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The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
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Chap. 82 - "Why Weepest Thou?"

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    The women who had stood by the cross of Christ waited and watched for the hours of the Sabbath to pass. On the first day of the week, very early, they made their way to the tomb, taking with them precious spices to anoint the Saviour's body. They did not think about His rising from the dead. The sun of their hope had set, and night had settled down on their hearts. As they walked, they recounted Christ's works of mercy and His words of comfort. But they remembered not His words, "I will see you again." John 16:22. 
     Ignorant of what was even then taking place, they drew near the garden, saying as they went, "Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?" They knew that they could not remove the stone, yet they kept on their way. And lo, the heavens were suddenly alight with glory that came not from the rising sun. The earth trembled. They saw that the great stone was rolled away. The grave was empty.   
     The women had not all come to the tomb from the same direction. Mary Magdalene was the first to reach the place; and upon seeing that the stone was removed, she hurried away to tell the disciples. Meanwhile the other women came up. A light was shining about the tomb, but the body of Jesus was not there. As they lingered about the place, suddenly they saw that they were not alone. A young man clothed in shining garments was sitting by the tomb. It was the angel who had rolled away the stone. He had taken the guise of humanity that he might not alarm these friends of Jesus. Yet about him the light of the heavenly glory was still shining, and the women were afraid. They turned to flee, but the angel's words stayed their steps. "Fear not ye," he said; "for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead." Again they look into the tomb, and again they hear the wonderful news. Another angel in human form is there, and he says, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."   
     He is risen, He is risen! The women repeat the words again and again. No need now for the anointing spices. The Saviour is living, and not dead. They remember now that when speaking of His death He said that He would rise again. What a day is this to the world! Quickly the women departed from the sepulcher "with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word." 
     Mary had not heard the good news. She went to Peter and John with the sorrowful message, "They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him." The disciples hurried to the tomb, and found it as Mary had said. They saw the shroud and the napkin, but they did not find their Lord. Yet even here was testimony that He had risen. The graveclothes were not thrown heedlessly aside, but carefully folded, each in a place by itself. John "saw, and believed." He did not yet understand the scripture that Christ must rise from the dead; but he now remembered the Saviour's words foretelling His resurrection. 
     It was Christ Himself who had placed those graveclothes with such care. When the mighty angel came down to the tomb, he was joined by another, who with his company had been keeping guard over the Lord's body. As the angel from heaven rolled away the stone, the other entered the tomb, and unbound the wrappings from the body of Jesus. But it was the Saviour's hand that folded each, and laid it in its place. In His sight who guides alike the star and the atom, there is nothing unimportant. Order and perfection are seen in all His work. 
     Mary had followed John and Peter to the tomb; when they returned to Jerusalem, she remained. As she looked into the empty tomb, grief filled her heart. Looking in, she saw the two angels, one at the head and the other at the foot where Jesus had lain. "Woman, why weepest thou?" they asked her. "Because they have taken away my Lord," she answered, "and I know not where they have laid Him."   
     Then she turned away, even from the angels, thinking that she must find someone who could tell her what had been done with the body of Jesus. Another voice addressed her, "Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?" Through her tear-dimmed eyes, Mary saw the form of a man, and thinking that it was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away." If this rich man's tomb was thought too honorable a burial place for Jesus, she herself would provide a place for Him. There was a grave that Christ's own voice had made vacant, the grave where Lazarus had lain. Might she not there find a burial place for her Lord? She felt that to care for His precious crucified body would be a great consolation to her in her grief. 
     But now in His own familiar voice Jesus said to her, "Mary." Now she knew that it was not a stranger who was addressing her, and turning she saw before her the living Christ. In her joy she forgot that He had been crucified. Springing toward Him, as if to embrace His feet, she said, "Rabboni." But Christ raised His hand, saying, Detain Me not; "for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God." And Mary went her way to the disciples with the joyful message.  {DA 790.2} 
     Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father. He ascended to the heavenly courts, and from God Himself heard the assurance that His atonement for the sins of men had been ample, that through His blood all might gain eternal life. The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His Son. Christ was to complete His work, and fulfill His pledge to "make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." Isaiah 13:12. All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart to them of His power and glory. 
     While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject. 
     "Go your way," the angels had said to the women, "tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you." These angels had been with Christ as guardian angels throughout His life on earth. They had witnessed His trial and crucifixion. They had heard His words to His disciples. This was shown by their message to the disciples, and should have convinced them of its truth. Such words could have come only from the messengers of their risen Lord. 
     "Tell His disciples and Peter," the angels said. Since the death of Christ, Peter had been bowed down with remorse. His shameful denial of the Lord, and the Saviour's look of love and anguish, were ever before him. Of all the disciples he had suffered most bitterly. To him the assurance is given that his repentance is accepted and his sin forgiven. He is mentioned by name. 
     "Tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him." All the disciples had forsaken Jesus, and the call to meet Him again includes them all. He has not cast them off. When Mary Magdalene told them she had seen the Lord, she repeated the call to the meeting in Galilee. And a third time the message was sent to them. After He had ascended to the Father, Jesus appeared to the other women, saying, "All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me." 
     Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee. 
     As they heard this appointment, so definitely given, the disciples began to think of Christ's words to them foretelling His resurrection. But even now they did not rejoice. They could not cast off their doubt and perplexity. Even when the women declared that they had seen the Lord, the disciples would not believe. They thought them under an illusion. 
     Trouble seemed crowding upon trouble. On the sixth day of the week they had seen their Master die; on the first day of the next week they found themselves deprived of His body, and they were accused of having stolen it away for the sake of deceiving the people. They despaired of ever correcting the false impressions that were gaining ground against them. They feared the enmity of the priests and the wrath of the people. They longed for the presence of Jesus, who had helped them in every perplexity.   
     Often they repeated the words, "We trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel." Lonely and sick at heart they remembered His words, "If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 24:21; 23:31. They met together in the upper chamber, and closed and fastened the doors, knowing that the fate of their beloved Teacher might at any time be theirs. 
     And all the time they might have been rejoicing in the knowledge of a risen Saviour. In the garden, Mary had stood weeping, when Jesus was close beside her. Her eyes were so blinded by tears that she did not discern Him. And the hearts of the disciples were so full of grief that they did not believe the angels' message or the words of Christ Himself. 
     How many are still doing what these disciples did! How many echo Mary's despairing cry, "They have taken away the Lord, . . . and we know not where they have laid Him"! To how many might the Saviour's words be spoken, "Why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?" He is close beside them, but their tear-blinded eyes do not discern Him. He speaks to them, but they do not understand.   
     Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God.
By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 04:37:10 AM »

     "Go your way," the angels had said to the women, "tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you." These angels had been with Christ as guardian angels throughout His life on earth. They had witnessed His trial and crucifixion. They had heard His words to His disciples. This was shown by their message to the disciples, and should have convinced them of its truth. Such words could have come only from the messengers of their risen Lord. 
     "Tell His disciples and Peter," the angels said. Since the death of Christ, Peter had been bowed down with remorse. His shameful denial of the Lord, and the Saviour's look of love and anguish, were ever before him. Of all the disciples he had suffered most bitterly. To him the assurance is given that his repentance is accepted and his sin forgiven. He is mentioned by name.


Jesus is so kind. To the disciple (outside of Judas) who apparently failed Jesus in the worst way we can see Jesus reaching out to him to comfort and assure him that he is forgiven. Here we can see the tender heart of Christ not wanting Peter to suffer any more than necessary.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 06:04:40 AM »
Amen! And that brings to mind, the trial that awaits Peter. Jim, you included an important principle in your post when you said Christ was "not wanting Peter to suffer any more than necessary."  Peter is soon to suffer, as he is to be reproved by Jesus because of His denial of Christ, but it is not any more than necessary for Peter's good. Jesus is soon going to ask him if Peter loves Him, in front of the disciples. Not once, but three times. How humiliating! But, it was for Peter's good and it was not any more than necessary so that Peter would be seen to be repentant and "reconverted". After his denial of Jesus, he learned of his continual need of Jesus. How much we all need to learn this lesson. We can do no good thing without a living connection with our Savior.
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2016, 06:52:56 AM »
As I read this chapter this morning, I was moved by this paragraph:

And all the time they might have been rejoicing in the knowledge of a risen Saviour. In the garden, Mary had stood weeping, when Jesus was close beside her. Her eyes were so blinded by tears that she did not discern Him. And the hearts of the disciples were so full of grief that they did not believe the angels' message or the words of Christ Himself. 

Are we not liable to the same? Jesus would have us ever abiding in Him--the evidence of such abiding is seen in that all the fruits of the Spirit are present in the life--not one will be missing. But when we give way to grief and despondency, we reveal that we need Jesus to come and abide in our hearts. Let us believe more fully, pry more fervently, and distrust our own power entirely--by communion and union with Christ!

No need to weep and sorrow when Christ abides in the heart through faith--the same Christ who has conquered death and lives to intercede for us in the sanctuary in heaven!
"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: July 09, 2016, 07:16:20 AM »
Amen! Precisely my thoughts also. We have no reason to sorrow when we contemplate the great love God has for us.

The chapter title reveals a day of great sorrow......and "unbelief".  If the disciples of Christ had believed what Scripture says, if they had believed what Jesus had told them, if they had believed the women who had been told by two angels Christ had risen, they would not have wept. All heaven rejoiced and those who were closest to Jesus for whom Christ suffered and died, ought to have rejoiced also. But, unbelief held them captive to Satan's lies. There is no greater sin than "unbelief".

How many today sorrow because of sin, when we too ought to rejoice over the great love Christ has for us while we are yet sinners? If we will believe, our faith will lift us above the great trials we face in this world soon to be made new!

     Often they (the disciples) repeated the words, "We trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel." Lonely and sick at heart they remembered His words, "If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 24:21; 23:31. They met together in the upper chamber, and closed and fastened the doors, knowing that the fate of their beloved Teacher might at any time be theirs.
     And all the time they might have been rejoicing in the knowledge of a risen Saviour. In the garden, Mary had stood weeping, when Jesus was close beside her. Her eyes were so blinded by tears that she did not discern Him. And the hearts of the disciples were so full of grief that they did not believe the angels' message or the words of Christ Himself.
     How many are still doing what these disciples did! How many echo Mary's despairing cry, "They have taken away the Lord, . . . and we know not where they have laid Him"! To how many might the Saviour's words be spoken, "Why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?" He is close beside them, but their tear-blinded eyes do not discern Him. He speaks to them, but they do not understand.   
     Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2016, 07:57:11 AM »
The warning of Jesus to His church today is often unheeded. When Jesus tells us to "repent", many think it does not apply to the church today, much less to themselves. Such a deception. Satan succeded with Israel so that they murdered the Son of God. How about the disciple who had been taught by Christ for 3 1/2 years? Did they understand the gospel? Did they believe it was the Son of God who hung on the cross?

    Often they repeated the words, "We trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel." Lonely and sick at heart they remembered His words, "If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 24:21; 23:31. They met together in the upper chamber, and closed and fastened the doors, knowing that the fate of their beloved Teacher might at any time be theirs.
     And all the time they might have been rejoicing in the knowledge of a risen Saviour. In the garden, Mary had stood weeping, when Jesus was close beside her. Her eyes were so blinded by tears that she did not discern Him. And the hearts of the disciples were so full of grief that they did not believe the angels' message or the words of Christ Himself. 


So it is today. We might as a people be rejoicing in the knowledge Jesus is even at the doors. We might escape the deceptions running rampant in the church. But, we must learn of Him who gave all for us. If we would spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, it would open our eyes to the gospel of grace, then we would obtain spiritual discernment as did Nicodemus after his interview with Jesus in the Garden.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2016, 11:52:07 AM »
Amen, Richard! Indeed, we need to spend time with Jesus daily! I am so thankful for today's "thoughtful hour" as it was a real blessing to see the focus of Christ's time with His disciples:

Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee. 

If there was something that we need to better understand experientially, it is the love of God. It is not enough to hear "God's love" spoken of or to even sometimes think of the beauty of nature. What we so deeply need is unbroken communion with Christ in beholding His matchless charms, the love of God for a world that did not love Him, and the power of His grace to change the hearts of those with whom He came in contact--because He has the same power and love today!! Praise the Lord!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2016, 05:14:20 PM »
Amen and amen! It is nice to be able to speak about such things with fellow believers. As Richard pointed out the disciples were over come with unbelief and as pastor Sean pointed out Christ personally took the time that was needed to convince His own disciples.  To me this shows that Christ doesn't discard us when we error. He is still there waiting for us to come back to Him. When I think of Christ's first work of taking the time to convince the disciples again it reminds of the parable of the prodigal son who when the father saw his son ran to meet him. Like the prodigal son the disciples had sunk low in their unbelief and like a loving Father Jesus ran to the disciples and comforted them.

While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject.

This got me to thinking of how closely we need to guard what we watch, listen to and read. We are told to guard the avenues of the heart. Why? because it makes an impression upon our minds and will bare it's fruit in time for good or evil.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2016, 08:16:13 AM »


Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee. 

...What we so deeply need is unbroken communion with Christ in beholding His matchless charms, the love of God for a world that did not love Him, and the power of His grace to change the hearts of those with whom He came in contact--because He has the same power and love today!! Praise the Lord!!!

Amen, Pastor Sean!

Here is something that some do not grasp. "the love of God for a world that did not love Him."

Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. He loves the unrepentant sinner. His disciples had hurt Him much, yet His effort was "to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them."

By reading of His love, we will come to believe that He even loves us!!

They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject.

This got me to thinking of how closely we need to guard what we watch, listen to and read. We are told to guard the avenues of the heart. Why? because it makes an impression upon our minds and will bare it's fruit in time for good or evil.

Amen, Jim. We ought to read what Jesus said, not what others say Jesus said.   We need to be drinking from the pure fountain of truth opened to us.

I am so moved when reading of Mary's love for Jesus. She had a need, saw her need, and knew that only Jesus could fill it. Like Mary, the mother of Jesus, her faith was simple and strong. Grace will do the same for us, if we like Mary will allow that grace into our hearts.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2016, 08:49:32 AM »
I pray we will walk with Jesus, rejoicing and abiding!

And all the time they might have been rejoicing in the knowledge of a risen Saviour. In the garden, Mary had stood weeping, when Jesus was close beside her. Her eyes were so blinded by tears that she did not discern Him. And the hearts of the disciples were so full of grief that they did not believe the angels' message or the words of Christ Himself. 

We may rejoice in Jesus as He abides in our hearts as we surrender fully to Him!
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2017, 06:33:13 AM »
Amen! They ought to all have been rejoicing, but they were not.

What a day of rejoicing that was in heaven! But, while Jesus after spending the Sabbath in the tomb was on His way to heaven, many of the disciples were weeping. Why? Because of false doctrines which had blinded them to important truth. Just as they did not know the Lamb had to die, they did not understand the dead would rise again. Is it possible that modern Israel has been so deceived about important truths?

As I contemplated what was being said in this chapter, I was impressed with a simple truth that has indeed been perverted and hidden from blind eyes. Satan has been successful on both sides of a particular truth regarding the moral character of man. What is the truth and what has been accepted by many professing Christians?

Few understand that man is evil by nature and that he retains his sinful fallen nature until the righteous, by God's grace, obtain a holy body at the second coming. Many think they can walk on water without being connected to Christ. Or at least they think themselves good enough to enter heaven even though they still sin. They do not see their need to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit in order to do any good thing.

At the same time, few understand that when we surrender the whole heart to Christ, He cleanses the heart and makes it as pure as the white driven snow. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.

Thus, the standard of righteousness to be obtained in this life is hidden from many. As a people, this leads to the Laodicean condition where many believe they are saved, "rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing," while in fact they are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Such a fatal deception!

The truth is that the grace of God when taken into the heart will work a transformation of our very nature. It is true that we retain our sinful nature in the flesh, but the Holy Spirit brings with Him all of the fruits of the Spirit and empowers the repentant sinner to keep the law of God in sinful flesh. The moral character of the repentant sinner is perfect at each stage of the Christian experience as long as Jesus has possession of the whole heart. This works in the converted Christian a progressive development of moral character in the same manner Christ grew in strength of character. "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered." Hebrews 5:8.

     Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father. He ascended to the heavenly courts, and from God Himself heard the assurance that His atonement for the sins of men had been ample, that through His blood all might gain eternal life. The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His Son. Christ was to complete His work, and fulfill His pledge to "make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." Isaiah 13:12. All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart to them of His power and glory.
     While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject.


It is God's work with our cooperation to make our character as the "golden wedge of Ophir" while we retain sinful flesh. Such is the power of grace when taken into the heart! Such a miracle!!

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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2017, 06:51:32 AM »
Amen, Richard! Jesus has the power to cleanse! You asked as to what the truth is regarding the moral character of man. I was impressed with this statement today:

  While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject. 

It seems that today many are unable to take in the subject regarding character perfection and the nature of man. Man comes into the world in a fallen, sinful condition, in need of a Savior. There is nothing good in man by nature, and no power to do good unless the whole heart is surrendered to Jesus. When we have Jesus abiding in the heart by a full-heart surrender, all of the fruits of the Spirit are seen in the life without one missing--this is the experience of being made a partaker of the "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Yet the fallen sinful nature remains and must be continually mortified, crucified, and kept under. This is possible!

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). Praise God!

But some are deceived to think that on one side, man is not so fallen that he needs a constant connection with Christ, or others want to think that man is so fallen that he can never stop sinning until Jesus comes. Both make an excuse for sin. But only Jesus abiding in the heart can keep us from sin, and at the same time give us power to obey while still retaining a fallen nature (that we do not indulge even by a thought through the power of His grace at work in the life!). Praise God that the truth, though it has been perverted, will continue to shine brighter and brighter to those who will hear!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2017, 09:40:52 AM »
Thanks pastor and Richard for your thoughts. It is indeed a terrible thing to be deceived. It would be one thing if the results were as simple as someone lying to you to con you out of a few hundred dollars but satan's con is aimed at everyone's eternal life which is his only way of hurting Christ.

What I thought was interesting was this...

Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee.

I'm sure the repeated meetings were for the large part as she said to draw the bonds of love tighter.  However, by now Christ had told them that He no longer considered them servants but friends. What if Christ also appeared to them again and again because He actually enjoyed their company was going to be separated from them for a long while? Am I getting too mushy and sentimental? Maybe, but I don't believe so.

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.  {SC 100.1}

By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2017, 06:53:17 AM »
Oh, let us believe more fully and trust entirely in Christ, not letting Christ's words fail of gladddening our hearts by His resurrection life! We see here a picture of how the words of men (false teaching) have power to cloud the mind with unbelief if we do not make s full-heart surrender to Christ:

While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject. 

The truths of the gospel need not be vague and difficult of comprehension if we are beholding the loveliness of Jesus and abiding in Him. How different could have been the experience of the followers of Jesus after the resurrection had they never lost sight of His promises even before His resurrection. Let us keep our eyes upon Jesus!!!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2017, 06:19:46 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean.  Israel is an ensample for those whom the end of the world is come. Deceptions abound today as they did then. Deceptions that keep the people from knowing important truths. We need to be praying for wisdom and grace continually. We need to behold Jesus that we would know Him, and love Him. It is our only hope. When we love Jesus with the whole heart, it is the result of the work for us by our living Savior.

     Christ was to complete His work, and fulfill His pledge to "make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." Isaiah 13:12. All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart to them of His power and glory. 


He gives us power that He then can impart to us His glory. What is His glory, and what does that have to do with making man more precious then fine gold?
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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2017, 08:23:51 AM »
God imparts to us His divine power by making us partakers of His unselfish, "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). His glory is His name, which is a revelation of His character (Exodus 33:18-19; 34:4-7). We are made more precious than fine gold by going through the refining process of trials (1 Peter 1:7); Job's trial was to result in blessing not only to himself, but would glorify God as Job would come forth "as gold" (Job 23:10).

I love how God's perfect character is manifest in Christ in the greatest as well as in the smallest aspects of life and experience. This really encourages me:

  It was Christ Himself who had placed those graveclothes with such care. When the mighty angel came down to the tomb, he was joined by another, who with his company had been keeping guard over the Lord's body. As the angel from heaven rolled away the stone, the other entered the tomb, and unbound the wrappings from the body of Jesus. But it was the Saviour's hand that folded each, and laid it in its place. In His sight who guides alike the star and the atom, there is nothing unimportant. Order and perfection are seen in all His work. {The Desire of Ages, page 789, paragraph 3}

May I abide in Christ that such perfection of character may be wrought out in me through a full-heart surrender to Christ moment-by-moment. Being thorough and faithful in the small duties of life is just as important to Jesus as the bigger responsibilities He gives us.
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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2017, 04:53:47 AM »
Amen! What dull minds we fallen creatures have. There is no greater sin than unbelief. Lord I believe, help thou mine unbelief. All heaven rejoiced when Christ came forth from the grave. But His disciples we're sad and even weeping, when they ought to have been rejoicing. It was not that they had not been told, for Jesus had told him that He would die and he would come forth from the tomb on the third day. Aren't we likewise saddened when things don't go the way we expect them? But, aren't we told that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord. Then why weepest thou?

Lord, I believe help thou mine unbelief.

     Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God.
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2017, 04:46:06 AM »
Amen, Richard! Jesus has risen, and He is seeking to anchor our faith in the understanding of His infinite love. It is often through trials and tribulations that our experience in the love of God is tested, or after we have sinned and repented, we are liable to wait for certain feelings before trusting and knowing the love God has to us. But what a precious thought that Jesus is seeking to anchor our faith in Him because of His unchanging love!

"Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee." {The Desire of Ages, page 793, paragraph 4}

Let us have the bonds of love with Jesus get closer each day, as they truly will as we behold His loveliness in these precious times spent with Him morning by morning. Let your understanding of His love deepen as you behold Him, and then share His love with others!   
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2018, 03:51:14 AM »
God cares for us tenderly and His providences continue to astound me. In my devotions I was reading about Mary Magdalene at the tomb of Jesus weeping, and how He said, "Why weepest thou?" (John 20:15). Christ brings comfort to our grief. His presence kindles our faith in His love and grace to sustain, heal, and prepare us for heaven. It was 16 years ago on this day (March 10, 2002) that my dear mother passed away from cancer, the mother who led me to accept Jesus at the age of five and who homeschooled me. She instilled in me early on a love for God's word, and I praise God for how I can reflect on Jesus' words to Mary at the tomb where He rose. I look forward to the morning of the resurrection. Today I am not sad, because Jesus has brought such incredible comfort in my heart and life, and I am buoyed up with the hope of the resurrection morning!

John 16:22 "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." Christ assured His disciples before His death that He would see them again when He would rise in victory over death! My mom assured me of the glorious hope that we would be reunited. May all who are mourning the loss of a loved one, those who are weighed down with a sense of grief, find in Jesus the solace and balm that heals the wounds of the soul. "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds" (Psalm 147:3).

 "Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 794, paragraph 6}
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2018, 05:21:33 AM »
Thank you Pastor Sean for that touching, inspiring testimony of a precious Mother who understood the great privilege and responsibility God had given to her in raising you to honor and love Him. And I thank God this morning for your continued commitment to your Lord and Saviour, for you bring great encouragement to the Remnant on line family.

It's with a humble, joyful heart that I read today's chapter. Christ is just as patient and compassionate with us in our misunderstandings and slowness to learn as He was with His people while here on earth. I'm so thankful for that. It buoys my spirit as I read of His untiring love for those that love and obey Him. His heart weeps in our sorrow; shares in the joys we experience; longs to heal our sin and shame and aches when we do not trust Him.

"Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God"
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