Monday, April 22, 2019

The Lord Has Risen (HW13)

'Compassionate or Holy Week'

Mark 16:1,5-6  Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. *He is risen!* He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
    Though our Lord told His disciples that He would suffer, killed and on the third day rise from the dead, yet after His death none of them believe that He would resurrect. Strangely enough the priesthood who plotted His death believed.
Mat 27:62-66  On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.' Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him 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 a 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.

Mark 16:9-11  Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
    Though our Lord constantly reminded His disciples that on the third day He would rise from the dead, none of them believed even though His body was missing from the tomb.
   Finally, He had to appear to them to convince them of His resurrection.
John 20:19-20  Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

John Believed His Resurrection
John 20:6,8  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,.. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.
    Only John believed Jesus' resurrection before Jesus appeared to them. That was why He was called 'the one Jesus loved'.
John 20:29  Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Jesus' Gospel of Grace
Luke 24:46-47,49  Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem... Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
     The gist of the gospel of grace is that whosoever believes that
1. Jesus is the Christ or Messiah (Word made flesh)
2. He suffered and was killed
3. the third day he rose from that death

First Born Again Christians
John 20:21-22  So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
    Since they had confess Jesus as the Christ or Messiah when He was alive with them, seen Him suffered, killed and now His resurrection, they have believed Him and the gospel of grace.
    So our Lord Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit as the seal of redemption. These disciples were the first born again Christians in the Body of Christ.

Conditions of the New Covenant
     The word of Jesus which includes His sayings, commandments, teachings, instructions and parables were the conditions of the New Covenant of His blood. Only after the death of Jesus was the New Covenant of His blood in force.
Heb 9:16-17  For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Conditions of Covenant
Any covenant requires the participation of at least two parties.

On the Part of Jesus
   Our Lord Jesus had sealed the new Covenant with His blood on the cross.
On our Part
    For us to be part of the Covenant, He requires us to be a born again Christian by believing the gospel of grace.
   With more grace from Him we must be His disciples by keeping His word and then make of all men.

Jews set Free from the Law (HW12)

  'Compassionate or Holy Week'

Mat 5:17  "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
    Out of the great love of God, our Lord Jesus was sent to redeem  the Israelites (Jews) under the Mosiac law which they were not able to keep and thereby became slaves under the bondage of sin.  
    At Jesus' death, He made the law obsolete and set the Jews free from Mosiac law (Judaism) and at the same time gave them the New Covenant of grace through the blood of Christ.
Gal 4:4-5  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Cannot Partake in the Law
Gal 5:1,3  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage..  And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
    After the Jews were set free from the Law, they cannot partake in any of the law (sacrifices, feasts, etc.) otherwise they have fallen from grace of God.
    Similarly, any Christian partaking in any Mosiac law will put himself under the bondage of the law. He too has fallen from God's grace and will lose his salvation.
Gal 5:4  You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Fulfillment of the Prophets (HW11)

  'Compassionate or Holy Week'

Ministry of the Prophets
Amos 3:7  Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
    Before God carries out any plan or will, He will send His prophets to prophesy or proclaim His coming events.
   So God also sent His prophets to admonish and guide the Israelites from their sins and blindness. At times He gave His instructions, commandments and will for them to observe.

2 Chr 20:20b  Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper."
   When the Jews believed His prophets, they were blessed by prosperity, peace and security. Even when they taken as captives, they will enjoy prosperity and peace in their foster nations just as in the case of Joseph, Daniel, Mordecai, Nehemiah and many other Jews.

Peace in Believing the Prophets
Jer 29:7, 10-11  And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace... For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
   Even during God's judgment, He still told the Israelites to settle down in Babylon and to live in peace by believing His prophets for God will always love men created in His image. He wanted them to live in peace with hope and a good future.
But beware of false prophets and false dreams which could destroy them.  (Jer 29:8-9)

John the Baptist Ministry
Mal 4:5-6  "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before *the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord*. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
    Before the end of the Old covenant when Jews were no longer be His people (great and dreadful day of the Lord), the Lord sent John the Baptist (as Elijah) to bring the Israelites to repentance for there were so much of hypocrisy then, that even parents and children did not trust one another.
    John the Baptist was also sent to prepare the Jews to come back to the Lord by keeping the Mosiac Law so that they would be ready to believe Jesus as their Messiah.

John preached Kingdom Gospel
Mat 3:1-2  In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, " Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
    God sent John the Baptist to preach repentance and the kingdom gospel.

Jesus fulfilled the Prophets
     Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the Prophets by believing John the Baptist and accept God's will and plan for the Jews. Our Lord also sent His disciples to preach John's message and baptize them.

Fulfillment of the Law (HW10)

  'Compassionate or Holy Week'

God prepared our Lord Jesus from His birth to His death so that at His Resurrection, He would have fulfilled the Mosiac Law and the Prophets to start the New Covenant of Grace.

Birth of Jesus
1. Born amongst the animals - He represented the animals needed for religious requirements.
2. Wrapped in swaddling cloth - represented the animals suitable for sacrificial purposes
3. Placed on the Manger - represented the grains, herbs or vegetables for religious needs.

Magi's Presents honour Him as the Son of God, the new born King.
1. Gold - represented Him as the temple of God or Word made flesh
2. Frankenscience - represented Him as sweet aroma sacrifices
3. Myrrh - represented Him as the anointing oil (mainly myrrh and olive oil)

At the death of our Lord Jesus, He fulfilled all the Old Covenant religious requirements for services in the temple of God.

Priesthood Fulfilled
Heb 7:1-2  For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace,"
   Our Lord Jesus served the Father faithfully that He was in the order of the Priesthood of Melchizedek, to whom the Patriarch Abraham had to pay tithe. So when we are in Christ, we too are His Royal priesthood.
I Pet 2:9  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Change of Priesthood
Heb 7:12,18 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law... For on the one hand there is an *annulling of the former commandment* because of its weakness and unprofitableness.
    With Jesus as the Priesthood of the order of Melchizedek, God had annulled all former commandments by making them obsolete.

Jewish Feasts Fulfilled 
     Deu 16:16 "Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the  Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the  Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed.
    The Three Feasts of the Lord were

1. Feast of Unleavened Bread
a) The Passover
Lev 23:5  On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord's Passover.
    Our Lord Jesus was crucified on Passover as the Passover Lamb of God.
John 1:29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
b) Feast of Unleavened Bread
Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the *Feast of Unleavened Bread* to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
    Our Lord Jesus was the Word made flesh. His words, teachings and commandments are the bread of life (unleavened bread).
John 6:48  I am the bread of life."

Feast of Weeks (Firstfruits)
a) A sheaf of 1st firstfruits
Lev 23:10  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
     A sheaf of the firstfruits of the harvest was waved by the priest before the Lord - this was fulfilled by our Lord being the first resurrected from the dead.
1 Cor 15:20  But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

b) Feast of Weeks
Lev 23:15-16  And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.

     The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (50 days) resulted to 3,000 Jews being converted to Christianity fulfilled the Feast of Weeks of harvest.

Feast of Tabernacles
a) Blowing of Trumpets
Lev 23:24, 27, 34  "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
   The angels heralded the birth of the Lord with sounding of the trumpets.
b) Day of Atonement* (Sabbath)
Lev 23:27 "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord."
    After our Lord Jesus' baptism by John, He and His disciples preached repentance to bring the Jews back to the Lord. Many repented Jews were baptized.
c) Feast of Tabernacles
Lev 23:34  "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord."
    The Jews dwelled in tents during this Feast. After our Lord's resurrection, He gave the Holy Spirit to dwell in the physical bodies (tents) of His disciples thereby fulfilling this Feast of Tabernacles.
John 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

Jewish Feasts made Obsolete
    At Jesus' death, God tore the veil into two and left the temple of God making the Old Covenant and the Jewish Feasts obsolete. In 70AD, the complete destruction of the Temple confirmed the end of the Old Covenant or Judaism.

Pierced after Jesus' Death (HW09)

'Compassionate or Holy Week'

Blood of Jesus

John 19:33-34  But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
    Even after the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, his dead body was abused by the Roman soldier who used the spear to pierce the side of his body. Immediately, blood and water poured out of his dead body.
    In the OT, the most wicked person was Jezebeel, wife of King Ahab. She killed many prophets of God and forced the Jews to apostate by worshipping Baal. God ensured that after her dead, blood would come out from her body
    The blood that poured out from Jesus' death body was able to cleanse even the worst sin committed by men. So all men can be saved by the grace of God.

The Day of Passover was from Thursday twilight (6pm) to Friday 6pm.

Our Lord Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples on Thursday after 6pm (beginning of the Day of Passover) and He died on the same Day of Passover at about 3pm on Friday (before end of Day of Passover).
     This qualifies Jesus to be the Passover Lamb of God.

Death of Jesus (HW08)

'Compassionate or Holy Week'

Blood of Jesus
At about 3 pm, the time of the evening sacrifice, our Lord Jesus died.

John 19:28,30  After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!".. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
    Jesus died at about 3pm as the sacrificial Lamb of God at the time of the evening sacrifice. He died very contented for He had accomplished His work as given by God the Father. Though He appeared to be suffering from the crucifixion, He was rejoicing for He knew that men would now be passed from death to life. He knew that His success was mainly due to His perfect love for the salvation of men.
    His death destroyed the devil who had the power over death and set Christians free from the bondage of the fear of death.
Heb 2:14-15  Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

    Our Lord willingly suffered the taste of His death, godly Christians who keep His word will not suffer the taste of death on their beds or being martyred.

John 8:52  Then the Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.'

Mat 16:27-28  For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. "Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

    All His disciples will see our Lord Jesus coming for them before death set in.

   Stephen saw our Lord Jesus in heaven and the Lord protected him before the first stone hit his body. Because Stephen was not in pain but was rejoicing for being with the Lord, he was able to pray to God to forgive them

Acts 7:55-56, 59-60  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!".. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

The death of our Lord Jesus Christ was the greatest gift of God for men. No longer will men have to fear death nor damnation for the grace of God was given to all men.

Mat 27:51  Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split

Jesus Death for the Jews
    Jesus' death abolished the almost impossible to follow Mosiac law or Judaism by tearing the veil into two and destroying the temple of God thereby setting them free from the bondage of the law.
    The New Covenant of His blood at His death, is the grace of God given to them and also to the Gentiles.

Rocks Split to Praise Jesus
    Because men were mourning the death of Jesus instead of praising, thanking and honouring Him for the wonderful gift to men, the rocks split causing an earthquake to praise God.
    Brethren, God loves our sincere praises, thanksgivings, honours, intercessions and worships as appreciations of His great love more than just praying for selfish benefits.

Centurion acknowledge Jesus

Mat 27:54  So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

Crucifixion of Jesus (HW07)

'Compassionate or Holy Week'

Blood of Jesus
At about 9 am, our Lord Jesus was crucified.

Mark 15:25-26  Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
    Our Lord Jesus chose crucifixion the most painful death meant for serious criminals. He suffered being hung on the cross (tree) for six hours before His death to free us those were under the curse.
Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree").

Most unbelievers who have committed abominations such as idolatry, adultery, covetousness, etc. were under curse, but thank God for Jesus who was hung on the cross (tree) to set us free from the curse caused by our abominations before our salvation.
Col 3:5-7  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.