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Re: The Desire of Ages--80--In Joseph's Tomb
« Reply #60 on: April 09, 2021, 05:30:43 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean!!  By beholding we become changed (2 Cor. 3:18).  Nicodemus did not understand how to be converted, yet he was. Jesus told him this secret when He told him he needed to be converted 3 1/2 years before. May we help our brethren  who are in a Laodicean condition understand that it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, especially those scenes when He suffered for the sins of the whole world.

Amen Brother Beacon!  The close of today's reading brings everything together.

  The priests gave directions for securing the sepulcher. A great stone had been placed before the opening. Across this stone they placed cords, securing the ends to the solid rock, and sealing them with the Roman seal. The stone could not be moved without breaking the seal. A guard of one hundred soldiers was then stationed around the sepulcher to prevent it from being tampered with. The priests did all they could to keep Christ's body where it had been laid. He was sealed as securely in His tomb as if He were to remain there through all time.   
     So weak men counseled and planned. Little did these murderers realize the uselessness of their efforts. But by their action God was glorified. The very efforts made to prevent Christ's resurrection are the most convincing arguments in its proof. The greater the number of soldiers placed around the tomb, the stronger would be the testimony that He had risen. Hundreds of years before the death of Christ, the Holy Spirit had declared through the psalmist, "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed. . . . He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Psalm 2:1-4. Roman guards and Roman arms were powerless to confine the Lord of life within the tomb. The hour of His release was near. 


Let us remember this when weak men counsel and plan to do the same to us.
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« Reply #61 on: April 09, 2021, 07:34:10 AM »
  Many minds were busy with thoughts started by the scenes of Calvary. From the crucifixion to the resurrection many sleepless eyes were constantly searching the prophecies, some to learn the full meaning of the feast they were then celebrating, some to find evidence that Jesus was not what He claimed to be; and others with sorrowful hearts were searching for proofs that He was the true Messiah. Though searching with different objects in view, all were convicted of the same truth,--that prophecy had been fulfilled in the events of the past few days, and that the Crucified One was the world's Redeemer. Many who at that time united in the service never again took part in the paschal rites. Many even of the priests were convicted of the true character of Jesus. Their searching of the prophecies had not been in vain, and after His resurrection they acknowledged Him as the Son of God.   

Amen Brother Bacon, Pastor Sean, and Brother Richard. It was not only Nicodemus that was converted the day of Jesus crucifixion, many who were present searched the scriptures of prophecy for various reasons, came to the conclusion that Jesus was the Messiah and surrendered to him. This is a place to start are witness to those who do not know the truth, or have doubts in the scripture. Jesus should be the center of all our teachings.

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« Reply #62 on: July 05, 2021, 05:50:58 AM »
"In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation. When "the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them" (Genesis 2:1), the Creator and all heavenly beings rejoiced in contemplation of the glorious scene. "The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:7. Now Jesus rested from the work of redemption; and though there was grief among those who loved Him on earth, yet there was joy in heaven. Glorious to the eyes of heavenly beings was the promise of the future. A restored creation, a redeemed race, that having conquered sin could never fall,--this, the result to flow from Christ's completed work, God and angels saw. With this scene the day upon which Jesus rested is forever linked. For "His work is perfect;" and "whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever." Deuteronomy 32:4; Ecclesiastes 3:14. When there shall be a "restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:21), the creation Sabbath, the day on which Jesus lay at rest in Joseph's tomb, will still be a day of rest and rejoicing. Heaven and earth will unite in praise, as "from one Sabbath to another" (Isaiah 66:23) the nations of the saved shall bow in joyful worship to God and the Lamb.   

As we survey the wondrous cross our minds and hearts are lifted high above the pull of this sinful world. We recognize Jesus as the lamb of God, the Redeemer of this world and our hearts melt into submission to the invitation of Jesus to follow Him. His love surrounds us His grace embraces us and we know beyond a shadow of doubt that we can trust Him with our whole hearts. Even through the trials and difficulties we face in life we need only to remember that there wasn't a day or a moment that the devil wasn't conspiring to bring Jesus down. Because of His victory we too may live a life of victory over sin as we behold Him and abide in Him.
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« Reply #63 on: July 05, 2021, 06:35:53 AM »
"The very efforts made to prevent Christ's resurrection are the most convincing arguments in its proof."

"The greater the number of soldiers placed around the tomb, the stronger would be the testimony that He had risen. Hundreds of years before the death of Christ, the Holy Spirit had declared through the psalmist, "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed. . . . He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Psalm 2:1-4. "

"Roman guards and Roman arms were powerless to confine the Lord of life within the tomb. The hour of His release was near. "

When we choose to have Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we become connected to the most powerful force in the whole universe. Yes, we will have trials and troubles during our earthly journey and may even suffer death for the sake of our relationship with Jesus. However, we must never forget that He who came forth from the tomb was tightly secured and guarded by 100 elite Roman soldiers demonstrated the He has the ultimate power over death, and we also will come forth victoriously when He calls us forth at His second coming.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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« Reply #64 on: July 05, 2021, 08:03:42 AM »
Amen Sister Dorine and Brother Bacon.

  The divine patience of the Saviour, and His sudden death, with the cry of victory upon His lips, had impressed this heathen. In the bruised, broken body hanging upon the cross, the centurion recognized the form of the Son of God. He could not refrain from confessing his faith. Thus again evidence was given that our Redeemer was to see of the travail of His soul. Upon the very day of His death, three men, differing widely from one another, had declared their faith,--he who commanded the Roman guard, he who bore the cross of the Saviour, and he who died upon the cross at His side.
     As evening drew on, an unearthly stillness hung over Calvary. The crowd dispersed, and many returned to Jerusalem greatly changed in spirit from what they had been in the morning. Many had flocked to the crucifixion from curiosity, and not from hatred toward Christ. Still they believed the accusations of the priests, and looked upon Christ as a malefactor. Under an unnatural excitement they had united with the mob in railing against Him. But when the earth was wrapped in blackness, and they stood accused by their own consciences, they felt guilty of a great wrong. No jest or mocking laughter was heard in the midst of that fearful gloom; and when it was lifted, they made their way to their homes in solemn silence. They were convinced that the charges of the priests were false, that Jesus was no pretender; and a few weeks later, when Peter preached upon the day of Pentecost, they were among the thousands who became converts to Christ.


As I read this morning I was struck with the power of the message of the Cross and Jesus crucifixion, Three surrendered their lives to Christ, two came boldly forward to work for Christ and thousands were converted later by Peter preaching on Jesus crucifixion. Is it any surprise that under the influence of the Holy Spirit Paul wrote in I Corinthians  2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." When working to win souls to Christ these are the seeds we should be planting, Jesus should always be at the center of all our teaching.

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« Reply #65 on: July 05, 2021, 10:11:41 AM »
Praise the Lord for all the posts!

A lot of it depends on your perspective. For many of the disciples, the crucifixion of Christ was so disappointing to their hopes because they had a false idea of what the Messiah's mission and kingdom was to entail. But for Nicodemus, who had been given great light about the way the Son of Man was to die, the crucifixion was a clinching clarification that confirmed his faith, and He went forth boldly as a converted disciple without any reserve.

"Nicodemus, when he saw Jesus lifted up on the cross, remembered His words spoken by night in the Mount of Olives: 'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.' John 3:14, 15. On that Sabbath, when Christ lay in the grave, Nicodemus had opportunity for reflection. A clearer light now illuminated his mind, and the words which Jesus had spoken to him were no longer mysterious. He felt that he had lost much by not connecting himself with the Saviour during His life. Now he recalled the events of Calvary. The prayer of Christ for His murderers and His answer to the petition of the dying thief spoke to the heart of the learned councilor. Again he looked upon the Saviour in His agony; again he heard that last cry, 'It is finished,' spoken like the words of a conqueror. Again he beheld the reeling earth, the darkened heavens, the rent veil, the shivered rocks, and his faith was forever established. The very event that destroyed the hopes of the disciples convinced Joseph and Nicodemus of the divinity of Jesus. Their fears were overcome by the courage of a firm and unwavering faith." {The Desire of Ages, page 775, paragraph 2}

Let us understand the gospel clearly and then go forward in a bold, humble faith. All of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing as long as we are vitally connected to Christ!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #66 on: July 05, 2021, 10:00:45 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean. This statement was what impressed me also this morning.  There is so very much here.

"Nicodemus, when he saw Jesus lifted up on the cross, remembered His words spoken by night in the Mount of Olives: 'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.' John 3:14, 15."


He then identified what Jesus meant. He did not understand prior to seeing Jesus "lifted up."  I like the statement that something else happened at the same time as he contemplated what he had seen and what Jesus had said.

On that Sabbath, when Christ lay in the grave, Nicodemus had opportunity for reflection. A clearer light now illuminated his mind, and the words which Jesus had spoken to him were no longer mysterious. He felt that he had lost much by not connecting himself with the Saviour during His life. Now he recalled the events of Calvary. The prayer of Christ for His murderers and His answer to the petition of the dying thief spoke to the heart of the learned councilor. Again he looked upon the Saviour in His agony; again he heard that last cry, 'It is finished,' spoken like the words of a conqueror. Again he beheld the reeling earth, the darkened heavens, the rent veil, the shivered rocks, and his faith was forever established. The very event that destroyed the hopes of the disciples convinced Joseph and Nicodemus of the divinity of Jesus. Their fears were overcome by the courage of a firm and unwavering faith."


Have you all noticed that at some point in your life you have experienced the same thing, your faith has been "forever established"?  I believe God means exactly what we have read, that one's faith can be "forever" established. We can discuss further exactly what that means, but that does not change there is such a thing.   :)
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« Reply #67 on: September 30, 2021, 06:43:15 AM »
 "In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation."

"Now Jesus rested from the work of redemption; and though there was grief among those who loved Him on earth, yet there was joy in heaven."

"Glorious to the eyes of heavenly beings was the promise of the future. A restored creation, a redeemed race, that having conquered sin could never fall,--this, the result to flow from Christ's completed work, God and angels saw. With this scene the day upon which Jesus rested is forever linked."

For "His work is perfect;" and "whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever." Deuteronomy 32:4; Ecclesiastes 3:14. When there shall be a "restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:21),

"The creation Sabbath, the day on which Jesus lay at rest in Joseph's tomb, will still be a day of rest and rejoicing. Heaven and earth will unite in praise, as "from one Sabbath to another"  the nations of the saved shall bow in joyful worship to God and the Lamb.(Isaiah 66:23)

As we move towards the final events of this worlds history and there will be a vicious attack on God's True Sabbath Day, the 7th day of the week which is Saturday!! Let us remember that...Jesus Died on Friday....Rested in the Tomb on the Sabbath ( The 7th Day ) of the week, and Rose from the Grave on Sunday the 1st Day of the Week.

Currently in many places of the world, calendars are being changed by man to make Sunday the 7th Day of the Week. DO NOT BE FOOLED!!
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« Reply #68 on: September 30, 2021, 09:21:54 AM »
  But it was not the spear thrust, it was not the pain of the cross, that caused the death of Jesus. That cry, uttered "with a loud voice" (Matthew 27:50; Luke 23:46), at the moment of death, the stream of blood and water that flowed from His side, declared that He died of a broken heart. His heart was broken by mental anguish. He was slain by the sin of the world.

What crucified Jesus our Savior, the pain inflicted by the sins from the foundation of the world until judgement is finished.  Yours and my sins today.  This focuses Jesus crucifixion on the cross we all have a part in it and need the grace from it through faith to be saved. 

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« Reply #69 on: September 30, 2021, 10:05:05 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Philip!

Let us look to Jesus and be truly converted, as this miracle God offers to all who come in willing surrender of the whole heart to Him! Just like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, the death of Christ clinches our hope and reveals the love of God that has power to win hearts to Him!

"Nicodemus, when he saw Jesus lifted up on the cross, remembered His words spoken by night in the Mount of Olives: 'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.' John 3:14, 15. On that Sabbath, when Christ lay in the grave, Nicodemus had opportunity for reflection. A clearer light now illuminated his mind, and the words which Jesus had spoken to him were no longer mysterious. He felt that he had lost much by not connecting himself with the Saviour during His life. Now he recalled the events of Calvary. The prayer of Christ for His murderers and His answer to the petition of the dying thief spoke to the heart of the learned councilor. Again he looked upon the Saviour in His agony; again he heard that last cry, 'It is finished,' spoken like the words of a conqueror. Again he beheld the reeling earth, the darkened heavens, the rent veil, the shivered rocks, and his faith was forever established. The very event that destroyed the hopes of the disciples convinced Joseph and Nicodemus of the divinity of Jesus. Their fears were overcome by the courage of a firm and unwavering faith." {The Desire of Ages, page 775, paragraph 2}

Beholding Christ we will be changed, and perfect love casts out fear, even filling the soul with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we affectionately obey the law of God from a converted heart! May this be your experience today in Christ!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #70 on: September 30, 2021, 11:02:08 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean!!  What a wonderful story of how one is saved. We must spend time with Jesus that we first will know and love Him, then we will be reminded each day of His wonderful grace.

We cannot serve two masters, we serve one or the other. In today's reading we better understand what  it is like to serve Satan, the father of all lies.

  The revenge which the priests had thought would be so sweet was already bitterness to them. They knew that they were meeting the severe censure of the people; they knew that the very ones whom they had influenced against Jesus were now horrified by their own shameful work. These priests had tried to believe Jesus a deceiver; but it was in vain. Some of them had stood by the grave of Lazarus, and had seen the dead brought back to life. They trembled for fear that Christ would Himself rise from the dead, and again appear before them. They had heard Him declare that He had power to lay down His life and to take it again. They remembered that He had said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 2:19. Judas had told them the words spoken by Jesus to the disciples while on the last journey to Jerusalem: "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again." Matthew 20:18, 19. When they heard these words, they had mocked and ridiculed. But now they remembered that Christ's predictions had so far been fulfilled. He had said that He would rise again the third day, and who could say that this also would not come to pass? They longed to shut out these thoughts, but they could not. Like their father, the devil, they believed and trembled. 
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« Reply #71 on: December 25, 2021, 08:58:11 PM »
"Nicodemus had opportunity for reflection."

"A clearer light now illuminated his mind, and the words which Jesus had spoken to him were no longer mysterious. He felt that he had lost much by not connecting himself with the Saviour during His life."

"Now he recalled the events of Calvary."

"The prayer of Christ for His murderers and His answer to the petition of the dying thief spoke to the heart of the learned councilor. Again he looked upon the Saviour in His agony; again he heard that last cry, 'It is finished,' spoken like the words of a conqueror. Again he beheld the reeling earth, the darkened heavens, the rent veil, the shivered rocks."

"His faith was forever established."

"The very event that destroyed the hopes of the disciples convinced Joseph and Nicodemus of the divinity of Jesus. Their fears were overcome by the courage of a firm and unwavering faith."

This lesson should teach us the importance of daily review and reflection upon the Words of Jesus and by this method establish our faith solidly to the Rock of Ages. We must not let the cares of this life prevent or distract us from the daily study of the life of Jesus.

Will you join with me in renewing your commitment to study & pray on a daily basis.King David said in Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Is that your desire?


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Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
  Standing on the promises of God.
    Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
  Iím standing on the promises of God.
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Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
  Standing on the promises of God.
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Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
  Standing on the promises of God.
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Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by loveís strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spiritís sword,
  Standing on the promises of God.
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Standing on the promises I shall not fall,
Listíning every moment to the Spiritís call.
Resting in my Savior as my All in all,
  Standing on the promises of God.

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« Reply #72 on: December 26, 2021, 05:55:15 AM »
     "The mourning cries of the suffering ones brought home to thousands of minds the conviction that a great light had gone out of the world. Without Christ, the earth was blackness and darkness. Many whose voices had swelled the cry of "Crucify Him, crucify Him," now realized the calamity that had fallen upon them, and would as eagerly have cried, Give us Jesus! had He still been alive."

Jesus is the Light of the world. Without Him we are without hope. I'm so thankful this morning that although He may not physically walk on earth today He abides in the hearts of those who love Him and accept His invitation to be their Master and King.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #73 on: December 26, 2021, 09:08:15 AM »
Praise the Lord for the way God confirms faith in the way it may be least expected.

"Nicodemus, when he saw Jesus lifted up on the cross, remembered His words spoken by night in the Mount of Olives: 'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.' John 3:14, 15. On that Sabbath, when Christ lay in the grave, Nicodemus had opportunity for reflection. A clearer light now illuminated his mind, and the words which Jesus had spoken to him were no longer mysterious. He felt that he had lost much by not connecting himself with the Saviour during His life. Now he recalled the events of Calvary. The prayer of Christ for His murderers and His answer to the petition of the dying thief spoke to the heart of the learned councilor. Again he looked upon the Saviour in His agony; again he heard that last cry, 'It is finished,' spoken like the words of a conqueror. Again he beheld the reeling earth, the darkened heavens, the rent veil, the shivered rocks, and his faith was forever established. The very event that destroyed the hopes of the disciples convinced Joseph and Nicodemus of the divinity of Jesus. Their fears were overcome by the courage of a firm and unwavering faith." {The Desire of Ages, page 775, paragraph 2} 

While the disciples were devastated by Jesus' death, Nicodemus and Joseph "got it." They were truly converted because they beheld the depth of Christ's sacrifice and surrendered fully to Christ and received a new heart that impelled them to go forward in faith!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #74 on: December 26, 2021, 10:29:23 AM »
Amen! By beholding His grace they were transformed in character. So it is today. All who will take time to spend contemplating the life, suffering, and death of Jesus will give their hearts fully to Him who gave all for them. How can we not love such is God! Those who sorrowed over His death because they lost their opportunity to be healed, gained the opportunity for eternal life when He came forth from the grave. How much better a life in a world without sin than being healed to continue living in a world such as we have today. On the other hand, we have the privilege of being a helping hand to Him who gave all for us. He wants us here in the world as witnesses of the power of His grace.

And for those who raged against our Lord, He left them in their utter helplessness to keep Him from healing the sick and forgiving sin. They feared He would come forth from the grave and when He did, they understood their condemnation and the power of the God they denied.

   So weak men counseled and planned. Little did these murderers realize the uselessness of their efforts. But by their action God was glorified. The very efforts made to prevent Christ's resurrection are the most convincing arguments in its proof. The greater the number of soldiers placed around the tomb, the stronger would be the testimony that He had risen. Hundreds of years before the death of Christ, the Holy Spirit had declared through the psalmist, "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed. . . . He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Psalm 2:1-4. Roman guards and Roman arms were powerless to confine the Lord of life within the tomb. The hour of His release was near. 


And how is it with those today who despised the Christmas holiday when Jesus was placed in the center by those who love Him? What shall be their end if they continue to fight against the truth? Let us pray that many of them will awake to His love and justice as did many of the priests after His resurrection.
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