O Christmas Tree – After the Tree #3
Opening Scripture: John 1:1-4
I love the Gospel of John. Matthew and Luke write the account of the birth of Jesus from earth looking to heaven; but John writes the account from heaven looking earth. It is the Christmas Story from God’s perspective.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Verse 5 raises a peculiar question to me.
What happened after the tree, The Cross, on Resurrection Day? In this message we will ask a lot of Questions so we can get to the correct answer to “After the Tree.
If we do not understand what happened “After the Tree” we will never truly appreciate (reverence, awe, respect) the birth of Jesus. Let’s find out what happened from Resurrection morning until evening.
John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
This is Resurrection Day.
John 20:11-12 (NKJV)
11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain (This is a picture of the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies). 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Mary traveled with Jesus for 2 years during his ministry.
Why did she not recognize him?
Why, did she also not recognize his voice?
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” It wasn’t until He called her name were her eyes opened.
She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling (don’t touch me)to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father;but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
Cling – 36 times; actual touch - same word as touch the hem of his garment.
Jesus said “Don’t touch me for I have not ascended to my father.”
When we use the term ascension our thinking goes to Matthew 28:17-20.
Jesus, for him to do all he did on the earth in the 40 days before the His final ascension, and to fulfill all the qualifications of the sacrificial lamb there has to be more?
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side (touch me). Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
“Then, the same day at evening” so from the beginning of this passage when it was morning untilnow when it was evening, where was Jesus?
Also, what changed? He told Mary “Don’t touch me.” and to the Disciples “Touch me. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
How was He able to tell the disciples “Receive the Holy Spirit.”? This defies or breaks every heavenly law unless, somehow, there was a judgement issued in the Heavenly Holy of Holies by God himself.
After the Tree
According to the Old Covenant, for atonement of sin, it took the blood of a spotless lamb, without blemish to be sprinkled on the mercy seat in the Holies of Holies. The tabernacle on earth is built after the pattern of the one in Heaven so the spotless lamb had to come into the heavenly Holy of Holies.
Hebrews 9:12 “12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
This is where it gets good.
Ephesians says he descended, took the keys and led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.
8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
This is what happened from Resurrection morning until Resurrection evening.
9 “As I looked, thrones were placed,and the Ancient of Days (The Father)took his seat;his clothing was white as snow,and the hair of his head like pure wool;his throne was fiery flames;its wheels were burning fire.10 A stream of fire issuedand came out from before him;
a thousand thousands (1 million) served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand (100 million) stood before him, the court sat in judgment,and the books were opened.
11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn (power of sin) was speaking. And as I looked, the beast (sin – 1 of the 4 beasts in Daniel)was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts (the other 3 beasts), their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
Romans 6:14 “14 For sin will have no dominion over you.” The beast, sin, was killed sin no longer has dominion.
Even better “the rest of the beasts (the other 3 beasts), their dominion was taken away.”
13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven (Hebrews 12:1 Great cloud of witnesses - The Clouds of Heaven) there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
The Power of the Tree
There was a judgement issued in your favor according to Daniel 7:13-22.
The Father, The Ancient of Days, walks in and looks at satan on one side, the saints on the other side and standing between the Accuser and the Saints was the Resurrected Jesus. The Ancient of Days looks at his Son, the Lamb and His blood, and declares a judgement of redemption and took dominion and gave it to Jesus.
John 12:31 “31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
The was a judgement that happened on resurrection day.
There is a Judgement Seat coming and a Great White Throne still coming.
Jesus’ Christmas present to you happened when he said…
17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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