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The Desire of Ages--81--The Lord Is Risen
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Chap. 81 - "The Lord Is Risen"


Listen to     "The Lord Is Risen"



 




    The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. Christ was still a prisoner in His narrow tomb. The great stone was in its place; the Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch. And there were unseen watchers. Hosts of evil angels were gathered about the place. Had it been possible, the prince of darkness with his apostate army would have kept forever sealed the tomb that held the Son of God. But a heavenly host surrounded the sepulcher. Angels that excel in strength were guarding the tomb, and waiting to welcome the Prince of life. 
     "And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven." Clothed with the panoply of God, this angel left the heavenly courts. The bright beams of God's glory went before him, and illuminated his pathway. "His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men."   
     Now, priests and rulers, where is the power of your guard? Brave soldiers that have never been afraid of human power are now as captives taken without sword or spear. The face they look upon is not the face of mortal warrior; it is the face of the mightiest of the Lord's host. This messenger is he who fills the position from which Satan fell. It is he who on the hills of Bethlehem proclaimed Christ's birth. The earth trembles at his approach, the hosts of darkness flee, and as he rolls away the stone, heaven seems to come down to the earth. The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee. They see Jesus come forth from the grave, and hear Him proclaim over the rent sepulcher, "I am the resurrection, and the life." As He comes forth in majesty and glory, the angel host bow low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcome Him with songs of praise. 
     An earthquake marked the hour when Christ laid down His life, and another earthquake witnessed the moment when He took it up in triumph. He who had vanquished death and the grave came forth from the tomb with the tread of a conqueror, amid the reeling of the earth, the flashing of lightning, and the roaring of thunder. When He shall come to the earth again, He will shake "not the earth only, but also heaven." "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage." "The heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll;" "the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." But "the Lord will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel." Hebrews 12:26; Isaiah 24:20; 34:4; 2 Peter 3:10; Joel 3:16.   
     At the death of Jesus the soldiers had beheld the earth wrapped in darkness at midday; but at the resurrection they saw the brightness of the angels illuminate the night, and heard the inhabitants of heaven singing with great joy and triumph: Thou hast vanquished Satan and the powers of darkness; Thou hast swallowed up death in victory!   
     Christ came forth from the tomb glorified, and the Roman guard beheld Him. Their eyes were riveted upon the face of Him whom they had so recently mocked and derided. In this glorified Being they beheld the prisoner whom they had seen in the judgment hall, the one for whom they had plaited a crown of thorns. This was the One who had stood unresisting before Pilate and Herod, His form lacerated by the cruel scourge. This was He who had been nailed to the cross, at whom the priests and rulers, full of self-satisfaction, had wagged their heads, saying, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save." Matthew 27:42. This was He who had been laid in Joseph's new tomb. The decree of heaven had loosed the captive. Mountains piled upon mountains over His sepulcher could not have prevented Him from coming forth.
     At sight of the angels and the glorified Saviour the Roman guard had fainted and become as dead men. When the heavenly train was hidden from their view, they arose to their feet, and as quickly as their trembling limbs could carry them, made their way to the gate of the garden. Staggering like drunken men, they hurried on to the city, telling those whom they met the wonderful news. They were making their way to Pilate, but their report had been carried to the Jewish authorities, and the chief priests and rulers sent for them to be brought first into their presence. A strange appearance those soldiers presented. Trembling with fear, their faces colorless, they bore testimony to the resurrection of Christ. The soldiers told all, just as they had seen it; they had not had time to think or speak anything but the truth. With painful utterance they said, It was the Son of God who was crucified; we have heard an angel proclaiming Him as the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory. 
     The faces of the priests were as those of the dead. Caiaphas tried to speak. His lips moved, but they uttered no sound. The soldiers were about to leave the council room, when a voice stayed them. Caiaphas had at last found speech. Wait, wait, he said. Tell no one the things you have seen.   
     A lying report was then given to the soldiers. "Say ye," said the priests, "His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept." Here the priests overreached themselves. How could the soldiers say that the disciples had stolen the body while they slept? If they were asleep, how could they know? And if the disciples had been proved guilty of stealing Christ's body, would not the priests have been first to condemn them? Or if the sentinels had slept at the tomb, would not the priests have been foremost in accusing them to Pilate?   
     The soldiers were horrified at the thought of bringing upon themselves the charge of sleeping at their post. This was an offense punishable with death. Should they bear false witness, deceiving the people, and placing their own lives in peril? Had they not kept their weary watch with sleepless vigilance? How could they stand the trial, even for the sake of money, if they perjured themselves? 
     In order to silence the testimony they feared, the priests promised to secure the safety of the guard, saying that Pilate would not desire to have such a report circulated any more than they did. The Roman soldiers sold their integrity to the Jews for money. They came in before the priests burdened with a most startling message of truth; they went out with a burden of money, and on their tongues a lying report which had been framed for them by the priests. 
     Meanwhile the report of Christ's resurrection had been carried to Pilate. Though Pilate was responsible for having given Christ up to die, he had been comparatively unconcerned. While he had condemned the Saviour unwillingly, and with a feeling of pity, he had felt no real compunction until now. In terror he now shut himself within his house, determined to see no one. But the priests made their way into his presence, told the story which they had invented, and urged him to overlook the sentinels' neglect of duty. Before consenting to this, he himself privately questioned the guard. They, fearing for their own safety, dared not conceal anything, and Pilate drew from them an account of all that had taken place. He did not prosecute the matter further, but from that time there was no peace for him.
     When Jesus was laid in the grave, Satan triumphed. He dared to hope that the Saviour would not take up His life again. He claimed the Lord's body, and set his guard about the tomb, seeking to hold Christ a prisoner. He was bitterly angry when his angels fled at the approach of the heavenly messenger. When he saw Christ come forth in triumph, he knew that his kingdom would have an end, and that he must finally die.   
     The priests, in putting Christ to death, had made themselves the tools of Satan. Now they were entirely in his power. They were entangled in a snare from which they saw no escape but in continuing their warfare against Christ. When they heard the report of His resurrection, they feared the wrath of the people. They felt that their own lives were in danger. The only hope for them was to prove Christ an impostor by denying that He had risen. They bribed the soldiers, and secured Pilate's silence. They spread their lying reports far and near. But there were witnesses whom they could not silence. Many had heard of the soldiers' testimony to Christ's resurrection. And certain of the dead who came forth with Christ appeared to many, and declared that He had risen. Reports were brought to the priests of persons who had seen these risen ones, and heard their testimony. The priests and rulers were in continual dread, lest in walking the streets, or within the privacy of their own homes, they should come face to face with Christ. They felt that there was no safety for them. Bolts and bars were but poor protection against the Son of God. By day and by night that awful scene in the judgment hall, when they had cried, "His blood be on us, and on our children," was before them. Matthew 27:25. Nevermore would the memory of that scene fade from their minds. Nevermore would peaceful sleep come to their pillows. 
     When the voice of the mighty angel was heard at Christ's tomb, saying, Thy Father calls Thee, the Saviour came forth from the grave by the life that was in Himself. Now was proved the truth of His words, "I lay down My life, that I might take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again." Now was fulfilled the prophecy He had spoken to the priests and rulers, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 10:17, 18;  2:19. 
     Over the rent sepulcher of Joseph, Christ had proclaimed in triumph, "I am the resurrection, and the life." These words could be spoken only by the Deity. All created beings live by the will and power of God. They are dependent recipients of the life of God. From the highest seraph to the humblest animate being, all are replenished from the Source of life. Only He who is one with God could say, I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death.
     Christ arose from the dead as the first fruits of those that slept. He was the antitype of the wave sheaf, and His resurrection took place on the very day when the wave sheaf was to be presented before the Lord. For more than a thousand years this symbolic ceremony had been performed. From the harvest fields the first heads of ripened grain were gathered, and when the people went up to Jerusalem to the Passover, the sheaf of first fruits was waved as a thank offering before the Lord. Not until this was presented could the sickle be put to the grain, and it be gathered into sheaves. The sheaf dedicated to God represented the harvest. So Christ the first fruits represented the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the kingdom of God. His resurrection is the type and pledge of the resurrection of all the righteous dead. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." 1 Thessalonians 4:14. 
     As Christ arose, He brought from the grave a multitude of captives. The earthquake at His death had rent open their graves, and when He arose, they came forth with Him. They were those who had been co-laborers with God, and who at the cost of their lives had borne testimony to the truth. Now they were to be witnesses for Him who had raised them from the dead. 
     During His ministry, Jesus had raised the dead to life. He had raised the son of the widow of Nain, and the ruler's daughter and Lazarus. But these were not clothed with immortality. After they were raised, they were still subject to death. But those who came forth from the grave at Christ's resurrection were raised to everlasting life. They ascended with Him as trophies of His victory over death and the grave. These, said Christ, are no longer the captives of Satan; I have redeemed them. I have brought them from the grave as the first fruits of My power, to be with Me where I am, nevermore to see death or experience sorrow. 
     These went into the city, and appeared unto many, declaring, Christ has risen from the dead, and we be risen with Him. Thus was immortalized the sacred truth of the resurrection. The risen saints bore witness to the truth of the words, "Thy dead men shall live, together with My dead body shall they arise." Their resurrection was an illustration of the fulfillment of the prophecy, "Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead." Isaiah 26:19.
     To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   
     To the believer, death is but a small matter. Christ speaks of it as if it were of little moment. "If a man keep My saying, he shall never see death," "he shall never taste of death." To the Christian, death is but a sleep, a moment of silence and darkness. The life is hid with Christ in God, and "when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." John 8:51, 52; Colossians 3:4.
     The voice that cried from the cross, "It is finished," was heard among the dead. It pierced the walls of sepulchers, and summoned the sleepers to arise. Thus will it be when the voice of Christ shall be heard from heaven. That voice will penetrate the graves and unbar the tombs, and the dead in Christ shall arise. At the Saviour's resurrection a few graves were opened, but at His second coming all the precious dead shall hear His voice, and shall come forth to glorious, immortal life. The same power that raised Christ from the dead will raise His church, and glorify it with Him, above all principalities, above all powers, above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come.   
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 07:37:00 AM »
What a joy, Christ is risen!!   But, it was not a joy for all. Can you imagine the predicament of those who had seen Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? Every time they saw Lazarus, they would be reminded that Jesus was not one such as them. How could they battle against Jesus? And, now they face a risen Christ! What a mind twisting burden of guilt they then had to deal with. It would be impossible to know what to do. What if Jesus appeared to them in the midst of the people, what could they say or do? They the religious leaders had put to death their Messiah, and here He is come back from the grave!!

Here is the reality of what they feared:

     The priests, in putting Christ to death, had made themselves the tools of Satan. Now they were entirely in his power. They were entangled in a snare from which they saw no escape but in continuing their warfare against Christ. When they heard the report of His resurrection, they feared the wrath of the people. They felt that their own lives were in danger. The only hope for them was to prove Christ an impostor by denying that He had risen. They bribed the soldiers, and secured Pilate's silence. They spread their lying reports far and near. But there were witnesses whom they could not silence. Many had heard of the soldiers' testimony to Christ's resurrection. And certain of the dead who came forth with Christ appeared to many, and declared that He had risen. Reports were brought to the priests of persons who had seen these risen ones, and heard their testimony. The priests and rulers were in continual dread, lest in walking the streets, or within the privacy of their own homes, they should come face to face with Christ. They felt that there was no safety for them. Bolts and bars were but poor protection against the Son of God. By day and by night that awful scene in the judgment hall, when they had cried, "His blood be on us, and on our children," was before them. Matthew 27:25. Nevermore would the memory of that scene fade from their minds. Nevermore would peaceful sleep come to their pillows.   


Consider this when you read of their persecution of the disciples of Christ. Such is the end result of rejecting God's Word and His love. The end is disaster.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2016, 07:43:12 AM »
There is much hope for us sinners in this chapter. It was a glorious day when Christ awakened from His sleep over the Sabbath. Not only for those in His day, but for us today. With Him arose others who had been sleeping in the grave. Proof that Christ not only has power to give life to repentant sinners, but it is His great desire to present before the universe the travail of His soul.

And, He not only reveals the truth about His power to cleanse from sin, but He reveals again how it is that one may obtain eternal life. It is "in Christ" that we obtain immortality. Those who die in Christ will be filled with living water which brings everlasting life. This living water He offered to the woman at the well, who received it with great joy. How can we receive this living water? Jesus tells us.

To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   

What does it mean to "eat His flesh" and to "drink His blood"? For this is what is missing from the life of unrepentant sinners. What must one do in order to be raised up at the last day? What must we do in order to obtain salvation, and how often must we do it?
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2016, 09:29:46 AM »
Richard, as I reflect on your post, I am encouraged that Scripture reveals how we are to eat Christ's flesh and drink His blood--by beholding Him in His Word, and receiving His Spirit:

John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

Where does this experience take place? It is as we spend time reading His Word prayerfully, and receiving the blessing God has for us in each "thoughtful hour" {DA 83.4} that we can enjoy by meditating upon Christ's life, sacrifice, and victory for us.

In today's reading see Jesus clearly:

The voice that cried from the cross, “It is finished,” was heard among the dead. It pierced the walls of sepulchers, and summoned the sleepers to arise. Thus will it be when the voice of Christ shall be heard from heaven. That voice will penetrate the graves and unbar the tombs, and the dead in Christ shall arise. At the Saviour’s resurrection a few graves were opened, but at His second coming all the precious dead shall hear His voice, and shall come forth to glorious, immortal life. The same power that raised Christ from the dead will raise His church, and glorify it with Him, above all principalities, above all powers, above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come. – {DA 787.2}

Let us look and live! What s precious Saviour we have in Jesus!
"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 #4 on: October 03, 2016, 06:31:26 AM »

What an event!! What a story to tell!! Can you imagine the soldiers who heard angels singing and saw the King of Glory come forth after what had been done to Him!!!

     At the death of Jesus the soldiers had beheld the earth wrapped in darkness at midday; but at the resurrection they saw the brightness of the angels illuminate the night, and heard the inhabitants of heaven singing with great joy and triumph: Thou hast vanquished Satan and the powers of darkness; Thou hast swallowed up death in victory!   
     Christ came forth from the tomb glorified, and the Roman guard beheld Him. Their eyes were riveted upon the face of Him whom they had so recently mocked and derided. In this glorified Being they beheld the prisoner whom they had seen in the judgment hall, the one for whom they had plaited a crown of thorns. This was the One who had stood unresisting before Pilate and Herod, His form lacerated by the cruel scourge. This was He who had been nailed to the cross, at whom the priests and rulers, full of self-satisfaction, had wagged their heads, saying, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save." Matthew 27:42. This was He who had been laid in Joseph's new tomb. The decree of heaven had loosed the captive. Mountains piled upon mountains over His sepulcher could not have prevented Him from coming forth.
     At sight of the angels and the glorified Saviour the Roman guard had fainted and become as dead men. When the heavenly train was hidden from their view, they arose to their feet, and as quickly as their trembling limbs could carry them, made their way to the gate of the garden. Staggering like drunken men, they hurried on to the city, telling those whom they met the wonderful news.


Heathen were the ones who beheld the resurrection!
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2016, 12:02:51 PM »
Amen, Richard! What a blessing it is for us to realize that Christ by His resurrection was drawing all!

I appreciate how the resurrection is such strong evidence of the divinity of Christ:

  When the voice of the mighty angel was heard at Christ's tomb, saying, Thy Father calls Thee, the Saviour came forth from the grave by the life that was in Himself. Now was proved the truth of His words, "I lay down My life, that I might take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again." Now was fulfilled the prophecy He had spoken to the priests and rulers, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 10:17, 18;  2:19. 

Christ is much more than a Man! He is God in the flesh, and yet in all His trials and tribulations to which we are likewise faced, He did not employ His divine power to lighten His burdens. But when the Father summoned Christ from the grave, Christ arose by the life that was in Himself! He is a divine-human Savior! Praise the Lord that it is by virtue of our relation to Him by al living faith that we also may arise when the dead in Christ rise in the resurrection!

"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 #6 on: December 29, 2016, 05:40:04 AM »
I am SO SO THANKFUL that we do not have to wait for the resurrection of the righteous to have the RESURRECTION POWER OF GOD in our lives now!!

To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   

We must have the Son to have life even now--apart from Him we can do no good thing! I love Jesus!
"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 #7 on: December 29, 2016, 08:37:25 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean.  I had selected the same passage as did you.

     The risen saints bore witness to the truth of the words, "Thy dead men shall live, together with My dead body shall they arise." Their resurrection was an illustration of the fulfillment of the prophecy, "Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead." Isaiah 26:19.
     To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   
     To the believer, death is but a small matter. Christ speaks of it as if it were of little moment. "If a man keep My saying, he shall never see death," "he shall never taste of death." To the Christian, death is but a sleep, a moment of silence and darkness. The life is hid with Christ in God, and "when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." John 8:51, 52; Colossians 3:4.


This truth about the believer not fearing death reveals who it is that truly believe. I am reminded of the Sabbath School lesson this quarter and the idea presented that when Job's children went to sleep, it was such a monumental disaster. It was not taught that they went to sleep, but that they died. Job did not think of them as having perished. He understood God's fairness. He knew that God would resurrect his children at His coming, if they had been faithful.

How do we see death? What do we think about those who we love when they go to sleep?  We ought to consider what we had done to point them to Jesus, for there are still opportunities to help others who still live. God had absolute control over when Job's children went to sleep. He gave them opportunity to be transformed. Job knew this. And, Job was a good father who not only pointed his children to God, but offered sacrifices for them continually. Do we do the same for those for whom Christ died? One day soon, after Christ has come, by God's grace we shall have opportunity to find out some will not be in heaven, that we could have prayed for more earnestly. This thought ought to encourage us to intercede in prayer for those whom God places a burden for on our hearts.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2017, 05:19:21 AM »
We live in a time of both increased light and increased deceptions. The Jewish religion was founded upon Bible truth. Israel perverted the truth and put to death the Son of God, their Messiah. There was a remnant that formed the foundation of the Christian Church. Israel rejected not only the Son of God, but the truth given to them by their prophets. When the Savior of the world was crucified, it put to an end the sacrificial system. Type met anti-type and there was no further need for killing innocent lambs that pointed to the great Sacrifice that paid the price for the sins of the whole world.

Today's reading offers evidence that the common man, including those who still belong to the Jewish religion, may believe the truth about the resurrection of Christ. The leaders who put to death the Son of God had overreached themselves. How could the soldiers say that the disciples had stolen the body while they slept? If they were asleep, how could they know? And if the disciples had been proved guilty of stealing Christ's body, would not the priests have been first to condemn them? Or if the sentinels had slept at the tomb, would not the priests have been foremost in accusing them to Pilate? 

      At sight of the angels and the glorified Saviour the Roman guard had fainted and become as dead men. When the heavenly train was hidden from their view, they arose to their feet, and as quickly as their trembling limbs could carry them, made their way to the gate of the garden. Staggering like drunken men, they hurried on to the city, telling those whom they met the wonderful news. They were making their way to Pilate, but their report had been carried to the Jewish authorities, and the chief priests and rulers sent for them to be brought first into their presence. A strange appearance those soldiers presented. Trembling with fear, their faces colorless, they bore testimony to the resurrection of Christ. The soldiers told all, just as they had seen it; they had not had time to think or speak anything but the truth. With painful utterance they said, It was the Son of God who was crucified; we have heard an angel proclaiming Him as the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory.
     The faces of the priests were as those of the dead. Caiaphas tried to speak. His lips moved, but they uttered no sound. The soldiers were about to leave the council room, when a voice stayed them. Caiaphas had at last found speech. Wait, wait, he said. Tell no one the things you have seen.   
     A lying report was then given to the soldiers. "Say ye," said the priests, "His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept." Here the priests overreached themselves. How could the soldiers say that the disciples had stolen the body while they slept? If they were asleep, how could they know? And if the disciples had been proved guilty of stealing Christ's body, would not the priests have been first to condemn them? Or if the sentinels had slept at the tomb, would not the priests have been foremost in accusing them to Pilate?   


There are two groups forming throughout the world, those who believe the truth and those who reject it. Clear and pointed truth is being brought forth. All who are still in the valley of decision will be given truth that will lead them to accept Christ as Lord or they will reject truth and be found with the wicked when Christ shall return to take home the faithful of God. None will have been without opportunity to know the truth.

What a God we serve! Both loving and just! He "is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. 'I am come,' He said, 'that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.' 'Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.' 'Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.'" John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2017, 07:03:05 AM »
Amen, Richard! It strikes me that it is a lot harder to frame lies than it is to just accept the truth based on the clearly revealed word of God. While it is true that Satan makes lies appear as true, those who REALLY DESIRE to know the truth with a  willing heart need not be deceived. The lie the priests and rulers framed was so implausible--and yet they still paid the soldiers money to say something that even Pilate did not believe!

  Meanwhile the report of Christ's resurrection had been carried to Pilate. Though Pilate was responsible for having given Christ up to die, he had been comparatively unconcerned. While he had condemned the Saviour unwillingly, and with a feeling of pity, he had felt no real compunction until now. In terror he now shut himself within his house, determined to see no one. But the priests made their way into his presence, told the story which they had invented, and urged him to overlook the sentinels' neglect of duty. Before consenting to this, he himself privately questioned the guard. They, fearing for their own safety, dared not conceal anything, and Pilate drew from them an account of all that had taken place. He did not prosecute the matter further, but from that time there was no peace for him.

But here we see that just knowing the facts is not enough. There are many (just like Pilate) who know "about Jesus" and "about the resurrection"--but they do not yield the heart to Christ to be cleansed of sin, and for His sweet peace to abide in the soul. Knowing about truth and knowing the Truth (Jesus) by a personal experience of complete surrender is not the same thing. May we see our continual need of Jesus and abide in Him! When we do, all the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives--not one will be missing!
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2017, 05:14:13 AM »
Trembling with fear, their faces colorless, they bore testimony to the resurrection of Christ. The soldiers told all, just as they had seen it; they had not had time to think or speak anything but the truth. With painful utterance they said, It was the Son of God who was crucified; we have heard an angel proclaiming Him as the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory.
     The faces of the priests were as those of the dead. Caiaphas tried to speak. His lips moved, but they uttered no sound. The soldiers were about to leave the council room, when a voice stayed them. Caiaphas had at last found speech. Wait, wait, he said. Tell no one the things you have seen.
   

The priests, in putting Christ to death, had made themselves the tools of Satan. Now they were entirely in his power. They were entangled in a snare from which they saw no escape but in continuing their warfare against Christ. When they heard the report of His resurrection, they feared the wrath of the people. They felt that their own lives were in danger. The only hope for them was to prove Christ an impostor by denying that He had risen. They bribed the soldiers, and secured Pilate's silence. They spread their lying reports far and near. But there were witnesses whom they could not silence. Many had heard of the soldiers' testimony to Christ's resurrection. And certain of the dead who came forth with Christ appeared to many, and declared that He had risen. Reports were brought to the priests of persons who had seen these risen ones, and heard their testimony. The priests and rulers were in continual dread, lest in walking the streets, or within the privacy of their own homes, they should come face to face with Christ. They felt that there was no safety for them. Bolts and bars were but poor protection against the Son of God. By day and by night that awful scene in the judgment hall, when they had cried, "His blood be on us, and on our children," was before them. Matthew 27:25. Nevermore would the memory of that scene fade from their minds. Nevermore would peaceful sleep come to their pillows.


This is a sad thing. I kind of feel sad for these religious leaders. They knew Christ had risen from the testimony of the soldiers. We know that they believed it to be true. What else could explain their reaction, like looking like the dead, loosing their voice, walking around with fear and dread. One would think that Christ rising from the dead would convince them to stop in the tracks. No wonder Christ said that if one were to rise from the dead it wouldn't change their mind. First we have the widow's son, then Lazarus and now Christ and yet their hearts remained unchanged. How sad.

However, from the book of Acts we know this wasn't the case with all the religious leaders. Some did later turn and believe in Christ. Maybe someday we will see a similar thing.
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2017, 06:22:58 AM »
Amen Jim. We can imagine that they would certainly fear coming face to face with Jesus. This is the result of rejecting the truth as it is in Jesus. The same fear will be in all who will one day bow their knees to Christ and acknowledge Him as God. And, what were the thoughts of Pilot when he heard the true report of what happened to his soldiers?   Poor fallible unrepentant sinners! Like Pilot, they will have no peace.

     In terror he now shut himself within his house, determined to see no one. But the priests made their way into his presence, told the story which they had invented, and urged him to overlook the sentinels' neglect of duty. Before consenting to this, he himself privately questioned the guard. They, fearing for their own safety, dared not conceal anything, and Pilate drew from them an account of all that had taken place. He did not prosecute the matter further, but from that time there was no peace for him.

But, not so for the  believer. Not only will we have peace that passes understanding in this life, but we shall live with Jesus forever.

  To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2017, 06:54:33 AM »
Amen, Jim and Richard! I was about to post that last paragraph you quoted, Richard! I love the unity we are experiencing here!!

I will quote a part of it that is encouraging to us today:

In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality.

By surrender to Christ fully, His resurrection life is lived out in us who continually cooperate with Him! He begins to restore us now, and then to fully restore our bodies at Hos coming! Even in fallen flesh we may have full victory in Jesus over the clamor of the fallen nature by becoming partakers of the divine nature!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2017, 06:42:45 AM »
I am so thankful Jesus conquered death and sin to give us victory when we surrender all!!

To the believer, death is but a small matter. Christ speaks of it as if it were of little moment. “If a man keep My saying, he shall never see death,” “he shall never taste of death.” To the Christian, death is but a sleep, a moment of silence and darkness. The life is hid with Christ in God, and “when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” John 8:51, 52; Colossians 3:4. – {DA 787.1}
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2017, 07:45:07 AM »
Amen! God loves us and removes all fear of death to those who believe with the whole heart.

I love to read about the soldiers who stood guard to keep Jesus in the tomb! And, about the priests who attempted to keep Jesus in the tomb. When one steps out in the wrong direction, it is amazing to see where it leads.

     At sight of the angels and the glorified Saviour the Roman guard had fainted and become as dead men. When the heavenly train was hidden from their view, they arose to their feet, and as quickly as their trembling limbs could carry them, made their way to the gate of the garden. Staggering like drunken men, they hurried on to the city, telling those whom they met the wonderful news. They were making their way to Pilate, but their report had been carried to the Jewish authorities, and the chief priests and rulers sent for them to be brought first into their presence. A strange appearance those soldiers presented. Trembling with fear, their faces colorless, they bore testimony to the resurrection of Christ. The soldiers told all, just as they had seen it; they had not had time to think or speak anything but the truth. With painful utterance they said, It was the Son of God who was crucified; we have heard an angel proclaiming Him as the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory.
     The faces of the priests were as those of the dead. Caiaphas tried to speak. His lips moved, but they uttered no sound. The soldiers were about to leave the council room, when a voice stayed them. Caiaphas had at last found speech. Wait, wait, he said. Tell no one the things you have seen.


Poor erring, fallible man!  The soldiers were privileged to see a most amazing event, the resurrection of Christ. What a scene! But, lying priests, turned their experience into misery. Imagine lying about such an event that one witnessed. Like the evil priests, where would these soldiers find any protection from God Himself! All who despise God will one day wake up to the truth that it is foolishness to fight against God.
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« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2017, 04:39:37 AM »
God never intended that death would exist in the universe. But, Satan injected its inevitability into heaven and now on this Earth. It is an interesting and diabolical event. I recall when young that it was strange to realized that I was really alive, it was not a dream, and one day I would cease to exist. The Holy Spirit had awakened in me the reality of life and death. I was quite young and
had no spiritual understanding of life and death.  I remember the thought as if it were yesterday.

Now, having given my heart to Jesus and understanding the truth about life and death, I have no fear of it. The first death is only sleep for all who love Jesus supremely. What we ought to fear is that we are not abiding in Christ. If we do not give the whole heart to Christ, then death is a reality. When awaking from their sleep, the unrepentant wicked will suffer for each sin and then  cease to exist.

     To the believer, death is but a small matter. Christ speaks of it as if it were of little moment. "If a man keep My saying, he shall never see death," "he shall never taste of death." To the Christian, death is but a sleep, a moment of silence and darkness. The life is hid with Christ in God, and "when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." John 8:51, 52; Colossians 3:4.
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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2017, 07:52:43 AM »
Amen, Richard! Jesus is our life--as long as we abide in Him by a full-heart surrender revealing all of the fruits of His Spirit, we need not fear death!

To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54.   {The Desire of Ages, page 786, paragraph 4}

I love Jesus' resurrection, because it is a promise that all who sleep in Him will rise again! Praise the Lord!
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2018, 07:09:35 AM »
My heart rejoices as I read this chapter. Even though I've read it many times it gives me such a sense of relief and joy each time.

"To the believer, Christ is the resurrection and the life. In our Saviour the life that was lost through sin is restored; for He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. "I am come," He said, "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 10:10; 4:14; John 6:54."

What else could be so important that we would reject a God with such a promise? This chapter also points out that there is a line we can cross that makes it impossible for God to reach us. Not because 'He' gives up but because our unbelief prevents us from allowing Christ in.

"The priests, in putting Christ to death, had made themselves the tools of Satan. Now they were entirely in his power. They were entangled in a snare from which they saw no escape but in continuing their warfare against Christ. When they heard the report of His resurrection, they feared the wrath of the people. They felt that their own lives were in danger. The only hope for them was to prove Christ an impostor by denying that He had risen. They bribed the soldiers, and secured Pilate's silence. They spread their lying reports far and near. But there were witnesses whom they could not silence. Many had heard of the soldiers' testimony to Christ's resurrection. And certain of the dead who came forth with Christ appeared to many, and declared that He had risen. Reports were brought to the priests of persons who had seen these risen ones, and heard their testimony. The priests and rulers were in continual dread, lest in walking the streets, or within the privacy of their own homes, they should come face to face with Christ. They felt that there was no safety for them. Bolts and bars were but poor protection against the Son of God. By day and by night that awful scene in the judgment hall, when they had cried, "His blood be on us, and on our children," was before them. Matthew 27:25. Nevermore would the memory of that scene fade from their minds. Nevermore would peaceful sleep come to their pillows."

I want to be among those spoken of in this sentence.....

"The same power that raised Christ from the dead will raise His church, and glorify it with Him, above all principalities, above all powers, above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come."
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2018, 09:13:04 AM »
Dorine, those thoughts you shared are so precious! What a wonderful truth we find in the power of Christ's resurrection! I was deeply moved by reading the closing scenes of Christ's life (from Gethsemane up to His resurrection and commission) in connection with The Desire of Ages account of His resurrection. I was deeply encouraged as the Holy Spirit prompted me to see a connection to the last final message that illuminates the world with the resurrection power of Christ.

"And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow" (Matthew 28:2-3).

The earthquake and the glory of the angel caused me to see a connection with Revelation 18:1: "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory."

The angel that came down from heaven called Christ to come forth from the tomb.

"Now, priests and rulers, where is the power of your guard? Brave soldiers that have never been afraid of human power are now as captives taken without sword or spear. The face they look upon is not the face mortal warrior; it is the face of the mightiest of the Lord's host. This messenger is he who fills the position from which Satan fell. It is he who on the hills of Bethlehem proclaimed Christ's birth. The earth trembles at his approach, the hosts of darkness flee, and as he rolls away the stone, heaven seems to come down to the earth. The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee. They see Jesus come forth from the grave, and hear Him proclaim over the rent sepulcher, 'I am the resurrection, and the life.' As He comes forth in majesty and glory, the angel host bow low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcome Him with songs of praise." {The Desire of Ages, page 779, paragraph 3}

"An earthquake marked the hour when Christ laid down His life, and another earthquake witnessed the moment when He took it up in triumph. He who had vanquished death and the grave came forth from the tomb with the tread of a conqueror, amid the reeling of the earth, the flashing of lightning, and the roaring of thunder. When He shall come to the earth again, He will shake 'not the earth only, but also heaven.' 'The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage.' 'The heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll;' 'the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.' But 'the Lord will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.' Heb. 12:26; Isa. 24:20; 34:4; 2 Peter 3:10; Joel 3:16." {The Desire of Ages, page 780, paragraph 1}


The earthquake connection with the resurrection and the light of the angel's glory again caused me to realize that what brings glory to the earth is the way each human being who is saved in the last days is under the full control of the Holy Spirit (the nature that is resurrected--even the divine nature). Each one who goes through the time of Jacob's trouble is so thoroughly converted that they are "sealed" (even as Christ was sealed in the tomb after His crucifixion, so they are sealed from the fallen nature rising up again--not by force, but by their continual choice of being imbued with the Holy Spirit through experiencing the love God because they have beheld the loveliness of Jesus). But with death to self comes resurrection. While they have been "toiling up new Calvaries ever" (From the Hymn, Once To Every Man and Nation) they are also experiencing a new resurrection experience simultaneously.

The 144,000 will not physically die, but they have so identified themselves with Christ because He has so identified Himself with them that they are already experiencing death to self and the resurrection power of His divine nature. Is this only for them? No--it is to be true for EVERY SOUL CONVERTED--but the difference with the 144,000 is that their experience is "fully ripe" or mature, because it is at conversion that the repentant sinner is given moral perfection as a gift from Christ's imputed and imparted righteousness. The heart is made clean, and the character reveals all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing--but these fruits will develop into ever deepening abundance so that Christ's character is perfectly reproduced in humanity (as seen in His final crop, the 144,000). His resurrection is the pledge of the power of His grace to make it possible for His last-day people not to die, and for those who have died (really, only fallen asleep) to rise in immortal life! What amazing love!! Hallelujah!! Jesus is coming again as the Resurrection and the Life!!!
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2018, 06:54:50 AM »
It may be dear Sister Dorine, that you may not have to be raised from the dead. Jesus is coming so very soon, you may be a part of those who do not see death!!

This morning, I contemplated what it must have been like for those who talked with the ones raised from the dead with Christ. Who were they? They were martyrs. Think of who that may have been? They walked and talked with fallen man while in glorified bodies.  At first I was thinking of the reformers like Huss, but realized they were not yet born! :)  Where are they today? Watching what we are doing! Isaiah? Abel?

     As Christ arose, He brought from the grave a multitude of captives. The earthquake at His death had rent open their graves, and when He arose, they came forth with Him. They were those who had been co-laborers with God, and who at the cost of their lives had borne testimony to the truth. Now they were to be witnesses for Him who had raised them from the dead.
     During His ministry, Jesus had raised the dead to life. He had raised the son of the widow of Nain, and the ruler's daughter and Lazarus. But these were not clothed with immortality. After they were raised, they were still subject to death. But those who came forth from the grave at Christ's resurrection were raised to everlasting life. They ascended with Him as trophies of His victory over death and the grave. These, said Christ, are no longer the captives of Satan; I have redeemed them. I have brought them from the grave as the first fruits of My power, to be with Me where I am, nevermore to see death or experience sorrow.
     These went into the city, and appeared unto many, declaring, Christ has risen from the dead, and we be risen with Him.
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