Part 6 of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul by W.G. Finlay, to be continued next week.
He is not here, for He is risen Matthew 28:6a
A shorter message of the Resurrection could not have been given by the angel. But isn’t this proclamation richer and more heavy laden with these few words “He is not here, for He is risen” It says it all for Yahweh God has herewith said it all. HE Who died in an untold shame and given to our sin and is risen. The dead will hear the Voice of the Son of Yahweh, and they will live. The Power of the Resurrection that will prevail, all battle and will restrain the gates of hell.
The Congregation of Yahshua Christ will be guarded. We now have a preview to the sight of the Kingdom of Heaven. The crown of satan has been pulled from his head. The sepulcher is open, death has no more dominion. HE, Who restrained death for us, and our sin, has risen with great authority. The Bloodshed of the Redeemer, is the payment for our transgressions. The Death of the Redeemer, is the Victory over the grave. Death could not hold Him.
The women on their way to the Garden of Joseph of Arimathea were not able to suspect this at all. Look at all the herbs and spices they are carrying with them to pay their last respects and love for their Master. It goes without saying. Their hope has vanished for they are looking for Yahshua Christ Who is dead. But their search for Him also shows the love that is drawing them to Yahshua Christ. Although they don’t know how to reach Him in the grave. But this love does not frighten them for any soldier, nor for a stone that is barricading the entrance of the grave. They are continuing their way no matter what. Not because the love of these Israelite women would be strong enough. It is a matter of another Love. A Love that is stronger, a Love that is drawing closer.
The Love of the Redeemer, Who exchanges the herbs and the spices of death to the rolled-up linens of the grave. HE is calling these women to His open sepulcher to share the joy of New Life, a living Hope. Not the fruit of their searching but through the power of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead!
Yahweh God has finished the Work of Christ on Golgotha through several signs. In the Garden of Joseph of Arimathea, Yahweh God has shown His wonders illustrating the Victory of Christ. The earth is shaking in a trembling rejoice. Soldiers are frightened because of the lightning. The power of hell is, definitely, broken. The Angel from Heaven opened the sepulcher by rolling away the stone barricading the entrance and accompanying the great Redeemer of Israel when ascending to the Heavenly Father Yahweh. The fore shadow of the great Day of Yahweh, a Day of Hope for all of His Covenant people who are IN Christ. Angels will proclaim the glory of Yahshua Christ.
But all these signs do not awaken the joy of the Day of the Resurrection. Should these signs frighten us, instead that they give us a reason to rejoice?
The words of the angel are telling us that the Day ought not to be fearful. The unbelief must go, and the love must come into the heart and prevail. A proclamation of a heavenly messenger is needed. For everybody whose heart is possessed by the Love of Yahweh God, will there ever be a happier message proclaimed by the angel?
–Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, Which was crucified.
The mystery of the cross is revealed now the rock of the sepulcher has become the proclamation of the Resurrection. The power of sin and death, Yahshua Christ, has dethroned the father of lies. His own are redeemed and share in His Resurrection. The voice of the archangel will awaken them, and Yahshua Christ the faithful Shepherd will welcome His sheep that once were lost with welcoming hands.
The Day of the Resurrection does focus our eyes on the last days to come. The last days to come are a guarantee that the end is nigh. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
The Work is finished, the Victory has obtained. The Prince of Peace is Triumphant. The great Redeemer Who was restrained by death for our transgression has risen with great authority.