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Christ Has Risen

I am the host Christina Farris here in my home at turtle30cshell.
com I am hear today to talk about the resurrection of my Lord
Jesus Christ. Today we will examine several key factors in the
story. One who discovered the empty tomb and their reaction
according to the book of John. Each Gospel which is the first
four books of the New Testament, tells this story a little
differently. Yet if we exam each story the main thing is the
resurrections of Jesus. Yet to know who found the tomb empty
enables us to understand that those who knew Jesus best were
distressed at first finding the tomb empty considering they
knew not scripture concerning the resurrection though Jesus
himself had spoken it.

One of the first verse I like to share that speaks of the
resurrection is found in:

Isaiah 26:19 KJV
(19)  Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall
they arise. 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.

In Matthew it speaks of the dead rising from the grave and the
risen holy men of old walking into Jerusalem and they did
testify. We know this passage was speaking of the resurrection
of the fallen, of the deceased. We know Christ body went into
the grave and laid in empty tomb, but non the less buried as
custom of the day in an empty tomb. This verse says the earth
will cast out the dead. Will most believe this will happens twice
scripturally. Once in Matthew 27 at the resurrection and the
second time with the second coming of Christ. Upon the
second coming of Christ the dead that have not confess Jesus
as Lord will rise to meet the final judgment. For the saints souls
are already in heaven with God and return with Christ in the
clouds.  Proof of this can be found in:

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 KJV
(14)  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so
them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
(15)  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we
which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall
not prevent them which are asleep.
(16)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
(17)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Who did Christ make his grave with he made it with the wick.
He died between to thieves. Worthy of death, yet one would be
with him in paradise because of belief.

Isaiah 53:9-12 KJV
(9)  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in
his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any
deceit in his mouth.
(10)  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to
grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall
see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the
LORD shall prosper in his hand.
(11)  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify
many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
(12)  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he
shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured
out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the
transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made
intercession for the transgressors.

Jesus would bare the sins of many and would also make
intercession for sin.  Jesus is known as the intercessor,
because He goes to the Father for us, because our sins our
buried with Him upon belief in Him and we arise anew through
His resurrection.

Now today’s passage comes from John 20. As we read today
passage what I hope the verse already given will help you
understand that those viewing the grave knew not that Jesus
would rise, yet know doubt they understood He had the ability.
After all He raised several from the dead already in the
presents of the disciples. Let us begin by reading:

John 20:1-10 KJV
(1)  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,
when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone
taken away from the sepulchre.
(2)  Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the
other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They
have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know
not where they have laid him.
(3)  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came
to the sepulchre.
(4)  So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun
Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
(5)  And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes
lying; yet went he not in.
(6)  Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the
sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
(7)  And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the
linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
(8)  Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the
sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
(9)  For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise
again from the dead.
(10)  Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

When studying scripture there is many things we can learn. We
know that there were a group of woman that seen the empty
tomb, but here it only mentions Mary Magdalene. Upon seeing
the stone rolled away Mary Magdalene bends down and looks
into the cave and finds it empty. She went and found the
disciples and told disciples of the empty tomb. Peter and John
ran and bent down and found the tomb empty. An empty tomb.
They went away puzzled because they knew not the scripture.
Perhaps concerned of where the body went. I have to wonder
why a search party was not formed or the law contacted. Yet
perhaps this had not yet occurred to them in their grief, for the
soldiers did guard the tomb. Maybe they were afraid they be
blamed of hiding the body or something. So they returned to
there home. Yet Mary Magdalene linger weeping, bending down
again looked in the tomb and there were two angels one sitting
at the head and another at the foot of where Jesus laid. Let us

John 20:11-18 KJV
(11)  But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as
she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
(12)  And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head,
and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
(13)  And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She
saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I
know not where they have laid him.
(14)  And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and
saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
(15)  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom
seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith
unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou
hast laid him, and I will take him away.
(16)  Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith
unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
(17)  Jesus saith unto her, Touch 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.
(18)  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had
seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Mary turns to leave the tomb and finds herself at the feet of
Jesus but she knew Him not until He spoke to her. He spoke
and asked why she wept and she said because I know not
where they taken my Lord. She then begin to ask do you know
where they took my Lord. Jesus said her name and that all it
took for recognition of who He was. She called Him Rabboni
meaning Teacher or Master. Jesus then warns her not to touch
Him, He had not gone to the Father. He had yet ascended or to
go to heaven. He was going to take His position on the throne.
He would take the captives that had risen home. The captives
were those that had risen, those he preach to in hell and set
free. This is what:

Ephesians 4:9-10 KJV says:
(9)  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also
descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
(10)  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far
above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

That was not the last time anyone ever seen of Jesus after his
resurrection. In fact after Jesus ascends to the Father He visit’s
the disciples in the upper room. One must remember there
were holy people of old walking around Jerusalem that had
risen from the grave according to Matthew, so these people
need to go to God and they needed King Jesus to take them to
heaven. This part is seldom talked about but I am mentioning it
today. Jesus takes His people home and returns.

John 20:18-23 KJV
(18)  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had
seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
(19)  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were
assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
(20)  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands
and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the
(21)  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my
Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
(22)  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith
unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
(23)  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them;
and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

The message of the grave and the resurrection is about the
hope we have in Jesus who takes away the sins of the world. If
God can forgive us then we ought to forgive others has He
forgave us. That is a pill to swallow at time because of
bitterness or anger toward someone. Yet if God can forgive all
human life for all there sins then we need to work on forgiving
others likewise as Christ did. There is life through the cross.
Life through sacrifice and resurrection. It hard to turn the other
cheek, but one must learn too and to continue on has Christ
taught. We can not save a soul, but our testimony to others is a
witness of the love Christ has for all of us. We can not forgive
everything in our own power it takes the power of God in some
cases working in our life. Jesus provides that power through
the Holy Spirit. Jesus in the upper room breathe on the
disciples to receive the Holy Spirit. We to must receive the Holy
Spirit when we receive Christ into our hearts. We first receive
Christ then we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives one
the ability to do the things of God not in human strength but in
the power of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit also gives us comfort
knowing God is with us enabling his people. It is your choice
whether you receive God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit into
your life and in that order.

Next part of John 20 we see Thomas not present at the upper
room with doubts of whether Jesus was really raised from the
dead or not. I have to wonder about Thomas train of thought for
that is a cruel joke to play on someone. The truth of the matter
Thomas is seeking of proof it really Jesus, He wants to see not
only the scarred hands, but the place where the sword went in
Christ side. Yet when Christ appears it only took seeing Jesus
for him to believe. Let us read this portion of scripture.

John 20:24-31 KJV
(24)  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not
with them when Jesus came.
(25)  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen
the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands
the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the
nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
(26)  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and
Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and
stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
(27)  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and
behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into
my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
(28)  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my
(29)  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen
me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen,
and yet have believed.
(30)  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of
his disciples, which are not written in this book:
(31)  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life
through his name.

Jesus came into the upper room but the door was shut. Most
would of consider Jesus to be ghost and not real. Yet Thomas
would not of been able to touch him. Jesus said to Thomas
touch me, see that I am really risen from the tomb. It was
enough to see and He believed. Jesus response was blessed
are those that believe without seeing. Thomas said called
Jesus Lord and my God. If this was not so Jesus would of
rebuked him but He rebuked him not. Jesus would do more
things then this but it could not be contained in one book. Jesus
continues to work today in the lives of the believer upon belief
in Him. These things are recorded in scripture so we might
believe for God enables the scripture to speak to our hearts,
because it is His precious word.

Do you believe today? If not why not? Ask yourself if God is
real allow Him to reveal himself to you and He will. He will
speak the language you speak. Today is the day to receive
Christ as Lord. If you like to receive Jesus pray this prayer with

Dear Heavenly Father I am sinner and I know Christ died for me
and rose again the third so we might have life more abundantly.
Forgive me of my sins and fill me with your Holy Spirit so I can
testify of you. In Jesus precious name Amen.

Upon praying this prayer you are saved. Please visit my site
http://www.turtle30cshell.com and there you find in the Bible
Study section a place called New Christian helps also you find
How To Be Saved page. Best thing you can do is get a Bible and
start reading it to learn about Jesus. To learn about His saving
power. The stories of Jesus are found in the New Testament
and the Old Testament tells about faith before Jesus came as a
man to mankind. Thank you and God bless you.
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