Resurrection

The Blood of Jesus

(Read Part 1) Foreshadowing Christ "The blood of bulls and goats" (Heb. 9:13; 10:4) was shed on a million occasions in the Old Testament for man the sinner. Now, what we must remember is, that the blood shed by the innocent animals in the Old Testament not only became a covering for sin before the days of the earthly ministry of Christ, but also, it became a foreshadowing of what God would do as we move through history. It foresaw what would take [...]

Traveling to Emmaus

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:13) Hopeless. Helpless. That is how they felt as they began their journey away from Passover in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday afternoon. We know nothing about them except one of their names—Cleopas (Luke 24:18; cf. John 19:25)—and that they were "sad" (Luke 24:17). The entirety of their view of life at [...]

Atonement by Blood

The Prophesied Blood Sacrifice It seems to me that one of the most dramatic events in the history of the world took place in the life of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 21, we have the story of how Christ instructed His disciples as to how they should find a donkey and bring that animal to Him. If the keeper of the donkey objected, they were to simply say that the king needs him. They brought the donkey; Christ climbed astride that donkey, [...]

The Seal of Victory

(Read Part 2) The Change When the Lord Jesus comes for His church at the time of the rapture, the bodies of believers will “put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:54). This body of humiliation and limitation wastes away. It dies and goes into the grave. But 1 Corinthians 15 has the body in view, not the soul. When the believer is resurrected at the coming of Christ, he will be given an immortal body. What a tremendous expectation! We are hampered by [...]

An Instantaneous Transformation

(Read Part 1) Resurrection No Mystery The Old Testament saints believed in a resurrection. Therefore, when Paul wrote about it to New Testament believers, he was not revealing a mystery. Hebrews 11:17-19 tells us that Abraham was directed to offer his son as a sacrifice. He obeyed, . . . concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead. And Joseph believed in the resurrection of the body. Just before his death, he said to his brethren, God [...]