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Crucified and Risen

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Let's take a look at al memory text here is Luke Chapter twenty four and verse seven and it says saying the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful man and be crucified and the third day will rise again. And so that's what we'll be delving into here this morning looking at the closing scenes of Jesus' life on earth you know there's a. A little statement of the book desire of ages where we're encouraged to spend a full full hour. Meditating thinking about the life of Jesus and especially grasping the closing scenes and we'll be doing that here into the study of trust you as you've been reading and preparing for today's review. Now that you've been blessed as well I don't know where to begin away the end in this study to be honest because it. It's so rich in every every step every every step. Jesus took toward Calvary and then beyond filled with with lessons and a life and meaning to us when you go to Luke Chapter two and verse forty one through forty five we can just run over there. Jesus from a very young age knew what his life calling walls and you read the story in Luke have to to his family attends the past. So it's the first POS of a Jesus is attending an old male children from the age of twelve enough up were required to attend the three and your face that would occur in Jerusalem each year the Passover and you had also Pentecost and the face of unleavened bread. Rather the Feast of Tabernacles and so each each male child twelve years of age and up was required to attend and Jesus is twelve and he attends here in Luke Chapter two. He attends the festivities the services there at Jerusalem and as he's there. It begins to dawn on him what he must do what his life calling is what his direction and purpose and meaningful life is. Let's take a look here will read a couple of those together and his parents went to Jerusalem. Every year at the feast of the Passover this is verse forty one the verse forty two and when he was twelve years of age they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. And you probably remember the story. Jesus is there he's witnessing different things taking it all in. The story continues and Jesus is found way ahead you remember. He's found in the To. And what's going on in the temple. What's going on in the temple as the teachers are there the rabbis the the pastors so to speak of the flock and their Jesus is in there asking them questions and the questions are so profound the questions intimate answers and Jesus is not trying to presume to teach them he doesn't want to let on that he's teaching them he's twelve after all how could he be teaching these grown ups that be offended knowing their body being educated by twelve year old boy but the questions were designed to draw out the truth from these educated and learned men and the Bible says that they were impressed with this young man now on the way. After the festivities. Joseph and Mary left and you remember who they left behind. They left to roost and they left Cheesus. They left Jesus and Jesus is still teaching the grownups he still teaching their religious leaders and they they panic and for three days they search for him enough that's a full seventy two hour period or just within the three day period but they look for him high and low and when they found Jesus. They gave him a hard time you remember we've been looking everywhere for you and what did Jesus say in verse forty nine. Why did you seek me. Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business. Jesus in effect disassociates himself from the church from being the boy of Joseph to recognising that he is really the Son of God He is the Son of God I'm about going I need to be about I am have been about my father's business and so Jesus at that feast. It dawned on him what his role what his calling. What is life would be the way was paved for Jesus Jesus was to be led to the cross the Roman instrument of torture and death. The good news being however that his death would be by Kerry. Yes it would be a substitution airy death in other words Jesus would die for you and he would die for me and so Jesus was committed. He knew what he must do in the one Sabbath afternoon lesson and the author highlights that he says in the second paragraph says throughout his life. Jesus knew about the inevitability of the cross many times the Gospels. The word must is used in relationship to the suffering and death of Jesus. He must go to Jerusalem he must suffer. He must be rejected. He must be lifted up and so on and then down the bottom it says to Jesus the journey to the cross was not an option. It was a must. Jesus knew it must happen. Why why did he know it must happen. It must happen if men and women boys and girls could be saved at last and so he submitted himself surrendered himself to his ultimate destiny which was the cross but there was more to the cross and we'll talk a little bit about that. Let's go over the Sundays lesson let's dig in right now let's talk about get seventy the fiftieth some struggle. Although Jesus was from a young age was committed to laying down his life for the sins of the world. They came a time for Jesus when he needed to make a once and for all final decision to go through with that in order to secure the salvation of of mankind. You probably in what we think about in life. Our life experiences a sometimes comes a time when when we know this is it and there's no turning back. For example you are by be purchasing a house you go into closing and then you put. Your sign you sign on that dotted line right. And you make that you make that down payment when you get on a plane if you don't like getting on planes. You're a little claustrophobic. You're sitting in sitting on that plane. What happens when that door shuts that's it. And no turning back. You're on that plane and you're heading for your destination. For Jesus. That time came in get some money for a once and for old decision he'd been saying yes all along but it was the once and for all decision that he was going to go through with it by the way the word a simile in Aramaic is the word oil press. The word or oil press and if you know anything about how oil presses work back then. If you were pressed if you were to be pressed under that grinding stone it would hurt. Here Jesus isn't get so many the oil press in his life is beginning to be squeezed out of him for the sins of the world is more than we could talk about with regard to get seventy and what that all represents police go over to Luke Chapter twenty two and let's read their the account in Luke's rendition of the Gospel of Luke Chapter twenty two. We're going to read vs thirty nine to forty six and someone has for us. Genesis Chapter three verses one through six who has that Genesis Chapter three verses one through six. OK Right over here. OK less than testing OK. Genesis Chapter three verses one three six. Let's take a look at Luke Chapter twenty two verses thirty nine to forty six to begin with and notice the story coming out where he went to the Mount of Olives as he was accustomed and his disciples also followed him when he came to the place he said to them pray that you may not enter into temptation and he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw and he knelt down and prayed saying father. If it is your will take this couple way from me. Nevertheless not my will but yours be done and then an angel appeared to him from heaven strengthening him and being in agony he prayed more earnestly. Then his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground and when he rose up from prayer and had come to the disciples He found them sleeping from sorrow and then he said to them. Why do you sleep rise and pray. Let's you enter into temptation the Bible says it gets seventy was a place that Jesus often retreated to for rest for reflection for prayer and you can reference that in John Chapter eighteen and verse two. We don't know really the exact location of the garden but it's been situated on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives directly across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem and the temple by the way would have been about a ten minute walk to get from Jerusalem from the temple over to the garden to get somebody to the Mount of Olives. Looks account is different of course from Matthew's account and when you bring the Gospel accounts together you see this full picture. Jesus didn't just pray once father and wrestle with the question of whether he should go through with with going to the cross just once he wrestled with it three times and he began to sweat great drops of blood and it was at the end of his prayer time that the angel came to minister to him and to encourage him and to strengthen him. It was in this garden that Jesus won back that which was lost in another god and we're going to read that in Genesis Chapter three verses one through six. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord had Main and he said unto the woman. Yea have God said. No not eat of every tree of the garden and the woman said unto the serpent We may eat the fruit of the tree of the garden but their fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden God have said Ye shall not eat of it. Neither shall ye touch it lest he die and the serpent said unto the woman. Ye shall not surely die for God death you know that in the day there are. Then your eyes shall be opened and he she. Be as gods knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be sired to make one wise. She took the fruit there and gave me and gave also and to her husband with her and he did eat. Thank you very much. The controversy began to come to planet Earth hasn't had in that in this particular god in the Garden of Eden not a gonna be a seventy but in the Garden of Eden the earth was plunged into a battle between good and between evil in this garden. It was where sin entered the world and him and kind was Jute into believing the law the devil's lies so that was a that was that God And that's why we experience what we experience today while his death is pain the suffering this summer it all began in the Garden of Eden all began began with a choice to talk about that choice in just a little bit but in that other God in the God of the seventy Jesus wasn't sure at that moment whether he wanted to go through with the cross at that moment he wasn't sure whether he wanted to follow one through three times he came and he prayed and he said God if you if I could if it would be possible if you could still save mankind without me needing to go to the cross let it be so but if not not my will but your will be done three times. Jesus with great drops of blood. We're told. What was the big difference between what happened in both of these gods what's the big difference that took place between what happened. The God of even and what took place in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve didn't consult God But what did they consult Instead they consulted their own desires and in turn they ended up surrendering their wills to the enemy's suggestion that's it. A nutshell that's basically in a nutshell they didn't consult God and ended up surrendering not themselves to the will of God but they ended up surrendering their wills to that of the enemy on the other hand however in the garden of just seventy Jesus reclaimed what our first parents lost and how did he reclaim that he reclined it through prayer here acclaimed through what else self-surrender he surrendered his will not my will but your will be done and he also he also claimed that through concern for the last because it was ultimately you and I that he saw he saw this world he saw the the perishing The said I must go through with it. Jesus prayed not my will but your will be done three times and great drops of blood came down from his brow that's a condition known as Hema to Drusus that is associated with high degrees of physical stress which causes a release of a chemical which breaks down the Capella arrays in the sweat glands and as a result there is a small amount of bleeding into the glands in the sweat comes out ten tinge to with blood want to read to you from desire of ages the elem whites. Account of Jesus in the gonna get something by the way. Hopefully you have the book desire of ages as a whole chapter dedicated to what took place the battle was waging hot there in the garden gets seventy. She says three times he had out of that prayer three times the prayer not my will I will be done three times his humanity shrunk from the last crowning sacrifice but now the history of the human race comes up before the world's Redeemer he sees that the transgressors of the law if left to themselves must perish. He sees the helplessness of man he sees the power of sin the woes and lamentations of a doomed will rise up before him he behold his impending fight and his decision is made. He will save man it any cost to himself he accepts his baptism of blood that through Him perishing millions may get. In ever lasting life she goes on to say he has left the courts of heaven where it's where all these purity happiness and glory to save the one lost sheep the one world that is fallen by transgression. And he will not turn from his mission. He will become the propitiation of a race that has willed it to sin his prayer. Now breathes only submission. If this cup may not pass away from me except I drink it. Thy will be done. Aren't you glad that there Jesus decided once and for all he was going to go through with it was the cup that he needed to drink from it was the cup of God's wrath not God's wrath on humanity but God's wrath on sin. It is sin that God despises because it comes between him and us you see and it was that cup that Jesus needed to drink the cup of God's wrath on sin although all hell was about to break loose on Jesus for even now that we're coming to the God Even now his betrayer who would talk about just a little bit was attending and coming with the temple guards to arrest Jesus even though he was about to be led from one place to another during his trial even though he was about to go to the cross Jesus by his example showed us that prayer and surrender to God's will. Are two important and absolutely necessary elements to meet all of life's challenges and life's perplexities and needs Jesus gave a wonderful example. Sometimes we all have our moment we have our guests so many lord am I going to go through with it and my going to follow through with your will. This is such a hard the season and I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to suffer the consequences of the decision that I'm going to make in following you. I know what my family's going to say I think I know what some of my friends are going to say Not sure what they're going to think if I stand for you and your truth. This is a tough decision and we like Jesus simply say not now. But you all will be done. I'm going to follow you. No matter the cost. I'm going to leave the consequences of that decision in your hands. I'm going to follow you all the way through prayer and truth self-surrender. God can help us throughout times our moments of get seventy. Let's look at Monday's lesson let's talk about the betrayer Judas. It's interesting you don't really hear children parents naming their children Judas to you. Actually I've never run into a Judas have you. I don't think I have I haven't even you know what is what is Judas one of Jesus' disciples known for he's known for the first word that comes your lip is betrayal. Yeah use nine for his self interest his selfishness. He's known for his greed. He was money hungry and he's definitely known for but try to listen to Luke Chapter twenty two Verse three Luke Chapter twenty two and verse three and notice what Luke says here about Judas which up to twenty two Verse three it says then Satan entered Judas so named Iscariot who was numbered among the twelve so he was one of Jesus' disciples his name was Judas Iscariot and apparently he probably was the only disciple that was not from Galilee. But here he was and the Bible says that Satan entered Judas so named Iscariot who was numbered among the twelve interesting and the action of Judas to betray Jesus was nope no surprise to Jesus Jesus knew it all along. This was by the way Judas is first contact that we are reading here in Luke Chapter twenty two. It was his first contact with the religious and Jewish leaders for the purpose of betraying Jesus. You can read the similar account in Matthew Chapter twenty six verse fourteen. John makes the same observation of a. Judas as the third time and the final contact with the Jewish leaders on the night of his betrayal so just went over there with me to John Chapter thirteen if you would John thirteen versus two two and verse twenty seven. I want you to notice how John speaks about Judas and again with relationship to how the enemy of souls came into his life and John Chapter thirteen a verse to it says end and supper being ended the devil having was already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot Simon's son to betray him but of those twenty seven now. Now after the piece of bread Satan entered him that Jesus said to him what you do do quickly. All right and so what did these accounts with regard to Judas and the devil have already being having already put it in Judas is hot to betray Jesus or Satan coming into his heart to betray Jesus what do these accounts tell us about that phrase then Satan and to Jesus Was it a sudden overnight experience that Judas had the Judas wake up one morning say you know what I feel like betraying Jesus. Today is that what happened or was the door. Did you describe opened the door of his hot to the suggestions of the enemy well before the events of that that evening. Certainly he had how important is it that we take stock of ourselves that we also don't fold a self-deception because he is that here's the fact and by the way. Someone's got John Chapter twelve this is one through eight he's got that right here. OK We'll get to that in just a moment because he is that here's the reality. No one wakes up in the morning and says I'm going to commit adultery. No one wakes up in the morning says I'm just going to I'm just going to jump off the bridge. No one wakes up in the morning and says I'm going to do this horrendous crime create this horrendous crime will or do this or to do that no one just wakes up in the morning and makes that decision. It's something. That is fostered and is something that is thought about as something that is nurtured over time and when we learn about Judas Judas as spirit his heart was in a different place and it was that which culminated in his ultimate betrayal of Jesus. We'll talk a little bit more about that. John Chapter twelve versus one through eight thank you. Then six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was who had been dead whom he had raised from the dead. There they made him a separate and worth a servant but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spec no anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of his disciples Judas Iscariot Simon's son who would be trade him said. Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii. And given to the poor. This he said not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief and had the money box and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said Let her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial for the poor you have. With you always but me you do not have always. Thank you very much. So what's happening here. Where is your disses hot in this instance here Mary had poured out spent quite a bit of money for this precious ornament this fragrant oil. And she poured it out upon Jesus and what was your this is a response lying on a second. You know you've just wasted a whole lot of money here on this man and rather that money should have gone way to help the poor but what does John tell us John. That's a sin to the heart into the mind of Judas it in. Because he had a regard a concern for the poor but because he was a was a thief. He had the money box as a matter of fact Judas was the treasure of the disciples. If you if you were to talk with Judas and you would look at it as you would say that probably he probably was the most prominent Allco had the most potential out of all of the disciples He was educated knew what he was doing he looked good. Perhaps And yet his heart was not in the right place. He believed like all the other disciples that Jesus was the Messiah but his perception of the Messiah was different than what the Bible's the truth regarding the Messiah was what the truth regard the Messiah taught that Jesus had come to establish an earthly king and that's what Judas wanted but Jesus had come to establish a what did he come to establish the Kingdom of God in where in the hearts of men and women boys and girls you see of course in Jesus. You had the the future kingdom that he would eventually establish and set up but if no one. If you didn't accept and enter into the Kingdom of Grace through faith you would be prepared to enter into the kingdom of glory when Jesus comes back. The second time you say. And so Judas hoped that Jesus would establish. His earthly kingdom earlier on in John chapter six verse seventy. Jesus said of Judas have I not chosen you twelve and one of you is a devil all the way back then this way and by the way John chapter six this is the story where Jesus fed a multitude and from five to about five thousand men and not including women and children and the event was so. Was so impressive the folk were so. Taken back by what Jesus had done that they wanted to at that point anoint and crown Him King and were told in desire of ages that Judas was one of the first ones to get on that bandwagon and encourage the coronation of Jesus at that point he was he was the issue. Jesus had just fed this multitude. Can you imagine if we were ratted out by. The enemy the Romans and we're stuck here in Jerusalem and they're trying to get in they can't get in and we're running out of food. What could Jesus do. He could he could feed an army if there were no there was no food and they wanted a crown Jesus King. But what did Jesus do. If you remember the story. Jesus did while he withdrew him self and he left and the Talking about Judas is experience he said that his hopes were high and his disappointment was bitter bitter he couldn't understand what was going on in Jesus' Haiti and he didn't understand the ministry and mission of Jesus and plex him as a matter of fact in betraying Jesus he had hoped to force Jesus to reveal who he really was to break the shackles of the Romans and to release and for years. Well from Rome when Jesus didn't do so. Judas gave the money back. The thirty pieces of silver and went out. Not with genuine repentance. But burdened with guilt unwilling to repent and hung himself in the another book that element wrote steps to cry she said they're going to be many people hoping and wishing to be saved but will end up being lost. What's the difference. Where is the rub of the rub is whether a person fully surrenders their will to the will of Jesus not just when you wake up in the morning say God I'm yours but the him you know as well as I do. There are moments and uncaring encounters each and every day that test you and try you in those moments of saying Lord not my will. Your will be done. Not me not self. Live out his life through me. It's not me. I want Jesus to be seen here awfully tempting right now for Chris to show his true colors but no one Jesus to show his true colors colors right now there are moments of surrender we face sometimes a moment by moment the battle is waging hot. The question is whether we are going to surrender ourselves fully to Christ or not surrender fully that was the difference with Judas he had nurtured this this hunger this greed for for money and he. Not give it up. Even to save his his entire life. You know it's interesting that he. A misunderstanding regarding the kingdom of God His desire to see Jesus establish an earthly kingdom caused him to lose his eternal salvation the eternal kingdom that Jesus will eventually come and establish it's ironic and it's sad. Again the if you go to desire of ages as a whole chapter dedicated to the story of Judas and it spells it all out in its phenomenal. Let's go to choose days lesson. Jesus is betrayed by Judas. After his night in guess seventy either for or against him. Matthew Chapter twelve verse thirty says this is Jesus' words he says he who is not with me is against me and he who does not gather with me scatters. Barrel. There is no middle road with Jesus. That's what Jesus was saying there's no middle road when it comes to Jesus and if there is you know who owns that road. The Devil and there is no middle road when it comes to Jesus Jesus' death and his resurrection brings humanity to the Crossroads humanity must decide whether Christ who wear the Christ is or if he is not we can learn from others encounters as well let's go to Luke Chapter twenty two those fifty three. Let's take a look at what we can learn from others encounters looked up to twenty two verse fifty three. I'm not going to be able to read all of these but highlight them four so you can make some notes. Luke Chapter twenty two verse fifty three. Jesus said When I was with you. Daily in the temple you did not try to seize me. But this is your ally and the hour or the power rather of light. Now the power of what. Darkness the power of darkness this is when Jesus is in get seventy the Temple guard has come and Jesus has been betrayed into the hands and he says you didn't come to me when I was in the temple teaching but now you come to me this is the hour of your darkness. When I was with you. Daily to carry out sinister plans in the evening is probably a good plan when you're a crook right. But the spiritual darkness has surrounded these men the chief priests the temple God the elders was darker than the darkness of night darkness doesn't just happen to somebody. It is the nurturing in the case of these individuals as the new nurturing of jealousy in the new train of lies that led them to despise Jesus. They didn't get up that morning and say you know what let's just go arrest Jesus they had wanted to do this for a long time and they've nurtured the lies that nurtured the jealousies and they made a decision and the decision was and for Jesus. It was well it was against Jesus when you confronted with the claims of Jesus when you confronted with who Jesus is you have to make a decision. We have to make a decision for him. That's the that's the prayer that's the hope right. That's what we ought to do I meant looked up to twenty three verses one through seven and then thirteen to twenty five tells us of the story of pilot pilot basically was a time server he was a man he was a people pleaser enjoyed pleasing people when in reality it matted to do the right thing. He was powerless to help Jesus you remember he even gave up even gave up Jesus to be flawed before the crowd in the hope that it would appease them and was satisfy them. But as I saw the blood come from Jesus back they become they became more bloodthirsty and they cried out to crucify Jesus pilot had hoped that it would assuage their passion for his death. I'm going to punish him right in front of you and I did any and he did and I did and but the I cried out crucified crucify him and I chose instead I a murderer and a thief in place of Jesus. Give us barabus and pilot seem to give them every opportunity to choose someone other than Jesus. But if pilot had truly wanted to do the right thing he would have washed his hands of the whole affair right because. That's ultimately what he did washed his hands of the entire affair. Even his wife came to him and said have nothing to do with this man I've dreamed dreams I've seen things don't fool around here make the right decision and pilot did not because he was accustomed to play using himself and pleasing others and when it really mattered. He couldn't make the right decision. Luke Chapter twenty three verses six or twelve and someone has Luke twenty three thirty nine three forty three. Right over here. OK Fantastic. We're going to get a mike over to you. We're going to read that in just a quick moment here. Luke Chapter twenty three verses six through twelve speaks about Herod Herod King Herod remember Herod Herod had taken his brother Philip's wife and you remember John the Baptist had called him to essentially to repentance said You're doing the wrong thing here man. You can't be having your brother's wife like this. And so what did Herod end up doing. Herod ended up allowing for the head. Of John the Baptist ended up allowing John the Baptist's head to be taken from his shoulders. Whatever decision Herod woke up and made that particular day know he had earlier on being confronted with the claims of Jesus and he had nurtured his. Distain he had nurtured. His. Love of self and he ultimately ultimately. Became a lost man and that's why when Jesus was confronted when he was brought before Herod Jesus had nothing to say to the man had nothing whatsoever to do. Herod wanted to see miracles he wanted to see the claims of Jesus and Jesus had nothing to say to him he'd already been given plenty of opportunity and he had sealed his fate. Long ago looked up to twenty three verses thirty nine forty three another account. Thank you. Hey. At last find him saying if you are the Christ. Save yourself and us. But the other answering rebuke him saying Do you not even fear God seeing you are under the same condemnation and we indeed justly for we receive the do reward for deeds but this man has done nothing wrong. Then he said to Jesus Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom and Jesus said to him and surely I say to you today you will be with me in paradise. Thank you very much. So here you have Jesus on the cross two thieves same cross two thieves looking at the same cross and you get two different responses how is it possible. How is it possible that the Son different objects can have a different response to the heat of the sun. Wax melts under the heat of the sun clay hardens under the heat of the sun. So here you had two men two responses to Jesus one continued to reject Jesus the other one who initially ridiculed Jesus ended up seeing Jesus for who he was and end up turning his heart over to Christ. You see when Christ claim when Christ claims cannot be ignored. Christ claims can never be ignored. You either have to accept who he says he is or you reject them. But when you accept them. You must embrace them not neglect the not reject them embrace them. You say but if they rejected the cross claims are rejected by anyone. Then the end of that person or those people will be disastrous. Rather we are for Jesus. All we are against him. The cross Jesus cross and his resurrection brings people to a point of decision and my own decision always be in favor of Jesus. What do you say sure. Or let's go to Wednesday's lesson let's talk about Jesus being risen. I'm sure the last thing that Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and some of the other women who had come to finished preparing Jesus' body for burial expected to find was G.'s. Was Jesus not in the two and you read then in Luke Chapter twenty four of those a six and seven and says and he is not here but he is the angel said he is now he has risen remember how he spoke to you when he was still 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 in the first few chapters of Acts written by Luke makes eight references to the resurrection of Jesus. You have X. Chapter one Verse twenty two where they're choosing a replacement for Jesus and that they have to be choosing this person to be choosing among those who had witnessed the resurrection of Christ accept a two verses fourteen to thirty six just write them down here. Peter's Pentecostal Suman stresses the fact of Jesus' resurrection in Acts Chapter three verses fourteen and fifteen pages second Soman references Jesus' resurrection in accepted for Peter and John are arrested and that arrest is amiss yet it because they are preaching the resurrected Christ and then accept a five the preaching of Christ's resurrection led the possibles to stand trial that the religious leaders want the fact to be known. The reality to be known that Jesus had risen from the dead. Not when they found out Hebrews and what are they say they called those gods and they said you got to lie you've got to say that the cycles came in at night and stole him away and. It was an interesting request to say the least you think the gods would have would have said we were sleeping at our post and somehow the disciples came by and if they were sleeping. How do they know who actually came by. Anyway right. Interesting but that was the case that they did not want anyone to know that Jesus had truly risen from the dead and the disciples got into trouble. Here's the question why was the resurrection of Jesus. So pivotal in the preaching of the Apostles and in the faith of the early church and why is it crucial for us today a couple of quick verses First Corinthians Chapter fifteen verses twelve through nineteen A says Now if Christ is preached that he has been raised from the dead. How do some of you say that there is no resurrection. Of the dead but if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ is well and all risen and if Christ has not risen then our preaching is emptying your faith is also what empty. Yes And we have found false witnesses of God because we have testified of God that he has raised up Christ whom he did not raise up if in fact the dead do not rise for if the dead do not rise thing Christ is not risen and if Christ is not risen your faith is futile. You are still in your sins notice. Notice how the resurrection of Jesus is connected to the ultimate resurrection of the saints when Jesus comes back and also resurrection of of change of life of power in the life of the believer. You are still in your sins then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ to perish. If in this life only we have hope in Christ. We have all men most miserable. So vs thirteen to fourteen stresses the emptiness of faith without the resurrection of Jesus. If Christ be not risen Christian witness is condemned on two accounts one Jesus repeatedly declared that he would rise from the dead and he if he didn't then he be an imposter. Number two the Apostles were basing their preaching on an event that they allege did occur and thus they would be parties to the impulse to holding out a hope that could not be fulfilled and then of course in verses sixteen to seventeen that we read they reveal the hopelessly lost condition of the man apart from the resurrection Jesus' resurrection was paramount and important to the salvation of men and women and boys and girls notice Romans Chapter four verses twenty three to twenty five reminds us that it is not written for our cycle loan that it was imputed to him but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who was raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead who was delivered up because of our fences and was raised for Allah. Justification justification is given to those who accept and commit themselves to God's whole plan of salvation in faith in Jesus Christ. Which means that to love the living Christ and to look for him to means to love the living Christ and to look for him for into session and for transforming power on the cross Jesus gave Himself for us but through his resurrection he gives himself through the Holy Spirit to us. Moreover the resurrection of Jesus shows us that what he has done for our redemption has been approved by the father and that God's purpose is through him a going to be accomplished the resurrection proves the truth of Christ's claims concerning himself and the certainty of the promise of salvation to the cinema and design of ages pay seventy five. We're told. Christ rose from the dead as the first fruits of those that slept. He was the antitype of the wave sheaf and his resurrection took place on the very day when the wave sheaf was to be presented before the Lord for more than a thousand years the symbolic ceremony had been performed from the harvest fields to the first heads of ripened grain were gathered and when the people went up to Jerusalem to the Passover the sheaf of first fruits was waved as a Vanka offering before the Lord. Not until this was presented. Could the sickle be put in put to the grain and be gathered into the she. The sheaf dedicated to God represented the harvest so Christ. The first fruits represent of the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the Kingdom of God His resurrection is the type and pledge of the resurrection of the righteous dead in that wonderful. So Jesus was raised for our justification and he was raise so that if we sleep in Jesus. We might also be right. As well so death doesn't is not final. You can imagine how the devil must have felt when Jesus broke the Fed as of the to me thought he had it was all sealed and it was all final but Jesus was raised and was victorious of the sin of a death and over the devil. Let's close our lesson by looking at Thursday and we're going to have a quick summary here. The story is essentially about though the walk. When my astute disciples are traveling back to my yes they are disappointed in what happened the events over the weekend they don't know that Jesus has risen they are upset this sad and you can read the story in Luke Chapter twenty four verses thirteen through forty nine and in this story and not only this story but also a second story where they come back to the disciples and they tell them that Jesus has risen from the dead Jesus appears to both the two disciples and to the other disciples and he does something very important does something very important in Luke Chapter twenty four verses twenty five through twenty seven. Jesus said then he said to them foolish ones and slow of hard to believe in all the prophets have spoken ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory and beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded to them all the scriptures of thing concerning himself. So what did he do before he revealed himself to these disciples. He opened the Scriptures and he revealed to them the prophecies of the scripture and showed them that everything that was written was fulfilled in him what was he trying to do. He was trying to get their faith to be planted and rested upon are thus saith the Lord not necessarily there I witness the eyewitness account the same thing happened in Luke Chapter twenty four verses forty four and forty five and then in second. Peter chapter two verses sixteen to twenty one I won't read it all and I know someone has had this to read but I'm just going to run by you if you don't mind the apostle Peter talking about the eyewitness accounts of the apostles he say is that we have a more shore word of prophecy that we would do well to take heed. He said don't necessarily believe what you see with your eyes. But first of all and first and foremost believe what you read with your eyes read believe what you read in the Holy Scriptures and believe these words. So we have the prophetic word confirmed Jesus appealed to the Bible taught fantic ate his life his death and his resurrect. He showed that their faith and our faith must be firmly secured on a clear. Thus saith the Lord more than what they had seen and more than what we see accepting what the Bible says then becomes the basis of a powerful witnessing experience it was THEIR it was their acceptance of these truths from the scripture that gave them the move them forward to the proclamation of a crucified and risen Savior. More there's so much we could talk about but we have to wrap it up. Luke is and was an awesome is an awesome awesome book wonderful account regarding the story of Jesus the most sublime trues in the Bible regarding Jesus Jesus Jesus came into this world who died for us sins who rose again victorious over and over death and all of this he did for you and for me and he offers it to you and to me his victory so that we might all be saved. Don't you want to receive Jesus a brand new again. I know I thank you so much for being a good good. And those that have joined us. Thank you for they forget to call him to one five to six and you want to call it nine one six four five seven sixty five eleven. This is those of the viewing us are you turning your going toward some wonderful projects out there in the North Asia Pacific old here on the back of course we're going to be delving into our new lesson biblical together with you. Yes yes.

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