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Pastor Bill Meadows

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The song “Gone” tells us about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe we should sing songs that are true to the word of God. To many people sing songs that are not Scripture at all. But this one I believe is back up by Scripture.

“Mary came unto the tomb of Jesus,

The stone was moved and He had gone away:

The angel said, “Fear not, I know whom seek ye,

But He is risen,” This she heard Him say.

Gone, the stone is rolled back,

Gone, the tomb is empty,

Gone, to sit at the Father’s side

Gone, over death triumphant,

Gone, sin is defeated,

Gone, And He lives forevermore.

My friend, if you don’t know my risen Saviour,

I beg of you, don’t wait too late to pray;

Don’t wait until His bride has been completed,

Don’t wait until you hear Him say, “It’s too late.”

“And the angel answered and said unto the women. Fear not ye: 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.” (Matthew 28:5-6).

We are told in this chapter 28 of Matthew about three women who were bringing spices to the tomb of Jesus to finish anointing His body which they don’t have time before the Passover. Joseph of Arimathae’ and Nicodemus didn’t have the time to wash and anoint the body of Jesus. But Nicodemus was able to put about hundred pounds of weight of a mixture of myrrh and aloes body before they took the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury” (John 19:40). So, Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary the mother of James and other women was returning after the Sabbeth (early Sunday morning) to complete the burial procedures.

Now, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the main doctrine of our Christian faith. It is the heart of Christianity. If one would read the Book of Acts you will notice that every sermon is a message of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection of Jesus gave us a living hope. We don’t have a dead Saviour but a living Saviour. If Jesus were still in that tomb we would have a dead hope. But because Jesus was gone it gives us a glorious future.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last times.” (1 Peter1:3-5).

When we meet every church day we are telling this world that Jesus is alive and the tomb is emptied and He ascension is up into heaven and He is sitting at the right hand of God.

It was not like that on that first Lord’s Day, the disciples were discouraged and they were defeated. Their leader was buried and laid in a tomb.

I wondered how many times Jesus told them He would rise up? It is sad that the disciples had doubt. Look what Jesus told them in Matthew 12:40 about Jonas;

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

What Jesus was saying here is that Jonah rose from the dead when he was in the whale’s belly. It became his tomb and his hell.

“Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish belly.

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD and he heared me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice” (Jonah 2:2). The word “hell” means “grave, pit” Sheol.

Jesus also foretells His death and His resurrection to his disciples at Capernaum.

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).

Jesus was not talking about Herod’s temple but he was predicting His own death and resurrection. He also was talking about His violent death and His victorious resurrection . The word destroy is “luo” which means “egeiro” mean to raise up or “to wake up.” Each time John uses of this word, it refers to awaking from the dead. It was very sad that His disciples didn’t understand this until after Mary tells them about the empty grave. It is sad we don’t believe Him today.

So, early in the morning Mary Magdalene and the other were going to the tomb of Jesus and at the same time they were thinking how they could move the big stone in front of the tomb of Jesus.

I have found out as a Christian that there is nothing impossible for God to do. In verse two of Matthew twenty-seven God helps these women out.

“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.”

The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out, for He had already left the tomb way before this. It was rolled away so that Mary and the others could look inside to see for themselves that the tomb was empty and that Jesus was gone.

How can God open people eyes about the truth? Sometimes it takes a shaking to open our eyes like it did here. There are people in this world today who don’t want to know the truth about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because the resurrection it tells me that Jesus is coming back to get us who are alive and also raise the ones who have gone on before us. There is coming a day when the door of Salvation will be closed like it was in the days of Noah.

And thy that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: And the LORD shut him in” (Genesis 7:16).

The LORD does not want to shut the door on you or your family. Since The LORD is a man of His own Word, He has to keep His word. He is not like man, who will say one and turn around and break it. If God was like this we could not believe the bible as being the truth.

God gave man a hundred and twenty years to repent. Did He have to give man these hundred and twenty years? “NO!”

And the LORD said, my spirit shall not alway strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3). Man was corrupted and God in His mercy, gave man one hundred twenty more years in which for man to repent and change his life to the will of God.

Like Noah, Jesus came to give man another chance. And in God’s mercy Jesus came, died, and was buried, and rose again so man could repent and have a new life and be one with God again.

The Bible tells us that there where many who was left behind on that day when the LORD shut the door on the Ark.

“And behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of water upon the earth to destroy all flesh, wherein the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die” (Genesis 6:17). It is believed that from Adam to this period of time was about 1600 years. I wonder how many thousands of people died? Just eight souls out of thousands were saved.

“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark” (Genesis 7:23).

“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the day of Noah, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water” (1 Peter 3:20).

My friend, if you don’t know my risen Saviour, I beg of you, don’t wait until His bride has been completed. Don’t wait until you hear him say, “I know you not.” It was to late for the five foolish Virgins.

“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, lord, open to us.

But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not”(Matthew 25:10-12).

For two thousand years people have been told that Jesus is coming back. Like in Noah’s time they have became lazy. Half of the bride is not ready to meet Bridegroom (Jesus). This tells me that not every person who profess to be a Christian will enter heaven.

It is also sad that there are many today who don’t believe that Jesus rose from the grave. The reason is they have doubt. What about you; do you have doubt?

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