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John 15:10-27 ~ June 17, 2012

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     In John 15:16, Jesus spoke declaring that He had chosen us.  We had not chosen Him.  That is like you having a favorite sports team that you have picked but they do not know you or allow you to participate with them in their enterprise.  You have been chosen by the greatest of all, chosen to participate in His Kingdom work.  Before time when there was no creation, the LORD saw into the time that you exist and saw that you who are disciples would one day hear the gospel, would turn away from the world and give your life to the LORD to follow Him.  So before time, He called the disciples His “Chosen, Elect.”  He said that we need to look at ourselves differently than we do.  We generally see ourselves as unworthy, unable, ashamed, and incapable to be a servant of God, like Gideon in Judges 6:12-18. 

     When the LORD sent His angel to tell Gideon that he was going to lead God’s people to victory over the enemies, Gideon replied, “And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”   The LORD has called us, chosen us to go with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to make disciples that shall remain.  Most who call themselves Christians think that they are not able to do this, this must be done by preachers and evangelists.  Look at this, think about this.  The LORD chose you to do this and you think He is wrong?  The LORD wants you to believe Him.  He is saying to you that He has chosen you because He knows you are able you are worthy because you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  He has given you the ability and power in His Holy Spirit at your New Birth.  

     If we take the Gospel to people and not the plan of man or the offer of being a member in our church, the Gospel will make fruit, disciples that will remain.  He has given you the Gospel and His Spirit that your fruit, disciples, will remain that He MAY give you what you ask for in this endeavor.  This fruit will remain.  This is Eternal Security.  When they become fruit by the Gospel, they are saved and sealed for the LORD forever.

     In verses 18-19, the Lord said something very profound, “but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”  Did you hear it, see it?  Ask yourself, “Why will the world hate me?”  The answer to that question is the truth that the LORD is showing us.  Look at it again and see that the world will hate us because we are like Jesus in our lifestyle.  They hate Jesus’ righteous life that proves man can live according to the Laws of God.  But know this, truth shows that the New Birth, the New Creation spoken of in scripture is true.  There will be a change in a Christian’s life.  They will begin to follow the life of Jesus which the world hates.  Many Christians today have lost this truth.  They see nothing wrong with living like the world.  For the most part they think is impossible.  This scripture proves that we can.  The proof is that the world will hate our lifestyle because we are truly converted and follow the teachings and life of Jesus.

John 15:10-16 ~ June 10, 2012

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     We continued to study the Word of LORD in John 15:10-16.  As a disciple, I find it amazing that as I study words, verses and chapters, the LORD continues to speak His heart to me.  We started out with verse 10 where the LORD said that His commandments were His love, but He said that we don’t see them that way.  I believe that this is true most of the time with all of us.  We think of the commandments as children think of their parent’s instructions.  They don’t see them as love.  As parents give instructions because we love and want to keep our children out of trouble, failure, hurt and even death.  It is the same with the LORD’s commandments.  The word of the LORD says that His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light unto our path Psalm 119:105.  We need the lamp light because we walk in darkness.  We do not know what will happen in the next minute, hour or day.  We do not know what someone else will do or what nature has coming.  We walk in a world that is full of danger from the wicked, the unstable and from nature itself.  But, our God gives us His love letter of directions to keep us, protect us with a hedge of protection Job 1:10, to be under the covering of His covenant Psalm 91:1 which are His commandments of love.  The LORD encouraged us to see His commandments in this way.  He took us to Psalm 119:33-40 that we may have the same heart as the writer.  Notice the cry of his heart as he says, “teach me . . . give me understanding.  .  . Make me . . . incline my heart . . . turn away mine eyes . . . establish thy Word unto thy servant . . . turn away my reproach . . . behold I have longed after thy precepts revive me in thy righteousness.”

     Next, the LORD spoke to us from verse 11 about His joy.  He said that His joy was to find the Joy of the LORD in us.  This is what He wants to find in us.  But, what does He find in our hearts?  This was the question He asked us.  This caused me to reflect on what had been my joy, was it the things of the world or was it the things of God?  I hope you reflected also.  Sadly I believe that the joy the LORD found was that of things of this world.  He exhorted us to direct our hearts in love to Him, His Word and His mission.  I know that when a person receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit the passion of their life will be His Word, His Church, His Life and His mission.  The commandments of the LORD will be their Joy.  This is what the LORD wants to find in our hearts. 

     In verses 12-15, the LORD spoke to us about being His friend.  The word means in the original “associate” those that have the same goal.  The LORD wants your partnership in the work of the Gospel.     

     Last, in verse 16 He talked to us about having fruit that remained.  If we live in His commandments and His Love, we will have the passion of the Holy Spirit and make true disciples that will remain.  They will not be as is the way of today, the inoculated, but will be those that have repented and turned to follow Christ.  He said if we walk in His love His commandments, His joy, being His partner then He may (be able) give you what you ask because your heart is as His.

 

John 15:9 ~ June 3, 2012

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     In John 15:9, the LORD tells us that He loves us as the Father loved Him.  Last Sunday He spoke to us of how the Father loved Him so we could see how He loves us.  First, He spoke to us from Psalm 2 showing that the Father said He loved the Son so much that He said, “Ask of Me . . . I will give thee the heathen and the uttermost part of the world for thy possession.”  This is how the Father Loved the Son.  In the same way this is how Jesus loves us.  He showed this to us in Revelation 2:26-28.  Notice that He gives us the same things that the Father gave Him in Psalm 2. 

     Next, He took us to John 3:35.  Not only did the Father give Jesus dominion over all the earth but according to this verse the Father also gave Jesus the whole operation of the Father’s plan to harvest a people from the earth to be His sons and daughters.  Once again we can see that Jesus loves His Church in the same way as He gives the Church the whole operation of the Father’s desire to harvest sons and daughters from the people of the earth.  In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “all power is given me in heaven and the earth.  Go and make disciples of all nations.”  Mark 16:15 says go and preach the gospel in all the world.  The LORD did not give this privilege to angels or special people but rather He loves the church and has given this to His beloved Church.

     Then the LORD took us to John 5:19-22 where He shows us that the Father loves the Son (Jesus) and shows Jesus His heart.  Then He commits all Judgment into Jesus’ hand.  This is how much the Father loves the Son.  This then is how Jesus loves us for He said, “As the Father has loved me so I have I loved you.”  Jesus loves us by committing all Judgment into the Church’s hand.  In John 20:21-23, we see He says to the Apostles, “he said to them, Let the Holy Spirit come on you:  Any to whom you give forgiveness, will be made free from their sins; and any from whom you keep back forgiveness, will still be in their sins.”(BBE)  In 1 Corinthians 6:2, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” (KJV)

So Jesus loves us, the Church, as the Father loved Him.  He gives us dominion over the earth in His name.  He gives us the commission to bring forth the children of God for the Father and He gives us the judgment of the whole earth.  We will sit with Him in the millennium, the one thousand year period after the Rapture of the Church, Revelation 20:4.

     As disciples, we need to admit that we did not know this because we think of love in a totally different way than God’ love.  We need to repent and begin to walk in this love that the LORD Jesus has given to us.

John 14:21-25 ~ May 6, 2012

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     Last week in John 14:21 the LORD declared an alarming and disturbing reality that shows us that the Christianity we know is not as we have thought it to be.  We have thought and been taught that to be a Christian only takes believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  In this verse we learn that only those that have His commandments, know His commandments and keep them belong to Him and are in the kingdom of God.  This goes with Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven: but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven.” Also 2Thessalonians 1:7-8, “. . . Taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The LORD showed us the disturbing truth that the Church has been compromised and just as Jude verse 4 says the gospel has been changed to be something for lasciviousness, the lust for things.

      I have said to you that in my study of the biblical church compared to the public church I have found that during the first part of the last century the true church mutated, meaning changed its form.  Before I go on I want to explain that the scriptures above in no way constitute a “Works” doctrine or having to work for your salvation.  What they reveal is that when one has truly repented and received Christ there will be a change in the direction of their life and the Spirit of Christ, the power of God that they received in the “New Birth” will seek to know the commandments of the one they love, Christ Jesus.  Today the modern definition of love is that of romantic love “eros” erotic.  But true love springs from reverence to devotion and obedience.  This is the love that we receive in a true conversion.  This love leads us to devote ourselves to the love to our Savior’s commandments that we may follow Him. 

     Now return to the subject of the mutating of the church.  In verse 21 Jesus says that those that have His commandments and keep them and . . .”I will manifest Myself to them.”  This is the evidence of the Life of Christ Jesus in the soul that has His Spirit, His commandments.  They follow the LORD.  They think and act by His commandments not by the ways of the world. 

     Next, in verse 23 Jesus says that only those that have His commandments will have the saving life of the Holy Spirit.  The Father and Jesus in the Holy Spirit will only come if we have His “Words” same as commandments or teachings.  This is why I continue to proclaim salvation to Christians because most are close, they love Jesus, they have believed what was told them that all they have to do is believe but they have not been told what Jesus has said in these verses.  I have preached feeling the LORD crying out to you to repent and be willing to turn and follow the teachings, the commands of Jesus and the LORD will give you the Holy Spirit.  You will be able and willing to follow the one you love.  But, if you chose to stay as you are not knowing the teachings of Jesus, the commandments of God, living by what you think is right, know this that your destiny is 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8.  Don’t blame God because He has done all that He could to get you to turn and repent and come to Him.

John 14:25-31 ~ May 13, 2012

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     Disciples I want to say at the beginning of this review of last week’s message of the LORD, that I felt the LORD pleading and entreating us through His Words in this passage.  The LORD spoke to us from the Gospel of John chapter 14:25-31.


     He first spoke of the comforter, the Holy Spirit, from verse 26.  The Holy Spirit would cause us to remember God’s law and would teach us how to live it.  Here the LORD challenged us by saying the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, can only teach and comfort those that have Him.  Remember, Jesus said in verses 15 and 16, “IF you love me KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.”  Keeping His commandments requires a change in the way we live.  We have lived by the things we have learned in the world that do not follow the teachings of the Bible.  We have thought that the ways we have learned in the world were just life, good and bad.  But the commandments of the LORD are completely different than the ways of the world.  Jesus said in verse 15, “IF we keep His commandments He will pray and give us the comforter.” which we understand from verse 26 to be the Holy Spirit.  So we can only have the precious Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the life of salvation, if we keep His commandments.


     Many will ask, “Are you saying that I must keep all the commandments before I can be saved?  That sounds like the doctrine of Works.”  The LORD replies from His Word, Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone that saith Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of Heaven BUT he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” The will of the Father is the commandments, the teachings, the precepts that the Father has given for us to live by.  But wait a minute, you might ask, “Is Jesus saying before I can be saved I must do the will of the Father?”  No, He is saying that only those that receive His Words, receive Jesus, the living Word, will enter into heaven because as verses 15-16 say, “He will pray the father and He will give you the comforter, the Holy Spirit to teach you the commandments and bring them to your remembrance.”  This is salvation, when we repent and turn away from the thinking of the world and receive Christ as our savior and LORD.  Desiring to follow Him, He gives us His Spirit that gives us and teaches us His will, His commandments. 


     I felt the LORD crying through me because many even in our congregation still think they are saved but do not know the commandments of the LORD nor do they live by them.  The reason for this is because some of you have been inoculated by the modern church religion that says “you only have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”  But as the Bible says in James, “the devils believe but they will not be saved.”  But the question is, are you living by the commandments of the LORD?  You can only live by the commandments of the LORD if you have been truly saved by receiving Christ as your savior and LORD, receiving the power, of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.  If you will repent, cast off your inoculation of religion, and cry out to the LORD, receive Him and the Holy Spirit of the New Birth you will be saved. Then you will begin to know the commandments of the LORD by the Spirit of the God and walk, live, by His commandments by the Holy Spirit within you.  If you are convicted by this, it is God crying to you to receive Him and He will give you the Holy Spirit, His conviction is His call of love to you.

John 15:1-8 ~ May 20, 2012

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     Last week the Lord spoke to us from John 15:1-8.  This message actually started in the last verse of chapter fourteen as Jesus says, “Arise let us go hence.” Hence means from here to the other side.  Jesus has been teaching the disciples all that they would need to know to build His Church after He has laid the foundation for it by going to the cross. 

     As Jesus walks, He either passes by grape vines that were all over Jerusalem or passes the temple gates that have the national symbol of Israel, the grapevine, carved on them.  Jesus takes the image of the grapevine to continue to teach the truths that they must teach by the Holy Spirit to the Church. Jesus teaches them that He is the “True” vine. 

     The grape vine was a symbol that most of Israel knew.  It was something that was taught to the children by their parents and in Synagogue from the Scriptures Isaiah 5:1-7, Jeremiah 2:21, Psalm 80:8-16.  They learned that Israel is the vine of God.  But, Jesus says I am the “True Vine” meaning that He is the one that God has planted in the earth to bring forth fruit unto God the Father. 

     The fruit of God can only come from Jesus.  Only those that come from Jesus are the fruit or children of God.  In John 14:6, Jesus declares that He is the way, the truth and the Life.  No man can come to God but by Him.  This does not mean Christianity because many think that because they have joined the church that they are the children of God.  Many who attend church and believe but have never joined think that they are the children of God because they believe and attend.  Only those that have been BORN of God can be the children of God.  The LORD referred us to this in John 1:12-13.  Only those that receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior and are born again by God, receiving the power of the Spirit of God are the children of God.  They are the fruit of the true vine. 


     Next, the LORD in verse 1 says that His Father is the “Husbandman” or vinedresser.  He is the one that has planted the vine and owns the vine.  All of the fruit is for Him.  There are two fruits those that are born into the earth.  They belong to God, Psalm 127:3.  The first fruit is the children.  We have the children for seventeen or eighteen years.  During those years the LORD has given them to us to raise for Him.  We are to teach them the ways of God.  The second is we are to go into all of the world with the gospel seed and plant.  Impart it to others that they will receive the life of the seed, the Spirit of the living God in them and be Born of God.  They belong to Him.  We belong to Him Psalm 100:3. 


     In verse two the LORD says that every branch in Him that does not produce fruit is a pretender.  It has no sap, no Holy Spirit in it and He will take it away.  If there is no evidence of the life of God, if there is no walking in the Word of God, no following the life of Jesus, no proclaiming of the gospel, that branch,  that person will be identified and they will fall away because they do not want to do the will of the LORD, the Word of the LORD.  The LORD will take them away as He did the multitude in John 6 by saying things that they could not receive, causing them to leave.  That is how the LORD takes them away from the true branches, the true Church. 

John 14:7-14 ~ April 22, 2012

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     LORD’s message last Sunday from John 14:7-14  on the idea of “Perception.”  In verses 7-14, the Apostles did not perceive Jesus to be as the Father God yet Jesus tells them when they have seen Him they have seen the Father.  The Apostles had grown up learning Jewish tradition and cultural notions of the Messiah.  They had come to understand that Jesus, their master, was the Messiah but they understood Messiah to be the Son of God and not the very essence of the God, the Father.  The Jewish tradition based on the Talmud, the writings of the Rabbis, considered equal to the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, was what they understood about God and Messiah.  It was their perception of who Jesus the Messiah was.   Obviously, they did not know the scriptures such as Isaiah 9:6-7 which declares that the child is the “Mighty God the everlasting Father” or 35:4 that it would be God that saves them.  Also, they were not aware of what the angel said to Joseph at the time of the pregnancy of Mary, Matthew 1:23.  So their perception of Jesus was wrong based on what they had learned, not on what the scripture taught.   Jesus is the visible representation and manifestation of the invisible God.  That is the conclusion of Scripture.  This should have been their perception.


     Next, Jesus speaks in verses 12-14 of the biblical spiritual truth of what the disciple of Messiah, Jesus the Christ, should be.  Here He speaks to all disciples, not only the twelve but to all down through the centuries and millenniums.  The view He gives of the believer is very different than the view Christianity has today.  He shows us that our perception of who we are is wrong.  We like the Apostles have the wrong perception of who we are because we have grown up leaning the religious traditions and not the scriptures.  Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.”  Our perception of who we are needs to come from scripture and not religious cultural traditions. 

     The Scripture first says that we are created in the image of God, Genesis 1:26-27.  The scripture says that the image of the invisible God is the visible Jesus, Hebrews 1:3 “the express image.”  So we were created to be in the image or likeness of Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:29 declares that God is conforming us into the image of His first born, Jesus Christ.  This likeness is not one of physical appearance but rather of likeness in character, spirit, personality and way of life.  Jesus said we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon us and we shall be my witnesses” i.e. of my life.  He sends us to be like Him, that the world will be filled with people that are like Him in way of their life, character, spirit and personality.

     So, our perception of who we are needs to change to what scripture says we are.  We are to be the visible representation and manifestation of the invisible Christ Jesus.  As such, we are to be doing the work that Christ Jesus was doing, verse 12, bringing salvation to the people by bringing the gospel to them that they may come to Jesus and be saved.  Proverbs 23:7 declares “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.”  Let us let our perception of ourselves be what scripture says we are and we will change this community where the LORD has placed us to serve Him.         

John 14:15-17 ~ April 29, 2012

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     The message of the LORD came from John 14:15-25.  From verses 15 and 16, the LORD spoke to us that without repentance there can be no salvation.  In these verses He clearly says that we must turn our mind from following the ways of the world to following the commandments of the LORD.  He spoke to us that most Christians don’t know the commandments of the LORD but walk with the ways of the world.  They expect the Pastors to know the commandments but they do not know them.  This is how it was with the Hebrews at Mount Sinai when God had come down to speak to them to tell them of His heart.  The people could not tolerate what He was saying and they backed away and told Moses to go up, listen and then come back and tell them.  They could handle it from Moses but not from God.  The Word of God kills the flesh.  In other words, the commandments of the world tell us not to do the things of the flesh that are sin.  We enjoy life which for the most part is sin but when the Word of God comes we see that it is against the commands of God and kills our enjoyment of life. 

     As the apostle Paul said in Romans 7:9, “I was alive once without the Law, but then the Law came and revealed my sin and I died.” It is true that if we live life without living by the commandments of the LORD it allows sin that brings death, death in the sense of destroying our life our prosperity.  The LORD wants us to have a prosperous life.  That is why He has given us the commandments of His Life, but we must know them.  Most Christians are like those Hebrews who do not seek to know and learn just expecting the Pastors to know them.  They go through life destroying the abundant Life that Jesus said He had come to give us, John 10:10.

      The next word that He had for us was from verse 16.  He expressed that when we are truly saved, having repented from following the thinking of the world and have begun to learn and follow the commands of the LORD, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit.  He said He will give us the comforter, the Holy Spirit, forever, Ephesians 1:13.  This seal is a stamp or mark which would be used for ownership and oversight.  We are watched by the Spirit of Christ and kept from the darkness of sin.  He convicts us and as Hebrews 12:5-8 says He disciplines us, like a parent watching over a child.  When they see them doing something that is wrong, they stop them and discipline them.  He seals us to keep us from following the life of the flesh. 

     Next, He told us that those that are following His commandments see differently than those that live by the world’s way.  We see the LORD verse 21, the life of Jesus and the Kingdom of God John 3:3.  Those that walk according to the world think the commandments of the LORD are foolish, 1Corinthians 2:14.  That is why they walk, destroying their lives instead of living the prosperous life He has provided for us in Jesus.

     Last, He spoke to us that He will not leave us to be as orphans who have to fend for themselves using evil ways.  He says that He will be with us and come to us.  Verses 17,18 and 23 say that if we love Him we will keep His commands and the Godhead, Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit will come and live with us sealing us, protecting us and providing for us.         

John 14:4-6 ~ April 15, 2012

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     The LORD spoke to us from His Holy Word last Sunday from John 14:4-6. Here, Jesus said that He was going away and that they knew the way to which Thomas replied, “LORD we don’t know where you are going so how can we know the way?”  Why did Christ tell them they knew where He was going and the way if He knew that they did not know where and how He was going, even though He had told them on numerous occasions?  He did this to point out that they had not listened to Him with an open heart but rather they heard, through their religious prejudice, what they wanted to hear.  Now, He declares to them this most important of all facts about who He is and what He is doing.  He is the way to the Father.     

     We are sinners and there is no way that sinners may come into the presence of the Father.  Sinners are enemies of God who have been sentenced to hell and the Lake of Fire, Revelation 20:11-14.  All that do not believe that Christ saves shall not see life with God.  The wrath of God abides on them, John 3: 36.  The only way we may enter into heaven to be with God is that our sin is taken away.  There is no way that we can take away our sin.  We are hopelessly sinners and cannot, on our own, change or do enough good works to cancel out our sin.  So the only way to heaven to be with the Father is that somehow our sin is removed. 

     This is the Grace and the Love of God for He loves us so much that He gives His only begotten Son, Jesus, as a sacrificial lamb, John 3:16.  God had given the sacrifice of an animal to be atonement or covering for sin, Leviticus 17:11.  That did not make a way into the kingdom of heaven.  It only covered sin.  The coming of Jesus the Christ/Messiah, the Son of God was given as a sacrificial lamb to take away the sin of mankind thus making the way to the Father through Jesus.  On the cross this way was opened.  2 Corinthians 5:21 declares that on the cross, the Father made Jesus sin for us; He took the sin of the world upon Himself and suffered the wrath and death of God in our place for our sin that we may receive His righteousness and enter into heaven. 

     Jesus is the truth of life and salvation.  There are many religious ideas and many old wives tales and family advices about the mystery of God and His salvation but there is only one correct knowledge of the complete mystery of God.  Jesus, before He humbled Himself and came down to earth to be the Son and Savior of God, was the Word of God.  All that is was created and spoken into existence by the Word of God before He was Jesus, John 1:1-14.  So, Jesus is the truth of the mystery and life of God, John 8:31-32.  Jesus is the life of God.  The Life of God is eternal.  Jesus is alive.  He rose from the grave and Hell in triumph and poured out the gift of God’s eternal life to those that will receive Him, Romans 6:23.  When we receive Him we are Born of The Spirit of God.  The eternal life of God dwells in us.  We are sealed by His eternal Spirit.  If we sin, He convicts us to confess and be cleansed.  He keeps us by His life Romans 5:10, 1 John 1:9, 1 Peter 1:5.  This is eternal life through Jesus.

Easter Mark 16:1-14 ~ April 8, 2012

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     The LORD spoke to us last Sunday, resurrection Sunday, from Mark 16:1-14.  This begins with Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary and Salome, the mother of John and James, coming to the tomb where Jesus was laid.  The LORD gave me what He said was the prologue to these verses that we may learn the full measure of this wonderful day. That is where we began.


     As Jesus comes to the Garden, the hour of propitiation is come. He must become the sin bearer, the satisfier of the Law of God against sin.  As He prays, Matthew 26:36-46, He accepts the will of the Father and the punishment for sin begins to be carried out.  He is first betrayed, captured, taken before His own countrymen and then the gentile Romans.  Isaiah 53:4-5 declares He is beaten, whipped, bruised, spit on, afflicted and smitten of God for our iniquities.  He became the sin bearer, the Propitiation.  Jesus had said this must be, Mark 8:31.  Then after drinking the full cup of God’s wrath for sin, a term used to represent the full extent of God’s wrath, He is cutoff out of the land of the living for the transgressions of God’s people, Isaiah 53:6-8. 

     No man took His life.  He laid it down, John 10:17-18.  As Jesus endures this shame, agony and torture, the miracle of Grace takes place.  A “Vicarious” transfer as evidenced in scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:21, takes place as the sins of all mankind were placed upon Jesus.  Through this miracle of Grace He is created sin for all mankind.  At the same time, His righteousness was given to all of mankind who receives His vicarious grace and they are Born Again.  As Jesus cries Mark 15:34, this vicarious transfer happens.  

     Next, Jesus descends into hell, to the prison of the captives of death having two areas Gehenna and Paradise.  He enters into Paradise to preach the gospel to those that died believing in and waiting for Messiah/Savior, 1 Peter 3:19, but did not know His name.  These captives are resurrected with Christ, Romans 8:11, and carried into the throne room of God in heaven.   

     Jesus then ascends to the throne with the Father to receive the kingdom, Mark.16:19.   From the throne Jesus pours out the power of God, the Holy Spirit, for those that receive Him that they may be Born Again, Romans

5:4-5.  Having risen from the dead Jesus now sits interceding, convicting, forgiving, cleansing and giving eternal life to those that are His Romans 5:10.  This verse says “And by His Life we live.”  We live today because He Is alive, convicting us of sin, hearing our confessions, cleansing us from all unrighteousness that we may enter into His Holy kingdom and He is keeping us for Himself.


     Now in Mark 16:1-4, these women find the grave empty with the exception of an angel.  The angel has a message that Christ has risen.  They leave and tell no one, like many Christians today who know that Christ is risen and has salvation for all but they tell no one.  But, Mary Magdalene turns back and the LORD appears to her.  She was the first to see Him.  She becomes the first evangelical as she goes to tell the gospel.  She tells the disciples but they do not believe.  Finally, He appears to “The Eleven” apostles and upbraided them about their unbelief.  Disciples, we are to be like Mary Magdalene and go and tell others that Jesus Christ is risen and has salvation and new life for all who will receive Him and believe what He did for them on the cross.