Matthew 28:1 Jesus Rose

Matthew 28:1 (KJV)
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.

In order that Scripture be fulfilled Jesus must be in the grave three days and three nights. That is an impossibility unless He was crucified, as I believe He was, on Wednesday.

  • For three days and three nights His disciples lived in depression, loss and confusion.
  • For three days and three nights the Sanhedrin held their breath. Had they successfully eliminated their threat?
  • For three days and three nights the Roman soldiers watched in confidence. They had killed this troublemaker.
  • For three days and three nights Satan rejoiced in His evident victory.

The prophecy, in order to be fulfilled, requires three days and three nights. The message Jesus had promised them was three days and three nights.

But not a moment longer.

The fate of eternal souls rested on what happened next. The jeers of the mockers, the sneers of the Devil and the fears of the disciples would be settled the first minute the prophecy was fulfilled. The Bible says, “As it began to dawn toward the first day.” The second the promise was fulfilled, the moment He had finished the business of the grave

  • The earth quaked
  • The stone rolled away and
  • Jesus rose

The confidence of the Roman soldiers melted, the devil was sent scrambling to come up with a new lie. The women were comforted. The Apostles were sent for and the world was turned upside down.

  • No more would the blood of bulls and goats sweep sin under the carpet for a year or so
  • No more would burdened souls fear what lies beyond the grave
  • No more would Satan have victory over sin and death

Jesus rose

  • Triumphant
  • Victorious
  • Glorified and

Alive forever more.

 

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Matthew 27:3-5 The Sorriest Thing Judas Did

Matthew 27:3-5 (KJV)
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

There are some actions, which, once taken, cannot be undone. Judas did not imagine (though I can’t see how he would not have known something like this would happen) Jesus’ treatment would be so brutal. After betraying Jesus he repented himself and tried to return the money. Those he had delivered Jesus to could car less about Judas’s sorrow, repentance and regret. They had what they wanted and they weren’t about to turn back.

The Bible tells us that Judas was a thief. It tells us that Judas betrayed Jesus. But the sorriest part of his story is that he hanged himself. He provided for himself no chance to see what the grace and mercy of God might have done.

  • Thomas doubted Christ
  • Peter denied Christ and
  • Everyone of the disciples except John fled from Christ
  • None of them at the first believed Christ had risen.
  • Later, one called Saul of Tarsus would consent to the death of believers.

And yet, God was gracious to these people, lifted them up and did miraculous and world changing things through them.

Who knows but God what He might have accomplished in Judas Iscariot if he had but reached out to God for mercy instead of to the Pharisees and then to the noose?

 

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Matthew 26:6 The Constant About Christians

Matthew 26:6 (KJV)
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Little is known of this Simon. Some go so far as to speculate he had never personally been a leper but was so named because someone in his genealogy had been. Others suggest he had been a leper but Jesus had previously healed him. What I see is:

The stigma the world ascribes to people
Whether it is:

  • a family sin,
  • a personal failure,
  • a reputation once held

the people of this world tend to never let it go. As quick as this world is to judge Christians as being hateful, it is they who refuse tenaciously to figure and forget.

The carelessness demonstrated by Jesus and His followers
Jesus sat at meat in the leper’s home! It is safe, I think, to assume that Simon had been healed by this time but the Bible nowhere says that. That He would be in the home would be an act of grace in those days. That He would eat while He was there would be an unheard of kindness.

What’s more His disciples were with him, so oblivious to the reputation that:

  • One poured ointment of Christ and
  • The others criticized her for doing it

I am not in favor of their criticisms but I do mark that they were not concerned about his leprosy.

Christians are not perfect. We often dispute with one another about every difference under the sun. Some of those disputes are legitimate others are trivial. The one thing that is constant; we accept that those who have trusted Christ are, for all their faults, saved.

 

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Matthew 26:6 The Constant About Christians

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Matthew 25:1 Prepared For His Return?

Matthew 25:1 (KJV)
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

I am impressed as I recall that this parable is delivered to the disciples of Jesus the week before his crucifixion and just previous to his administration of the Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper is intended as an opportunity not only to reflect on the price of our salvation, but also to examine and judge ourselves concerning our Christian walk. It would seem appropriate then, as a Christian prepares to receive the Lord’s Supper, that he examine himself in the light of this parable.

Wisdom vs foolishness
The point seems to be concerning salvation. The wise are saved, the foolish are not.

With oil vs without
This is closely associated with salvation. The Bible most often uses oil to picture the Holy Spirit. Those without this oil would be unsaved. Christians are always indwelt by the Spirit but are not always filled with the Spirit. It would be a wise Christian who evaluates his filling in light of the Lord’s Supper.

Ever prepared vs unprepared
Jesus is going to return one day. It seems like an obvious reason why some would not be prepared would be the growing mockery at the doctrine of His return. Is this not what we see today? A prepared Christian will almost certainly be a mocked Christian in these days.

Watching vs sleeping
The Bible says they all slumbered and slept. What frailty belongs to this human condition! Nevertheless it can be said that the wise watch more and sleep less. A good indicator of our spiritual condition would be how often we find ourselves spiritually asleep.

Watch therefore. Watch as often as you are able and build up your ability to watch the more.

 

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Matthew 23:24 A Hard Thing To Swallow

Matthew 23:24 (KJV)
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

The problem seems so obvious doesn’t it? The gnat and the camel are of such different proportions, who could not tell which was the more challenging to swallow? Trouble was, they were blind. They could not see the obvious.

And so we have our problem. In as much as we always see through a glass darkly we too always wrestle with what is spiritually obvious, what is the true priority and what is a mere gnat of an issue. Whole movements are made up of differing opinions on what constitutes a gnat and what is a camel. Younger generations, coming to believe that the doctrines their parents taught are gnats in importance, have picked up the camels of:

  • Hebraism or
  • Philosophy or
  • Agnosticism.

Modern Bible teachers, who cannot see what all the fuss of fundamentalist preaching of a generation ago was all about, have created their own fuss around progressive ideas of methodology and church practice. Is it possible that pastors of past generations could see the differences between gnats and camels more clearly than we? I think so.

No one will ever see the true difference between the two until they admit their own blindness. Rebellious action against their teachers or their teachers’ teachers is a clear sign of blindness. Humility – acknowledging that, while they know their predecessors were fallible men, they too are blind and in need, is the first step toward sight.

 

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Matthew 22:29 Why The Error?

Matthew 22:29 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Jesus here exposes the two great shortcomings that lead all unbelievers into error:

Not knowing the Scriptures
Note that these are Sadducees being addressed. They were the more liberal sect of the Jews but it cannot be said that they were unfamiliar with the Scriptures. If they were like modern liberals it is possible they had never read the Scriptures for themselves. More likely they were experts in the philosophies and thinking of other religious experts. They would have read and discussed alternative interpretations of the Word of God other than a literal one, but they would have known what the Scriptures say.

The first recourse in correcting error is to get people to read the Bible for themselves. We need to get people to put down the books about the Bible and turn off the programs where others teach the Bible and invest some significant time into personally studying the Bible

Not knowing the power of God
It seems to me this is an issue of faith. The power of God is demonstrated in everything from the regular seasons of the year to the intricacies of life. He is witnessed in:

The birth of a child

  • The beat of the heart
  • The history of empires
  • The charity of man
  • The calling of preachers
  • The grace of forgiveness

And a thousand other daily things if only they would had faith to see.

The power of God is also experienced through faith.

  • Divine protection in a dangerous circumstance
  • Wisdom to deal with a difficult situation
  • Conviction concerning right and wrong, and, for the Christian;
  • Assurance of the Holy Spirit that our sins are remitted

All of these amount the knowing the power of God at work in us.

Some are unfamiliar with the Word of God. Others cannot see the power of God contained within them. And because of these they make terrible mistakes with the Word of God.

 

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Matthew 22:29 Why The Error?

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Matthew 21:1-2 The Triumphal Entry and The Grand Entry

Matthew 21:1-2 (KJV)
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

It happens that this passage is part of my regular visit with the Lord in this Sunday before Easter. (I do not like to use the term Palm Sunday because it smacks too closely to Protestantism and Catholicism. I know my Anabaptist forebears would never have associated so closely with them regarding observances of days.) I do enjoy that God orchestrated the timing that I read this passage this morning.

Not many moments ago I received a message from a pastor friend that he would be contrasting this passage with Revelation 19. Some contrasts that come to my mind are:

In this, Jesus rides into town on a borrowed ass.
The traditional royal animal was the ass. In the later He will ride out of heaven on a white horse, traditionally an animal of war.

In this he rides into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
In the later he rides to the Mount of Olives from heaven.

In this the children proclaim hosanna.
In the later he is followed with the armies of heaven.

In this he will affect the victory over sin.
In the later he will have victory over the Antichrist.

 

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Matthew 17:26-27 Consider The Why

Matthew 17:26-27 (KJV)
Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

See here a principle that I fear is too little understood and seldom practiced in our day. The principle is the priority to avoid offense. Freedom, liberty even, is to be sacrificed for this principle.

The question had to do with paying the Temple tax. This was a fee levied on all the Jews and intended for the care and maintenance of the Temple building. It was a necessary sum. It was essential for the future use of this facility. The question was, does Jesus and his disciples owe this tax? Peter’s immediate response was, “Yes.”

Jesus did not question Peter’s answer. He came to the same conclusion, but He did want Peter to think through his reasons. Often we do what we do out of:

  • Peer pressure or
  • Custom or
  • Expectation

And do not consider the why. Why we give our tithe and faith promises to missions, for instance, is as important as that we give.

Jesus, the Son of God, was free from the tax. There was no spiritual obligation on his part to pay it. The implication from the passage is that Peter was free from it as well. Neither one had to pay it. But there was something more important than what they had or did not have to do,

  • There were souls at stake
  • There were messages to be preached
  • There were churches to be planted

To avoid offending these men left them free to accomplish those things.

 

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Matthew 17:26-27 Consider The Why

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Matthew 15:28 Praying in Faith

Matthew 15:28 (KJV)
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Here is an answered prayer in which a God gives her what she wills. I can’t say what she wills as opposed to what God wills for it was surely within the will of God to answer.

She sought the right benefactor
It was Jesus, Lord, the Son of David.

Being a Canaanite she could have rejected Christ, certainly rejected one born of David. Indeed, there are many in the land of Israel, Palestinians and other non Jews, who reject the Jews simply because they are Jews.

She kept persistent
Her prayer was not immediately answered. It seemed as if the Lord ignored her. His disciples were unsure of her and would have sent her away. Still she remained.

She humbly sought her request
She did not allow pride, nationalism or discontent to dissuade her. She only sought the thing she sought.

She had great faith
Faith does not merely believe you can have what you want.

  • Faith is conviction concerning truth.
  • Faith is an understanding of the Word of God and of God’s will for mankind.
  • Faith prays in harmony with God’s Will and is content in that will.

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Matthew 15:28 Praying in Faith

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Matthew 13:10-12 The Ability to Understand

Matthew 13:10-12 (KJV)
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

The context indicates that the thing that some people have taken from them and given to others in more abundance is truth; the ability to discern the message found in the Word of God.

This would apply to individuals.

  • Those who disbelieve or refuse to meditate on the Word or
  • Those who call into question the message of the Bible

tend to understand it less and less over time. On the other hand, those who study, believe and practice the lessons they learn in the Bible tend to grow in their understanding of it.

This also applies to generations
History is filled with the ungodly deeds of those who misused the word of God. At the same time in history however we read of daring exploits of faith. As generations have come and gone we have discovered that those who didn’t rightly divide the Word of God have come to dismiss the Word altogether. The generation we now live in has had removed, in large measure, the understanding of The Bible. Even those of faith seem to possess a lesser understanding than generations previous. What once was had has been taken from us.

But there is coming a promised generation who will understand in abundance. Those in the Millennial Kingdom will know, understand and practice the truths in the Word of God to a level none have ever before.

Truth, like energy, is never really lost. It just passes from one place to another.

 

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