Celebrating the Resurrection
“Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."”- Luke 24:44
There are 365 days in a year (according to the current calendar). Each day you could wake up and read 1 scripture a day about Jesus Christ, written before He was ever born into this world. The great authors of the Old Testament – Isaiah, Daniel, Hosea, Moses, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others prophesied and foretold the Messiah’s coming, His life, death, resurrection and second coming. Over 365 prophecies have been written pertaining to the Son of God, which Jesus Christ has single handedly fulfilled.
They knew the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, would be from the line of David, would be from Galilee, would be born of a virgin, would enter Jerusalem on a donkey, betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, would be beaten beyond recognition, and suffer a violent death. This only represents 8 prophecies of the Messiah, captured in the scriptures which were known to all Pharisees and Scribes of that day. Through their diligent studies they knew what they were looking for in their coming Messiah. The reality though is that they were blinded by their own humanity, and could never imagine that this young man from humble beginnings could be their ever powerful, almighty and omnipotent God in flesh. Their arrogance and knowledge blinded them from the incredible presence right before them. This sounds an awful lot like people in today's world.
They had to ask themselves though, with all of their wisdom, could this be the One. Then they would see Him do something that would contradict their simple minded knowledge of who Messiah should be, and they would then judge Him. He healed on the Sabbath, He dined with sinners, He kept company with prostitutes, tax collectors and thieves. He preached the gospel with a depth of knowledge beyond theirs, yet had not studied in their presence or through the universities of the time. He chastised them for their piousness, arrogance and hypocrisy, while loving those who were poor, meek and gentile.
Why did the Pharisees ensure that the Romans guarded the tomb? Because of Isaiah 53:9-12; “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.” They knew that if Jesus rose from the grave that they had made a terrible mistake, and that indeed they had been in the presence of the very Son of God they had so patiently awaited. Paul, the Apostle, was a Pharisee, who was struck blind by the resurrected Jesus, and through his conversion became the greatest apostle of all. Throughout the book of Acts, we see several other Pharisees turned to follow Jesus through the preaching of Paul and Peter.
So I ask you; look amongst our people today, have we become the Pharisees of this age? Well studied on God, but blind to the real issues of the day, and the love that Jesus Christ stands for. You can see how easy it is to have read the scriptures, studied the prophecies, and still miss Him when He returns because we are looking for something that fits a specific stereotype we have created to align with our perspective. Make no doubt about it, Jesus Christ will return just as He said He would. For by His very words to the disciples after His resurrection: “all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Do not overlook the Word of God as you watch the heavens for His return. Study it, know it and spend time with the Father learning it.
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