THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 6-15-08
LESSON TITLE: "THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST"
Here we are together again on a wondrous Lord's Day Morning. Privileged to serve our God in songs of praise and through the study of His Word. We welcome you to this time of offering to God.
I hope each of you had a great week and I hope you are ready today to think on things above, and to give full attention to our Creator who has done so much for all of us. In fact, this morning we want to begin by talking to our God in prayer. Won't you bow with me at this time before the throne of God.
At this time we want to get started by singing our first song of the morning. Won't you all join in with the congregation at this time as we lift up our voices together, in the hymn, "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less."
(SONG # 1)
When was the last time you started complaining about something in your life. What was the reason that you got depressed? Was it concerning your job or school? Possibly it was from problems in relationships, between loved ones, family or friends. Or maybe it was due to poor health or problems with sickness. Whatever the reason is, we always seem to get down about something.
I wanted to remind you of what the Lord told Paul when he was complaining about his "thorn in the flesh." In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." You see Paul had to be reminded that things don't always go our way or how we think they should. In fact, if you look at a few earlier verses in the text, Paul clearly realizes that it is our infirmities and problems that keep us from becoming puffed up or boastful in the Lord. In verse 7, Paul said, "And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure."
When we are Christians and laborers of God, one of our biggest temptations is to become arrogant, because of the blessings and promises in Jesus Christ. Sometimes it is the trials and problems of life that bring us back to reality so that we can realize that without God, we are really nothing. For this reason Paul went on to say in the latter part of verse 9, "Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Furthermore, in verse 10, he goes on to say, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Where does our strength come from? Are we able to be like Paul and accept where we are and what we have today? Look around you in this world, everyone suffers due to the things of the flesh. Thus we must always keep in mind that no matter how bad it seems to get we can always look next door or across the street and find those who are in much worse shape! Instead of complaining, won't you count your many blessings, and name them one by one? We can only have this attitude with Christ!
In our study this morning we will again focus on, "The Gospel Of Christ." Our specific topic today is entitled, "The Resurrection Of Christ!" So please continue with us and in a few minutes our guest speaker will return with this study of the morning.
As far as our speaker of the day, we are happy to have brother Brent Green with us once again. Brother Brent is the School Representative at the Bible Institute of Missouri. We thank him for joining us today and for leading our thoughts from God's Word. Now, let's join in our second hymn of the morning. The name of the song, "Mansion Over The Hill Top!"
(SONG # 2)
By Brent Green
Good morning. I hope again you will encourage yourself and those around you to attend to this program and get out your Bibles as we again open God's Word and study from it this morning about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I hope you'll take your Bibles to begin with and turn to the book of Philippians chapter 3. I want us to consider the words that Paul says to these Christians at Philippi concerning the resurrection and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. There in verse 8 he says, "Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in Him not having my own righteousness which is form the law but that which is through faith in Christ the righteousness which is by God or from God by faith that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering being conformed to His death. If by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead." Paul encourages these Christians and he says, "Look, all the things of this earth I count them all but loss." Why? "Because I've got the knowledge, the excellence of the knowledge of Christ my Lord who suffered and died on the cross and I myself may know Him and the power of His resurrection." Truly there is great power in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The word literally meaning "coming alive, coming back from the dead, again reviving the life that was lost."
And so you think of the opposite, the antonym for what it means to be resurrected. Well, it is meaning "like a stone, to be dead, to be still, to be inanimate, to no longer be alive." But Christ was not that. He was resurrected. He didn't remain in the grave. He didn't remain like a rock, dead and still. He came alive and was resurrected. He overcame death. He overcame Satan. He overcame the world for us. Christ gave us the hope of eternal life through His resurrection and His great power in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the resurrection of Christ, He fulfilled great prophecy. Things that were spoken thousands of years before that no man could no if it was not inspired of God and Jesus Christ fulfilled those things.
We'll consider if you would the encounter of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from Matthew chapter 27 and 28. There in Matthew chapter 27 beginning in verse 62, we actually see the burial of Jesus Christ in the prior verses in the tomb of Joseph or Aramithea. There we see beginning in verse 62 those Pharisees and those chief priests who were afraid that Christ would actually resurrect from the dead to again overcome them, again to show that He was the Messiah and they tried to thort the plan of God but they could not. In verse 62 of Matthew 27, it was on the next day which followed the day of preparation. "The chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together to Pilate saying, 'Sir, we remember while He that is Jesus was still alive how the deceiver said that after three days, 'I will rise.'" They actually blasphemed the name of Christ. They called Him a deceiver, a liar. But they remembered His words. Jesus said, "After three days, I will rise." They knew that He had said that.
There in verse 64, "Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him and away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.'" So the last deception will be worse than the first. Pilate said to them, "You have your guard. Go your way. Make it as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard. The chief priests, the Jews here, the Pharisees, those religious leaders were so afraid that Jesus Christ would resurrect from the dead that they went to Pilate and they got a guard and they secured the tomb as tightly and secure as they knew how because they were afraid that Christ would raise from the dead. They remembered the words of Christ. He said, "I will rise in three days." The fact is God keeps His promises.
There in Hebrews chapter 6 and verse 18, "It is impossible for God to lie." So when God sending forth His Son, sending forth His Son to die on the cross for our sins and telling us that He would rise from the dead. Well, God cannot lie. His unconditional promise of that Christ would raise from the dead and He keeps those promises. He kept that promise and Christ did rise from the dead.
There in Matthew chapter 12 beginning in verse 38 through verse 40, the Jews there even in the ministry of Jesus Christ Himself wanted a sign. They said, "Show us a sign. Give us a sign, Great Teacher." Jesus' response to them was this. "But He answered and said to them, 'Evil and adulterous generation seeks after sign and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.'" Now what was that sign? Verse 40, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of that great fish so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the hearts of the earth." Jesus said that you will get your sign soon enough. When He was alive, He said, "You will receive the sign of the prophet Jonah who was in the belly of that great fish and was there for three days and three nights" totally surrounded by that fish, but again was spewed forth onto dry land. Jesus Christ Himself fulfilled that same sign being buried in the grave for three days but not contained by death, not overcome by death. Jesus rose again alive, resurrected by God. So Christ overcame death and He fulfilled prophecy in doing so.
If you'll even go back to Genesis chapter 3 beginning in verse 15 there the prophecy of Satan, the curse that would come upon him that the seed would come from woman, that being Jesus Christ, and that Satan would bruise the heel of Jesus, but that Jesus would crush the head of Satan. As Christ came, He would be crucified. He would be buried. Satan would seem to be victorious, seeming to put the Lord and Savior to death. But Jesus overcame that. He died and He rose from the grave and He crushed the head of Satan. He overcame death. He did something that Satan could not do, overcame the wickedness and sin in the world because He died for those things that He might give us eternal life.
And so we look at other passages like Psalm 16 and verse 10. We see here that the Psalmist David considered a prophet in Acts chapter 2 as he mentioned the Holy One who would not be left there, who would not be one who came into corruption. Well Jesus Christ died, but He would not be left and He would be brought forth again from the grave.
Look there in Acts chapter 2 if you have your Bibles. Peter even mentions this same thing quoting David here in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Acts chapter 2 beginning in verse 29 we see the following words. "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you that God has sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of His body according to the flesh He would (do what?) raise up the Christ to sit on His throne. For he for seeing this spoke concerning the resurrection of Christ that His soul was not left in Hades nor did His flesh seek corruption. This Jesus, God has raised up of which we are all witnesses. Therefore be exalted to the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which we now see in here." What? "For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand til I make your enemies your footstool.'"
Jesus Christ overcame death. He was the one who was raised up by God. He overcame the enemies. He overcame Satan. He overcame death and He was the fulfiller of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
Even while Jesus was still alive, He spoke of His death. There in Matthew chapter 16 and verse 21, it spoke of a time when Jesus began to instruct His disciples of the fact that He would go to Jerusalem, that He would suffer many things and that He would raise from the dead the third day. They remembered that teaching once He was gone. They remembered how Jesus had instructed them that this would take place and it all came back to their minds as they saw these events unfold in the 1st century that Jesus Christ fulfilled this prophecy that He did just as He said He would do.
Even the Jews there in John chapter 3 and verse 19, or John chapter 2 rather and verse 19, couldn't understand when Jesus said, "I'll destroy this temple and rebuild it in three days." They said, "Well it has taken years and years to build this temple. How will you do it in three days?" Well Jesus was speaking of the spiritual temple rather of the church and that He would establish that upon His death and that it would be set in motion for years to come that His disciples, His followers would have hope of life everlasting because He overcame death.
Well the fact is that in the resurrection not only do we see the great prophecy fulfilled, but we see great joy and we see life in the fact that Christ overcame death.
I want us to go back to Matthew chapter 28 there again as we consider the account given by Matthew as the resurrection of Jesus as the Pharisees and chief priests had sealed the tomb. Realizing the words of Christ, we see this happen. "Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb and behold there was a great earthquake for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow and the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men." Then we see this happen. "But the angel of the Lord answered and said to the woman, "Do not be afraid. For I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here for He has risen." As He said, "Come see the place where the Lord lay and go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead and indeed He is going for you into Galilee. Therefore you will see Him. Behold I have told you." So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and they ran to bring His disciples the word.
What had happened? They came to the grave. Mary and Mary Magdalene. They come to the tomb of Jesus Christ who they saw beaten and scourged and mocked and ridiculed, who had to carry His own cross until He couldn't carry it any longer and they put nails through His hands and through His feet and hung Him on the cross and He died. A crown of thorns being placed on His head as the blood ran down. He died on the cross for the sins of the world. They saw that and they were weeping and they were mourning and they were sad because their Savior, the Lord Jesus had died. But they go to the tomb and they can't find Him. And the angel tells them to do what? He tells them to go, that the Lord has risen. What was it in their hearts? They were filled with fear because this was amazing to see that the Lord had risen, but also what? They were filled with great joy. They were happy. They were rejoicing because what? Christ overcame death. Their Lord and Savior was alive again. Death couldn't contain Him in the grave. He was now sitting at the right hand of the throne of God or would go there to sit at the right hand of the throne of God because He overcame death. "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice," in Philippians chapter 4 and verse 4. Because Christ overcame death, we can rejoice.
Jesus Christ Himself realized this as we continue on there in verse 9 of Matthew 28. It says, "As they went to tell His disciples, behold Jesus met them saying, 'Rejoice.' He meets Mary and Mary Magdalene and He tells them that very thing. 'Rejoice. I am alive. I have risen from the dead.' So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped 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.'" He says, "Rejoice and go tell My disciples that I am alive." So they went away rejoicing.
We can look to passages like 1 Corinthians chapter 15 there beginning in verses 54 -58 where it talks of death no longer having sting. Why? Because Christ overcame death and because He overcame death, we have great joy. We have life eternal when we obey His commands because He overcame the grave.
Jesus Christ Himself in John chapter 11 as we consider the words there even as Lazarus, one of Jesus' closest friends, had died and his sisters, his closest, Mary and Martha, were weeping over his death. Jesus comes and He says to Martha in verse 23, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." She says, "Yes, I believe that there will be a resurrection and that we'll stand before God in the judgement and that he will rise again." Jesus says what? Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die he shall live. Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" He said, "Look, I am the resurrection. I am the life."
So when we look at John chapter 14 and verse 6 where Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus is the way to heaven. He says, "I am the resurrection. I am the life. Come to Me and you will have salvation."
We can come to Jesus and know that He overcame all opposition. He overcame the Jews. He overcame Satan. He overcame death. We as well have to conform to the death of Christ to have that hope of salvation someday. Christ died for our sins. We must die to sin. We must die to the sin in this world and walk in newness of life just as Christ was buried in the grave fully consumed in that tomb, and we as well have to be buried in the waters of baptism (Romans chapter 6 and verse 4). To do what? Just as Christ arose to be resurrected, to be alive again, we as well must come out of that water to walk in newness of life, new creatures, a new man. That is the resurrection that is spoken of in the New Testament. There is power in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us be conformed to His death and seek to serve Him every day of our lives understanding the power of His resurrection.
(SONG # 3 - "Fairest Lord Jesus!")
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