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                                        MY REDEEMER LIVETH   

               by  DR. WESLEY A. SWIFT----4-2-61

 

Upon this resurrection day, we think concerning the great events in the life of The Messiah--Jesus the Christ.  And also it is important that we keep alive in our thinking the great pageantry in that hour, as well as the mighty and Majestic events that transpired.

It is more than a discussion of theology.  It is a matter of History.  It is an understanding of events that had taken place.

On Good Friday evening we discussed the plans for the Coronation of Christ that had preceded by one week, the day we now celebrate as HIS RESURRECTION.  The organization of the many who wanted to Crown the Christ,---KING,---from soldiers of the army of Barabbas, who had gathered his Essene company to become the Army of the Christ, to the Essene Priesthood who had prepared the Crown for the Christ and also had prepared the Chalice and the cup for they were warned by John the Baptist--earlier, as he told them that at this time The Messiah would take the Chalice and the cup---all the followers were prepared for what ever was to come.----We reviewed on Good Friday the events that surrounded that drama in the Garden of Gethsemane.

For one moment I would have you go back to that event in the Garden.  For except you understand what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane, you have not caught the vastness of --- the joy of this date.

When the Christ took the Chalice on the day the would have crowned Him King,--- this Chalice which had been prepared by the instigation of Joseph of Arimathea--this chalice which was beautifully prepared and also the outer cup--with the images of Christ and His disciples,--this Chalice which had been prepared because there was an understanding that HE might take the Chalice instead of the Crown.---So, understand these words that The Messiah spoke on that Day that they offered Him the Crown:---

"Altho I am your King, and it is My right to reign, yet I will not rule over an Empire of slaves, a people bound and who have no freedom.  Therefore I must keep My covenant and My promise that I made.  I must be the Lamb slain from the foundation of creation.  I must take My cup, the cup of My Priesthood, and your deliverance.  But the day shall come when I shall take the Crown.  And in that day the Kingdom will not be delivered to the Jews."

These words were to be Historic.  And the Christ repeated them during the events of the next few days.  When Jesus took the cup and handed it to Andrew, then many thought, their hope of the Messiah taking His Kingdom was to be postponed.  So they were wondering what would be His final decision and what would He do?

In those hours after He had partaken of the Last Supper with His disciples, in the upper room, ---  and remember that here at this Last Supper the Chalice and cup had been used and here the Messiah had broken bread with His disciples and He had shared with them the bread and the wine--- the unction of His spirit consecrating it to them when He said:--'This is My body and this is My blood.'---and thus He gave to them the fellowship of His suffering.  But---a great many people have little understood the great mystery of what Paul said:--'If we partake of the fellowship of His suffering, we shall know the power of His resurrection.'

Now there are none within this room who could partake of the fellowship of His suffering if they had to endure His Cross.  For there are none who could have taken the cup that first preceded it.  But having under the symbol of His own communion, consecrated by the unction of His own spirit, you have received many times, the fellowship of His own suffering and the assurance that comes with it--of the power of His resurrection.  The disciples had put their hands with HIM into the cup, the very dish from which He ate.  And He had told them that one of them would betray Him.  And each had asked:--'Master, is it I?'--Think of all that emotion there in their lives.  Eventually Judas Iscariot, knowing that he was in the presence of Omniscience, still asked that same question.  And Jesus turned to Judas and He said:--'Go do the thing you have to do.' (John 13:27)  

So Judas Iscariot left.  And only a few hours after this, we see Jesus and the disciples as they went to the Garden  of Gethsemane.   And there since they are so wearied with all the pressures and the tensions of the week and of this hour and not knowing and understanding the fullness of what was ahead, then the disciples one by one  dropped off to sleep, while the Almighty, embodied in the body of a man, kept watch.

The Apostle Paul tells us--in the book of Hebrews that YAHWEH had taken a body, because His children our of the heavens were passing thru bodies of flesh.  And since the children of YAHWEH were in bodies of flesh, then He took Himself a body of the same flesh, that He might be like unto His own kinsmen.   And here in the Garden of Gethsemane He was moving into the final drama and most significant phase of His Messiaship.   This being, the restoration of His Children, without fear--to a life of Freedom and Liberty.  And to lift them out of their guilt complex of condemnation and fear.  And to set them free for all time.

Here in the Garden, Jesus filled the Cup from the water of a small spring.  And then following one of the legal acts of the Kingdom which was known back in the days of Enoch, and in the times of Seth as the ceremony, of a transference with clear water.  Jesus then in all the element of His humanity and realizing that He had now come to a point where He must now consummate the hardest thing He must do for YAHWEH, even, probably, harder than the Cross.

For upon this being of YAHSHUA, The Messiah, there had been, up to now, no transgression and no guilt.  He was the Lamb without spot or guilt.  From the hour of His birth, throughout the course of His ministry, there had been no transgression.  He had been tempted in all things such as we are tempted, but He was triumphant.  For He had submitted to this experience, even thought He was the very YAHWEH in the body of a man and He had refused to let the aura of His Glory envelope His body.  Had the aura been there, this hour could have never taken place.

What the disciples did not understand, but what the followers of Christ, Christians must understand concerning this hour,--is that HE the Almighty God, without transgression, and yet with full knowledge and knowing the full impact of that day and all the catastrophe it would cause, and knowing all the processes of all troubles and pain that had swept the Universe, and knowing the earth and all that was involved in all the cares and worries of every man, and knowing that the greatest fear of all was -- death,--for this was the unknown to those who were not familiar with the truth and the scriptures as were some of the Old Patriarchs and those who were more devout.


So here in the Garden--The Christ lifted that Cup--and in His humanity, He cried out to the Spirit within Him that held Him up--in His very humanity, in His perfection and His understanding, His humanity would have pushed the Cup away--and yet--it was not the fear of that Cup or the fear of the Destiny that was ahead,--not the will of the flesh--but now the WILL OF THE SPIRIT--must be done.  For upon this body with the water of legality--we see this drama and we hear Jesus speaking:---

"I assume all the guilt of every violation of law, and every transgression and every error that has beset.  With this Cup--I now assume--All this upon Myself."

And in that one moment, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Almighty YAHWEH in the body of a man--assumed upon Himself, all the transgression and all the guilt that had occurred from the time when Lucifer went out of His presence in the heavens--and until the day when Lucifer will in the future bow the knee.   And there in the Garden, The Almighty said:--"I assume all this upon Myself."---Then He drank that Cup to the last drop that it contained.

So in that moment--a perfect and immaculate Lamb--had assumed upon Himself all the transgression and consummated under own Holy Law--the necessity of His death.---So that is why, when the soldiers came to seize Him and Judas Iscariot betrayed Him with a kiss, --  and as the disciples arose to defend Him, He said to Peter:--"Sheath thy sword."  Then He said:--"I could call a legion of Angels, and if this were the hour when I was to assume My Kingdom, then My soldiers would fight and My Kingdom would not be given to the Jews."

In that moment a great despair came over the disciples because they could not understand what was about to take place.  The disciples followed at a distance as the soldiers took their Messiah to the presence of the court at the Temple.  And Peter stood outside the Temple in fear.  He even denied that he was His disciple.  But Andrew had picked up the Cup and the Chalice that had fallen by the side of the stone where Jesus had knelt, and he ran with them to the home of Joseph of Arimathea to tell him that they had taken the Messiah to the Temple, as He had been betrayed this night.

We will not review all the events that surrounded His crucifixion.  For some of them we have partially discussed before and then we will talk more on these events that came in the panorama of His trial and the events that ran thru the entirety of His ministry and consummated with the mighty victory of His Resurrection.  But in that hour--The Christ took upon Himself every portion of your guilt, the guilt of any individual of all time, for the errors and all mistakes--all transgression was in that Cup.

That Cup of clear water had become more weighty upon the soul of God than any experience that He could assume.  For that which was righteous had taken upon Himself  all deity--the accountability for your deliverance.

We know the intensity of that hour for we know what He assumed.  But some of His supporters said He sweat great drops of blood.  Then when He was led to the Hill of Golgotha, and as they drove the nails into His hands and feet, then they dropped that Cross into the hole in the rocks,---and they put two men of the army of Barabbas who were called thieves by Rome, and Patriots by Israel and the enemies of the Temple, by the usurpers.  One of these men looking to the Christ, defiled Him with the crowd because there was no resistance, saying:--'If thou be the Christ, why don't you come down from the Cross and save thyself and us two.'  But the other man having caught the same vision that the disciples had caught earlier before this moment of despair swept over them, said:--'Master, remember me when thou comest into thy Kingdom.'  And Jesus replied to him:--'This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.'

I think that the most significant event that we need to think upon today, is the events that immediately followed the events here at Calvary.  For here on Calvary, the Christ had placed the care of His mother in the hands of John.  And He had forgiven the Romans for driving the nails in His hands and feet, for they did not know what they were doing.  But as to the Priesthood of Jewry, which said:--'His blood be upon us and our children',--and with them the mob,--they had no part in this forgiveness.

And when Jesus said --It is finished--and His head fell into His chest and death came upon this body of God, then the wind began to sweep with gale like intensity and the earth rocked with a great earthquake, and the events that started happening from that moment on were some of the most unusual events of History.  Because of those events, you and I are free.

I turn to the 27th chapter of Matthew, and read:--'Jesus cried with a loud voice and He yielded up His Spirit.--At that very moment, lightening hit the Temple and split the veil of the Temple from top to bottom and it then went up in flame.  And no longer could the Jews call this a Holy Temple, for it was open to the gaze of all.'    

But let me point to one great fact that developed.  The earthquake rocked and tore at that very hill and we are told that as the rocks were rent that the graves were opened up and -- we read in Matthew, that the Saints started coming 'out of their graves and they went into the city of Jerusalem.'----And also we know that two--Charinus and Lenthius-(sons of the former High Priest who had served in the past in the Great Temple and then had been put out into the smaller temples of Jerusalem) had died in the early part of the ministry of the Messiah, and now were walking the streets of Jerusalem.  The people seized them and said,--tell us what had happened--where have you been and how is it  you can walk the streets of Jerusalem at this time?--  Now these two men could not talk, but they were given tablets and placed in separate rooms.  And they wrote of their experiences form the time they had died, until now, when they returned to walk the streets of Jerusalem. 

The early church prized this record highly and we have that record.  It is incorporated in the writings of Nicodemus and Clement.  And it was also in the writings of the early church fathers.  It is a matter of Roman record and still today.  It is in the Ancient Roman records, and where they retain all ancient Roman records, -- in the Vatican.

Think of the majesty of those events as these men describe them.  And they foretell of the fulfillment of passages of scripture.  For now the Christ, His Spirit free form the body, but carrying upon it His Soul consciousness resident--and now with the right to plunge into the Netherworld.

The world of the Netherworld was the inner earth.  It was the area where the sons and daughters of Adam had their conscious Celestial natures bound from the day of their death in the earth.  They had been bound here in the inner-earth under the control of Lucifer.  He could not torture them.  And there was no 'flaming perdition that involved them.  But they were within the 'Prison chamber of the Netherworld.  And they could not immediately move into the Spiritual world from whence they had come because they were under bondage of Adam's fall.  There was a great gap in the inner-earth.  And a portion of it was called Paradise.  And it was separated from this prison chamber.  This portion called Paradise had been the original Eden that existed there.  And it had been from this portion that the original life had come out onto the earth.  And strange enough, it was from this portion that Adam and Eve had been driven out of in the early hours of their transgression.


And we are to note that there is also another vast portion of inner-earth that is lived in, dwelt in, and ruled over by Angels who didn't keep their first estate.  And also here were a people who had served Lucifer ever since his rebellion.  And thus this makes up the concept of the Netherworld.  And this was known even back in the days of Enoch and Job.  They also knew that a promise had been made---a promise of deliverance.  They knew that a day would come when Lucifer could no longer hold them bound, in the seat of their thinking or in their soul consciousness or by any process.  At that day -- no longer could Lucifer hold them captive in the inner-earth.

We know that one of the promises was --The Christ was going to set His people free.  Isaiah had said:--'The people that are in darkness shall behold a great light.'  then this declaration by these two men who came to Jerusalem recorded the events that had happened after their deaths, and told how they had gone into the Netherworld and there they had found the Adamites, --the Patriarchs from Adam on down and countless thousands upon thousands who dwelt there of the Adamic race and all wanted to be free.  They wanted to dwell in the full light of the Shekinah Glory.  They wanted out of this area of the Netherworld.  They wanted to be enveloped in the full radiance of their Celestial natures, in power.  But they were under bondage and thus they awaited their Messiah, and --this day they waited for.

As each day developed in those days of The Christ, and the news of the happenings reached the Netherworld, they rejoiced.  For their deliverance was near.  In fact, the day Jesus stood before the tomb of Lazarus, and said:--'Lazarus, come forth,'--here in the Netherworld, they had never seen anything like this happening for many ages.  For the Netherworld could not hold the Spirit and soul consciousness of Lazarus.  Even Beelzebub and the princes of the Netherworld cried out for help from Lucifer, but all of them could not hold Lazarus.  Lucifer could  not hold him when The Christ called him. 

So then the word went out that God was upon the earth.  That the Messiahship had come and Isaiah could now quote prophecy that he had written when upon the earth.  And David also could quote the scriptures of promise.--'Thou canst leave my soul in the Netherworld or my body in the grave.'  For these were promises and these were covenants.

And these two men--writing--told their story:-----

Suddenly, there was a cry.  'Open up ye endless gates of time.  The King of glory shall come in.' --  'Who is this King of Glory?'--The Lord strong and mighty.  He is the King of Glory.  The Lord mighty in battle,  this is the King of Glory.  Open up the gates of the Netherworld for the King of Glory shall come in.'

This cry penetrated the Netherworld clear into the part where the prisoners were held.  They listened.  Then their hopes and their expectations leaped and they knew what was transpiring.

Then we are given this panorama of events and I would read to you the words of the Psalmist of what was to transpire.--'Lift up your head--and Oh, ye gates be lifted up--ye everlasting doors, --The King of Glory shall come in.'---Who is the King of Glory?--The Lord Everlasting, mighty in battle.--Lift up your heads--for who is the King of Glory?--He is the Almighty YAHWEH the King of Host.  He is the King of Glory.'

This is what David had written in the 24th Psalm in the 7-10th verses.  And when David heard the cry being sounded forth by the Angels, demanding admission for The Christ, then David's heart leaped and he said:--'This is the thing that I have heard and my soul bears witness that this is the hour.'

And we are told that those in darkness and semi-darkness in the Netherworld,--suddenly--saw a great light.  Illumination filled the whole place.  And Beelzebub cried out to Lucifer:--'Who is it that you have brought here? And how dare you bring YAHSHUA of Nazareth to this place!  We could not stop HIM when He called forth Lazarus from here, and He has taken from us by of His power.  He took those whom we held captive.  So how can we hold these captives if you bring Him here?  How can we bind --HIM?  What guards do we have against HIM?'

Then Lucifer said:--'I didn't bring HIM.  For of His own will He took upon Himself all the transgressions of all people of the earth.  But we shall hold these because the wages of sin is death by His law.  And we shall hold them.'   Then even the princes of perdition spoke forth to Lucifer and he said:--'Know ye not that this is the very Almighty God--and He has assumed the transgressions of all times--by HIS power?--Now we are surely undone?'

The light finally filled the whole place and YAHSHUA walked into the Netherworld and He started proclaiming the great truths of destiny and bringing back things to their memories and recalling the promises made to the Adamic race, from before the foundation of the world.   And unfolding  the Majesty of HIS Glory, and He told the listening Adamic race that HE had come to take them back to where they had come from.  That He had paid the price and set them free.  For he that is dead is free from sin, and God had assumed all the transgressions upon Himself.  And because HE died, then they were to live.  And because HE is the Almighty YAHWEH, HE can never die. 

The instances of these declarations tells us that for three days--all the powers of the Netherworld had to listen to the power of the Ministry of YAHSHUA, The Christ.  And as the Apostle Paul said:--'He went down and preached to the captives and He led those who were in Captivity, out of there and thus led His many sons into Glory.'  WHAT AN HOUR THAT WAS!!

Now in  the first hour that Christ was in the Netherworld, He started sending some of His sons out of there.  He said to Charinus:--"You go."  And then to Lenthius, He said:--"You go out, for you are of this generation and they will remember you.  And you will be a witness before them." 

Can you imagine what happened as consciousness after consciousness went forth?--As the enveloping Spirit even resurrected the body that was in the grave?

And so men wrote of what transpired.  They wrote of the fact that there was in that preaching and in that message, the assurance that when YAHSHUA the Nazarene went forth out of that grave, as He arose on the first day of the week, that there would not be one single soul consciousness of the children, from Adam on down, to the time of YAHSHUA, that would be left in the Netherworld.  That after that day, they could enlarge the quarters of Lucifer and use this area where the Adamic race had ben bound.  Because never again would these quarters be occupied by the sons an daughters of the Almighty YAHWEH.


You say, what does that mean??-----It means, that when Christ paid the price for sin, He broke the bondage that Lucifer had over the soul and over the Spirit of the Adamic race--the sons and daughters.  That never again would he be able to hold them in bondage, from that time onward.-----Oh,-there are men whose minds are in bondage in this world.  There are even theologians that are in bondage and also churches who preach that theology are also in bondage and they actually anticipate that many people are going into areas of bondage that Lucifer can still control.  But I want you to know, that there is no power that Lucifer or all the imps of perdition have over you--since the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ.  I want you to know that when He came forth from that grave--a great and mighty company followed Him.  I want you to know that their Celestial nature--and their soul consciousness heard their Shepherd.  Now they did not all raise their bodies at that time.  Only those whom He sent forth from the Netherworld while He was there, raised their bodies and walked and talked with the people of Jerusalem.  There were some who came forth out of the graves, and they had been selected for this task.  But the rest of them, whose soul consciousness, resident in their Celestial bodies, were now free from the control of Lucifer.  This great and mighty host went into the planes of Spirit.  And never again shall the bondage of Satanic forces or Satanic power rule over them--throughout all eternity to come.  And they are that company who with those who have passed on since that day, shall return in Mighty Triumph in the day when the Christ shall again place HIS feet upon the earth.  And HIS Kingdom shall roll to the Mighty Victory HE has assured us will come.

I want you to think for a moment.  All the powers of evil, all the forces of darkness, all that sought to wage a war and to hold captive the children of God,--and they had held captive most of these children of God--outside of Elijah, Moses, Enoch and a few that had gone into the planes of Spirit without tasting death,--such as Jesus introduced the disciples to on the Mount of Transfiguration.

That very day--there in the Netherworld, we are told that Jesus led this great number of sons and daughters out of captivity and into Paradise which was still within the inner-earth.  And here in Paradise, they found waiting for them, the thief who hung on the right side of Jesus at Calvary.  This was the man who had said to Jesus:--'Remember me when you come into your Kingdom.'  This thief has passed instantly into Paradise and the captives met him as they came into Paradise.  And Jesus told them there at that moment--'This man is the one who was on the cross dying with Me.  But see-this man had eternal life all the time.'


There is no question about the magnitude of this event.  For when we consider what transpired inside Jerusalem and when we recognize that the very Priests who had felt the earth shaking,--these very Priests who had reviled HIM, who had smeared HIM.  They who said, if you be the Christ, come down from the Cross.  They who had made fun and harassed the disciples, were not now sneering, even before His Resurrection.  Instead, they were frightened at the terrible impact upon the earth, which had occurred when the body of God Almighty had surrendered His life so that He might cleanse all transgression.--That my friends, was the Mighty Victory.  And if it had not been for that event,--the Resurrection would not have its significance today.

Without any doubt, the disciples were going thru one of the hardest experiences of their lives.  For three years, they had walked with YAHSHUA, the Messiah.  They had witnessed the tremendous healing power that had flowed from Him.  They had watched Him still the winds and the waves.  And they had watched Him open the eyes of the blind.  They watched Him lay His hands upon the crippled children.  They had watched Him open the ears of the deaf.  They had watched Him give strength back to those who had been ill.  They had even watched Him restore a son to a mother in the midst of a funeral.  They felt that there was unlimited power.   They knew that never had a man spake like this man spake.  And strangely, the very aura of His own Spirit had cleansed their lives.

As they walked with Him, they had no fear and they did not question that someday the time would come and the Kingdom would be restored and He would rule, and the Kingdom would last forever.  But all this hope dwindled when they saw Him crucified.  When they heard the words:--'It is finished',--and then they saw the soldier plunge his spear into HIS side and blood and water of the broken heart came out---then immediately the disciples said:--'It is over.  He is dead.'  They had retained some hope as they watched expecting a miracle.  They had watched that face as it portrayed the agony of the Cross.  They had watched that painful agony of the Cross and they thought now--maybe, at any moment He will step down from that Cross.---His heavenly armies will come and then we will raise the standards and the Kingdom will be born in a day.---But when He said:--'It is finished', and that head dropped onto His chest---they turned away.  Then they hurried to Joseph of Arimathea.  And later knew that He gave a Pearl of Great Price to Pilate for the permission to bury HIS body in the new tomb.  And when that was done a great fear came on His disciples, and a listlessness.  And even Peter and John had given up much of their hope.  And on the second day, Peter said:--'I am going fishing.'  Everything is over, so let's go out on the water and think of what we will do next.  

Then some of the disciples went to other parts of Palestine and they were all saying:--what will we do now?  We had thought we had walked with God and we saw a man die like a God.  But He is dead.  So now what do we do?---For to them, there was nothing more final than death.  Nothing holds more fear than death to those who don't understand it.  So the disciples were filled with grief.  To them these were the blackest of days--the darkest hours that men can know.

No wonder that the Jews who were also fearful and feeling that something was about to happen, felt that the organization that would have crowned HIM King would come and take away His body.  So the Jews said to Pilate that--they not only wanted this tomb sealed, but they wanted soldiers also to stand guard over the tomb.  For they feared the disciples would come and take away the body.


So Malchus the Centurion, with 100 soldiers of Rome was placed as a guard around the tomb.  And then the Temple Priests sent down several of their soldiers to see that nothing transpired.  Then the Jews seized Joseph of Arimathea and they locked him up because they said that Joseph, being a member of the Sanhedrin, had turned against them and had buried by honorable burial--the Blasphemer.  So the Jews felt they must move against Joseph and they locked him up and they planned to try him the first of the week after the Sabbath and the feast day was over.

Strange as it may seem, in the hour when the Resurrection came to pass--there were witnesses there and even one the Chief Centurion who had to give his testimony before Pilate.  And that testimony is on record in Rome today.  Thus we know what had transpired in that morning.  For a Roman Centurion and a company of 100 Roman soldiers were there.  And for a company of Roman soldiers to let anyone take anything from them without fighting with all their strength, and of their lives until assistance comes or until they die is unthinkable.  For their lives would be taken from them by the death sentence.  Only in the field of battle when outnumbered and out maneuvered, under a commanding officer of high rank are they allowed to retreat upon that field of battle.

So it was that when the Resurrection suddenly took place and the Glory of God filled that place and the stone rolled away and the light of God shown out upon them, --those Roman soldiers were stricken as dead men.

Only a few hours after this the Jews were pounding on the door of Pilate and they said:--'His body has been stolen.  The disciples came and took the body away and your own soldiers are lying about this matter.'  But the soldiers said:--'No. Do you think we would lie and lose our lives?  We could do nothing.  We were powerless.' ---Then the Centurion turned to the Jews and he said:--'Now I have a question for you.  We know where Jesus is, but where is Joseph of Arimathea that you locked up, so that you could try him this day in your judgement hall?'

The Jews said:--'Joseph is in jail.'  But the Centurion said:--'No he isn't.  For we saw him join this Son of Glory as He came forth out of the garden, and they left together.'

So the Jews hurried to their temple jail and they found that Joseph was gone.  So they rushed back to Pilate and said:--'Now there is something strange going on here, for someone let out Joseph from our prison.  Where can he be?'

Then someone said--Joseph has gone to Bethany, and the Roman soldiers said--well, Jesus has gone to Galilee.  For we heard Him say to one who stood before Him:--'I go unto My brethren in Galilee.'

Then the Jews took out their golden purses and they started to pay the soldiers with the permission of Pilate who also received a sack of gold and they told the soldiers to say that His disciples had come and taken away His body.

But the Roman records contain all that transpired at that time.  And the Archo volumes contained this and the most ancient records we have of the history of not only our Saints, but the conditions that surrounded those days all leave a record.  It is unimpeachable.  Roman records tell the story.

In the instance of things to follow, we are to catch a little of the impact of this day.  For early in the morning came Mary and the women with her and they came to anoint the body.  And when they arrived at the tomb, the stone was rolled away and Angels were seated there and they said:--'He is risen--HE is not here.'


Now they could not understand this and their grief was such that they could not perceive this message.  For to them He was dead.  Then Mary, in her tears turned to walk away and seeing someone there, she thought might be the gardener, and He said:--'Why weepest thou, woman?'  And Mary said:--'They have taken away my Lord and I know not where they have laid Him.'

Then He said:--'Mary'.  And no one could say Mary in just the way that Jesus said her name.  And Mary said:--'Rabboni'--or Master.  For when He said Mary, she knew His voice instantly and as she reached out to touch Him, He said:--'Don't touch Me, Mary, for the aura and Glory of this Spirit has not yet ascended off Me and flesh and blood could not stand it.  For until this glory leaves, don't try to touch Me.  But you go tell My brethren that I have risen.'

So Mary went forth and she told them.  And Peter and John rushed into the Garden to see if this could be so.  The soldiers were gone from the tomb and it was open and there were men seated there with the Glory of the heavens upon their faces, and they said:--'HE is risen, He is not here.'

Then as the disciples gathered to discuss this situation, then Jesus walked thru the wall and joined them and He said:--'Go tell all My brethren that I have risen and that I am going into Galilee and there we shall meet again.' 

Then two men of the disciples were on the road to Ammas, and to them He was dead and all their hopes were gone.  The perimeter of their expectations were gone, and hope had left and HE was dead.  Thus their Messiah was gone.  And unless and until out of heaven another messenger came, and this was not the Messiah, then what was there to hope for and where was their deliverance which was not close at hand?  So they walked and they talked and they were in sorrow.  And when another man joined them and He said:--'I see that you men are in sorrow.  You seem crushed and you are weeping.  What is the matter?'

The disciples said:--' You must be a stranger, since you do not know that the Jews have taken YAHSHUA of Nazareth, the Messiah, and they crucified Him and they put Him to death.  HE who we thought was the Messiah.  HE whose miracles effected all the land until all the world had known of them.  And you do not know this?  Truly all hope is gone for now HE is dead.  The hand that chilled the fever and opened the eyes of the blind is gone.'

Jesus looked at these men and He said:--'Don't you think that YAHWEH, when He came to earth as YAHSHUA, the Messiah, should have done this?  Don't you think that He alone could assume the account and take the burden off of His children?  Don't you think that He should have taken all the transgression off His children and on to Himself?  Don't you think that He should have hung on a Cross--if there was no other way and there on that Cross to leave behind for all times--the judgement of HIS own?  Don't you think that He should have gone into the Netherworld to keep HIS covenants?  Don't you know that HE said He would raise from the dead?  Don't you know this?'


Feeling much better, they said:--'Come here is an inn, so let's go in and eat.'--As they had listened to HIM, He had challenged their thinking.  And as HE broke the bread and handed it to them, the Glory of the effulgent Majesty and Aura came off of it and these disciples saw the radiance and then they looked at His hands and they saw the nail prints in those hands and they cried:--'Our Lord and our God.  Our YAHSHUA and our YAHWEH ELOHIM.'

Then He was gone from their presence.  But HE had said to them these words:--'Ought not God to have done what HE did?  Could God--embodied, do anything less than this?

These men said that their hearts burned strangely within them as HE talked to them.  And this is the message they carried as they went back to Jerusalem, back to the disciples, and back to the people and the message they spoke was:--'We saw HIM--We talked to HIM--HE is alive--HE is risen.'

The disciples gathered together in Galilee and they had Thomas with them at this time and they told him of what had transpired.  But Thomas still deep in discouragement said:--'I would have to see the nail prints in HIS hand before I can believe this.  I would have to thrust my hand into HIS side and feel the nail prints in HIS hands, for I saw HIM die.  To me the Messiah is dead.'

The disciples said, but Thomas we have seen HIM and HE is alive.  HE is not dead.  He has declared that HE is alive for evermore.  And we have been His witnesses.  The Jews have tried to bribe the soldiers but the Roman soldiers saw Him and Rome has recorded that HE IS ALIVE.

At that moment Jesus--YAHSHUA, came thru the wall and into the room and spake to them and HE said:--'Thomas come hither,  for I am not a spirit just because I passed thru this solid--I am flesh and bone.   Thomas, come and put your fingers here in My hand and feel for this is a real hand.  Come put your hand in the hold in My side as you said you wanted to do.--Know that I have risen--that I am alive, and that this of flesh and bone.'

Now that wasn't really necessary, for Thomas dropped to his knees and said:--'My Lord and my God.'  Then Jesus said to Thomas:--'Blessed are those who will come long after thee--that are going to believe even tho they have not seen.'

That's where the blessing of God falls on you this Resurrection day.  And on everyone of His children in all the greatness of His church and all the vastness of His nation, for your heralding and singing, your faith, your praise, your assembling from one end of all Christendom to another.  Their assembling is because they believed altho they have not seen.

One of the great victories of today is that there choirs singing in the churches of today who are singing---'He is risen'--Hallelujah--.  And where the ministers of those churches don't even know that He is the Messiah.  But you see, we get the victory today in spite of this.  All Christendom sings because of the history of this event.  And the history of this event is one of the most unchallengeable facts of history.  For 500 --520--7----numbers of people saw the Christ after His Resurrection and this is all on record.

Now after His Resurrection, the disciples were on the sea fishing.  And as they approached the shore they saw one, on the shore by a fire.  As they came to the shore, Jesus asked them if they had any fish?--And Jesus told them that He had some fish broiling over the fire and He brake bread with them and ate fish with His disciples.

Now let me get this clear in your minds.  The resurrected body of the Christ ate fish with His disciples.  There is reality in this Resurrection.


Now some say--but how did He pass thru the walls?   Well,--He did that even before His crucifixion.  He did that when the Jews tried to kill Him in the Treasury of the Temple.  That is a knowledge that He possessed and which He never laid aside.  That is a knowledge that related to the whole organization of a physical universe in the field of electronics.  Positive and negative units of electricity --wave lengths--energy and power.  The day is going to come when this knowledge is going to come back to you and there will be no substance which will be a barrier to your passing thru.  The speed and the acceleration of the electrons will be at the command of the conscious Spirit.

 But I want you to know that at this hour the disciples were filled with wonder.  And they were filled with amazement.  But they bare testimony to the most glorious spectacle of Christ's Resurrection.

There can be no doubt that now--all fear should have passed from you and from every Christian thru out the world.  Now theology from time to time has obscured this knowledge, and from the formation of a new theology in Rome and into the developing history that followed events of the Protestant reformation--there have been some things that were carried thru in the fullness of truth.  And they have not caught the fullness of God's promise.  But in the hour that you live in, knowledge is to be increased.  All things are to be brought to our remembrance.  And God's Spirit is going to make every secret thing known.  And you are going to know that the last enemy to be put down, is death.  No longer will it have power over you.  It is already powerless to hold your soul, within any confinement.  It is actually powerless over you today---if the Spirit could comprehend the fullness in understanding the completion of what Christ has said.

For the wages of sin is death.--And he who is dead is free from sin.  He in one moment -- in one instant--destroyed that power for all times.  Only as you continue to give consent --has death power over you.

There is an hour of great Spiritual transition--in the twinkling of an eye, we are going to finally see the unction of Divine Glory reveal--this truth--so greatly demanded.  We are going to see mortals put on immortality.  We are going to see this enveloping Glory that surrounded the Christ in the morning of HIS Resurrection--surround you.

That day is just as historic a day as was the day in 1776 when we became a nation.  It is the most important day in the History of your race.  For there is to be a day when all of your race is to be enveloped with the Glory of God and when death will be swallowed up for all times---in victory.

But I want you to know, that you can say today---with the Apostle Paul--Absent from this body is present with the Lord--in the plane of Spirit.  And you cannot be held prisoner anywhere or anytime.  So don't let anyone come along ever again and try to frighten you with perdition, or try to tell you that there is Satanic power that can hold your soul in prison.  For you have been set free--for all time.  Don't let anyone try to put condemnation back on you, for Jesus set you free, and He does not condemn.  He paid the price for all times.---But He calls you to the marvelous walk of Sonship in the Majesty of the Glory of His Grace.  That you might--in saying:--'Our Father which are in heaven--be able to lift your face heavenward without fear.  For you can look God in the face this afternoon because He said:--'I paid it all for you--I finished it--I set you free.'


You please God better by accepting the invocation of His righteousness than if you walk cast down after so great a victory.  And out of this comes the mighty triumph of His church.  His enemies would still like to crucify the Christian civilization again.  They would like to destroy this great pattern of life and hope--this great civilization influence in the earth.  But I'm going to tell you that there will never be a consummated crucifixion of the Kingdom.  For the Kingdom is going to be empowered with great light and greater Glory than the world has ever seen.  That light is going to outshine darkness.  It is going to sweep communism from the face of the earth.  It is going to overthrow all evil.  It is going to watch the elimination from the earth of the forces of darkness, who shall be taken out to their own area.  And the world shall know and they shall all behold---the voices of the peoples of earth who will be singing one great and mighty Anthem to the Praise of the Most High.  For the day is going to come when you are going to see it.  And when they are going to sing, in the heavens and in the earth and in the nethermost world---the Praises ---to CHRIST--THE KING.

 

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