Easter Lesson

                                    April 16, 2006

                                 Matthew 28:1-20


Read ch. 28:1-20


It is very hard for me to ignore ritualism!


"God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must

worship Him in Spirit and Truth"


"Christ is Truth"


Grace - Mercy - NOT WORKS


Christmas - "the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise"

Resurrection  - the resurrection of Jesus Christ was on this



Christmas time rituals from a child  - reading the Christmas

story - Bible story book - a cheap one at that - covers torn off -

but "Oh what a meaning it had for me - the reality - the

solitude and the manger at the barn - (I wish I still had that

relic) probably like my baseball cards - thrown away by

Mother in ditch covered now by the bulldozings at the

Somerset-Pulaski County Airport





Death on Good Friday and the Resurrection on Sunday -

the readings - the meanings  - the reality - the formality

I read again from the Four Gospels Friday night - perhaps

not as thorough as in time past - a perusal if you will -

reading certain chapters - am I the better or causally

reading excerpts am I the worse?


I find there a discipline in ritualism that is lacking

in "purposelessness"


"the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!"


I say this because the "birth of Christ" and the

"resurrection of Christ" are VERY IMPORTANT



We are dealing with the RESURRECTION this

morning - the life and death of JESUS CHRIST for

us - just as important but beyond scope of this lesson!?


The Three Greatest Things I Know - My Lord is them all!!





(1) "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth...."

(2) "I am the Light of the world" - "God is light & in Him is no

      darkness at all"

(3) "God is Love"


Kathleen Schoolcraft's death and application of John 11:25-26


"Christ died" - Romans 8:33-34

"the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin"

                                    I John 1:7c


I cannot understand a secular world view - "If in this life only

we have hope, we are of all men most miserable" - I Cor. 15:19


"The fool hath said in his heart - there is no God" -

                                    Ps. 14:1


Acts 26:8


John 20:26-31

Luke 24:38-39


I Cor. 15:45-58


Isaiah 25:6-9


Romans 8:32


Job 14:10,12-15


Hebrews 4:12-16 (Acts 4:10-12) Acts 2:21





Job 19:25-27    Philippians 3:10

Job 13:15         John 6:66-69

Acts 4:33a  - "And with great power gave the apostles

            witness of the resurrection of the dead"


Romans 10:9




Acts 17:30-31



                                    Isaiah 25


v. 1 - "faithfulness and truth" - the wonders for

            which God is praised - counsels decreed from



v. 4


vs. 6-9 ***


A heavenly feast

The removal of the veil cast over all people

The abolition of death

The ceasing of tears





"unto all people" - there is no restriction  of salvation

to any particular race or nation  - some of each come in  -

Dan. 7:14, Matt. 8:11, Rev. 5:9, 7:9 - people from all

nations, kindreds, peoples, and tongues.


The final beatitude of man is represented as "a feast"


compare "marriage supper of the Lamb" - Rev. 19:7


"well refined" - God the Host  - His people receive the

choicest and most exquisite gifts!


v. 8 - death is to disappear and cease to be a



"the rebuke of His people shall He take away" -

the reproach that they had endured all their lives.


v. 9 - "we have waited for thee"


v. 10 - The protecting hand of God will for ever

            be stretched out over the spiritual Zion to

            defend and keep the Church Redeemed

            throughout eternity!