April 16, 2006
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
"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" -
I Cor. 15:45-58
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"
v. 1 - "faithfulness and truth" - the wonders for
which God is praised - counsels decreed from
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