The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ

That Jesus rose from the dead is fact. The following sets out a summary of the events.

The tomb is visited 1 Mark 16:1-2, Matthew 28:1

When: Very early on the day after Sabbath (Matthew 18), since Mark indicates when Sabbath was past; this means soon after 6pm on Saturday night (noting the Jewish day runs sundown to sundown).
Reason: The preparation of the body of Jesus had been completed due to the Passover
Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.  Mark 16:1-2, see also Matthew 28:1

Tomb is opened Matthew 28:2-3

When: An earthquake heralded the exact time Jesus gave up his spirit (Matthew 27:54), and the exact time Jesus rose from the dead. This occurred after Sabbath, and hence on Sunday night (reckoned in the Jewish calendar as Sunday beginning at 6pm Saturday).
Event: The stone is rolled away, the seals are broken and Jesus resurrects through the embalming cloths.
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. (Matthew 28:2-3)

The Guards become extreme frightened Matthew 28:4

When: At the time the angel rolled way the stone
Reason: 1) The extreme brightness of the angel – like lightning, and the fact there was a death penalty involved if the Roman seal on the grave was broken.
And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  Matthew 28:4

Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb at night time Matthew 28:1; John 20:1; Mark 16:1

When: it was still dark on Sunday morning (Jewish time) – John 20:1
Event: Mary observes that the stone is rolled way then runs back to Simon Peter and John and tells them

Other women arrive at the tomb Matthew 28:4-8; Mark 16:2-8; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1.

When: Sunday morning
Event: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome travel to the tomb with spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Mark 16:1
Event: Women are the first to witness the empty tomb and an angel speaks to the women other than Mary Magdalene, who has returned to Peter and John. The angel says five things:

  1. Don't be afraid (Mark 16:6; Matthew 28:5)
  2. Why do they seek Christ, who is living, in the tombs? (Luke 24:5)
  3. He is not in the tomb, but risen (Mark 16:7; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:6)
  4. Remember, he told you that he would rise on the third day (Luke 24:7)
  5. He is going to Galilee as he said he would (Mark 16:7; Matthew 28:7).

Response: The women respond in four ways

  1. The women become frightened.
  2. They remember Jesus's words, which included the command to go to Galilee: the [One] Angel answered (5)… go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." Matthew 28:7
  3. The ran to tell the apostles
  4. They told no-one else

There were two angels (Luke 24:4-5); Mary Magdalene appears not to have seen either, the other women see one or two, as only one is in the tomb and speaks to them.
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Luke 24:1-2; also Matthew 28:5-8, Mark 16:2-8and John 2:1

The women report what they had seen Luke 24:10-11; John 20:2-10

When: Immediately after they see the empty tomb, they run back to apostles to report
Event: On hearing the report from the women of the empty tomb the apostles do not believe them
It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. Luke 24:10-11

Peter and John respond by running to the tomb Luke 24:12; John 20:3-7

When: After the women tell the inner disciples (some of the 11) the tomb is empty
Event: Peter goes into the tomb sees the empty tomb and the linen embalming cloths laying in the tomb and in a different part of the tomb the head covering. This is different from when Lazarus was resurrected – he required the embalming cloths to be taken off him by someone else. Here we see Jesus overcoming death and resurrecting through the embalming cloths – nothing could keep him down.

  1. John returns understanding the resurrection had occurred John 20:8
  2. Peter return perplexed Luke 24:12

Jesus First appearance – Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18

When: After Peter and John have left, Mary Magdalene returns to the tomb and sees the two angles sitting where Jesus' body had laid.
Event: Jesus says three things:

  1. "Why are you weeping?" Mary does not recognize him.
  2. "Mary!" Mary does recognize him: She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher).  John 20:16
  3. Don't touch me. Mary wants to hug him greatly, but is not allowed to.

Significance: this once demon possessed women, is the first to see Jesus, who under Jewish law could not provide a legal testimony to this fact.
Jesus could not let Mary touch his body as he had not yet returned to the Father (John 20:17) where he was required to cleans the heavenly sanctuary with his blood – defiled by Satan (Ezekiel 28:11-16). Hebrews gives the reason: blood of animals could not cleanse the heavenly sanctuary: Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. Hebrews 9:23. Where "better sacrifices" refers to: "how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Hebrews 9:14. The word "better" is used 13 times in Hebrews in 12 verses. The high priest also could not be touched once washed and wearing the linen garment (he only wore once a year, at the Day of Atonement), until he had after he had carried out his duties in the Most Holies, else he would be polluted and would be unable to fulfil his duties.
Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. Mark 16:9; also John 20:11-18

Jesus appears for the second time - other women Matthew 28:9-10

When: After Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and after he had been to heaven to his Father.
Event: Jesus had clearly has clearly fulfilled the need spoken of to Mary Magdalene, as the other women were allowed to touch him.
Jesus says three things.

  1. Rejoice
  2. Don't be afraid
  3. Go to Galilee – but the disciples do not (five times that are commanded to do so).

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." Matthew 28:9-10

The Guards report Matthew 28:11-15

When: While the women and disciples were visiting the tomb (Matthew 28:11)
Event: The Jews, realizing what had happened, provide the most persuasive lie that has existed from the day of resurrection until today; that Jesus' body was taken by the disciples. This conspiracy was perpetrated by the most senior officials – the Pharisees being the chief priests.
If this had occurred, only one of two groups would have motive to do so:

  1. The enemies of Jesus who would have had ample evidence to destroy the teachings of the church, that Jesus had risen and returned to heaven, yet they did not, because they could not produce the body of Jesus. This refutes the argument that Jesus body was stolen by the Jews.
  2. The disciples all suffered death by martyrdom, believing Jesus had risen. They were either mentally insane or knew the truth. The writing of these men prove there were not insane, therefore the truth is that they did not steal the body, proving that Jesus did leave the tomb alive!

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, "Tell them, 'His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.' And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will appease him and make you secure." So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Matthew 28:11-15

Jesus appears the third time - two disciples on the Emmaus Road Mark 16:12,13; Luke 24:13-32

When: Sometime Sunday afternoon, on the road to Emmaus, walking from Jerusalem towards Emmaus.
Event: Jesus appears to Cleopas (Luke 24:18) and another disciple (one of the 70 or 500).
The men believed four things:

  1. Jesus was a prophet of God (Luke 24:19)
  2. Jesus had proved he was a prophet by his words and works (Luke 24:19
  3. Jesus was the Redeemer of Israel (Luke 24:21)
  4. Jesus had been killed by crucifixion (Luke 24:20)

The men did not believe that the women who had witnessed him resurrected, to which Jesus scolds them and proves from the Old Testament the events that had happened to Jesus had been recorded for their understanding.
The men invite Jesus to a meal, and instead of the host giving the blessing Jesus (as the more learned man) breaks bread (Luke 24:30).
Jesus disappears, and they then the men realize it was the Messiah who had been speaking to them, so the men returned to Jerusalem immediately and tell the 11 and others (Luke 24:33)

Jesus appears the fourth time - Simon Peter Luke 24:33-35

When: Sunday afternoon
Event: Jesus appears to Simon Peter, privately. This is reported to the disciples by the two who spoke to Jesus on the Emmaus road. The event is also reported in 1 Corinthians 15:5 where Jesus affirms Peter's faith after his devastating three denials of the Messiah three days previously (Luke 22).

Jesus appears the fifth time - The Ten Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25

When: Sunday before sundown, mealtime (John 20:19)
Event: Jesus suddenly appears to the eleven and begins "Peace be with you" a typical Jewish greeting. He then showed them his hands and side and realizing he was indeed the Messiah they were glad (John 20:20), because there were very frightened (Luke 24:37), thinking he was a ghost. This he proved otherwise by:

  1. Jesus showed he had flesh and bones – therefore not a ghost
  2. Jesus showed he could eat – therefore not a ghost

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Mark 16:14
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." John 20:19

Jesus Gives the first final commission John 20:21-25

When: To the ten at their meal time on the late afternoon of the third day, after he appeared to them suddenly Luke 24:36-43 (i.e. the fifth appearance).
Event: Jesus does three things;

  1. States he has the authority from the Father and commands them to go "so send I you".
  2. Breaths on them so they receive the Holy Spirit of illumination so they would understand all that had taken place, which gave the knowledge in order to carry out the task of beginning the spread of the gospel as described in Acts 2. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit does not occur until baptized by Him in Acts 2.
  3. Gives them apostolic authority: If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:23. The sense here of forgiving or retaining sins has to do with church discipline NOT salvation. The power of this is evident in Acts 5 when Ananias and Sapphire lie to Peter and hence the Holy Spirit – both die.

Jesus appears the sixth time - The Eleven John 20:26-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5

When: Eight days after the resurrection (John 20:26)
Event: Jesus appears to the 11 disciples
They did not go to Galilee as asked

Thomas affirms the Resurrection – John 20:24 – 29

When: Eight days after the resurrection (John 20:26), when here appeared to the 11.
Event: Thomas had indicated he would not believe unless he saw Jesus and had touched the wounds. When Jesus does appear, and offers Thomas the chance to touch his wounds, he realizes he is facing the Messiah and responds accordingly. Jesus points out that those who believe and not see (i.e. saints ever since) have a greater blessing.
And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" John 20:28
Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29
Thomas utters the gospel as John preaches in his book

Jesus appears the seventh time – The Seven John 21

When: After eight days, on the morning after fishing all night at the Sea of Tiberius.
Event: The disciples, led by Simon Peter (John 21:3) returned to fish but fail to catch anything. Jesus observes this, and suggests the useless action of casting the net on the other side of the boat (John 21:6). This succeeds in catching 153 fish, which they haul ashore, only to find Jesus already had fish cooking on a BBQ along with bread (John 21:10).
Interpretation

  1. Have you caught anything -> they had yet to be fishers of men
  2. Their nets were full, when fished according to Jesus's plan -> their ministry was to follow a pattern directed by God – see Acts 1.
  3. Jesus had food already for them -> the disciples were not to worry about their own needs, God would provide.

Peter is Commissioned John 21:15-23

Jesus asked the following three questions with Peter answering; here Jesus was dealing with the three times Peter had denied Christ and affirms Peter in the Lord. Peter responds such that he could not love more than the others using the less expansive word for love ra'eyk (phileo in Greek) as opposed to the love of the will – i.e. the love that loves the unlovable, as Christ did 'ahab (or agapao in Greek) – noting that Jesus is speaking Aramaic here, not Greek.
First: John 21:15
Jesus: "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agapas] Me more than these?"
Peter: "Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You."
Jesus: "Feed My lambs."  

Second: John 21:16
Jesus: "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agapas] Me?"
Peter: "Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You."
Jesus: "Tend My sheep."  

Third: John 21:16
Jesus: "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [phileis] Me?"
Peter: Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love [phileo] You."
Jesus: "Feed My sheep."

Peter could not say apagei – he was like the others, not different. The best he could affirm was phileo. Jesus commissions Peter two times to feed the young believers (lambs) who need milk, and the final time "feed my sheep". The sheep are the saints of the Church – the older believers, who need to be feed meat and in this Peter obeyed with two letters of Peter in the Cannon, and the teachings of his in Acts. Peter was to die young, a martyrs death.
Peter then wants to know about John, but Jesus essentially says to him "mind your own business – what happens to John is up to me, you just do as I have commanded".

Jesus appears the eighth time – Mark 16:15-18; Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Corinthians 15:6

When: sometime later
Event Jesus appears to 500 all at once (see Corinthians verses). At this event, Jesus speaks to the 11 giving the second final commission

Jesus gives the second final commission Mark 16:15-18; Matthew 28:16-20

When: when here appeared to the 500
A. Jesus had delegated authority from the father (Matthew 28:18)
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18
B. The commission (note the verbs carefully – these are participles – "–ing" words in English)

  1. Going: means to preach the gospel to the whole world, which is all of creation
  2. Baptising: the believer's baptism, to differentiate from the baptism practiced by Jews in that day, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
  3. Teaching: new baptized believers must be taught to observe the commands of Jesus

The imperative: make disciples – not it is not the "going" which is the "Great Commission" by the preaching, baptizing and teaching.
C: Those who believe will be saved
Those who believe and baptized will be saved; those who disbelieve will be condemned (Mark 16:16). Note carefully that those that don't believe are not saved, not those that are not baptized. Those that are not baptized are disobedience, but can be saved.
D. Upon this command being obeyed there will be signs: as we see in Acts
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:17-19
Note that these signs have gone – if not, every sign needs to be present – i.e. those that speak in tongues need to be able to "drink anything deadly" or survive a "snake bite"(including this here in Australia!).
E. The Messiah will be present until the end of the Age – Matthew 28:20.

Jesus appears the ninth time – James 1 Corinthians 15:7

When: sometime later
Event: James the half-brother of Jesus is converted, and fulfils the ministry asked of him.

Jesus appears the tenth time – The Eleven Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:3-8

When: On the 40th day after the resurrection
Event: Pentecost
Jesus teaches

  1. The messianic prophecy was all laid out in the Old Testament: due to the illumination of the Holy Spirit, the 11 understood (Luke 24:45)
  2. The Kingdom of God: they were not to know when Israel would be restored, noting that he did not say, Israel would not be restored, as some teach.
  3. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. Luke 24:51

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Acts 1:4-9

Jesus gives the third and final commission Luke 42:46 – 49; Acts 1:9-12

When: On the 40th day after the resurrection
Event: Pentecost
Jesus commissions the 11 to:

  1. Wait for the coming Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, and soon they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit, and would receive the power of the Holy Spirit
  2. They were to preach the gospel
    1. In Jerusalem
    2. In all of Judaea
    3. In Samaria
    4. To the whole world

The Ascension Mark 16:19,20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-12

When: Exactly 40 days after the resurrection
Event: Pentecost

  1. The Son of God, in human form could not be left dead, so the Father resurrected him
  2. The resurrection filled the Davidic Covenant, where there was to be an eternal house, an eternal throne, and eternal kingdom and an eternal descendent.
  3. He needed to be resurrected to become the resurrected life – without this, no person could hope to live after death (1 Corinthians 15 etc.)
  4. He needed to be resurrected to become the resurrection power. Only because the Christ rose again can we preach the gospel.

 

 

David L Simon April 2014
Based on lectures by Arnold Fruchtenbaum, noting I have listed the events in nearly the same order, but have extracted additional headings, rather than running some events together under the same heading.
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David L Simon
Updated: 20 Apr 2014

 

The Promises of Jehovah at Passover

I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

I will rescue you from their bondage, and

But in God who raises the dead, 10who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 (NKJV)

I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Exodus 6:6 (NKJV)

God sent forth His Son.. to redeem

Who were under the law (Gal 4:4)

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed (Titus 2:4)

I will take you as My people, and I will be your God.

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
 2 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV)

Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. Exodus 6:7 (NKJV)

The Passover (Ex 12:27)

  • Is the foundation feast of Israel. It was to show the nations the magnificence of God, and that they may know that "I am the LORD" (Ex 102, Deut 296 etc)
  • At God's chosen time, at God's chosen place (Deut 166)
  • Its elements were: (Leviticus 234-8, Deut 166, Exodus 66-7, Exodus 11, 12)
  • Only the household of Israel could participate - only the circumcised (Ex 1243).
  • All males had to attend the feast (Jerusalem when in Canaan)
  • An unblemished lamb of whom the bones were not to be broken (Ex 125, Ex 1246, John 19:32,36).
  • Blood from a unblemished lamb poured out, and seen. 
  • Blood had to be applied to the door lintels with hyssop (a bitter herb) (Ex 12:22) where hyssop is connected with purging and cleansing. (Psm 51:7), and indicates the bitterness of slavery to sin.
  • The lamb had to be roasted, and eaten (Eat the flesh - John 6)
  • All had to be ready, waiting for the Angel's appearance
  • God passed over the sinners who trusted in the blood of the lamb.
  • The past was blotted out from the sight of Jehovah.
  • Passover marked the beginning of feast of Unleavened Bread, the feast to indicate that sin (leaven) had been done away with.
  • God provided a means to escape the judgement that was to befall Egypt, the land of idolatry.
  • This required the blood of a um-blemished lamb to be shed, and placed on the door posts.
  • The former months are blotted out, and a new month is instigated.
  • This is in anticipation of Christ whose blood is provided, founding the redemptive path, based upon the shed blood, in pursuance of God's eternal purpose. This must bring an abundance of joy to the believing sinner who can have absolute peace - all grounded on the paschal lamb.

David L Simon
Updated: 18 Apr 2014

 

Ere God had built the mountains

Ere God had built the mountains,
Or raised the fruitful hills;
Before He fill'd the fountains
That feed the running rills;
In Thee, from everlasting,
The wonderful I AM
Found pleasures never wasting,
And Wisdom is Thy name.

When like a tent to dwell in,
He spread the skies abroad,
And swathed about the swelling
Of ocean's mighty flood,
He wrought by weight and measure;
And Thou wast with Him then;
Thyself the Father's pleasure,
And Thine the sons of men.

And couldst Thou be delighted
With creatures such as we,
Who, when we saw Thee, slighted
And nail'd Thee to a tree?
Unfathomable wonder!
And mystery divine!
The voice that speaks in thunder
Says, "Sinner, I am thine!"

W Oliver (1779) The Little Flock Revised 1881, 1903
Updated: 30 Mar 2014

 

Be Still And Know that I Am God (Stille, meine Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen)

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

Katharina A von Schlegel Neue Sammlung Geistlicher Lieder, 1752 translated by Jane L. Borthwick 1855.
Updated: 16 Mar 2014

 

What is your attitude to prayer?

The proper posture for prayer concerns the mind - for if we have filled our head with garbage we can hardly be expected to have an intellegent conversation with the Lord God Most High. A lover does not fill his or her days pondering every other thought than that of the one he or she loves; the ensuring conversations are informed by the thoughts of the day, as does our prayers to the Father. Consider the following poem (whose author I am unable to name).

“The proper way for man to pray,” said Deacon Lemuel Keyes; “the only proper attitude is down upon his knees.”

“Nay, I should say the way to pray,” said Reverend Doctor Wise, “is standing straight with outstretched arms with rapt and upturned eyes.”

“Oh, no, no, no,” said Elder Snow, “such posture is too proud. “A man should pray with eyes fast-closed and head contritely bowed.”

“It seems to me his hands should be austerely clasped in front, with both thumbs pointing to the ground,” said Reverend Doctor Blunt.”

“Last year I fell in Hodgkin’s well headfirst,” said dear old farmer Brown, “with both my heels a-stickin’ up, my head a-pointing’ down; and I done prayed right then and there; best prayer I ever said, the prayin’est prayer I ever prayed, a-standin’ on my head.”

David L Simon
Updated: 02 Mar 2014

 

The Word of God Stands Alone - Humans are not needed to validate it!

The Word of God comes to us in its own power and authority as the truth. The Word makes no apology for the things about which it speaks, nor for the way it presents them; and its force and authority are not lessened because it condescends to plead with men. It needs no one to prove that it is true, for it proves its own testimony by the revelation of what is true. If it needed another to prove its truth, then we could not know the Word to be the Word of God, for we know God by the revelation that it gives. To judge the Word we should require an authority greater than God Himself, and that is impossible. It is absurd for man to presume to judge the Word, a Word which judges him, and gives him a true picture of himself; he does so at his peril.

It remains the Word of God even if it is not received by those who hear it. If one person believes the Word, receiving it as the Word of God, and another does not believe it, the authority of the Word is not altered in the least, it remains the same for both. Whether the Word is accepted or not it will judge all men by that which it reveals. It professes to be the Word and the testi­mony of God; the truth which makes Him known. The knowledge of God which it brings into the conscience, reveals all that man is and judges all his thoughts and actions.

Outside the Word of God, we have only the mind of man, and the forces of evil to which man has made himself subject by the exercise of his own will. Unless the inspired Word governs the mind of man, the more intelligent he is, the more rationalistic and infidel he becomes; if he is imaginative and influenced by ancient mythology he grows more grossly superstitious, for in his mind he retains some idea of God.

Men communicate with men, and they understand each other’s thoughts; surely God can do the same, and give more certainty as to the Divine origin and truth of the thing communicated. "Thou shalt speak my words" (Ezekiel 2:7). A Word which tells me "all things that ever I did," speaks with more than mere human intelli­gence. The Word is the eye of God and it searches the conscience; and no word, spoken or written, has any power or authority in the soul until it reaches the con­science.

The Word is received on its own testimony by faith. The truth of it is tested by that which it professes to reveal. The presence of God is known by the Word, and the Word carries its own authority as truth to the conscience.

The truth in anything that is told us is always a whole. Even a partial revelation is the truth concerning that which is revealed in so far as the revelation is made, and it is a necessary part of the revelation of what is true. Scripture is a whole, in it there are many things revealed, but they all make God known as they have to do with Him, and as far as He may be known by the creatures to whom He reveals Himself. What man amongst the many who wrote could have known his part in the work to complete the scriptures, and the necessity of that which he wrote to form the perfect revelation of the mind of God, as the Word gives it? It is not a lifeless word, it has vitality, and it lives by the life of the Spirit of God. If the Word is not received, God is not believed, for the Word is His testimony to men and is to be received on the authority of its own declaration.

Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, they are delicately and exquisitely framed. More mysterious than the intricacies of our mortal frames, is the union of the spirit of man with his body, which gives him life here and the consciousness of relationship with the world of nature through a mind. There is even more wonder in the fact that man has a mind capable of enjoying communion with God and knowing something of His character and ways. Reaching still farther in perfection beyond these marvels of creation, the Word, which com­municates the mind of God and reveals God to man, surpasses all the works of creation, because it is more directly Divine. The Word is incomparable.

The Bible is not a mere disorderly collection of historical events and mythical stories thrown together without a reason for their choice. The reason for the recording of an event can only be discerned when we understand the Divine principle which it is used to illus­trate. The Spirit of God is the interpreter of the mind of God, He alone can give the understanding of the Word which He inspired to be written, and the reason for the choice of the event He has chosen.

There are no unnecessary parts in the Word which reveals God. The Word of revelation forms a unity which is perfect for faith. In each book we discover the unfolding of the ways of God, of His government or of His counsels of grace. The prophets are occupied with His government on earth, a sure and certain government, but which is not yet seen in operation. God at present hides His government in providence.

F A Blair (1891-1974) From "The Sign of the Prophet Jonah" 1947
Updated: 09 Feb 2014

 

His name is Immanuel

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

The Bible
Updated: 25 Dec 2013

 

Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer

I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:11)

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (1 John 4:14 ESV)

 

Introduction

We note four things:

  1. There is one God. He is the Lord God Jehovah who is also called The Lord God Saves . If you are a Jew, His name is I Am . If you are not a Jew, “He is the God who made the world and everything in it”: He is the Lord of heaven and earth.
  2. God is Holy: And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.'” Leviticus 10:3 (NKJV)
  3. Adam (and Eve) sinned and from this everyone has sinned, even the most holy pious person.
  4. The punishment for Sin is death: for the wages of sin is death. God demands holiness.

There is need of salvation

Hence we have a problem: All of humanity was destined for death after Adam sinned. The hardest thing for any person to accept is that there is nothing good whatsoever in him or her. That is if we compare ourselves with God, His glory would so overwhelm us that we would die looking at Him.

  1. The Old Testament shows the principle of the acceptable method to deal with sin.
  2. The Bible teaches that sin cannot be glossed over: God has to deal with it because he is holy.
  3. Once you have sinned you have been stained for ever: stained by corrupt flesh as the book of Jude put it. Hence sin must be dealt with; both intentional sin and un-intentional sin.
  4. Sin can only be dealt with by the shedding of blood.

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 9:22 (NKJV)

Satan's biggest lie these days is the notion that there is no here-after: that at death we are turned into dust. Yet we all have souls – the very nature of each one us resides in the soul. At death your soul (that is the bit this is really you) is either lost to an eternity separated from God, or saved:

.. cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:50 (NKJV)

God came in the flesh

Human's required a sacrifice that could be the substitute for himself. This was Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.

If God became flesh, there are some very special characteristics about Him. We are not left in the dark concerning his nature and character: in the old testament there are at least two, if not three characters what are types of Christ: these are shadows of what and who the Messiah actually was , but nevertheless gives us evidence of the character of the person of Jesus

God came in the flesh as the Son

God was manifested in the flesh (KJV) or He appeared in a body, (NIV)

  1. Jesus is the Son of God
  2. Jesus Christ is the Messiah
  3. Jesus is God who came in flesh. (we will know He came and was crucified because He still bares the marks of the Cross - see The Revelation))
  4. Jesus Christ the Messiah came to save us from our sins
  5. He redeemed us from the curse of the law, which we could never keep
  6. He has died for our sin, and hence if will allow him to bear our punishment we are saved.
  7. Jesus Christ the risen Son of God is acting as our mediator between us and God, if you accept him as our mediator

 Salvation is only in Jesus

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

But there is a hope in Christ Jesus. No-one need fall into the clutches of hell. Hell was built for Satan and his angels, not humans – but billions will be cast into hell because they have rejected the Lord God Jehovah (Yahweh).

  • You need to submit: if you rule your life you have no hope, because a ruler of his own life must provide the means to deal with sin, and the wages of sin is death.
  • You need to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
  • You need to let Christ rule your life – because as rule he provides, through his own suffering, the passage to salvation.

 

For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of [rule over] both the dead and the living. Romans 14:9 (NKJV)

What must I do to be saved?

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31 (NKJV)

If you are saved

and He [Christ] died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NKJV)

Jesus Christ Our Saviour

David L Simon
Updated: 21 Dec 2013

 

Divine Love

We have received spiritually life from Christ, He is our life, and we are partakers of the divine nature. The more evil the day, the greater is the necessity for the divine nature to manifest itself. If we do not overcome evil with good, in the power of divine love, which, through grace, has found a place in our hearts, coming from the very source of love, God Himself, for God is love, we shall be overcome by evil. Only by walking obediently in the truth can we put a guard around true charity which is coupled with the truth. In a day of great evil, it is not only necessary to be sound in doc trine, but it is most important that unmistakable proof be given of the divine source both of the doctrine, and of the energy with which the truth is held. Only the true display of the divine nature will furnish the proof. The truth working by love in the power of the Spirit proves the work to be of God. Where can it be seen but amongst the children of God? Love, expressing itself obediently in the truth, is active in keeping and guarding the children of God from the evil of the day. When the evil is great our love must be great. Not that love condones evil; love cannot endure evil in those whom she loves. The cross of Christ is the full proof of this. There we see the deepest expression of God's hatred of sin, but blessed be His name, it is the fullest expression of His love to the sinner, for it is there His own beloved Son suffered for the guilty.

Divine love in us is proved by our obedience when we walk in obedience to the word of God. It finds in those who are loved of God, the most blessed opportunities for obeying the will of God. "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him." If a child of God be found following a path of disobedience to the word of God, obedient love would not keep him company in such a pathway. To walk with him in a way contrary to the will of the Father would not be showing either love for him or for the Father. It would not be a proof of brotherly love to encourage a brother to walk in a path of disobedience by keeping him company there; it would not be love in the truth. But love rejoices when it hears that the children of God are walking in truth, for there they are perfectly free to enjoy the richest communion. "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 4).

F A Blair (1891-1974) Philemon
Updated: 24 Nov 2013

 

Father, 'twas Thy love that knew us

Father, 'twas Thy love that knew us
Earth's foundation long before;
That same love to Jesus drew us
By its sweet constraining power,
And will keep us
Safely now, and evermore.

God of love, our souls adore Thee!
We would still Thy grace proclaim,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
And in glory praise Thy name;
Praise and worship
Be to God and to the Lamb!

James George Deck (1802-1884) The Little Flock Revised 1881 (No. 1)
Updated: 31 Aug 2013

 

Landmarks and Stumblingblocks: The Doctrine of Election Misplaced

I found this very helpful from CH Mackintosh in explaining where election belonged and how it was executed.

"Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old have set in thine inheritance." (Deut. 19:14)

"Take up the stumblingblock out of the way of My people." (Isa. 57:14)

What tender care, what gracious considerateness, breathe in the above passages! The ancient landmarks were not to be removed; but the stumblingblocks were to be taken up. The inheritance of God's people was to stand entire and unchanged, while the stumblingblocks were to be sedulously removed out of their pathway. Such was the grace and care of God for His people! The portion which God had given to each was to be enjoyed, while, at the same time, the path in which each was called to walk should be kept free from every occasion of stumbling.

Now, judging from recent communications, we believe we are called upon to give attention to the spirit of those ancient enactments. Some of our friends have, in their letters to us, opened their minds very freely as to their spiritual condition. They have told us of their doubts and fears, their difficulties and dangers, their conflicts and exercises. We are truly grateful for such confidence; and it is our earnest desire to be used of God to help our readers by pointing out the landmarks which He, by His Spirit, has set up, and thus remove the stumblingblocks which the enemy diligently flings in their path.

In pondering the cases which have lately been submitted to us, we have found some in which the enemy was manifestly using as a stumblingblock the doctrine of election misplaced. The doctrine of election, in its right place, instead of being a stumblingblock in the pathway of anxious inquirers, will be found to be a landmark set by them of old time, even by the inspired apostles of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the inheritance of God's spiritual Israel.

But we all know that misplaced truth is more dangerous than positive error. If a man were to stand up, and boldly declare that the doctrine of election is false, we should without hesitation reject his words; but we might not be quite so well prepared to meet one who, while admitting the doctrine to be true and important, puts it out of its divinely appointed place. This latter is the very thing which is so constantly done, to the damaging of the truth of God, and the darkening of the souls of men.

What, then, is the true place of the doctrine of election? Its true, its divinely appointed place, is for those within the house — for the establishment of true believers. Instead of this, the enemy puts it outside the house, for the stumbling of anxious inquirers. Hearken to the following language of a deeply exercised soul: "If I only knew that I was one of the elect I should be quite happy, inasmuch as I could then confidently apply to myself the benefits of the death of Christ."

Doubtless, this would be the language of many, were they only to tell out the feelings of their hearts. They are making a wrong use of the doctrine of election — a doctrine blessedly true in itself — a most valuable "landmark," but made a "stumblingblock" by the enemy. It is very needful for the anxious inquirer to bear in mind that it is as a lost sinner, and not as "one of the elect," that he can apply to himself the benefits of the death of Christ.

The proper stand-point from which to get a saving view of the death of Christ is not election, but the consciousness of our ruin. This is an unspeakable mercy, inasmuch as I know I am a lost sinner; but I do not know that I am one of the elect, until I have received, through the Spirit's testimony and teaching, the glad tidings of salvation through the blood of the Lamb. Salvation —  free as the sunbeams, full as the ocean, permanent as the throne of the eternal God —  is preached to me, not as one of the elect, but as one utterly lost, guilty, and undone; and when I have received this salvation there is conclusive evidence of my election.

"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God; for our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance." (1 Thess. 1:4-5) Election is not my warrant for accepting salvation; but the reception of salvation is the proof of election. For how is any sinner to know that he is one of the elect? Where is he to find it? It must be a matter of divine revelation, else it cannot be a matter of faith. But where is it revealed? Where is the knowledge of election made an indispensable prerequisite, an essential preliminary, to the acceptance of salvation? Nowhere, in the Word of God. My only title to salvation is, that I am a poor guilty, hell-deserving sinner. If I wait for any other title, I am only removing a most valuable landmark from its proper place, and putting it as a stumblingblock in my way. This, to say the least of it, is very unwise.

But it is more than unwise. It is positive opposition to the Word of God; not only to the quotations which stand at the head of this paper, but to the spirit and teaching of the entire volume. Hearken to the risen Saviour's commission to His first heralds: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) Is there so much as a single point, in these words, on which to base a question about election? Is any one, to whom this glorious gospel is preached, called to settle a prior question about his election? Assuredly not.

"All the world" and "every creature" are expressions which set aside every difficulty, and render salvation as free as the air, and as wide as the human family. It is not said, "Go ye into a given section of the world, and preach the gospel to a certain number." No; this would not be in keeping with that grace which was to be proclaimed to the wide, wide world. When the law was in question, it was addressed to a certain number, in a given section; but when the gospel was to be proclaimed, its mighty range was to be, "All the world," and its object, "Every creature."

Again, hear what the Holy Ghost saith, by the apostle Paul: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." (1 Tim. 1:15) Is there any room here for raising a question as to one's title to salvation? None whatever. If Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and if I am a sinner, then I am entitled to apply to my own soul the benefits of His precious sacrifice. Ere I can possibly exclude myself therefrom I must be something else than a sinner. If it were anywhere declared in Scripture that Christ Jesus came to save only the elect, then clearly I should, in some way or another, prove myself one of that number, ere I could make my own the benefits of His death. But, thanks be to God, there is nothing the least like this in the whole gospel scheme.

"The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) And is not that just what I am? Truly so. Well then, is it not from the standpoint of a lost one that I am to look at the death of Christ? Doubtless. And can I not, while contemplating that precious mystery from thence, adopt the language of faith, and say, "He loved me, and gave Himself for me"? Yes, as unreservedly and unconditionally as though I were the only sinner on the surface of the globe.

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Nothing can be more soothing and tranquillising to the spirit of an anxious inquirer than to mark the way in which salvation is brought to him in the very condition in which he is, and on the very ground which he occupies. There is not so much as a single stumblingblock along the entire path leading to the glorious inheritance of the saints — an inheritance settled by landmarks which neither men nor devils can ever remove.

The God of all grace has left nothing undone, nothing unsaid, which could possibly give rest, assurance, and perfect satisfaction to the soul. He has set forth the very condition and character of those for whom Christ died, in such terms as to leave no room for any demur or hesitation. Listen to the following glowing words: "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son," etc. (Rom. 5:6, 8, 10)

Can anything be plainer or more pointed than these passages? Is there a single term made use of which could possibly raise a question in the heart of any sinner as to his full and undisputed title to the benefits of the death of Christ? Not one. Am I "ungodly?" It was for such Christ died. Am I "a sinner?" It is to such that God commendeth His love. Am I "an enemy?" It is such God reconciles by the death of His Son.

Thus all is made as plain as a sunbeam; and as for the theological stumblingblock caused by misplacing the doctrine of election, it is entirely removed. It is as a sinner I get the benefit of Christ's death. It is as a lost one I get a salvation which is as free as it is permanent, and as permanent as it is free. All I want, in order to apply to myself the value of the blood of Jesus, is to know myself a guilty sinner. It would not help me the least in this matter to be told that I am one of the elect, inasmuch as it is not in that character God addresses me in the gospel, but in another character altogether, even as a lost sinner.

But then, some may feel disposed to ask, "Do you want to set aside the doctrine of election?" God forbid. We only want to see it in its right place. We want it as a landmark, not as a stumblingblock. We believe the evangelist has no business to preach election. Paul never preached election. He taught election, but he preached Christ. This makes all the difference. We believe that no one can be a proper evangelist who is, in any wise, hampered by the doctrine of election misplaced. We have seen serious damage done to two classes of people by preaching election instead of preaching Christ. Careless sinners are made more careless still, while anxious souls have had their anxiety intensified.

These, surely, are sad results, and they ought to be sufficient to awaken very serious thoughts in the minds of all who desire to be successful preachers of that free and full salvation which shines in the gospel of Christ, and leaves all who hear it without a shadow of an excuse. The grand business of the evangelist is to set forth, in his preaching, the perfect love of God, the efficacy of the blood of Christ, and the faithful record of the Holy Ghost. His spirit should be entirely untrammelled, and his gospel unclouded. He should preach a present salvation, free to all, and stable as the pillars which support the throne of God. The gospel is the unfolding of the heart of God as expressed in the death of His Son, recorded by the Holy Spirit.

Were this more carefully attended to, there would be more power in replying to the oft-repeated objection of the careless, as well as in hushing the deep anxieties of exercised and burdened souls. The former would have no just ground of objection; the latter, no reason to fear. When persons reject the gospel on the ground of God's eternal decrees, they are rejecting what is revealed on the ground of what is hidden. What can they possibly know about God's decrees? Just nothing. How then can that which is secret be urged as a reason for rejecting what is revealed? Why refuse what can be known, on the ground of what cannot? It is obvious that men do not act thus in cases where they wish to believe a matter. Only let a man be willing to believe a thing, and you will not find him anxiously looking for a ground of objection. But alas! men do not want to believe God. They reject His precious testimony which is as clear as the sun in meridian brightness, and urge, as their plea for so doing, His decrees which are wrapped in impenetrable darkness. What folly! What blindness! What guilt!

And then as to anxious souls who harass themselves with questions about election, we long to show them that it is not in accordance with the divine mind that they should raise any such difficulty. God addresses them in the exact state in which He sees them and in which they can see themselves. He addresses them as sinners, and this is exactly what they are. There is nothing but salvation for any sinner, the moment he takes his true place as a sinner. This is simple enough for any simple soul. To raise questions about election is sheer unbelief. It is, in another way, to reject what is revealed on the ground of what is hidden; it is to refuse what I can know, on the ground of what I cannot.

God has revealed Himself in the face of Jesus Christ, so that we may know Him and trust Him. Moreover, He has made full provision in the atonement of the cross for all our need and all our guilt. Hence, therefore instead of perplexing myself with the question, "Am I one of the elect?" it is my happy privilege to rest in the perfect love of God, the all-sufficiency of Christ, and the faithful record of the Holy Ghost.

We must close, though there are other stumblingblocks which we long to see removed out of the way of God's people, as well as landmarks which are sadly lost sight of.

C H Mackintosh Found on-line and in Miscellaneous Writings of C. H. Mackintosh
Updated: 10 Jul 2013

 

The Aim of this Website

 

Bible teaching is the essence of any assembly, congregation or church. The Bible, so we are told by the Apostle Paul, is useful for "doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (KJV) or put another way for "teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (NIV).

Over the years I have produced a number of sermons or messages which include, in some cases, notes and handouts. These range from headings through to fully formed notes plus a few Microsoft Power Point presentations. Some have been produced by Stephen Simon and these can be found under "messages" as well.

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I am working through these, doing some editing and rearranging, and then placing them on this web site in the hope they may be of some help to one searching the Scriptures, precept upon precept. As with all written material produced by a person, it is not infallible but I hope it is a pointer to the truth, which is found in Scripture. Hence, the author humbly beseeches the reader of these web pages to use the notes and messages as a guide only, and use Scripture to find the truth. This must be done in all prayer and supplication, for it is the Holy Spirit that will reveal the truth to you.

The most recent material can be found under "messages" which should include the most recent sermon notes. Some have been contributed by others which is acknowledged.

 

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God - his weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this site must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11 (NIV)

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

 

What's in the title of this website

The heading comes from John 3:16, perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible. It indicates that salvation is by faith and not by works. That is, one cannot ever achieve rightness before God by one's own effort. What one cannot forget is the rest of the text - John 3:16 does not stand alone:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light [Jesus Christ] is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

Contact the author

If you find a grammatical error, spelling error, broken hyperlink or some other error on these pages please contact me mentioning the page title and location.

 

Bibles used in this website

KJV = King James Version of the Bible
NIV = New International Version of the Bible original work copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society
NKJV = New King James Version original work copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc

ESV = The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles

Others used

JND = New Translation by John Nelson Darby (1890)
Interlinear Greek-English New Testament (Literal, Textus Receptus, King James Version), Baker Books, Michigan, 1980
Strong's = Strong's Concordance, Hebrew and Greek Lexicon (either Riverside Book and Bible House, or an on-line version)

Scriptures to Ponder

He is Risen

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.

Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large.

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.


Mark 16:1-6

20 Apr 2014

 

 

 

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