THE RESURRECTED CHRIST

Hey Gang, it’s me, Egbert. Before we begin, let me wish you a
“HAPPY EASTER” on behalf of the Pastor, the congregation,
and myself. Easter, this is the time when
children are gathered together around
churches, schools, and parks for the
traditional Easter Egg Hunt. 
 
Jesus condemned and put to death. 
However, this was not the case in the first century, for all the townspeople and the surrounding communities where gathered around an old Rugged Cross at Golgotha, the place where Rome meted out capital punishment to the condemned by nailing them to a wooden cross.
 
Jesus was not the only one hanging on the cross that day for two criminals surrounded him; one on His right and the other on His left, (Matt.27:38). However, everyone gathered around the cross of Christ (Jn.12:32). At trial, the multitudes led Jesus before Pilate, the governor who said to His accusers; I find no fault in this Jesus (Lk.23:4).
 
How did a just God end-up dying on a wooden cross?
 
How did Jesus, the Son of God, a just man who did not sin, end up on the cross reserved for murders, thieves, and criminals? To answer such a question, one must take a walk with me. A step back in time when God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden. Come; hold my hand if you are scared as we walk through the pages of (Genesis 3:1-24).
 
When I think of Adam and Eve, it reminds me of our oldest daughter's first week of school. For the first time since birth, other people will influence the mind and thoughts of our baby girl. Likewise, Eve, since her creation, only heard the voice of God, and that of Adam, her husband.
 
Father, open their understanding.

Now before we move forward, we must first take a step backward. Open your Bible to (Gen.1:30,31). Well! Are you going to read theses verse or are you just going to sit there? Now pay attention because I need you to receive a revelation, and see a vision or picture of the garden of Eden in the beginning when God planted the garden for Adam and Eve (Gen.1:8), (Gen.1:15-17).   
 
God’s perfect Garden

Now picture this, every beast, bird, and everything that creeps on the earth God has given them green herb for food (Gen.1:30). The animals were at peace with one another and lived in harmony with God, their creator. All the animals ate the same food, herbs, and not each other, nor did they try to eat Adam and Eve. There were total harmony and peace in the beginning in the garden that the Lord created. In Genesis 1:31, the Lord looked at everything He had created and said it was perfect, complete, and whole.
 
Adam and Eve in paradise

God gave Adam and Eve shelter, perhaps a cave within the garden, so that they could escape from the elements. The Lord provided them with all the food they could ever want or eat; all they had to do was pluck it from the trees and eat (Gen.2:8,9). In the cool of the day God would walk in the garden and visit with Adam and Eve (Gen.3:8-10).
 
When I think of Adam and Eve naked in the garden, it reminds me of an infant who runs through the house naked and is not ashamed; they do this because they do not know right or wrong yet (Gen.3:7).
 
What went wrong God's perfect garden? 

In enters the serpent (Gen.3:1). John, the Disciple that Jesus loved, wrote about that old serpent of old, calling him the accuser of the brethren, and also said that he is the Devil and Satan (Rev.12:9), and is also called Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12).
 
Who was this mystical Serpent that talked?

Who was this serpent that spoke and deceived Eve in the Garden of God? Where did this mystical creature come from anyway?
To answer this question, we must travel between the book of Isaiah and Ezekiel. The pastor said maybe you should sit down because you are not going to believe what I tell you.
 
The origin of Lucifer.
 
The prophet Ezekiel wrote, saying, in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens opened and I saw visions of God (Ezk.1:1).
 
Now the prophet Ezekiel begins writing in his book describing the King of Tyre, and after one sentence, began to explain Lucifer’s origin (Ezk.28:12). Pardon, what do you mean, how does the pastor know the prophet was speaking about Lucifer?
 
Open your Bible to (Ezk.28:12-26). 

the king of Tyre is a man like you and me, and we know God covered no man in precious stones, nor was man an anointed cherub, so God must be speaking about an angelical creature (Ezk.28:12-14). Lucifer, when the Lord created him, was perfect in all his ways and was God’s anointed cherub; he was on the holy mountain of God also, and God covered him with precious stones (V-13,14,15). At creation, Lucifer was the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (V-12).
 
Open your Bible to (Ezekiel 28:15).

Pardon, what do you mean no, don’t make me tell the pastor. You will not learn anything about the Lord unless you read His word and let it speak to your heart, for the word of God is “Living” and “powerful.” (Heb. 4:12). John, the disciple whom Jesus loved said, the word of God is life (1-Jn.1:1). Paul, the apostle writes, let the word of Christ dwell in richly (Col.3:16). 
Lucifer was perfect until iniquity entered his heart; Please read (Pro.4:20-25), and (Matt.15:10-20). 
 
How did God’s anointed fall from grace?

Scholars believe Lucifer fell from grace because he said in his heart, and I quote.
“ I will ascend into heaven;
I will exalt my throne above
the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount
of the congregation on the
farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds,
I will be like the highest God.
 
” God did not throw Lucifer out of heaven because of his word’s, for if this were the case, none would enter into heaven, no,’ my friend, God thrust Lucifer out of heaven because he would not repent of his pride, wicked ways, and immoral acts which he had committed after being corrupted by his beauty (Ezk.28:1-26), (Lk.13:1-5).
Jesus said to His disciples as well as to us unless we repent, we will
Likewise perish (Lk.13:1-5). 
 
Satan cast to the earth

Jesus described the fall of Satan as a flash of lighting as he fell to the earth (Lk.10:17-19). John the Disciple that Jesus loved spoke of a war raging in the heavens. John also wrote that Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and his angels (Rev.12:7). Michael and his army overpowered Satan and his corrupt Fighters, and Satan, Michael the archangel, cast him to the earth with his fallen angels (Rev.12:7-9).
 
Satan seeks revenge

Satan, being enraged because he had no power to
harm the Lord, went to make war with the woman’s offspring, who was to give birth to the Son of man in the distant future (Rev.12:1-17).
 
 
The dragon deceived Eve

Come, walk with me once again back to the book of Genesis, where it all began. What transpired after the serpent deceived Eve is of the utmost importance, so
Please open your Bible to (Gen.3:9-24). In (verse-10), we learned that sin causes shame, and fear causes us to hide from God. In (verse-12,13), we learned that sin causes us to blame others for our disobedience. Adam willfully ate of the forbidding fruit and blamed God. Eve was deceived and ate of the same fruit and blamed the serpent.  
 
To be continued in the May Newsletter.

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