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HE IS RISEN -Leonard Ravenhill-sermon


He is Risen
From a Sermon

By Leonard Ravenhill

Matthew 28:1-7

“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, come Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended form heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow;
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said to 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.
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.”

I think it was Campbell Morgan who said that the resurrection is the most stupendous, supernatural miracle that the world has ever known. It supercedes everything else – because if He is not risen from the dead then everything else collapses!

Think of this as a great pyramid the apostle built through the writing of his fourteen epistles, including Hebrews: then he turns that great pyramid over and he balances the fine point on one thing! It is this awesome verse in the 15th chapter of first Corinthians. He says, “if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”

There are many philosophies about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the Scripture is the first, the foremost, and the final word.
There are those who say that Jesus never died. All He did was faint, because He had been up all night, and pushed around, and He had lost some blood. They put Him into a tomb and then He revived in the cool tomb and He came out again. Well, the apostles, of course, shatter all that argument absolutely.

Remember that this is the thing that got the apostles into trouble! If Jesus wasn’t risen from the dead, I think they could have gone back to the temple and said, “Look, He was a good man, we saw miracles, and He was a marvelous man, but He didn’t come through on the last thing. He said, ‘I’m going to rise from the dead under My own power.’ – we’re sorry He didn’t make it. And we feel that we have something that we should share with you…” You know, I think in the temple they could have started a new school, and a new sect of Jesus followers, and had no trouble. But the thing right out in the open was that these men who had trembled and run away, who forsook Him and fled, become as bold as lions.

Why? Because they knew that Jesus had risen from the dead, that’s why!It says in the Acts of the Apostles concerning Jesus, first chapter and verse three, “To whom also He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” Now look, if it was a fallacy, as the world says, why do this bunch of men stand up and live in danger of their lives. Can these men have had hallucination for forty days in succession? “He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs.” I can’t find one modern version of scripture that includes the word infallible. Man hates that word infallible. He showed himself alive. To who? Oh, to a whole bunch of people; as many as five hundred in broad daylight. Can you see visions in broad daylight? Suffer hallucinations? He showed Himself alive, by many infallible proofs!

What were the infallible proofs? The infallible proofs were,
“we have touched Him, we have seen Him.”
Peter testifies to that later in his first epistle, doesn’t he? He says, “We don’t follow cunningly devised fables, we have seen Him, we handled Him, we heard Him.” For forty days He confirmed their faith.

Oh, that’s wonderful.
Yes, it’s wonderful! But to me it’s also terrible, you see, because the world hadn’t believed Him for three years, for the next forty days He said, “Get out of it, world, I am not appearing to you.”
He could have won the world in a day!
All He had to do was go to Pontius Pilate at one o’clock in the morning and tap
him and say, “Hey, what are you going to do now?”
Then go down the road to Caiaphas house, stand by his bed and only say,
“Well? Well?” Oh, he’d have shuddered in his bed and had to say, “Oh, My
God, have mercy on me.”
Or go to the village cemetery and shout over the wall, “I am
the resurrection and the Life.”

Now it says in the Emmaus walk that He appeared unto them in another form. That’s right and they didn’t understand. How many forms did He appear in?
He appeared as a little baby. GOD appeared as a babe.
He appeared as a great teacher. Their ears must have burned when He
preached the Sermon on the Mount. They said, “This is the most
marvelous thing man has ever uttered. Is this possible?” He appeared
as their teacher, as He had appeared as a babe.
He appeared as a servant, to their embarrassment. One day He put a towel
around His waist, and took some water, and He knelt, and washed their feet.
He appeared one day on a cross, as the atoning Lamb to take away the
sin of the world.

And now He appears in another form. They are walking down that road, just seven miles from Jerusalem on the Emmaus road and He overtook them. Their feet were heavy, but their hearts were heavier still.

You know what? I think the resurrection morning was the most
disappointing morning in the life of the Son of God.
You know why? Because if one
of them had believed Him they would have been lined up
outside of the tomb waiting for Him, but not one of them turned up.

He’ll appear to you in different forms… the way you need Him.
Sometimes He comes in tenderness and compassion when you have a wounded
heart and a wounded spirit, and He binds up the brokenhearted.
Sometimes He will come and pierce the heart. Because He loves us,
He will come and pierce us.
Sometimes He will come in overwhelming majesty, you have to bow at
His feet in adoration.
He doesn’t have to come in one form or another, He appears as He wants to appear.

He showed Himself alive unto His disciples with many infallible proofs. Oh, I think they enjoyed it when He broke bread, you know, when He called one morning and they were tired after fishing, “Hi boys!” Actually the Greek says, “lads, come here.” And they went, and as the hymn says, “they met their heart’s desire, bread and fish upon the fire.” That was the greatest breakfast ever cooked.

I think He took some rocks and put them down and said, “Become bread.”
Then He said to the devil, “I’ll do it when I want, not when you want.”
Because the devil once said to Him, “If you are the Son of God,
turn those rocks into bread.” Well, you can never do the wrong thing
at the right time, but you can do the right thing at the wrong time, and He said, “No.”
I guess He collected fish the same way Peter did under His instruction when they needed to pay taxes. So, He
made breakfast for His disciples.

Do you think they ever forgot that breakfast?
Did Peter ever forget when Jesus looked on him in compassion?
Did Thomas ever forget when He said, “Put your hands in…”
Those were wonderful appearances.

But I’ll tell you the thing that was most wonderful of all: you know why they were strong enough to do what God told them? He BREATHED on them.
He BREATHED on a piece of clay. Oh, Adam was very beautiful when he was first made. As beautiful as a corpse, because he had no life in him. Beautiful eyes, fingernails were perfect, body perfect, and then finally, God BREATHED in him, and he became a living soul.

Remember, He took a man called Abram A B R A M, and He BREATHED into Abram and Abram became AbraHam. Changed his whole life.
He breathed on them in the upper room, BEFORE Pentecost, and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” And they received the Holy Ghost! Because if a man has not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His. But they received an enduement of power, a Baptism, in that upper room.

Many infallible proofs of His Resurreccion!
Again, this is the key to the apostolic church.
This is the key to the apostolic church of Jesus Christ today.
All the warranties of the future are in Jesus Christ and the resurrection.

Copyright (c) 1994 by Leonard Ravenhill – http://www.ravenhill.org/

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While speaking to his disciples, John (the Baptizer) saw Jesus coming and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29, 36). This was not a new concept in God’s Word, for approximately two thousand years before, Abraham had said, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen. 22:8). The prophet Isaiah described Him as “as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers” (Isa. 53:7). This verse from Isaiah was the one the Ethiopian eunuch was reading when Phillip joined him in his chariot (Acts. 8:32).

The Apostle Paul, not only recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God, he understood Him to literally be our Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7). The Apostle Peter described Jesus as being qualified to be our Passover when he wrote, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Ex. 12:3-5). Jesus is also described as the resurrected Lamb of God twenty-seven times in the Book of Revelation. Perhaps the most revealing of those is “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8).

Because Jesus was born before Herod the Great died in 4 B.C., and it is believed He lived at least thirty-three years, theologians estimate His birth to be in 5 B.C. and His death somewhere between A.D. 26 and A.D. 36 (the years Pontius Pilate was the Prefect of the providence of Judea). Their estimate has to do with Jesus being “about thirty” when He began His ministry (Lk. 3:23), and the number of Passovers mentioned in the Gospel of John (Jn. 2:13; 6:4; 11:55; 19:14). Therefore, it is quite possible that Jesus actually was thirty-three when He was crucified, because in the year A.D. 28, the Passover Lamb was slain on a Wednesday.

Because Matthew 12:40 describes Jesus as being dead for three days and three nights, a Friday Crucifixion is impossible. Jesus rose on the first day of the week (Sunday – sometime after sunset on our Saturday); counting backward seventy-two hours, He would have had to die just before sunset on Wednesday. Regardless of tradition, it appears that the Lamb of God was “selected” on the tenth of Nissan, examined by the religious rulers over the next three days, and then sacrificed on Wednesday, the fourteenth of Nissan (Ex. 12:3-6). That would make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Friday, the ninth instead of Sunday as we now celebrate it as Palm Sunday.

The Feast of Passover involved selecting the Lamb, waiting until the fifth day, and then sacrificing it. Because Jesus was our Passover Lamb, and He died as such on the fourteenth of Nissan, a Wednesday, I believe the meal we call the “Last Supper,” was simply one of the evening meals between the tenth and the fourteenth of Nissan, specifically, the evening meal of the thirteenth. I do not believe it was a Passover Seder, as many have declared it to be. But, that is just how I see it.

Regardless of the day, Jesus died right on time for the sins of all mankind!
Better yet, He rose right on time to be Lord of all who will believe!

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