October 28, 2018
We find in John chapter 14 where our Lord said or gave the promise the He is preparing a place (of which we covered last week) but He also includes a promise ,"I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also".
As it is natural for the Bridegroom to keep the Bride with Him wherever He may be, so our Lord, because of His love for us, desires to be with us. He is preparing a dwelling place as a Bridegroom does for a Bride, that we might be in His presence, at home with him forever.
In John 14, Christ has given us only the fact that He is going to come again to take us to Himself. Of the program, the method, and the time, He said nothing. To more instruction concerning this program of the coming of the Lord, we must turn to the great resurrection Chapter, 1 Corinthians 15. At the outset of His teaching about resurrection, Paul first gives two great facts of the Gospel: The death of Christ and the Resurrection of Christ. "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" is the statement of the fact, and this fact is proved, according to verse 4, by the fact that He was buried. "He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" is the supporting fact, and this proved, according to verse 5, by virtue of the fact that He was seen of Cephas, of the twelve, and then of more than 500 brethren. The great portion of this chapter is devoted to unfolding of the second fact of the Gospel, the Resurrection of Christ. If Christ died for us, but does not live again by resurrection, then we do not have salvation at all. Our salvation depends not only on the fact of the death of Christ, but just as much on the fact of the resurrection of Christ. But the resurrection of Christ demands the resurrection of all those who are Christ. So Paul moves to defend and prove the fact of His Resurrection. And Paul demonstrates that not only has Christ been raised, but we believers will be raised also.
Will continue next week dealing with the fact, truth and purpose of the Resurrection of our Lord from the Grave.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor