jesus was not only dead but the body was stolen! However what she was soon to realize she was witnessing the greatest event in human history, Jesus Is Risen!

Now if we were to make up this Resurrection story, Mary Magdalene would be the last hero we would have chosen. A woman who was a former prostitute that was full of seven demons, has now become the first human to discover that Jesus Is Risen. This is how God works, he can restore what seems unfixable. He will call those who the world have casted away, this is the heart of the Resurrection Story

And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. John 20:13-14

Then a man appeared to her and started asking her why she was crying. What she didn’t realize that this was the Lord Jesus himself standing right before her. Why didn’t she recognize Christ? Because he was now in his glorified body, Jesus is now Risen forevermore, he has defeated sin and death!

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. John 20:15-16

Mary thought this man was actually the gardener until he called her name! Once Jesus called Mary immediately, she recognized that it was the Lord. Remember Jesus said “My Sheep hear and my voice and they know me”

Once Jesus calls you, you’ll never be the same again. We have living Hope because Jesus Is Risen and he has defeated the grave forevermore! Amen!

 

Jesus Is Risen Part 2

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. Matthew 28:1-2

It amazes me how there are some Christians who like to argue the resurrection happened on the Sabbath. The scriptures are very clear here, it was on the first day of the week (Sunday) that the stone was rolled away!

Here we see the woman coming to see Jesus’s grave and a great earthquake happened due to an Angel descending down from Heaven. The Stone is Rolled Away! Jesus Is Risen, death is defeated! What an amazing event , we should be celebrating the resurrection every day not just Easter!

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. Matthew 28:3-4

Lets think about this, the Roman soldiers , who made a living torturing and terrorizing people, fell like dead men here! As I said before on Palm Sunday, Jesus didn’t come to just save Israel , Jesus came to save the entire world, including the Roman soldiers. Many Romans fell to their knees and repented to the one true living God

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:5-6

The angel came to announce the good news , Jesus Is Risen! There is no better news you’ll ever hear but these words. No matter what is going on in our lives, Jesus has overcome the world! As the angel said “Fear Not”! We worship a Risen Savior , there is no need to fear!

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. Matthew 28:7-8

Notice what the angel said “Go quickly and tell the disciples Jesus Is Risen” You are also commanded to tell everyone “Jesus Is Risen”! This is the gospel , Jesus defeated Sin and Death so we may inherit eternal life

The woman left the tomb with Great Joy! We can have great joy also no matter what the circumstance are because Jesus Is Risen Amen!

Jesus Is Risen Part 1

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. Luke 24:1-2

Right now it seems the world is at a standstill, sports are cancelled, concerts are cancelled, even some jobs are now cancelled, however one thing that will never be cancelled is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On that Sunday morning, when the women went to the tomb to pay their respects to Jesus body, they made an earth shattering discovery, the stone was rolled away!

When they made this discovery, they then tried to process what this meant. Was Jesus body stolen? No Jesus rose from the dead defeating sin and death forever! This has changed human history forever as know we have the living hope of Christ because of what he did for us!

And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? Luke 24:3-5

When the woman discovered the tomb empty, their worst fears set in. Did they steal the body of Jesus? But suddenly it says , two angels stood before them and asked them an interesting question. Why do you seek the living among the dead? Even in todays world , we seem to always be looking for answers with the dead, but we worship a God of the living and the resurrection is proof of that!

He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. Luke 24:6-7

Some of the greatest words were spoken here “Jesus Is Risen”, Regardless of what is going on in your life, including this Pandemic, Jesus is Risen! He has already defeated sin and death, you don’t have to live in fear any longer

Another thing to notice here is the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ was no accident, Jesus fortold this to his disciples before these events ever happened but they just didn’t understand the revelation at that time.

Take heart knowing Jesus has overcome the world, Jesus has overcome the grave! Because of this we are delivered from sin and death through Christ ! Amen!

He Is Risen

He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. Luke 24:6-7

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ changed everything! The greatest moment in the history of humanity , when Jesus defeated sin and death. When Jesus walked out of that grave, are you following him in victory? Or are you left dead in your sins in the tomb?

Satan believed he defeated God, but what he did was fulfill the atonement for our sins. Jesus came as the Lamb of God, to take away the sins of the world. He’s coming back as the Lion of Judah, the power of Gods salvation was demonstrated at the resurrection

And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. Luke 24:15

Notice when the disciples “communed” together Jesus was with them! This is the power of communion, this is the power of Christian fellowship, as believers come together to remember their Lord he draws near to them also

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

Jesus explained to his disciples how the entire “Old Testament” was all about him! Beginning at Moses which means the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy to all the prophets. Jesus validates the scriptures as the Word of God, the Resurrection validates all of this

And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. Luke 24:30-31

Notice when did the disciples finally realize Christ was in their presence? It was during communion, when they broke bread with Jesus they recognized him. This story shows you the importance of Communion, it also shows you the Bible is the Word of God, it also shows you Jesus has defeated Sin and Death Amen!

My God, My God #GoodFriday

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:45-46

One of the final phrases Jesus proclaimed from the cross was, My God  My God why have you forsaken me? Now at first glance we wonder what could have Jesus meant by this, however if you know the Bible you know Jesus is quoting Psalm 22

I believe Jesus wanted the Jews to look back at this Messianic Prophecy of Psalm 22 so they could understand what Jesus was during for them. Also so they understood that Jesus is the Messiah. Secondly we need to understand that Jesus is taking the wrath of God for all of us as the Passover Lamb.

Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Matthew 27:47-49

Many thought that Jesus was calling Elijah, however what they didn’t understand at the time, that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Elijah. In the Old Testament Malachi Chapters 3 and 4 prophesied that Elijah must come before the Messiah

Jesus revealed at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17) that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Elijah. So those standing at the cross, didn’t realize that their Messiah had just been crucified by them!

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; Matthew 27:50-51

At this moment a very significant even happened, the veil was torn! What does this mean? Well to understand this you need to understand the Temple of God. The Veil separated people from the Spirit of God, only the High Priest , if they were clean, could go in Gods presence.

However since Christ sacrifice on the cross for us, we can now be filled with the Holy Spirit and our bodies are now the Temple of God because of Jesus Amen!

Into His Hands

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost Luke 23:46

Before Jesus took his last breathe on the cross, He said “Father Into Your Hands I commit My Spirit”, what powerful words that were brought to life by Christ on the cross. This was a Jewish prayer that is based off of Psalms 31

Jesus demonstrated his complete obedience to the Father on the cross, even to the point of death! (Philippians 2) Are we able or willing to show this obedience to God? This is a beautiful prayer that we should cry out to Abba Father

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalm 31:4-5

Regardless of what people do to us, trust in God to deliver you! There will come a time when you will be so beaten down by this world, that your strength will fail. But in our weakness , God is strong! Cling to God for you salvation

Oh Heavenly Father , into Your Hands we commit my Spirit, into your hands I commit my life, let your will be done in Jesus name Amen!

Father Forgive Them

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34

If you want to understand how powerful the love of Christ is for You, look at what Jesus did on the cross. These people who mocked him, spit on him, beat him, and eventually crucified him. Jesus prayed to our Heavenly Father to forgive them!

When somebody “wrongs you” how do you typically respond? You might have a few harsh words for them , maybe you even get into a physical altercation with them. But Jesus not only forgave his enemies, but he also died for them. Jesus still has many enemies today, and he shed his blood for all of them to come to repentance of their sins

And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. Luke 23:35

Even after Jesus offered mercy and forgiveness to these people, they still mocked and crucified him. This is still happening today! Even 2,000 years after Jesus rose from the grave, people still curse his name, they still mock him, they still reject and trample on his holy blood

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? Luke 23:39-40

Even one of the criminals on the cross, who was condemned to death, was still mocking our Lord. See many wicked people will refuse to repent, even to the point of death. However the other criminal, he did fear God and he repent for his sin

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43

But the other criminal did receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and Jesus received him as his child and he became saved that day. The power of Gods mercy demonstrated to us on the cross in Jesus holy name Amen!

Carry Your Cross

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. Matthew 27:32

The Romans forced Jesus to carry his own cross up to Calvary Hill where he would be crucified in front of the whole world. This might not sound like a big deal, but consider these factors. Jesus had just been beaten and flogged severely to almost the point of death. Flogging is when the Romans took whips with spikes that would shred your flesh, almost made Jesus look unrecognizable at this point

Second the trip to Calvary was estimated to be almost a mile. Most historians believe Jesus was carrying the crossbeam of the cross, A very heavy and large piece of wood . So try to envision Jesus is almost in critical condition at this point, expected to carry a heavy piece of lumber a mile up a large hill while people spit and hit him.

Now notice theres a man named Simon, who happened to be watching this carnage. Maybe he was cursing Jesus also, but he was told to help Jesus Carry His Cross! Simon who was reluctant picked up that old rugged cross along side Jesus and went to Calvary Hill

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24

Remember Jesus taught us to Carry our cross and follow Him. We must first deny ourselves. Imagine Simon must of felt embarrassed to be carrying that cross, while everyone was mocking and spitting on them. By Jesus was along side him carry the cross with Him

We don’t know what happened to Simon after this encounter, I cant imagine he wasn’t impacted by this moment. We are never the same again when we have that encounter with Jesus. So next time you watch or read about Jesus crucifixion, imagine you are carrying that cross with Christ!

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Take Jesus yoke his cross upon You, and he will give you Rest! Sounds like a contradiction, but when you lay it all at the cross, repent all your sins and give your life to Christ, you will be given Rest! A yoke is usually pulled by two, Jesus is with you carry your cross! Follow him and have eternal life! Amen!