March 31, 2013

Mark 15:37 – Mark 16:9 ~ Easter Sunday

Passage: Mark 15:37-16:9
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     Last Sunday the LORD had us to look at the account of resurrection in Mark 15:37.  The scriptural account begins with Jesus on the cross where He had allowed Himself to be taken and slain as the lamb that the Israelites did according to the Old Covenant as a sacrifice for their sin.  Once a year the High Priest would offer up a sacrificed lamb for the sin of the people, but Jesus was come as John the Baptist declared, “The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.”  We read in this verse that Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost.  We learned that the reason Jesus cried was because He was suffering the death of a sinner as He Is descending into hell.  Jesus not only endured the pain, agony, shame and pain of the cross but had to suffer in hell to fulfill our sentence or judgment, Acts 2:3­0-32. As Jesus’ life is poured out unto death, the judgment for the sin, Jesus cries the cry of mankind that dies going down into hell.

     Next, in Mark 15:38, we see the great veil of the Temple that is forty feet high and very thick being torn from the top to the bottom.  This is a miracle because it might be possible for man to tear it from the bottom up but only God could tear it from the top down to the bottom.  Why was this done when Jesus cried as He died on the cross?  We learned that behind this curtain was the Ark of God and the mercy seat with the Glory of God manifested above the Mercy Seat where the High Priest would once a year sprinkle the blood of the lamb for the sins of the people Israel.  As the curtain was torn, the Glory of God departed from the temple.  If the Glory of God was not in the Temple then the Temple was a worthless building with nothing to worship.

     When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” and gave up the ghost, the Holy Spirit went to dwell in the place He had wanted from the beginning.  The LORD had said, “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isaiah 66:1-2 (KJV).

      The place that the LORD desired to dwell was the place that He made for Himself, our body.  We read in 1Corinthians 6:19, “what know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.”  In John 20:21-22, the resurrected Jesus appeared unto the apostles on resurrection eve and said, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” John 20:21-22 (KJV).  It was at this time that the disciples were actually born again because this could not happen until Christ had died for the sins of the world John 7:39.

     As Sunday morning comes, the women go to anoint the body of Jesus.  They find the tomb open and Jesus gone.  They find angels in the tomb telling them He is risen.  As they return to the upper room, the LORD appears to the Mary Magdalene first then she went and told the disciples.  Hallelujah praise the LORD we have a risen, living savior to deliver us every day.

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