MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES – II TIMOTHY 3:2-5

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It is nothing but the inclination of of every person towards their own happiness. There is the very evidence that self lovers are not greater enemies to others in their aim than they are in effect to themselves.Yet it is not less evident that they love themselves passionately all the time, and whatever damage they do to themselves they don’t mean any. Self love is vicious. Many times it finds other names for itself. The names just attempt to take away their bad qualities. The names denote our sins as weaknesses, infirmities, the effect of personal code, and deserving more pity than blame. At times it excuses them upon account of the intent, pretending that some good is promoted by them, and that the motive and the end sanctify the means. This greatly lessens the defectiveness of them. This teaches us to compare ourselves with others, and allows us to draw favorable conclusions about ourselves, because we are not so bad as some that we could blame. This shows us the general corruption that is in this world. We think too much of ourselves, we overvalue our abilities, and entertain too good of an opinion of our good actions, knowledge, and capacity; being pure in our eyes, thinking too well of our self righteousness is commonly called self conceit.

Self conceit is despised because of the very fact of the dislike of others. It is usually accompanied with rash undertakings, hasty determinations, stubbornness, insolence, envy, criticism, confidence, vanity, the love of flattery, and at times irreligious, and a kind of idolatry, which one worships their own abilities, and places their whole trust in them. Conceit is unreasonable and foolish. All the other contents within the sack of self conceit are things that any can call their own. They have done little or nothing to acquire them. The viciousness of following this sinful teaching makes worldly interests, acceptability, amusement,or pleasure, become the great end of their actions. This kind of selfishness is heartless. However corrupt, these lovers of themselves ” HAVE THE FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT LACK THE POWER THEREOF

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Lovers of self can have desires after Christ, MARK 1:37; JOHN 6:26. Many partake of the benefits of Christ, reject His supremacy. They receive glory from Him, but do not give Him glory. If they can get into heaven when they die, they don’t care how little they have of it before. They have no concern about the dominion of sin within themselves as long as they obtain the pardon of it. This is very prevalent in hypocrites, and legalists. Many of them make the mistake of a mindful conviction, that God is to be loved. They now find it reasonable for God to be regarded by them, so that they imagine that they are loving Him.

Meanwhile, selfishness appears to be at the top of the list of sins to be regarded. The hideous forms of this sin are seen as early as childhood. COVETOUSNESS tops the list. This transgression violates the spirit of the entire law, it has polluted and threatened the existence of each dispensation of religion. It has infected all classes and relations of society. It has shown itself to be the most vulgar of acts. Ambition is covetous; the pursuit for a position aims more for the money than the office being pursued. We can find out more from when one speaks, ” Out of the abundance of the heart doth the mouth speak “, MATT. 12:34. It’s a sure sign that a man is of the world when his conversation is of the world, I JOHN 4:5. When one speaks the language of the world it is a pretty good guess that they are of that element, ISAIAH 32:6.

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In order to shorten this exposition I will list some conditions under self conceit: BOASTING – one who is absorbed in themselves, and what they do, PRIDE – this condition is so bad that even the proud hate pride. They pride themselves in all the graces bestowed upon them, and therefore, has no grace because of their pride. BLASPHEMERS- we are told of lovers of self, boasters, proud, insulting over their brothers and sisters, and, which is worse, they don’t spare God, but blaspheme Him. This is the highest ingratitude in the world for a man to do. To curse the very One Who blesses them. UNTHANKFUL- it is like a lump of coal, which, falling into the palm of friendship, destroys it’s fragrance. WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION- there are many, now, who display a character such that it seemed incompatible with strong attatchments towards others; whether it be in marriage or otherwise. TRUCE BREAKERS- they will make no more of a promise than a dog of his collar, which he can slip on, and off at his pleasure. In the last days, men will not only be sermon proof and judgement proof, but covenant proof; nothing nor anyone can in the last times can keep men of the last times within the circle of obedience. They are like Samson breaking the bonds of Philistines. FALSE ACCUSERS- if they can,t find a fault, they will invent some, as the devil did by JOB 2:5-7; then JOB 2:9-11. Sometimes they whisper in secret, then openly defames, eventually covering all that with a deep sigh, professing their great sorrow for such a one’s fall. DRUNKARDS- but how do we know a drunkard? By their affections, words, and actions. You need to practice self control. Those who have none will be like young stallions going after their neighbors wives, JER. 5:8-9; EZE. 16:49. Drunkenness and whoreing go together, PRO. 23:31-33; HOS. 4:11. FIERCE- the fierceness of sin helps make the last days perilous. Mankind will become of a fierce, rude, savage, barbarous, inhuman disposition. They will be ready to kill anyone who opposes them, PRO. 12:10; 17:3; JOB 4:10; HAB. 1:8; the examples go on.

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So, let man get grace. Grace will keep us from being fierce against others. It will be a shield to keep us from the rage of fierce men, ISA. 33:15,19. It is disobedience which brings fierce men against people, DEUT. 28:50. But when we are obedient God will restrain their rage, JOB 38:11. We need to admire the Lord, Who preserves His lambs in the midst of many lions. There is, though, a self love that IS pious. A person can love themselves as an instrument of God’s glory, as a servant for the good of others, or else our Savior would never set our love to ourselves before us as a pattern of our love to our neighbors. This is the pious and religious self love considered in relation to God and the common good. This is the self love that sends us forth to seek more noble and excellent things for the glory of God, our loving Creator. Christ emptied Himself of His glory, not for His own, but for our benefit, PHIL. 23:6.

Being, by their very nature, they pretend to be doing for others, when, in fact, they do all for their own ends. This is really worse than doing nothing at all. In actuality the self conceited will make others neglect the public, and decline to do service for them. It is very difficult to people like this to help, especially when there is danger involved. This holds true trying to engage them in any public service merely to upon the prospect of doing any public good.It is somewhat entertaining to watch them use thousands of maneuvers to get themselves excused. They carry with them a barrel full of self conceit, rather than fail. Those that are in love with themselves admire their own opinions,and think that their heresy is real, and that their vices are virtues.. By all accounts, self love is the most blind, and the most greedy. It is least able to deny itself of all loves.

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The apostle here considers this self love in total opposition to God and His glory. In Scripture we find the word self signifies the sensual and carnal part of man. This sin, a major sin as is explained, does nothing but grease the road to destruction. It pleases the mind, the pleasure seeking thoughts, and the body, the sensuous actions that serve only the flesh, and it’s desires. There is also a part of men that the desire for money can deceive the most disciplined of men. They prefer their own private, present, interest before virtue, honor, conscience, and humanity. The moral effects of this exhorbitant and over mastering love of pleasure are very awful. Take a tree that needs firm rooting and fresh air, and put it in a hot house, or in some steamy vaporous place where no winds reach it, and where the light is dim, and see how weak and how faded it will become. Such is the man who has blotted out the word ‘ duty ‘ from the plan of his life, and written ‘ pleasure ‘ there instead; who feels life no longer to be a moral strife, with God and goodness as it’s end, but only a low and ignoble endeavor to snatch enjoyment and secure comfort.

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LET YOUR WOMEN KEEP SILENCE IN THE CHURCHES……I CORINTHIANS 14:34&35…… A SCRIPTURAL REBUTAL FOR THE CHURCH CALLED BY HIS NAME

Historically the city of Corinth had been counted as ” wealthy Corinth ” by Homer. Thucydides tells of the Corinthians naval architecture, and enterprise. They were known, also, of their commerce and wealth by Thucydides. Strabo speaks of Bacchiadae who ruled Corinth and made profits for 200 years from it’s merchandise. Cypselus overthrew them in 655 B.C., whose wealth was attested to by a large statue of beaten gold presented by him to the temple at Olympia.Under his son Periander, Corinth was the most prosperous of the commercial cities of Greece. Strabo accounts the preference of the traders between Asia and Italy to carry their goods across the Isthmus. T^he Corinthians controlled the port and land routes by imposing tolls. Strabo refers to Isthmian festivals as a source of profit for the Corinthians. As proof of their wealth. Strabo records the increase of wealth of Corinth, he speaks of the temple of Aphrodite’, which was served by a thousand courtesans, ( highly – placed, and refined, prostitutes ). This is sad proof that in Corinth abundance of material good had produced it’s frequent result of self-indulgence and gross sin.

Corinth was the capital of the Roman province of Achaia, and the residence of the Roman pro-consul. It could only be in a democratic city such as Corinth, under the rule of Rome, that the members of the Church of Corinth could have their meetings take place with such unmannerly, and brawling behavior, and without heeding rules of order and courtesy. It was only in an enviorment as that the parties could have formed which divided the Church. There was a rudimental sense of equality and independence that led men to knock around with each other confusedly, then to get together contrary to the desires of Christ. This was a city of wealth. In this community there would only be the love of money and not of morals. Licentiousness was dignified in their worship. The temples, no less than the streets, swarmed with coutesans, more than a thousand of whom served as priestesses in a single temple to the goddess Aphrodite’. Corinth was a caulgron of wickedness and evil. Corinth had the reputation of corruption.

The Jews demanded signs from heaven, I COR. 1:22. At such Hebrew skeptics the apostle in Corinth was compelled to ” shake out the folds of his cloak “, ACTS 18:6. The majority of the converts were Gentile. At the time of his arrival the Jewish population were mostly refugees from Rome when Claudius banished them from Rome by decree, ACTS 16:9&10. Among them were Aquila and Priscilla. Their home was always open, ROM. 16:5; I COR> 16:19. Paul became friends because they were tent makers too. While there he used many contrasts from the landscape of the city; the conquers of the Isthmian games compared to an ” incorruptible crown ” of the Christian warrior. He would observe the ” stadium ” comparing that to the race a Christian would run. When he ” fought with beasts at Ephesus “, he probably used the backdrop of the Amphitheater where victims were thrown to wild beasts, or when gladiators fought till death. And when he was pressed above measure with hardships and indignities, it may have seemed to him that he was ” set forth as the last in the file of combatants appointed to death “. He undoubtedly used the city, as a whole, the columns, the temples, and all it’s wealth, and made an illustration in I COR. 3, that we build on a sure foundation, not ” wood, hay, or stubble “, but ” gold, silver, and costly marbles “, that so when ” the day that is to be revealed in fire prove every man’s work “, so that our work may ” abide “. Paul also took note on their emphasis on intellect, wealth, commerce, their schools and their fondness of physical conditioning, and the wicked temples which Corinth gained much notoriety  from licentious passions were honored forms of worship. From ACTS 18 we learn that Paul went to the Synagogue, on the Sabbath, which was his custom to reason with, and persuade the Jews. They break out in vicious ridicule, and blasphemies. He then shakes the dust off his robes, and tells them since they will not hear him, he will ” go to the Gentiles “.

He went to the house of Justus, and from there he preached to as many as would listen. Aquila and Priscilla also converted. I could go on, but in ACTS 18:8 we read that the congregation grew rapidly. ” Know you not “,Paul writes to them, ” that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.And such were some of you “. take a look at the face of the Greek how he has froliced in the mire of the wickedness nestled in Corinth. Look at the low browed slave was guilty of being a pick-pocket, and a jailbird. And we have the sharp eyed Israelite, he has been making his wealth off the youth of the time.But there has been a GREAT CHANGE. There is another story besides the tales already floating around in Corinth. ” But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God “. We know from history that there was a difference in their services than that of ours; where we have one who leads and keeps everything orderly, the Corinthians, on the other hand, allowed everyone, including the women, who, many of them came out of the temples, also spoke publicly not edifying our Lord in a way pleasing to God. After their services they would attend a love-feast, which was wound up with the breaking of bread in the Lord’s Supper; then after a brotherly kiss, then went home. Yes, a great difference indeed!

This letter repels any thought of holiness being displayed within the confines of their worship to our Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t find love order, and maturity, but spiritual childness, a universal spirit of division, blind self-conceit, resoluteopposition to the great and loving apostle, and GROSS SIN. But take a good look at this picture, Paul recognizes the imperfections of these Christians, and still considers them bretheren in Christ, sanctified, justified, the living temple of God, and to him, a source of thankfulness to God. This warns us not to treat imperfect forms of Christianity as worthless. Human nature is full of imperfections, and we them in ourselves. I wonder how Paul felt knowing how soon they went back to their heathen roots. He probably felt that he left them as orphans in a wicked and stormy world. We see how soon the banner of the cross of Christianity come falling onto the battlefield when there is nobody there to lead. Paul was probably fearful that the Church itself would not survive because of the departure of it’s founders. But just take a look at the miraculous power of God’s Holy Spirit triumphing throughout the Roman Empire, Greece, and forever becoming the religion of the civilized world. It is that same cross, then, that is preached today. It is still the weakness in humankind that is still doing the work of God today.

Having now a brief history of Corinth we can better understand the workings of our Lord through the Apostle Paul, and how the Holy Spirit directed his words to the Church of Corinth. Those people were steeped in sin. Understanding this we can see the conflicting emotions the apostle had writing this letter.There many cases of immorality that had been reported. Surprisingly he holds fast his self-control. The Corinthians were real people who knew no God except those that expected nothing less than to satisfy their fleshly lusts, and passions. Then we see Paul with a firm self-control about himself, learned, and intelligent. He had vast mental power and earnestness. This letter, in it’s entirety is condemning the all the revelry taking place about such a sacred gospel.

Let your women keep silent in the churches. We have a short history set before us to help us better understand the Holy Spirit of our Lord. This letter speaks to the sensual women in that particular church speak only in the home, but not publicly. The women are instructed not to teach, but to learn. Not to command, but obey. Paul reinforces his words with the natural position from the begining, GEN. 3:16; I COR. 11. The woman is to be confirmed by the command of God. And, she should be a practioner of modesty. The women in Corinth were way out of bounds in their thinking; having no intelligent thought accompanying the prophesies, and teachings they would engage themselves in. We find that women have many ministries in the Church of Corinth, but speaking out is not permitted; order had to be restored. This does not agree with the woman’s true position in the Church called by His name.

It had been foretold that ” your sons and daughters shall prophesy “, JOEL 2:28, and we read that Phillip’s daughters prophesied, ACTS 21:8&9. But Paul forbids it here. There, again, the Corinthians need order restored. Paul declares to them that their women should be taught of their respected husbands and relatives. The home is her center of her world. He suggests that husbands should be well versed in Scripture. The head of the household should not be an empty head. It is evidenced that women are not to be dupes of priests; they are to ask questions and not be kept ignorant. Intelligent service is expected from them. Meanwhile, do the Scriptures forbid women to preach?

There are three views to look at this question.

1.) Some hold the belief that what is said in this letter is to be held as official and conclusive. They believe women are to keep silent , and not speak; no matter how gifted they are.

2.) Then there are those who hold the belief that the authority of the apostle cannot settle the question. Paul forbade women to speak, but that he had no business to.

3.) There are those, also, that the Scriptures are the binding authority in matters of faith and morals, this and other injunctions are local, national, and therefore transient.

It was not the intent of Christianity to determine manners, customs, forms of government, and ecclesiastical institutions. It’s PRIMARY AIM is to build a new man in Christ. It is to this inspiration mankind is left with the utmost liberty in respect to the externals. This view is corroborated by the whole history of the Holy Scriptures. The modern Church is totally different from the early assemblies of the first Christians. The civil state has changed, and the family has changed. The economics, and commerce has changed. There is no organization that resembles any from the past, including the Church called by His name.The presumption is that when Christ was leaving everything else to the majorative wisdom of man, and His Holy Spirit, that He would not step in with this single subject and fix the position of women? Such a course would be contrary to the genius of our Creator in all directions. Such a universal limitation would be in direct opposition of the Jewish ideas. Women were far more equal to men among the Hebrews than among other nations. She was a public instructor.

NOTE — the cases of Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Huldah, Anna, and the prediction of Joel. The woman was a public instructor.

” Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy “, and Peter says, ” But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my HANDMAIDS, ( WOMEN ), I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy,…………. and it shall come to pass, that whosoever, ( ANYONE – male and female alike ), shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved “, ACTS 2:16-21. This text, and the text in I TIM. 2:11&12 were addressed to the Gentiles, not to the Jews. Why the distinction? Look at the condition of the Greek women. The highest thought that that the Greeks had of women was that they were to stay at home. The woman was not permitted to go into the streetunless veiled, otherwise her reputation for virtue would be destroyed.

For a woman to do what is done by women in modern civilized nations, was to develop that which the poorest man toils to give his toils to give his daughters, to learn music, poetry, art, and philosophy, was to stamp her as a courtesan, ( a prostitute ). Now if that is the custom, what would have been the effect if a Greek had looked in on a Christian meeting and seeing a woman rise uncovered and pour out her heart? He would have said, ‘ So that’s Christianity, is it? Why then the Church is but a house of orgies. I understand your new religion. It teaches our wives that they must forsake their virtue, and go out in public and do as the courtesans do ‘. Therefore it was that Paul said, ” You shall not violate the customs of your country. You shall not bring disgrace upon the religion of Christ by doing that which can be interpreted but in one direction by every man who sees it. I forbid your women to teach in Greek communities “.

What, then, may be considered a fair interpretation of this question? Is it right to say that this is the last word which the genius of God for Christianity had for women? Are you to take a commandment that had a particular interpretation in one province of the globe and in no other, and make it criteria for judging women for their position and instruction everywhere? Shall this be done where Christianity has raised and inspired women, and shall a handcuff, which belonged to the degradation of the Greek period, be put on a woman; refusing her freedom from the yoke of this world? Christianity has made the woman a prophetess, and NO false interpretation of the text can ever close her mouth. This verse is subject to the argument of Peter in Acts 11:17; ” Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as He did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? “

If in the providence of God women are called to preach, if their discourse is accompanied with power from on high, and blessed towards the salvation of souls, then the Spirit itself bears witness to the right of women to speak, and who are we that we should resist God? The Apostle Paul did give us doctrine from on high having the Holy Spirit bearing witness, also, as to what Peter had said, ” For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you all are one in Christ Jesus “, Gal. 3:27&28. Faith, hope, love, learning, eloquence, and there we have no separation in our gender. Whoever can bring the kingdom of God nearer to men has the right to do so. We, men, have the voices of trumpets; let’s have some flutes. Women can sing and speak in the secular world more often, and mightier than men; why not, then, in the divine?

ALL ACCOUNTS, HISTORICAL AND COMMENTARY ARE FROM THE BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

BY JOSEPH S. EXELL798

GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH DURING PASSOVER?

So much time has passed and many have lost the true connection of the title of this article. I have, also, a google account and wrote a post about the last meal in the upper room. Not only was it about a meal, but also the begining of a New Covenant between God and mankind. He broke the bread signifying His body which was to tortured and broken, and drank the wine to have us keep in remembrance of His death, which was to come that weekend before Passover. He instructed us to break the bread, and to drink the wine, which signifies His precious blood that washes us clean from sin: ‘ DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME ‘.  Latter that evening, while praying in an olive grove, He was betrayed by a kiss by one of His own disciples. It was then that Judas, His disciple who betrayed Jesus, kissed our Lord, and Creator, on the cheek as the Temple Guard arrested Jesus for crimes unknown.

During the rest of that evening the Prince of Darkness was celebrating within his kingdom. He had a stronghold on God, his adversary. The Father’s very own Son took upon Himself flesh with full commision of such an act. Unknown to Satan was the fact that this Divine intervention to save mankind was agreed by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit from before the foundations of the world was. As far as the devil was concerned was that the flesh of Jesus would forever be imprisoned in the earth; never to be alive again. In his mind he thought he was getting over God’s plan. You see, he knew Jesus, intimately. He was one of the most beautiful of  angels created by our Lord.

The darkness of night turned to day. In the minds of the followers of Jesus there wasn’t a ray of light to found anywhere in their lives. The very people who praised Jesus entering into Jerusalem the week before were now singing a death chant; crucify Him, crucify Him! Keep in mind, Pilate, the Roman curator of the province of Judea, was a pawn in the hands of the Jewish Temple priests in Jerusalem. Pilate wished and tried to free Jesus from the religious zealots, without sacrificing himself. A business man must meet the question whether he will conform to some established method of wrong- doing in the line of his business, or abandon his prospects of success in life. The position of Pilate was, after all, no more trying than is the position of almost every man who faces Christ and Christ’s cause to-day; and now, as always, only he who is ready to lose his life, and to lose a great deal more than life, for the sake of Christ, can fairly be called a true and faithful servant of Christ.

It is Friday before Passover and a sentence of death has now been proclaimed over the life of Jesus. Pilate’s sentence of scourging was totally different than that of his sentence of the penalty of death over the life of what he told the mob, ‘ Behold your King ‘. The exasperation of Pilate towards the obstinate determination of the Jews to have the blood of Jesus, brought out that scornfully bitter, and angry declaration. Pilate spoke a truth that he had not understood, nor should we concern ourselves with his meaning. But, from the throne of God, ‘ Let Him be crucified ‘ is the decree of the Almighty, the ‘ determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God “. This shedding of the precious blood of Christ, as the “ lamb without blemish and without spot “, was ” fore-ordained before the foundation of the world “. We cannot by any means save ourselves. The Holy Spirit foreshadowed the death of the Son of God. All that the Holy Spirit told us pointed to the sacrifice of this Lamb of God now laid upon the cross.

Here is the mediation between God and men. for this He was both God and Man. Jesus must bring them together, or they will be separated forever. This was perfectly done, and what He did only has to be received in penitence and trust, and salvation is assured. “ IT IS FINISHED “! He was God; He was Man: He was a person in whom the Divine and human natures were united. All the prophesies laid out for us by the Holy Spirit of God have now all been accomplished. The righteousness of the law had been fulfilled, and the great legal sacrifices were complete. Everything the Father had given Him to do was finished. This was significant because this was a shout that came from a triumphant Almighty conqueror. Jesus declared that every promise uttered in the Garden of Eden to the last uttered word of Malachi was fulfilled in Him on the alter of the ‘ CROSS ‘. There is nothing more God can ask of mankind; perfect obedience to what all the Father had asked had been satisfied. Christ, the Creator, who finished creation, has perfected redemption.

Sin was nailed to that tree only because sin nailed Christ to the tree. Divine justice has been served. This all serves to show mankind that he is helpless, worthless, and a sinner. Christ demolishes all self righteousness. We see, now, there is no more work required, nor contributions to be made any longer. His payment for the purchase of mankind was more than enough, and is grounds for immediate peace and joy. God requires no satisfaction from us, or will He ever, ‘ IT IS FINISHED ‘. Christ, our Creator has paid the ransom for his captive children. On that cross did our Saviour give hope to the hopeless, pardon to the guilty, and acceptance to the lost. Christ was a man of war; He met His foes on the battlefield, confronted all His enemies, and on the cross He destroyed death of it’s sting, triumphed over Satan, the grave, and hell. Beware of all that might dim the light and glory of Christ’s finished work, and to mislead, misguide, and misdirect souls on their way to the judgement seat.

In the place He was crucified there was a garden. It seems terrible that flowers should bloom when the Lord who made and rules the universe was dying the death of a slave. Nature still raises itself in praise to the One it honors. What symbolism that garden exhibited around, and near that cross in relation to man and God. That garden blooms still, and will bloom on till the day of the end of creation and paradise is restored. The sepulchre is in a garden. In all human gardens of domestic and social joy, there is death. It is a new tomb, and one of a rich man. The number of mourners was small, but their grief was intense.

As was the custom the body was ‘ prepared ‘ for burial. Christ’s death was hurried, and costly. More was spent upon Jesus at His burial than at any time before. The women, Mary, His mother, the Magdalene, and others, as was the custom, anointed His body with oil, and fragrant spices to keep the aroma of the decaying body being detected. There was the use of Frankincense, as was customary and surprisingly, Myrrh. As with all Jewish burials the procedures were the same, whereas in this case, it was a bit hurried, but thorough. In centuries past when in Egypt the Jews, when slaves, learned of mummification from the Egyptians. Not just wrapping the body haphazardly, but in a fashion particular to mummifying a body. In such cases a product called Myrrh, which is a gummy substance, was used to seal the linens which wrapped the body of Jesus. It would harden as if it were forming a cocoon like of an insect. To remove would be a task until it were left to dry. Christ entered the tomb to rob it of it’s gloom.

In like manner, Mary Magdalene, proceeded to the tomb of Jesus on the first day of the week, with other women, not to rob the tomb, but to make sure that the tomb was not robbed. When arriving at the tomb these women had to have fear approaching the tomb of the One they dearly loved seeing that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. How comforting, then to them the words of the angel’ ” FEAR NOT “. Face it, they were naturally timid, and had nothing in themselves to enable them to face a supernatural appearance, or any of the terrors of such a scene as we have here. Like these women, those seeking after Christ are blessed. They are seeking after ‘ HIMSELF ‘. Characterized by visible grief, secret hope, and timid faith their devotion is to One rejected by the world.

” HE IS NOT HERE: FOR HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID “. Here is an opened, and empty tomb. As we linger at the Redeemer’s opened , and empty tomb there are a few holy lessons to be learned.

1) Come and see where the Lord lay, and learn a lesson of penitence for sin.

2) Come and see where the Lord lay, and learn a lesson of love to Him.

3) Come and see where the Lord lay, and realize your union with Him and nearness to Him.

4) Come and be in alliance with those who honor Christ.

BEHOLD HE IS ALIVE FOR EVERMORE. ” AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY “.