Focal Passage: Luke 6:12-8:56
The resurrection is a major component of the gospel message. Some groups focus on Christ on the Cross – to the point that they ignore the importance of His resurrection. The Cross without the resurrection only speaks of a martyr for a cause. Christ did not die as man for what He believed in, He died as the Son of God to redeem us back.
Go back to the Old Testament picture that God provided in the Day of Atonement. See the High Priest as he offers the sacrifice. Watch him gather the blood and how he takes it into the Holy Place. He passes by the Seven-branched Candlestick and the Table of Showbread. Going past the Altar of Incense he enters between the veil into the Holy of Holies. Once inside he pours the blood on the Mercy Seat – offering up before God the sacrificial blood to cover the people’s sins.
The people wait outside the Temple – waiting to see if the sacrifice was accepted. How would they know if the sacrifice was in fact accepted? When the High Priest walked out from behind the veil. When he stepped out they knew that their sins were covered.
Today, we know that our sins are removed because the High Priest (Jesus) came back from behind the veil. On that glorious Sunday morning when He stepped out of the grave – He proclaimed that the sacrifice had been accepted. We are clean before God.
The lesson this week challenges us to stop and examine the scriptures as they teach about Christ’s resurrection. Go beyond just reading the gospel accounts. Look at the truth that God has been proclaiming throughout the Old Testament.
Recently I learned that Thomas Kinkade’s paintings have the letter “n” hidden in them. If you look at his signature, to the right will be a number saying how many are hidden. If you want to see them you have to seriously search for them. If we search the Bible we will find the truth of the Resurrection given throughout. These will build our trust in the validity and value of the Resurrection.