The Perpetuity of Christ – Matthew 28:18-20

Calvary Baptist is adamant in its understanding that Jesus Christ created the universe and everything in it. We do not accept the theories of atheistic evolution which are is commonly taught today. So while admitting that there are hundreds of breeds of dogs and new ones appearing every year, we say – that is not evolution. I’m not sure that it is even progress. Despite all the new breeds, Jehovah created the first dog, and the first horse, the first worm and the first man. Furthermore we believe that what He created could not continue without the constant support of our gracious God. “For by (Christ Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Even though, I believe that the evidence of the Creator can be seen in creation, the Lord has not left us to observation and science for proof of divine things. Perhaps since the natural man has no desire to find God in creation, the Lord has chosen to leave us with other witnesses of His presence and authority. First of those witnesses is the Word of God, but to proclaim that Word, the Lord has left us human ambassadors. From the days of Adam, Enoch and Noah, the Lord has ordained men to declare the truth about Jehovah. I am sure that there have been many who are not named in the Bible, but other...

Misconceptions??? – Matthew 28:18-20

My message for this morning would probably not be well-received by my teachers in Bible school. Most of them believed the things which their teachers had taught them – without much examination. And to be frank, that is what we, as students were expected to do, if we wanted to pass their classes. My professors, if they taught what I am hoping to teach this morning, would have lost their jobs. Most of my instructors did not fully understand – nor did they care to understand – the authority of God. Among other things, they believed in the free will of man rather than the sovereignty of free grace. Most of them would have spat upon last Sunday night’s message, which declared that Christ Jesus declared, “I have sovereign control over the hearts of all men.” The king’s heart, the queen’s heart, the knave’s heart and the servant’s heart, all are in the hand of the Lord, and He turneth them whithersoever HE chooses” – Proverbs 21:1. This message would not be well-received in Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, because I hope to let these verses and these words speak to us, rather than trying to tell them what I want them to say. Having said that, I’m not going to tell you that I am speaking ex-cathedra. There could very well be some errors and holes in my interpretation and thinking. It may be impossible to prove, but I do not proudly picture myself as smarter, better, more spiritual or in any other way their superior to those people. And I hope that no one thinks that I...

Christ’s Sovereignty and Our Commission – Matthew 28:18-20

I gave thought to adding a point to my message this morning, but decided to save it for tonight. There are reasons to worship Christ contained within this so-called “Great Commission.” For example, Christ says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” What is the Greek word translated “power” in verse 18? As I mentioned last Sunday it is the word “exousia” – as opposed to “dunamis.” It refers to “authority” rather than “dynamite” – it is “sovereignty” rather than “muscle” or “might.” Hypothetically, God could gave someone physical control over creation, and Jehovah would still be God. But if He gave away His sovereign AUTHORITY, then the recipient of that authority would become God. Authority is the key. “Authority” is infinitely more powerful and important than “power.” This being true, based upon verse 18, Christ Jesus is God because He possesses “all authority.” He should be worshipped as such. Then He goes on to say that God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, all possess the same name. “Baptizing them in the name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Among other things, in this – Christ makes himself equal to God the Father. Therefore, once again, He deserves worship as God. Perhaps the first half of verse 20 is not quite as powerful a thought or argument as the earlier ones, but listen to Christ Jesus wielding His authority. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” If I should tell you to share with others the things that I have...

They Worshipped Him – Matthew 28:16-17

On the morning after His resurrection, Christ sent His disciples back to Galilee for short visit. Perhaps it was so that His men might gather up their families and belongings to move to the big city. After this trip home, Christ “commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but (to) wait for the promise of the Father.” The Lord’s “ecclesia” had been a traveling church for many months, but that is going to change. It will become known as the “Church in Jerusalem.” These are things that we learn from the Book of Acts. Here the disciples, on the orders of the Lord Jesus, gather to meet Him on a certain Galilean mountain. In some ways it was much like a Baptist church service would be in the centuries to come. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was a Sunday morning. Together, there was undoubtedly instruction given – perhaps another lesson out of the Word of God. Their Pastor knew that He was retiring from His current ministry, so perhaps there were directions in regard to His replacement. Did they sing a few psalms? Did they pray together? Eventually there were the well-known words of the Great Commission – “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of...

Go Ye – Matthew 28:18-20

The Lord willing, next Sunday night we will deal more directly with the questions raised in verse 18. In the mean time, how do YOU look at these commandments – this commission? In William Carey’s day it was common to think that these words belonged only to the Apostles. Perhaps it was merely neglect among the saints of God. Perhaps it was the effect of the kind of Calvinism that existed then. But as a general rule, few Christians were really interested in evangelism. Especially world evangelism – missions. But Carey saw that this scripture concluded with “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world – or age.” Here is a beautiful and wonderful promise – but to whom was it given? It can’t be to the Apostles alone, because they have all died. The apostles were not meant to live until the end of the world. It must be to either living saints, or the church of the living God. And if that PROMISE is to us, then so must be the commandment. When one day Carey dared to suggest this to a group of preachers, one of them replied – “Young man, sit down. When God wishes to convert the heathen, He will do it without your help or mine.” Fortunately, Carey persisted in insisting that these words apply to God’s saints until the very end. The truth is, when God wishes to convert the heathen, He does it through the work of His saints. The lost must be taught that they are lost – and that comes through the preaching of...

Doubt upon the Mountain – Matthew 28:16-20

I admit that many of the messages in this series have been designed to explain some aspect of the text. This is one of the problems of this kind of study – but at the same time it can provide a long-term blessings. With that said, someone might think that to spend thirty minutes on verse 17 might be like that. But there is a subject raised in this verse which seriously affects all of us. I refer to the fact that some of these people on the top of Jesus’ mountain had doubts. Even if YOU have no doubts about what you believe, perhaps you should – if it is of the right kind. And even if you have no doubts personally, what should do you with a brother in Christ who does? What should we do with children and friends who question what we teach them about our Saviour? Let’s consider this verse in three ways – the doubters, their doubts and the dissolution of those doubts. The doubters. I said last week that I could not tell you why it was that Jesus sent His disciples back to Galilee. After another week of study and meditation, I still can’t explain this 120 mile round trip. But maybe, just maybe, it was for the benefit of these doubters. “Then the eleven disciples went away (from their locked apartment in Jerusalem) into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.” Does the scripture seems to emphasize it was the remaining eleven disciples who returned northward? Just as I can’t tell you WHY they were sent to Galilee,...

How to Fill an Empty Hole – Matthew 28:11-15

I feel somewhat foolish addressing these verses. I feel foolish because what we read here is foolish. How can we be serious about something so silly? And yet, this is the Word of God, so it is worthy of our consideration. Plus the implications and results of these verses have been producing rotten fruit for more than two thousand years. Something must be said, even though your minds may precede mine in each point I make. As I’ve said several times over the last few weeks, the resurrection of Christ is one of the foundational doctrines of Bible Christianity. If Christ didn’t return from the grave three days after his death, then it would prove that He was either a liar or insane. If Christ wasn’t resurrected, it would difficult, if not impossible, to prove that His sacrifice for our sins was sufficient to meet our needs. If our Great High Priest was not there to properly carry the sacrificial blood behind the veil, sprinkling it over the mercy seat, it might be questioned whether or not an atonement was made. If Christ remained dead, could it be said that He was the eternal Son of God? I won’t say that the resurrection of Christ was more important than the death of Christ, but in some ways it was just as important. So no one is surprised that Satan and his hordes have attacked this doctrine with such ferocity. The Jews hated the idea before it became a reality, and they were forced by pride and false doctrine to attack it after it became a fact. Unbelievers are wont...

Jesus’ Blessed Instructions to the Ladies – Matthew 28:8-10

As we have seen, Mary, Mary and perhaps even another Mary, went to Jesus’ sepulchre very early on Sunday. They were surprised to find the door to the tomb wide open. They were even more surprised to be greeted by an angel of the Lord. He said, “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.” So off the ladies went towards wherever they thought that Peter, James, John and the others could be found. But as they scurried along, they heard a familiar voice – “All hail.” As I pointed out last week the Greek word “chairo” (khah’-ee-ro) is translated nine different ways, from “all hail” to “farewell.” – from “hello” to “good-bye.” But nearly three quarters of the time it is translated “rejoice,” “joy” or “be glad.” “All hail” might be interpreted as a mere salutation – “Hello there ladies.” But for some of them the word was equivalent to “Peace be unto you.” Their hearts were pounding with exertion and excitement – concern and confusion. But the familiar sound of Jesus’ voice, and His choice of words – “chairo” (khah’-ee-ro) was just what the Great Physician ordered –“rejoice and be exceeding glad.” Christ then only reiterated what the angel had said earlier, except that it was in the first person this...

The Resurrected Christ of the Old Testament – Matthew 28:1-10

We are going to take a slight step backward this evening after taking a step forward. Luke 24 describes one of the later meetings between Christ and His disciples. The ladies had delivered their exciting news, and the two from Emmaus had also returned. “As they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved 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 among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Twice in this scripture Christ encouraged the disciples to return to the Old Testament scriptures. In verse 46, He specifically says, “Thus it is WRITTEN, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.” Not only is there prophecy in the Old Testament about the gospel, but there is prophecy speaking specifically about resurrection. And not only is there prophecy about resurrection in general, but there are prophesies of the resurrection of Christ. In my research this week, I ran across a comment about Old Testament TYPES of Jesus’ resurrection. They were interesting to me so I thought that they...

Meeting the Resurrected Christ – Matthew 28:1-10

Very early on Sunday morning, a group of ladies, led by Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb of Joseph. They had hopes of further anointing the body of the Lord Jesus. As they walked along, with pitchers and other containers of various spices and ointments, they “said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepluchre?” However when they arrived, “they seeth the stone taken away from the sepluchre.” And “as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold two men stood by them in shining garments.” “They said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?” “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 they departed, quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them.” My theme for this morning revolves around that meeting between Jesus and those ladies. I won’t pretend to tell you that I can reconcile what each of the four gospels tell us about that meeting. Or was it – meetings? But I see a few points of application – applications which might apply to any meeting with Christ. For example, we notice that the ladies were ACTING IN OBEDIENCE to the angel’s orders. They were hurrying across town in the semi-darkness of the early morning in an emotional turmoil. Matthew mentions “fear and great joy,” and it might be permissible to...

Three Unimportant Questions??? – Matthew 28:1-6

How many witnesses were there to the resurrection of Christ? If your mind immediately goes back to last Sunday night’s message then – I’ve got you! Last week I tried to harmonize Christ Jesus’ post resurrection appearances. There were the ladies, but how many of them? There were the ten disciples and eventually Thomas. There were the two on the road to Emmaus, and eventually one on the road to Damascus. We might throw in the guards who were commissioned to keep the Lord’s body in the tomb and to keep the disciples out. And finally there were more than five hundred whose names we are not given. But these people don’t answer my first question – How many observed the resurrection? These are all important witnesses to the fact that Christ came out of that tomb. But how many actually saw the resurrection? The answer is – “none” – no one witnessed Jesus emerging from His temporary grave. And yet, the resurrection is one of the most important events in human history – in eternal history. It was planned before the creation of the first human being. It was decreed by God, as a part of salvation, before man ever sinned and needed a Saviour. In the Book of Acts and in the Epistles, the resurrection of Christ is highlighted in florescent red. Christ was “delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” So “Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen...

A Room with a View – Matthew 28:1-6

No matter where you might go in the world, there is heavy competition for the tourist’s dollars. Even here in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. And, of course, right in the center of that battle are the hotels. There may be a hundred attractions for visitors to see, all appealing to different sorts of peoples, but the common denominator for every tourist is the need for accommodations. And yet a hotel room is a hotel room – it usually includes a bed, a shower, a chair, a vanity and a TV. There are certain things that are found in just about every hotel or motel room. So for many people, it’s whatever frills that hotel offers which clinches the reservation. For many of us it’s the price and if there is a free breakfast. But for others it’s the location, or the hotel dining room, or some sort of special hotel attraction. It might be the luxury that is built into the standard bed, shower, vanity and TV. And for some hotels it’s the fact that every room has a balcony which overlooks a fantastic vista. Let’s say that just outside of Jerusalem about 2000 years ago, there was one weekend which had a very special attraction – the tomb of the man called Jesus of Nazareth. I know there weren’t any hotels advertizing a balcony view of Joseph’s tomb, but just for the fun of let’s pretend. Let’s say that every room in Jerusalem faced the doorway of that crypt in which the body of our Saviour lay. As the sun arose on the day after the final sabbath...

Life and Death in the Garden of God – Matthew 27:57-66

Sometime during the afternoon of Christ’s death, Joseph “went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.” After the governor verified that Jesus had truly died, he “commanded the body to be delivered” to Joseph. John tells us that Joseph and Nicodemus personally took down the lifeless body of our Saviour. They wrapped Him in linen cloth soaked or encrusted with an hundred pounds of aloes and myrrh. If this was done in the ancient way, perhaps Christ was laid in a shallow pool of these spices. By the way, a hundred pounds at that time was about 75 pounds of our weight – still a lot of spice. “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never a man yet laid.” Matthew says that this sepulchre, or tomb, belonged to this Joseph of Arimathaea – it was his property. We are also told that it had been hewn out of rock – one more proof of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection. The walls of this sepulchre – were solid – it was rock – “petra.” This was not a man-made mausoleum, with the possibility of a hidden door. I have no information on this next point, but I wonder about the ownership of the garden. Was it a public garden which backed up against a hill made of solid rock? Could ordinary citizens purchase sites at the rear of this garden where they could dig out private tombs? Or was it more likely that Joseph owned the garden and the private access to what would...

The Anxiety of Evil – Matthew 27:62-66

This will be a brief hypothetical sermon, because we don’t have any sinners among us today. There are no shady areas in our lives – no worldly tendencies – no inner sins. Furthermore, there are no false doctrines hidden away in our hearts – no radical Biblical interpretations. Ours is a church of perfect agreement and fellowship in every area. So the point of this message is directed towards others who are not among us at this moment. (I hope that you all realize that I am being facetious.) What we see in the leadership of the Jews can pop up in our lives under the guise of our sins – perhaps different from theirs, but the similarities can be obvious. At some point a thought arose in the mind of one of the scribes – or one of the members of the Sanhedrin. He presented his concern to a few of his co-conspirators until the spark became a conflagration. “The man we just crucified has publically declared that he would arise from the grave – he promised to return from the tomb.” It could be that the men who first voiced this problem, were among those to whom the Saviour was speaking back in Matthew 12. “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, Master, we would see a sign from thee.” I can just imagine that earlier context, with those sly lawyers trying to outwit the infinite Son of God. I can envision the anger of the Lord rising just slightly, as He looked directly into the eyes of the men who uttered the challenge....

Interment – Matthew 27:57-66

C.H. Spurgeon suggested that the burial of Christ was the least often preached aspect of the crucifixion. In the light of that statement, I’ll ask you – “Have YOU ever heard a message on the burial of Christ?” If the only pastor you have ever had is me, then you have never heard a sermon on this subject. A related question might be – “Is a message on this subject really necessary?” Technically, I suppose it is not necessary to a person’s salvation – BUT if we intend to be thorough, it is. Each of the four gospels add a detail or two to the Lord’s interment. That fact alone suggests that there is something important here. And hopefully, as we go on this morning, other aspects of Jesus’ burial will point out its significance. Once again, I’ll start where I intend to finish. This time, I’ll ask you to define in your mind, or your heart, “the gospel.” What is the gospel – the good news of Christ – and where can we find it in God’s Word? I believe that the most succinct declaration of the gospel is in the scripture we read a few minutes ago. I Corinthians 15:1 – “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to...