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Discover the Book - Mar. 26, 2008

  • 2008 Mar 26
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Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life & the One Who Saves Sins

 

Jesus said He was the Resurrection to Life, so from the cross He REACHED UNDER and touched the Graves.

 

John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

 

Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (KJV)

 

Note in your Bibles the word MANY. Many saints dead only hours or buried centuries ago, in graves around Israel were touched from the Cross by Jesus.

 

After that great earthquake as people began to go out to survey the damage they noticed something strange. All over Israel from Dan to Beersheba, north to south, top to bottom - graves were popped open. Perhaps they could see bodies or just bones turning to dust. But Jesus had touched the graves.

 

And then on Sunday morning they started to come out of the graves in resurrection bodies and march toward Jerusalem. Can you imagine the uncanny meetings that took place? Out in a field near the cave of Machpelah a farmer was working his field on Sunday morning when he met a man walking out of the cave “Hello” said the stranger. “Hello, do I know you?” said the farmer. “I am Father Abraham, formerly of Ur, most recently from the happy side of Hades . . .” And just like that all over Israel MANY graves opened, many saints raised, many saints set their faces toward Jerusalem. Can you imagine as people ran into Elisha, Joseph and Isaac. Spoke with Jacob, David and Samuel? What a commotion it must have been as the firstfruits of the resurrection of Christ gathered in the Holy City. Why do you think the city turned out to hear Peter?

 

When Paul was preaching to Agrippa Acts 26:26-27 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. (KJV) So MANY were raised and many came to be witnesses of the miracle of Calvary. So He He reached up and touched the Sun, He reached over and touched the Temple, He reached down and touched the Rocks, He reached under and touched the Graves and . . .

 

FINALLY, He reached in and touched the Centurions heart!

He said He was One who saves His people from their sins, so He REACHED IN and touched the Centurions heart!

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 5:40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

 

Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (KJV

 

A centurion was trained never to fear. As the most trusted of the soldiers of Caesar’s Legions, these were the men who looked death in the face unflinchingly. They would lock their mighty shields in battle and march against countless foes and never fear. Have you ever paused to think about this scene? What amazing events these must have been to make a tough, calloused and hardened centurion to FEAR GREATLY.

 

This soldier had been born somewhere in the Empire. perhaps his father was a legionaire. He listened to the stories as he grew up about the wonders of Ancient Rome. It nobles, temples, virtues and fearless legionaires. As he grew perhaps his father took him to the Holidays and at an arena he saw gladiators fighting to the death and mighty horse and chariot races.

 

Then he chose to become one of Caesar’s finest and the barracks became his home. He was taught to discipline his body, to obey orders and to fight without fear. He learned to kill, to drink and to curse by the gods. He was calloused and hard. A SOLDIER OF ROME. As he distinguished himself in his duties he rose to become a leader of a hundred, a Centurion.

 

One day on the bulletin board of his barracks and notice was posted dispatching him to the most despised corner of the Empire - Israel. But not the lovely coastal port of Roman Caesarea, no of all places on earth he was being sent to Jerusalem. A city seething with religious fanaticism and zealots and ready to explode at any moment. A place where Rome was not respected nor obeyed. He served Caesar in Jerusalem.

 

One morning the Roman Governor Pilate summoned him to his palace. “Take these three and crucify them and report back when they are dead.” Who were they? It didn’t matter. 30,000 had already been crucified. It was just a job. One of them thought he was some kind of a King. Well we will show Him what Rome thinks of rival kings.

 

But now its 3 PM Matthew 27:45-54 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard [that], said, This [man] calleth for Elias. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled [it] with vinegar, and put [it] on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying,

 

Truly this was the Son of God.

 

When Christ hung on that cross of wood for you and for me He confirmed His deity as He performed powerful signs as He kept His promises from Calvary, on the day Mankind murdered their Maker:

·        He said he was the light of the world, so He REACHED UP and touched the Sun John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

·        He said He was the way to God, so He REACHED OVER and touched the Temple. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

·        He said He was the Creator, so He REACHED DOWN and touched the Rocks. John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

·        He said He was the Resurrection to Life, so He REACHED UNDER and touched the Graves. John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

·        He said He was One who saves His people from their sins, so He REACHED IN and touched the Centurions heart! John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 5:40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

 

THAT IS THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONE HE IS STILL DOING!

 

I have often wondered what it was like when he went home after this tour of duty. People came up to him and said you are different. What happened? I can hear him say:

 

I met a man at a place called Calvary.

He was dying on a cross of wood.

That man was GOD.

And that God changed my life!

 

Hallelujah what a Savior!

 

Have you ever met the Promise Keeper, Jesus the Son of God? Every promise He ever made He has kept. How do you come? Just as I am.

 

Have you met Jesus? Has He changed your life? He promised that whoever comes to Him He will never push away. Come to Jesus today!

 

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