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The Glory of Jesus
THE TOMB -- IS EMPTY
Today I have checked on a few remote cemeteries and did some investigating. Here is the verified record of what I found:
Confucius' tomb- occupied
Buddha’s tomb - occupied
Mohammed’s tomb – occupied
Joseph Smith’s tomb – occupied
Mary Baker Eddy’s tomb – occupied
Jesus’ tomb – EMPTY!
The Resurrection Record is Clear
John 20 records Resurrection morn. John and the apostles were startled and ran to confirm the report of the women that the tomb was empty. Remember the events?
2. The other women at the tomb Matthew 28:8-10
4. The two travelers on the road Mark 16:12, 13
7. Seven disciples while fishing John 21:1-14
8. Eleven disciples on the mountain Matthew 28:16-20
9. A crowd of 500 I Corinthians 15:6
10. Jesus' brother James 1 Corinthians 15:7
But now over 60 years have passed. Many memories of Christ's ministry were vivid in John’s heart but he hadn’t seen Him for so long. And then it happened –
John Sees Jesus Again
Revelation 1:9-20 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send [it] to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lamp stands [One] like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair [were] white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet [were] like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance [was] like the sun shining in its strength. 17 and when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 "I [am] He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. (NKJV)
This is only the beginning of an amazing journey John takes. As he records what he saw:
John sees Jesus all the Way Through this Book
The theme of this book captures what each of our hearts in whom Christ dwells longs for most, to see Jesus, and to see Him in all His beauty. The first 3 words of this book give us its purpose: Revelation of Jesus - unveiling, revealing, disclosing of Jesus. Thus in no other place on Earth can you see more of Jesus than in this final Book of the Book of Books. Have you seen Him in all His beauty?
Rev. 1:18 = He is the LIVING One holding the keys to death and hell Revelation 1:18 "I [am] He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. (NKJV)
Rev. 3: 18 = He is the LORD OF THE CHURCH Revelation 3:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, [that] the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. (NKJV)
Rev. 5:5 = He is the LION OVER THE NATIONS as He restores His Kingdom Revelation 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." (NKJV)
Chapter. 21-22= He is LAMB AMONG THE REDEEMED as He invites His own to join Him forever Revelation 21:14, 22-23 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb is its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb [is] its light. (NKJV)
John sees Jesus Revealing His Eternal Character as the Risen Christ v. 10b-11
Revelation 1:9-11 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” NKJV
v. 10b-11 JESUS IS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY
He spoke to the dead and they rose to life.
He spoke to the raging waves and they fell to silence.
He spoke to bread and fish and they multiplied to feed thousands.
He spoke to a fig tree and it withered away to nothing.
He spoke to lowly sinners and they found new beginnings.
He spoke to haughty hypocrites and they hardened their hearts to the end.
He spoke as never man spoke –
- to death and disease
- to seekers and finders
- to skeptics and scoffer
- He spoke the universe into motion
- He shall speak the closing word on mankind.
Be aware as never before, when Jesus speaks, it is with authority and today, in this Book…He speaks to you!
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