Don Heberly
by Bro. Don Heberly
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Matthew 28:5-7

The resurrection of Jesus was an astonishing thing to earthlings; but it was no surprise to angels and Divine Ones.

I think the resurrection idea mostly amazes mankind. We are experienced with death; we are accustomed with burials; but the resurrection is not common to our experience.

Isaiah 53 speaks of Jesus' life, death, burial, and resurrection: ". . . the Lord . . . shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hands.", vs. 10. Jesus would resume His work after conquering death, hell and the grave.

The resurrection was a 'gladdening' effect upon HIS followers. They welcomed His presence all anew. To be with them in physical form was but for a short, but busy time. Acts 1:3 says that He told of them of ". . . the kingdom of God:". The part of His resurrection changes from earth to Heaven, Acts 1:9-11.

The events are:

(1) He is taken up; and the cloud received him out of their sight., vs.9.

(2) The yet look up steadfastly toward heaven as He went up.

(3) two men with white apparel spoke with them, assuring them that He shall come (again) as you have seen Him go into heaven.

The resurrection is, to the saint, a blessed hope. Jesus explains that all will be resurrected: ". . . they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation.", John 5:29.

Doing "good" is receiving Jesus as Saviour, having realized your sinfulness and being repentive and sorrowful about them, then looking to Him in faith in His shed blood, you are born again, and you go about doing good as a result of that life giving experience. "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life . . . Believest thou this", John 11:25-26.

What a Lord, what a promise, what an opportunity is ours! DDH.

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