THIS IS GOD'S CREATION OF THE WORLD AND MAN
GENESIS CHAPTER ONE
STUDY CREATION AND THE EVOLUTIONIS
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
For the first time in my long preaching/teaching, I record my message from a small Kodek, which does a great job by the way. And at present I can only upload 1G at a time, that is about 22 minutes in length.
I must confess, I have a hard time when I am preaching to stay focus in my mind. My mind plays all kinds of tricks with me. I keep thinking while I am preaching. Now that should be good, if my thinking is about the sermon content, or the Holy Spirit giving me a sense of understanding about what I am speaking on.
While you are teaching, a number of events are happening in the crowd before you. Youth are talking, someone will get up and go out, others will fall asleep, others look fun, others are wonderfuing what in the world is the Pastor talking about. You know a number of things.
While I have always recorded my message, well since Madison in 1971. I have only one video of me preaching.
I am thinking while I am preaching, is this too long, is this too short. Am I getting the point across, what are they thinking. Boy at times you can get really a bad feeling about your delivery of the message.
Then after the service, I would sometimes just rather go to the office and hid. But that wouldn't be nice.
Usually the folks are nice, and as they are shaking hands they will say, "Good message, pastor." Some will mention the reason they like the message. Some will say, the message was a blessing to them. Some will correct a comment I made. Generally the response is better than I think I should have gotten.
Then after the service on the way home, I ask Charity, "How did I do." That is always a loaded question. She is always honest.
Then I will come home and listen and watch myself preach the message. Of course from a objective perspective. Did I get the content of the passage across? Did I stay the course of the passage? Did I bring home the purpose of the writer? Was the delivery okay? How was I?
Boy! Will they come back next Sunday? You know? Do I really want to put this on the Blogger?
Okay, I am a little hard on myself. I love to preach and teach. I love to present the Word of God. I love to teach the truth. I love to bring truth of the Word into the lives of those who listen to the message each Sunday.
NUMBER #1000 Since August 2006 I have posted 1000 articles, videos, photos, etc. What a joy I have had doing this over the last 2.8 years.
THE WOMEN AT THE TOMB OF JESUS
Pastor/teacher Charles e. Whisnant
Easter Sunday April 12, 2009
Jesus is Risen: Matthew 28:1-14, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-10
Earthquake and Resurrection
The empty tomb
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow; and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you." And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they shall see Me." (28:1–10)
THE CORNERSTONE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. ALL OUR FAITH AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IS BASED ON THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.
THE REACTION TO THE RESURRECTION
HOW IS YOUR RESPONSE?
THERE IS NO GREATER EVENT IN HISTORY THAN THIS STORY. It's the theme of the New Testament.
Because of the resurrection we have the beginning of the first day of the week for worship.
The resurrection is the Christian believer's HOPE, and FOUNDATION FOR LIFE. John 11:25.
THE RESURRECTION FROM THE WOMEN'S VIEW
Matthew recorded the reaction, attitude, emotion and feelings of the women who came to the tomb of Jesus and how the women experienced the resurrection of Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior.
Mary and Mary Magdalene found Jesus' empty tomb
1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (the mother of James and Joses) to see the sepulchre. (grave, tomb) Matt 28:1.
Sometime very early Sunday morning, the third day since Jesus had been put in the tomb. At the breaking of light, at the first appearance of daybreak". Thus our Lord rose on the third day; having lain in the grave part of Friday, the whole of Saturday, and part of the following First day.
The Sabbath day, the old covenant came to an end with the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday.. This was the beginning of the new covenant. We begin with the first day of the week not at the end.
WHAT NOW WILL BE THE REACTION OF THE WOMEN WHO COME TO THE GRAVE BELIEVEING THAT JESUS IS DEAD, AND FOUND THAT HE IS GONE.
1A THE EMOTION OF SYMPATHY: Mark 16:1 Luke 23:54 -56
WHY DID THE WOMEN COME TO THE GRAVE? TO BRING SPICES? WHY?
A group of women came to the grave where Jesus was laid. They came not to see the risen Lord but to bring spices and to anoint Him. They had purchased them immediately after the Crucifixion, on the Friday evening, during the short interval that remained to them before sunset, when the sabbath rest began; and that they had only deferred using them to anoint the body till the sabbath rest should be over.
Jewish tradition wrongly held that the spirit of a dead person left the body four days after death because by that time the body had become so disfigured by decay that the spirit could no longer recognize it
So before it came to that they came on the 3rd day to show their love. They didn't have faith in the resurrection, just devotion, love and sympathy, kindness.
WHAT DID THEY DO WHEN THEY CAME TO THE GRAVE? Mark 16:3
"And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?"
They may not have had faith, but they had devotion, and courage.
2A THEY HAD THE EMOTION OF SHOCK: Matthew 28:2 MARK 16.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake Matt 28:2. That got their attention.
Exodus 19:18, I Kings 19:11, Joel 2:10, Revelation 6, 8, 11.
THE EARTHQUAKE: 5.1 A sign of His moving in their midst. (Google gives updates).
An earthquake (also known as a tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. ...
Why the earthquake? "for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven," Matt 28:2
To let Jesus out of the tomb? No. "and came and rolled back the stone from the door,"
NO ONE SAW THE RESURRECTON OF JESUS FROM THE TOMB, GRAVE. NO ONE SAW HIM COME OUT OF THE DOOR.
The angels moved the stone to let the women IN. To let them see that Jesus was already gone.
AND the angel "and sat upon it. Vs 2 he is represented as sitting on the stone outside the sepulchre—
Mary Magdalene came into the garden "and see the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she run," John 20:1-2 She doesn't see the angel sitting on the stone.
SO the other women came into the garden "4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. Mark 16:4.
THE ANGEL SITTING OUTSIDE THE GRAVE, CAVE, DOOR, ETC.
Matthew 28. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:" Lighting, blazing, essence, brilliance of God, glow of God, the character of Diety, glowing face. Purity, and holiness. The one expressing the glory, the other the purity of the celestial abode from which he came.
Matthew 28:4 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men." (coma you might say.)
THE WOMEN WERE A LITTLE SHOCKED AT THIS. Vs. 5 " And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified." 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. "
JESUS WAS RAISED, 'HE IS ALIVE". Luke 24:5 He is not dead He is alive. HOW? Romans 6:4 and 8:11. "by the power of the Father. And the women remembered. Luke 24:8.
THEN, the angel said COME ON IN, LADIES….. So they went IN.
And the angels showed up on the inside. Luke 24:4-5. One angel at the head and the other at the end of the place where Jesus laid. Here is a symbol of the Mercy Seat. Christ has offered the sanctification for the sin of the world.
THE ANGEL GAVE A THIRD MESSAGE: Luke 24:5-7. "WHY SEEK YOU THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD."
THEN THE ANGEL SAID: 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word Matt 28:7 8.
WHY WERE THE WOMEN THE FIRST TO SEE THE ANGELS AND THE RISEN LORD?
BECAUSE THEY WERE THERE. If you are not there, you are not going to see it.
Personally, I would rather be there experiencing it, than hearing it from someone else.
Personally, I praise God for people who are there:
THEY SAW IT BECAUSE THEY WERE THERE.
I pray and hope you will be here at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church to see the working of Christ in this place, and not just read what is happening on the BLOG
:THEY DID NOT FIND JESUS
From an ancient homily (ca. fourth century), attributed in some traditions to Epiphanius of Constantia:
Something strange is happening. There is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the king is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh, and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
He has gone to search for our first parents, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives, Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. [...]
I am your God, who for your sake, have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants, I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. [...]
For your sake I, your God, became your son. I, the Lord, took the form of a slave. I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.
See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back, see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise. Let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. [...] The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers, swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.
CAN'T WAIT TO BE AT CHURCH ON SUNDAY..... HE IS RISEN.....FOR ME......
· the meaning of the word μονογενής (monogenes) The meaning is, the son is the only offspring of the parent, not the only existing person of his kind. The Greek word μονογενής is an adjective compounded of μονος "only" and γενος "species, race, family, offspring, kind." In usage, with few exceptions it refers to an only son or daughter. In John's Gospel and First Epistle the same words and concepts are used to describe the special relationship of Jesus to God.
· Jesus had always been, so couldn't become. His Sonship was natural (an affirmation of His deity or 'God' nature).
· This relationship is referred to as 'anthropomorphic', where the God nature is represented in human terms and characteristics.
· The term is seen in the term 'son' the idea of likeness and sameness of nature and equality of being.
· Jesus never became, but IS. 'IS' in terms of His eternity; His sameness with the Father but as two forms of presentation; His Godness; His identical, indivisible monadic, (single cell) begotten Deity; both within Each Other as an inherent dwelling as both Brightness and Light, as the Father is to the Son and as the Son is to the Father. Jesus is
· truly the "only-begotten Son" and true God; both the Son of God and God the Son.
Jesus was neither a descendant of God nor a descendant of man. HE IS GOD. Isaiah 9:6.
THE VIRGIN BIRTH:
· The way whereby, or manner by which God became incarnated. God was manifest in the flesh.
· We believe that God always manifests Himself through the Second Person of the Trinity, hence, God manifest in the flesh is called the SON OF GOD.
· The Spirit of God formed within Mary a body through which God took a human nature in the union with His Divine personality.
· In nature He was God-man, in personality He was God.
o We do not have three God’s but one God who is a unity in Trinity.
· The Father alone is not God
o The Son alone is not God.
The Spirit alone is not God. But all three constitute God.
· 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col 2:8-9 (KJV)
· of the Godhead -- The Greek (theotes) means the ESSENCE and NATURE of the Godhead, not merely the divine perfections and attributes of Divinity (Greek, "theiotes"). He, as man, was not merely God-like, but in the fullest sense, God
Jesus was announced to Mary as the Son of God. Luke 1:35
Jesus was announced to Mary as Saviour. Luke 1:31, Mt 1:21 I Timothy 2:5-6
The Lord Jesus was not the Son of God by His miraculous conception. He was the Son of God before that human birth Psalms 2
Jesus did not become the Son of God by being sent, but because He was the Son of God he as sent. John 10:36.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ‘ONLY” son of God.
· Angels are called sons of God, by creation
· Adam was called a son of God, by creation
· Believers are called sons of God by regeneration.
· Jesus Christ was a Son in eternity
Jesus was THE Son, not A SON.
2. “HIS ONLY BEGOTTON SON” DESCRIBES GOD’S SUPREME GIFT.
This gift is the Son of God. No other son would do
Only God could have been the Son.
Any other son would otherwise have had to have a Savior.
SIN requires a victim since God is just. “Where is the Lamb? Asked Isaac. God will provide Himself as a lamb.
3. ‘HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” DISCHARGES GOD’S SAVING PURPOSE.
· AS SOON as sin entered into the world God declared His purpose to send a Redeemer. Gen 3:15.
· I John 4:1214 The Father sent His Son to be a Savior of the world.
· Galatians 4:4-6 we are told God sent forth His son to redeem Romans 8:32
HE WAS BORN THAT HE MIGHT DIE. MINE HOUR
· “Mine Hour” seven times.
· That hour is the hour of His death
o It was for the sake of that hour that Jesus Christ left the bosom of the Father for the womb of the virgin.
o It was this hour that gave value to the blood of the Passover lamb.
o Psalms 22 is pictured of that hour.
o All the prophecies, types, shadows, symbols, met at the cross in that hour.
o That hour when the new covenant was sealed and our salvation secured in the blood of the Son of God.
4. “HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” DETERMINES MAN’S ETERNAL DESTINY.
· John 3:16 and John 1:12
i first preached this series in 1972 at Madison Baptist Church, in Minford Ohio, and then in 1992 I used this series at the First Baptist Church in Altoona, Kansas, then April 2009 at the Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford Ohio.
And the understanding that I thought I had in 1972 and 1990 pale's in view of what I understand in 2009.