Dear family of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Today is Good Friday, may you and yours be blessed and have a very renewing of the Holy Spirit in your life on Resurrection Sunday! May you be encouraged in our Lord so that you can encourage others! My Dear friends, we are called to encourage each other,may you be a Barnabas to those around you! AMEN!
The cup which my Father has given Me, shall I not drink it? John 18:11
The best Easter/Resurrection sermon I have heard in my life will be delivered by Pastor Paul Holt Saturday night at 6pm on Dewey and Friends on KAZQ Ch 32 So very very Powerful in our Lord!!! For Gods Glory Alone!!!! If the creek don’t rise Sharon and I are headed to Magdalena, NM for the Sunrise service at Pastor Paul’s Church, First Baptist, on Sunday! PRAISE GOD!!!!
So very blessed this day as everyday to have you with us! Today we have two teachings from two Angels of God, Darlene Quiring of Mt. Lake, Minnesota and Monica Miller-Ruhl of Albuquerque.
Mary Magdalene discovers Jesus’ tomb was empty
(see John 20:1-10)
The morning after Jesus had been placed in the tomb, Mary Magdalene went to visit the tomb. It was very early in the morning and it was still dark outside.
She saw that the stone had been removed from the front of the tomb and that the tomb was empty.
She ran to Peter to inform him what she had seen. Then, Peter and another Apostle, John, ran to the tomb to see for themselves. The body of Jesus was gone and the only thing left behind was the cloth that was used to wrap his body for the burial. The Apostles were confused, they did not understand what was happening. How could the tomb be empty? Where was the body of Jesus?
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
(see John 20:10-18)
The Apostles returned to their homes. But Mary Magdalene remained by the tomb, crying. Then she turned and saw a man who asked her why she was crying. Mary Magdalene soon realized that the man who was talking to her was Jesus Christ. Jesus had risen from death. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the resurrected Jesus.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning of Christianity. If Christ had not been resurrected and seen by many people (more than 500), Christianity would not exist today. Jesus made twelve appearances after his resurrection:
1. His first appearance was to Mary Magdalene, on that early Sunday morning. (Mark 16:9; John 20:10-18).
2. Jesus appeared to the women returning from the tomb. (Matthew 28:9-10).
3. Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-32; Mark 16:12-13).
4. He appeared to Peter in Jerusalem. (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5).
5. He appeared to his disciples and other followers, and also a second time to the two men from Emmaus, in a locked room in Jerusalem. The apostle Thomas wasn’t there at that time. (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23).
6. A week later, Jesus again appeared to his disciples behind locked doors, and this time Thomas was present. (John 20:24-29).
7. Jesus appeared to seven of his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1-24).
8. Jesus was seen by 500 believers at one time. (1 Corinthians 15:6).
9. He appeared to James. (1 Corinthians 15:7).
10. He appeared to eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee. (Matt. 28:18-20).
11. He walked with his disciples along the road to Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, and then ascended into Heaven. (Luke 24:50-53).
12. He was seen by Paul on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8).
Jesus appears before Thomas
(see John 20:24-29)
Some people had doubts that Jesus had risen from death, that he had been resurrected. After all, the Romans drove nails through Jesus’ hands and feet and later pierced his side with a spear to make sure he was dead. And now there were people claiming to have seen Jesus alive again. The Apostle named Thomas had doubts, as explained in John 20:24-29 (NIV translation):
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The significance of the resurrection
(see 1 Corinthians 15)
1 Corinthians, which was written by a disciple named Paul, the 15th chapter of this book explains the significance of the resurrection of Jesus. It says that Jesus died for our sins. (see 1 Corinthians 15:3). It also says that our faith would be meaningless if there had been no resurrection (see 1 Corinthians 15:17). And it proclaims that Jesus was resurrected. (see 1 Corinthians 15:20). Paul is one of the people who saw Jesus after the resurrection.
The Great Commission
(see Matthew 28:18-20)
After the resurrection, Jesus met with his disciples on a mountain in Galilee and gave them a command to go out and evangelize to all people:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20 NIV).
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus mentions the triune nature of God when he speaks of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is referred to as the “holy trinity” and also as the “triune nature of God,” meaning that God is three-in-one. Christians believe in one God – one God who is God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus ascends into Heaven
(see Mark 16:19-20)
After he had told his disciples to go out into the world and preach the word of God, Jesus ascended into Heaven:
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:19-20 NIV).
The return of Jesus
(see Matthew 24)
The New Testament explains that Jesus will return in the future to judge the living and the dead and to establish eternal peace.
There are several verses that refer to Jesus’ return, including Matthew 16:24-28, Matthew 24, Matthew 25:31-46, Mark 8:34-9:1, Mark 13, Luke 9:23-27, Luke 17:20-37, Luke 21:5-38; John 6:39-40, and John 14:3.
In Matthew 16:27, Jesus is quoted as saying that the “Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.”
The book of Matthew, chapter 24, describes a series of signs that will occur before his return. We are told that all of these signs will manifest themselves during the span of a single generation: “This generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place” (Matthew 24:34).
But we don’t know which generation that will be.
In Mark 13:32, we are told that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether we are presently living in the generation that will witness all of the signs described in Matthew 24. Many people have tried to predict when Jesus will return only to be proven wrong. The Bible warns us not to worry and reminds us to be prepared, spiritually. For believers, Jesus’ return will be a glorious event.
God Bless you Darlene Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday.
Now we are Blessed to have Monica Miller- Ruhl with us………..
Today as I conclude my journey with Brad Scott’s book: THE SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS Revealing the Body of Messiah In the Tabernacle, I would like to share Brad’s closing conversation with you as we observe the Feast of Passover followed by my thoughts. Baruch Atah Adonai! ~monica
YHWH (GOD)has shown us the way of salvation and His order by means of the tabernacle. The way of salvation is pictured by seven pieces of furniture all placed in a specific order as one approaches the presence of YHWH. There are two items in the court, a shadow of the physical body. These are the brazen altar – the place of “whole” sacrifice [body, soul, spirit]; the laver – the washing of the water of the word to cleanses your walk [daily]. Then we enter the Holy Place and see three details. The Holy Place symbolizes our “minds” and so contains two pictures of Torah which “renews our minds”, and is the precursor for “physical and behavioral” transformation. The menorah – the light of the world; and the table of showbread – the life sustaining bread of life. The last detail before entering the Most Holy Place is the golden altar – the picture of prayer. The final destination contains the ark of the testimony and the mercy seat. The ark, containing the life-giving word of YHWH, is protected and watched over by His enduring mercy. Is this not the process that we go through in order to be delivered from death? It is our court, or our body, that first received the words of life. The gospel must be preached and we must have an ear to hear. Then our minds assimilate the material and we make a decision either to trust what we have heard or reject what we have heard. When our ears have heard and our minds have responded, we ask or pray and YHWH always answers with a resounding “I will.” YHWH then places His testimony and mercy in our hearts, or our spirit, and it becomes renewed and sanctified. Now the process of “growth” takes place in the way YHWH originally designed the tabernacle, from the inside out. The way of salvation is from the outside in. The way of “growth” and “maturity” is from the inside out. If we have the testimony of YHWH within us, then our minds take their instruction from the word of YHWH and not the world or any other source. If we have not His word in us, then our minds must take their instruction from somewhere else. Once the mind has been renewed and transformed then our bodies must obey. If I have “made up my mind” to go swimming, my body cannot argue about it. If you truly believe, then you will truly do. If you are not doing, then you are not truly believing.
Yeshua (Jesus) or Messiah was our example, as He led the way from the ark of the testimony to the eastern gate. Yeshua was faithful and true witness in Hitgalut (Revelation) 3:14. He restored the true witness of the ark of the covenant to His people. His BLOOD was placed upon the horns of the altar of incense, and His ashes scattered upon the altar to be a sweet, acceptable fragrance unto YHWH on our behalf (Ephesians 5:2, 2 Corinthians 2:15). He taught us how to pray at the altar in Mattiyahu (Matthew) 6:9-13. He was and is our menorah as He proclaimed in Yochanan (John) 8:12 that He was the light of the world. Then He said to you and me in Mattityahu 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world.” He is the Word of YHWH, the Living Torah, and our sustenance in this world, as He is the Bread of Life (John 6:32-33). He became the laver when He washed the disciples feet in John 13:1-10. Then came His final act of His walk from the ark to the altar. He finishes by offering Himself wholly on a tree of judgment.
The tabernacle is a wonderful picture of the Messiah (Jesus) and ourselves (the Church). When we begin to see ourselves, then we can, in turn, begin to appreciate the tabernacle. It is a symbiotic relationship. ~Brad Scott
May the insights that Brad carefully shares be helpful in deepening our understanding of so great Gift, Jesus, Messiah, the Passover Lamb; gloriously, victoriously, Resurrected! May our hearts find true, lasting Rest in Him; understanding that our responsibility as a Believer is to follow and obey the Son as His disciples, captured and exemplified in this reality of believing “His words of eternal life”. We too can do no less!
As times grow more challenging there are great things ahead for us—walking in His Kingdom! He will never leave us or forsake us. Stay His course. His Plan, authored by Him, succeeds! We are victorious in Christ Jesus who is both Savior and Lord of all. His government will prevail! If God be for us, who can be against us? All power and authority is in YHWH! He IS God, our ever present Truth. Blessed be His name forever!
Monica Miller-Ruhl, Global Destiny Ministry
God Bless you Monica! May you and Pastor Bill have a very Blessed Resurrection Sunday!
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