Resurrection Treasures

It was the evening of the day Christ rose from the dead. The disciples were meeting behind closed doors because they were afraid of their fellow Jews. Suddenly Jesus appeared and the next few moments of that event bring out spiritual treasures for all those who will partake of them.
Resurrection Treasures
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The disciples of Christ were scared and confused. They had seen Christ crucified and buried, but now, on that Sunday, some of their number reported seeing and speaking with Christ that day, with some even touching Him. While the reality of His resurrection did not “sink into” their minds, there was fear within their hearts, for they thought if their fellow Jews had handed Jesus over to Pontius Pilate to be executed, they might be next.

So, with this mixture of confusion and fear, many were together that Sunday evening behind closed doors. But, Christ suddenly appeared. There was no knocking

or calling. He just appeared. This Sunday evening appearance is recorded in John 20:19-23. From this passage we will see five resurrection treasures offered to all who will completely trust Him and remain in Him.

I. Peace 19, 21b

Verse 19 NASB: “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."”

“Peace be with you,” were the first words Christ spoke to that scared and confused assembly of believers hiding from those who would kill them. God always wanted peace with man {1} but our sin prevented it. However, Christ having paid the full penalty for our sin established Himself as the Way, and the only way (John 14:6), to have true, lasting peace with God. One tormented by sin, frustrated with their own self, and or battered by the world finds this true peace with God when they truly surrender to Him through Christ.

“Peace," “Shalom" in Hebrew, is often found throughout the Holy Bible as a greeting and is quite prevalent at the start of many of the epistles. God wants us to have continued peace with Him and in the world through Christ. Also note that part of verse 21 shows Christ said to them “Peace be with you” for a second time. I see a parallel to this in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You.” “Perfect peace” in that verse is “shalom shalom,” “peace peace.” The word “peace” was written twice to indicate perfect peace. What is stated in Isaiah 26:3 is certainly applicable today, for Christ said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Note that “peace” is sort of doubled in that verse.

II. Perfection 20

“And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.”--(NASB)

The victorious life of Christ and His efficacious sacrifice upon the cross brings perfection (completion) in the life of those who truly trust in the resurrected Savior and Lord. God Who has called us to perfection (Genesis 17:1, Matthew 5:48, 2 Timothy 3:16-17) gives us the ability to do so through the works of Christ. As we learn of Him through the Word of God and faithfully respond to His Holy Spirit (Ghost) we enter into that perfection step by step along the Christian walk. His grace declares us justified now as we learn to be like Christ.

Specifically in this verse are mentioned His hands and side and they bring out two spiritual realities based on Galatians 2:20. It is with her hand that Eve reached out and took of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam’s hand then reached and took of that fruit from Eve. From the time we are born we have a sin nature that, as we physically grow, manifests itself at times by sinful actions. And, any work that we do has no eternal blessing to it. However, once we are in Christ His works become our works. We come to the point where we stop practicing sin. That is not to say we never sin. Our intentional and habitual sinning is squelched. What we do brings glory to God.

The spear wound in Christ’s side speaks of our interconnection with Him. It speaks to us that we can walk side by side with Him because our heart has been cleansed by His efficacious blood. We become more “in tune” with Him as we walk daily with Him. The heartbeat of God becomes our heartbeat, which leads us to the next verse.

III. Purpose 21

“So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.""--(NASB)

We have so much purpose in the Kingdom of God! To begin with, once we are truly in Christ we can actually join in with heavenly worship (Revelation 4:8-11) in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24). Also, when we truly come to Christ we then become part of the true Church, the Body of Christ, and within that body we are to edify (build up) one another. Christ did all of these things. And, as the world so often reminds us, Christ reached out to the lost.

 “As the Father sent Me” also includes the fact that Christ chose to be fully dependent upon the Father by the direction of the Holy Spirit. Christ came into this world in the flesh as a lowly, helpless baby. And, though He knew He was God in the flesh, He lived and served with great humility and meekness. Additionally, not only His death but His life is deemed a sacrifice that we might come to God and remain in Him. It has been said that we should live for Him because He died for us.

IV. Presence 22

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.””--(NASB)

All throughout our passage of five verses under consideration we must remember that while this historical account was written in Greek, Christ was speaking Hebrew to His


disciples. With that said, the term “spirit” in both those languages contains a wide gamut of meaning. Wind, breath, attitude and more are reflected in both languages {2} {3}. And, without a doubt, “Holy” tied with “Spirit” speaks of God’s Spirit.

With that, much can be written about the disciples receiving the Spirit of God, and the Book Of The Acts Of The Apostles certainly presents numerous accounts of what His Spirit did through them. However, for this message I would like us to consider the fact that the Spirit is the actual being of Christ within the disciple (Romans 8:9, Philippians 1:19). Keep in mind that in both the Hebrew and Greek “spirit” may mean “ghost.”

Proof that the Holy Spirit is Christ Himself can be found in the Gospel of John. Verses 15 to 27 of chapter 14 are a clear indication of this. So when someone makes Christ their Savior and Lord Christ actually dwells in that person. Again, it is good for us to remember John 15:4-6, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. 5  I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

V. Power 23

"If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."--(NASB)

The Catholic Church would have us to think that this is the Scriptural authority to have confessors, confessional booths, and confessions. However, in the article “Better Than The Confessional Booth” {4} I have shown this is not the case. In that article I gave a primary application of this statement by Christ in that when Stephen was stoned to death he asked God not to hold that act to their account. Except for Saul (Paul) who eventually surrendered to Christ, and any others like him, Stephen’s executioners still went to hell.

Given the entirety of the New Testament we may expand on that application to say that the disciple is to be Spirit led in dealing with the lost, or the one that was saved but fell from grace. An example along this line would be where Paul by the Holy Spirit sharply rebuked the Corinthian church for not sternly disciplining one of their number who had fallen into sin as recorded in 1 Corinthians 5, but later was encouraged to accept “such a one" back because it was detected by the Holy Spirit through Paul that the man had sincerely repented of his sinful acts (2 Corinthian 2:1-11).

Enjoy Christ’s Resurrection Treasures

Many things were said and done by Christ on that first resurrection day and each one is a treasure. The treasures of the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ is available to all who will trust in Him. These blessings will offer more lasting satisfaction than anything the world can offer and, of course, eternal blessing for those who truly trust Him and remain in Him.

Notes:

{1} Used in the proper traditional sensible sense, denoting all people, male and female. I could not care less about being politically correct.

{2} Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) p 411

{3} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{4} Please read the article, Better Than The Confessional Booth.

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by April 30, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M398 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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    The root of evil is within people. It is obvious that evil structures prevent people from living and growing. It is equally obvious that not a single revolution, however many benefits it may bring, can establish a less oppressive society, as long as people themselves are not transformed according to the gospel. Jesus teaches us the way towards growth and freedom.
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