“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said,” by Louis A. Dole

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“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” – Matthew 28:6

Readings

Isaiah 61 · Matthew 28:1-10 · Psalm 99

Sermon

The whole Christian world rejoices with us in the celebration of Easter. The coming of spring inspires mankind with new hopes. It is the time of nature’s resurrection from the sleep of winter, and is a symbol of what may take place in the soul.

The Lord’s life, death, and resurrection, as recorded in the Gospels, were not only significant in their literal bearing but they were outward revelations of great spiritual facts which are realized in all who follow Him in the regeneration. The life that He lived in the world as the Word made flesh is the symbol of the life which He now lives in the soul that opens itself to receive Him.

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“Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” – John 20:17

Readings

Isaiah 43:1-13 · John 20:11-31 · Psalm 68:1-20

Sermon

The event known as the Ascension took place forty days after the Resurrection. On the day of His resurrection the Lord appeared to the women and to the two on the way to Emmaus and then to the disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem. During the following forty days the Lord appeared from time to time to the Apostles in Galilee and in Judaea and taught them many things concerning His kingdom. At the end of this time He “led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.”

So the Apostles knew that He was still alive, and that He was present with them on a plane of thought above the physical. No longer could He be roughly handled. All the legions of Rome could not go out and arrest Him as in former days. To the Jews He was one who had been resisted, defeated, and put to death. He was out of physical sight and reach. But He was not out of the reach of those who cared for Him and desired His presence. He had ascended from the lowest plane where all could see Him to a plane of being where He could be seen only by the eye of faith. Yet He had come into the fullness of His power.

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“Why seek ye the living among the dead?” by Louis A. Dole

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“Why seek ye the living among the dead?” – Luke 24:5

Readings

Isaiah 61 · Matthew 28:1-8 · Psalm 57

Sermon

The scene of the crucifixion was over. The Lord’s life in the flesh had come to its end, and His body had been placed in the tomb. This took place on a Friday. Early Sunday morning Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and other women came to the sepulchre bringing spices for the final preparation of the body. They could not do this on Saturday because of Jewish customs. When they came to the sepulchre, they found the stone which had closed the tomb rolled away. The body of Jesus was not there. It was then that the two angels in shining garments greeted them with the words of the text, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?”

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