March 28, 2015

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“The Son rose and The Sun will rise!” (Jesus resurrection and return)

Stone rolled away - Sun rising

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4 Scripture Readings from the Gospels on Jesus’ resurrection:
Matthew 27:57-28:15; Mark 15:42-16:14; Luke 23:50-24:48; John 19:38-20:31

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4 Scripture Readings from the Old Testament on Jesus’ 2nd return:
Isaiah 11:1-12; Isaiah 30:15-30; Isaiah 60:1-21; Malachi 4:1-3

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Key Bible Verse:
Malachi 4:2 “To you who fear My name, the Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.”

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If you have questions about Jesus, here’s some thoughts about His resurrection and 2nd return to really get you thinking!  What makes Jesus unique?  what makes Jesus different from any other religious leader?  what makes the Bible different from any other holy book?  what makes Easter different from all other religions and religious holidays?  Religion is religion is religion, right?

These are the claims and events in the Bible about Jesus that make Him unique.  JESUS, according to the Bible, is not just a good man, not just a great prophet, and not just a god with a little ‘g’.  Jesus, according to the Bible, is God – THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD – the God of the universe, Creator of the worlds, Redeemer of all humanity, Savior of every man and woman who has ever lived.

These are the central truths of the Bible about Jesus:

1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”

  • That Jesus is fully God.  Jesus = God.
  • That God died on a cross for us to save us from sin and separation from Him.
  • That God raised Himself from the dead to secure everlasting life for us.
  • That God lived on earth 40 days after His death and resurrection.
  • And that God is physically coming to earth again – His 2nd return – to shine
  • the light of His righteousness on all who will willingly receive Him.

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Jesus the Son, who came the first time to redeem us, will come again as Jesus the Sun!

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The whole story of Easter is that, Jesus the Son, died and then rose from the dead on the third day, so that, if we believe in Him, He can raise us to new life on the basis of His sacrifice to forgive us of our sin and His resurrection back to life to overcome death for us.

The Bible summarizes the Easter story this way in 1 Corinthians 15:1-7 “Moreover, friends, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Peter, then by the twelve.  After that He was seen by over five hundred people at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, though some have already died.  After that, He was seen by James, and then, by all the apostles.”

As part of this study on Jesus’ resurrection and 2nd return, I’d like to encourage you to carefully read all 4 of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection and highlight the details in each one that you find interesting and curious (you can download a word or pdf of this file above).  Here are the 4 Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) of Jesus’ resurrection:
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Matthew 27:57-28:15

“Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had become a disciple of Jesus.  This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then, Pilate commanded the body to be given to him.  When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock, and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.  And, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.  On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’  Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead’, so the last deception will be worse than the first.”  Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.”  So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.  Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who 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 indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.  And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!”  So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”  Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened.  When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’  And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.”  So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”
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Mark 15:42-16:14

“Now when evening had come – it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath –  Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Pilate marveled that Jesus was already dead, and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.  So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.  Then Joseph bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.  And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.  Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices that they might come and anoint Him.  Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.  And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”  So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.  Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.  She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.  And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.  After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.  And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.  Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table, and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.”
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Luke 23:50-24:48

“Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man.  He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God.  This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.  That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.  And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.  Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.  Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ “  And they remembered His words.  Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.  And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.  But Peter arose and ran to the tomb, and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves, and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.  Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.  So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.  And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”  Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”  And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.  But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.  Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.  When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.  And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”  Then Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.  Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.  But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And Jesus went in to stay with them.  Now it came to pass, as Jesus sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.  And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”  So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”  And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.  Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”  But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.  And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.  But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”  So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.  And He took it and ate in their presence.  Then Jesus said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.  Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And you are witnesses of these things.”
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John 19:38-20:19

“After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus.  And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.  Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.  Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.  So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.  Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”  Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.  So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.  And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb, and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also, and he saw and believed.  For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.  But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!”  She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).  Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.  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, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (v31) but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
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You see, on Easter the Son rose; the SON ROSE on Sunday.

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In the Old Testament, the Bible prophesied many, many times that Jesus, indeed, would come to earth the first time to save us and serve us with His death on the cross.  And one day soon, on another ‘Son day’, there will be a SUN RISE!  Also in the Old Testament, the Bible has prophesied many, many times that Jesus, indeed, will return to earth for a second time to come for His children (those who believe on His name), and ultimately, to establish His eternal kingdom as our God, King, Lord, and Father.

Next, as a deeper part of this study on Jesus’ resurrection and 2nd return, I’d like to encourage you to carefully read these prophecies from 4 Old Testament Books’ (2 Samuel, Psalms, Isaiah, Malachi) about Jesus’ 2nd return and highlight the details in each one that you find interesting and curious.  See if you see THE SUN, the SUN RISE, the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Look up at the Sun and see if you see the light – Sun, righteousness, second time.  Hint: the ‘He’ in these verses is Jesus.
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2 Samuel 23:2-4 (OT)

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me and His word was on my tongue.  The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.  And, He shall be like the light of the morning when THE SUN RISES, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.”
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Psalms 72:1-19 (OT)

“Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son.  He (Jesus) will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice.  The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills by righteousness.  He will bring justice to the poor of the people.  He will save the children of the needy and will break in pieces the oppressor.  They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.  He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth.  In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.  He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.  Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.  Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.  For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.  He will spare the poor and needy, and He will save the souls of the needy.  He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.  AND HE SHALL LIVE. <— note: First time, Jesus came to save us, to become righteousness for us. Second time, Jesus will come to return and reign —> The gold of Sheba will be given to Him.  Prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.  His name shall endure forever.  His name shall continue as long as THE SUN. Men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed.  Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!  Blessed be His glorious name forever!  Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.”

Psalms 84:11 (OT)  For the Lord God is a SUN and shield.  The Lord will give grace and glory, no good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.”
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Psalms 89:14-17a,26-29,36-37 (OT)

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne, mercy and truth go before Your face.  Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.  In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.  For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted.  He (Jesus) shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’  Also I will make Him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.  My mercy I will keep for Him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with Him.  His seed also I will make to endure forever, and His throne as the days of heaven.  His seed shall endure forever, and His throne AS THE SUN before Me.  It shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah
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Isaiah 11:1-5,10-12 (OT)

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (Jesus), The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth. He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.  Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.  “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people, for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.”  It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again THE SECOND TIME to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.  He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

Tell me you see it, please tell me you see it –> “THE SECOND TIME” <– see above.
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Isaiah 30:15,18-21,26-30 (OT)

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”  Therefore the Lord will wait that He may be gracious to you, and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all those who wait for Him.  For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry, when He hears it, He will answer you.  And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers.  Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.  Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and THE LIGHT OF THE SUN will be sevenfold, ss the light of seven days.  In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people And heals the stroke of their wound.  Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar, burning with His anger, and His burden is heavy. His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue like a devouring fire.  His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches up to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility.  And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.  You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel.  The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones.”
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Isaiah 45:5-9 (OT)

“I am the Lord, and there is no other. There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from THE RISING OF THE SUN to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity.  I, the Lord, do all these things.’  “Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.  Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.”
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Isaiah 59:1-2,9-21 (OT)

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.  Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us. We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!  We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes, we stumble at noonday as at twilight.  We are as dead men in desolate places.  We look for justice, but there is none, for salvation, but it is far from us.  For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us.  For our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them.  In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.  Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off, for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.  He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor, therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him, and His own righteousness, it sustained HimFor He (Jesus) put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head.  He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. <— note: First time, Jesus came to save us, to become righteousness for us. Second time, Jesus will come to return and reign —> According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies, the coastlands He will fully repay.  So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and HIS GLORY FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.  “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the Lord.  “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
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Isaiah 60:1-5,16-21 (OT)

ARISE, SHINE, FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME and THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS RISEN UPON YOU.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people, but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.  The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.  “Lift up your eyes all around, and see. They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.  Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. (v16) You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles, and milk the breast of kings. You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.  “Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver, instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteousness.  Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.  “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but THE LORD WILL BE TO YOU AN EVERLASTING LIGHT, and your God your glory.  Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.  Also your people shall all be righteous. They shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.”
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Malachi 1:11 (OT)

For from THE RISING OF THE SUN, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles, in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering.  For My name shall be great among the nations,” says the Lord of hosts.”
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Malachi 4:1-2a (OT)

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” says the Lord of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.  But to you who fear My name THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUS shall arise with healing in His wings.”
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You see, this Easter we celebrate that the Son rose, and one day soon enough, we will celebrate the Sun rise.

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Just as sure as He came the first time, you can be sure that He will come again for a 2nd time.

The hope and celebration of Easter is that Christ (Jesus) rose from the dead to secure new life for us – each and every one of us.  If He didn’t rise from the dead, if God indeed did not come to earth and rise again, then indeed, we are the silliest of men and women.  The fact is, Jesus did come and the resurrection of Christ is real.  Back to the Bible’s summary of the reality of Easter and the End Times in 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.  Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.  For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!  Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.  But now Christ is risen from the dead!”

Furthermore, the hope and celebration of the End Times is that Christ (Jesus) will rise (like a Sun) to establish His perfect and everlasting Kingdom and to be an ever-present God with us, our King and Lord, and ever-loving Father.  Back to 1 Corinthians 15:20-24 “Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have already passed.  For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  Each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.  Then comes the end, when Christ delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

In conclusion, long long ago, some 3500+ years ago, God told us in the Old Testament to keep our eyes on the Son, that the Son would come and die and rise again.  And He did.  HE IS RISEN.  God also told us in the Old Testament to keep our eyes on the Sun, that the Sun will come (a second time) and rise this time to a permanent day, a never-ending day.  And He will.  Jesus will return!
Jesus sun righteousness bible verse

Revelation 21:1-7,23-27 & 22:3-7

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.  Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”  And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.  He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (v23) The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. THE LAMB IS IT’S LIGHT.  And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.  Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).  And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.  But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (22:3) And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for THE LORD GOD GIVES THEM LIGHT.  And they shall reign forever and ever.  Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.  “Behold, I am coming quickly!  Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

The SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS will rise with healing in His wings.
Jesus sun righteousness bible verse

Look to the Son the Sun is coming!

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Jesus sun righteousness bible verse

“Happy April Fools Day!” (the foolishness of the cross is no joke)

Clown shoes (foolishness of the cross)

April fools cross is foolishness bible verses
Scripture Reading: Psalms 22, Isaiah 53, 1 Corinthians 15

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Key Bible Verse – 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

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Yep, it’s almost that time of year again!  Almost time to celebrate being a fool.  No foolin’!  I mean it.

Happy April Fools Day!  Once again, April is the time of year to do something really foolish.
April fools cross is foolishness bible verses

Do the most ‘foolish’ thing you’ve ever done!

April fools cross is foolishness bible verses
Easter brings us once again to the celebration of the foolishness of the cross.  YOU GOTTA BE FOOL to believe the message of the cross and the message of the gospel – God coming to die on a cross for us.  Complete foolishness, right?
April fools cross is foolishness bible verses

God described the message of the cross this way,

April fools cross is foolishness bible verses
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Message of the Cross is foolishness
April fools cross is foolishness bible verses

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

“For the message of the cross is FOOLISHNESS to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God …  in the wisdom of God, since the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the FOOLISHNESS of the message preached to save those who BELIEVE.  For Jews request a sign and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews it is a stumbling block and to the Greeks it is FOOLISHNESS … but because the FOOLISHNESS of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men … God has chosen the FOOLISH things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; that no flesh should glory in His presence.  But you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God– and righteousness and sanctification and REDEMPTION—sthat, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  (see Jeremiah 9:23-24)
April fools cross is foolishness bible verses

God says YOU GOTTA BE A FOOL!

April fools cross is foolishness bible verses

1 Corinthians 3:18

“Let no one deceive himself.  If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age,
let him become a FOOL that he may become wise.”
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1 Corinthians 4:10

“We are FOOLS for Christ’s sake.”
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This April Fools, it is time to do something really foolish.

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For Christ’s sake, BE A FOOL.  BELIEVE the message of the cross.  Follow the ‘folly’ of REDEMPTION this Easter.  Join the rest of us on a journey to joy, the road where ONLY FOOLS walk.
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Isaiah 35:8-10  [Old Testament]

“A highway shall be there, a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a FOOL, shall not go astray …
But the REDEEMED shall walk there,
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
And come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Bible verse April Fools and foolishness of the cross

Easter Time is for April Fools!

Bible verse April Fools and foolishness of the cross
Won’t you be a FOOL this time?

You’d be a FOOL not to.

Bible verse April Fools and foolishness of the cross
Other related Bible Studies on how to become a Fool:
 "You must be Born Again!"

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