The Sign Says
This past week Christendom worldwide was celebrating what is usually referred to as Easter. I don’t like that word Easter. I don’t like it because it has pagan roots, and it’s not a biblical term. I refer to Easter Sunday as Resurrection Day. It is a day dedicated to celebrating one of the greatest miracles in history — the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The Resurrection was the focus of the Apostle’s teaching and preaching in the First Century, and that’s because the Resurrection validated Jesus as who He said He was, namely, God in the flesh.David Reagan: The #Resurrection validated #Jesus as who He said He was, namely, God in the flesh. #Easter Click To Tweet
I have had the blessing of going to the Holy Land more than 45 times, and my favorite place in all that land is the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. It is a beautiful, quiet and meditative place. The Garden Tomb is a very, very beautiful and spiritually impressive site. It’s located on the north side of the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Garden Tomb may not be the exact location of the tomb of Jesus, but the site meets all the qualifications. It is a First Century rich man’s tomb with a rolling stone. It is located inside a magnificent garden. A place of execution is located nearby called Skull Hill.
On the modern-day door to the tomb is a sign that says: “He is not here for He is risen.” Another sign close by reads: “Jesus Christ declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead.” That is a quote from Romans 1:4.
A Rhema Moment
I was reading through the New Testament many years ago. I got to Hebrews 1 and was looking forward to reading it because it is one of my favorite Scriptures in all of the Bible. It talks about the superiority of Jesus above the angels, Moses, and everyone else.
I love how Hebrews 1 ends in verse 14 where it says that there are ministering angels who are ministering to those who are in the process of being saved. I myself have depended on those angels many times. I ask the Lord to post one at my house every time I leave on a trip to watch over my family. I ask Him to surround my airplane, especially when we are flying over an ocean. So, if you’ve never used the ministry of angels, I suggest you start doing so.
Hebrews 1:1 is not a full sentence. Look at what it says, “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets.” As I started to read on to verse 2 the Holy Spirit said, “Stop!”
I don’t know if you’ve had those experiences. I’m sure you’ve had if you read the Scriptures. Often it is called Rhema. Rhema is where the Holy Spirit speaks to you from the Scriptures to give you a special message. You might read a verse 101 times and it never say anything to you, but the 102nd time it will jump off the page, grab you by the throat, and shake you until your teeth rattle because you have a need in your life that never was there before that Scripture was going to speak to you. That’s what happened that day.
So, I said, “Well, Lord, that’s not even a full sentence.” He said, “Read it again.” So, I read it again: “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets.”
I got to thinking about that. I thought I’d go over to the Old Testament and take a look and see what were the various ways that God spoke through the prophets. It didn’t take me long to make a list of them, and I’m sure you could, too.
In the second part of this Garden Tomb sermon, I’ll describe the writing and oral prophets.