Anchor School of Theology: Prophetic Principles

Jesus and Present Truth

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Stephen Bohr


Series Code: ASTPP

Program Code: ASTPP000010

00:15 Once again, welcome to Anchor Bible school.
00:18 We're glad you're here.
00:20 This is one of our sessions that is going to
00:25 really, really be exciting, because we're going to
00:27 continue discussing how the Old Testament points to the
00:31 first coming of Jesus, and then we are going to speak about
00:35 how the Old Testament refers to the second coming of Christ.
00:40 And so we have some exciting things to study
00:43 in our class now.
00:44 And I invite you to find the material that is titled,
00:48 "The Sabbath and Redemption." "The Sabbath and Redemption."
00:52 This is a handout that is composed, I believe,
00:56 of about eight pages.
00:58 And we're going to work our way through the document,
01:00 as we have with all of the previous documents.
01:03 I've written it all down so that you're able to follow along,
01:07 and so that you're able to use it in the future.
01:09 Because if I just showed it on the screen,
01:12 you know, that would be nice, but to have it before you
01:15 means that you can use it in the future when you
01:18 share with other people.
01:20 We want to begin by reading a passage that is very well know
01:24 to Seventh-day Adventists.
01:26 Exodus chapter 20 and verses 8 through 11,
01:29 the fourth commandment of God's holy law.
01:33 And I want us to notice three things about this
01:38 passage that we're going to read.
01:39 So let's read it first.
01:41 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
01:45 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
01:48 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.
01:53 In it you shall do no work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter,
01:59 nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle,
02:03 nor your stranger who is within your gates."
02:06 And then comes the motivation for keeping the Sabbath,
02:09 the reason, in verse 11.
02:12 "For," that means, because, "in six days the Lord made
02:16 the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
02:21 and rested the seventh day.
02:23 Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."
02:29 So the first question is, is the Sabbath a shadow
02:32 of things to come?
02:34 The Sabbath is not a shadow of things to come.
02:37 The Sabbath points us back to creation.
02:41 It reminds us of the Creator.
02:45 We also notice that when the Sabbath was created,
02:48 there was no sinner.
02:50 And therefore, when the Sabbath was established originally,
02:55 it had nothing to do with sin.
02:57 Because some people say, "Well, the Sabbath
02:59 simply pointed forward to Jesus Christ to be our rest."
03:04 But in its original function, the Sabbath is not related
03:08 to sin or the plan of salvation.
03:10 We're going to study that, afterwards, the Sabbath
03:13 acquired a secondary function.
03:16 But it's primary function has to do with creation,
03:20 not with redemption.
03:22 And the final point that I want us to notice about this passage
03:26 is that there were no Jews when the Sabbath was established.
03:31 The word, "Jew," comes from, "Judah."
03:33 And that was long after creation.
03:36 And so the Sabbath institution is an institution that goes back
03:41 all the way to creation before any Jew, before sin.
03:45 And therefore the Sabbath, in its original intention,
03:49 is God's plan in a perfect universe, in a perfect world.
03:56 But having said that, I need to emphasize and underline
04:00 that the Sabbath, after sin came in, has a second function.
04:05 A post fall function.
04:08 It's not the original function.
04:10 In fact, the fall function does not eliminate
04:13 the first function, but rather enhances it
04:16 and makes it even more meaningful.
04:19 Now what is the post fall function of the Sabbath?
04:22 Let's go to Deuteronomy chapter 5
04:25 and verses 12 through 15.
04:26 Deuteronomy chapter 5 verses 12 through 15.
04:30 In this passage, the fourth commandment is repeated again.
04:34 But there is a difference in the book of Deuteronomy
04:39 with the commandment that is found in Exodus chapter 20.
04:43 Notice Deuteronomy 5 and beginning with verse 12.
04:47 "Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy,
04:50 as the Lord God commanded you.
04:53 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
04:56 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God."
05:00 Very similar to Exodus 20.
05:02 "In it you shall not do any work, you nor your son,
05:05 nor your daughter, nor your man servant,
05:07 nor your maid servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey,
05:10 nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within
05:14 your gates; that your man servant and your maid servant
05:17 may rest as well as you."
05:20 So very similar to the commandment in Exodus 20.
05:22 But now comes the difference.
05:25 It continues saying, "And remember
05:27 that you were a slave in the land of Egypt,
05:30 and that the Lord your God brought you out from there
05:35 by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm.
05:38 Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep
05:42 the Sabbath day."
05:45 So do you see that the Sabbath has a second function?
05:48 It has a function of reminding Israel
05:51 of their deliverance from bondage.
05:54 Now the question is, have we been delivered from bondage?
05:58 From bondage to sin?
05:59 Absolutely.
06:00 Is the Sabbath a sign of our deliverance
06:03 from the bondage of sin?
06:05 Absolutely.
06:06 You see, the second function of the Sabbath
06:09 does not eliminate the first.
06:11 It gives us an additional reason to keep the Sabbath.
06:14 Are you following me or not?
06:16 Now, we're going to study one particular verse
06:21 that we find in the Old Testament.
06:22 Of course, there will be other verses related to that one.
06:25 But there's one particular verse that we want to take a look at.
06:29 And that verse is Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 3.
06:32 But before we notice that, I want to read John 5:39
06:37 and then verses 46 and 47.
06:39 We read these in a previous class, but let's read them again
06:41 to see who is the center of the writings of Moses.
06:45 It says there in verse 39, Jesus is speaking to the Jews,
06:49 "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think
06:52 you have eternal life.
06:54 And these are they which testify of Me."
06:57 So the Scriptures of the Old Testament testify to Jesus.
07:01 And then Jesus says, "But you are not willing to come to Me
07:04 that you may have life."
07:06 And then jumping down to verse 46, "Do not think
07:09 that I shall accuse you to the Father.
07:12 There is one who accuses you; Moses, in whom you trust.
07:16 For if you believe Moses, you would believe Me;
07:20 for he wrote about Me."
07:24 So who is at the center of the writings of Moses?
07:28 Jesus Christ is at the center of Moses.
07:31 In fact, Jesus says that Moses gives witness to Him.
07:37 Everything in the writings of Moses is centered
07:40 in Jesus Christ.
07:42 Now as I mentioned, you can read that other text
07:45 that we have here.
07:47 It's found in Luke 24:25-27, and then verses 44 and 45.
07:53 We referred to those in one of our previous classes.
07:56 But now I want us to notice what we find in
07:59 Deuteronomy chapter 8 and verse 3.
08:01 The primary verse of our study.
08:03 Of course, other verses will be connected with this one.
08:07 Deuteronomy 8 and verse 3 is speaking about
08:11 the manna that fell from heaven.
08:13 Now you remember that Israel was in the wilderness.
08:16 And of course, they did not stay in one place very long.
08:19 So they did not grow any crops.
08:21 So God had to feed them miraculously.
08:24 And the way that God fed them was by sending
08:27 manna from heaven that had all of the necessary nutrients
08:31 to sustain their physical life.
08:34 But did God give the manna primarily to
08:37 sustain them physically?
08:38 Well let's notice what Deuteronomy 8
08:41 and verse 3 has to say.
08:43 Here, Moses is reminiscing about the manna episode,
08:47 and he says, "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger,
08:53 and fed you with manna which you did not know
08:57 nor did your father's know..."
09:00 Now why did God give the manna?
09:03 Notice the explanation that is given in the last
09:06 half of the verse.
09:07 He gave the manna, "...that He might make you know
09:12 that man shall not live by bread alone,
09:16 but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
09:22 What was the purpose of the manna?
09:23 Yes, to sustain them physically.
09:25 But it was more than physical food, because we read
09:28 that it was spiritual food.
09:29 Remember 1 Corinthians chapter 10?
09:31 He gave them spiritual food.
09:33 So the manna was real food, it met physical needs,
09:37 but it was spiritual food in the sense that the manna
09:40 represented what?
09:42 The word of God.
09:43 "Man shall not live by bread alone,
09:45 but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
09:49 The manna represents God's word.
09:52 So we need to ask the question, who is God's word?
09:57 Well let's go to John chapter 1 verses 1 to 3.
10:00 John chapter 1 verses 1 through 3.
10:03 Very well known passage.
10:05 We could probably recite it from memory.
10:08 It says there, "In the beginning was the Word,
10:11 and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
10:16 He was in the beginning with God.
10:19 All things were made through Him, and without Him
10:23 nothing was made that was made."
10:26 And of course, who is that Word?
10:28 If you go down to verse 14, it says, "The Word was made flesh,
10:33 and dwelt among us."
10:34 So the Word is Jesus Christ.
10:37 So what does the manna represent?
10:40 It represents the Word of God.
10:42 And the Word of God is symbolic of Jesus.
10:46 Now notice this interesting statement from Ellen White
10:49 that comes from the devotional book, That I May Know Him,
10:52 page 38.
10:53 I love this statement.
10:56 She says, "What speech is to thought..."
11:00 See, we think, and then we what?
11:03 I would hope so.
11:05 Sometimes we speak and then we think.
11:08 But really, we should think and then speak.
11:10 So it says, "What speech is to thought,
11:13 so is Christ to the invisible Father."
11:16 Do you realize what she's saying?
11:17 She's saying that the Father thinks,
11:19 and Jesus utters the thoughts of God.
11:23 That's an amazing thought.
11:25 That's why Jesus is the Word of God.
11:27 The Father thinks, and Jesus expresses it audibly
11:31 so that we can hear it and so that we can read it.
11:34 And then Ellen White continues saying,
11:36 "He is the manifestation of the Father, and is called..." What?
11:41 " called the Word of God."
11:44 Jesus is the Word of God.
11:47 So the manna represents Jesus.
11:51 Now let's go to 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verses 1 through 4
11:55 which underlines the same truth.
11:57 We're going to read several text.
11:59 How do you suppose I found all these text?
12:02 Ah, sola scriptura.
12:05 Reading other verses that speak about bread
12:08 and speak about the manna.
12:09 The same subject, the same theme.
12:12 I hope that becomes a principle second nature to us.
12:17 Notice what we find in 1 Corinthians 10 verse 1.
12:21 Paul is reminiscing about some of the experiences
12:24 in the pilgrimage of Israel.
12:25 And it says there, "Moreover, brethren, I do not
12:28 want you to be unaware that all our fathers were
12:32 under the cloud, all passed through the sea;
12:35 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
12:40 all ate the same..." What?
12:43 "...spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink;
12:50 for they drank of that spiritual Rock;
12:54 and the Rock was Christ."
13:00 What does the manna represent?
13:02 Christ.
13:03 What does the rock represent?
13:05 Christ.
13:06 What does the water represent?
13:09 Ah, I threw you a curve.
13:12 A knuckle ball.
13:14 The water represents the Holy Spirit that Jesus sends.
13:19 So it is still Christ centered.
13:22 So the water is spiritual, the rock is spiritual,
13:25 and the manna is spiritual.
13:26 See, we're not only dealing with literal in the Old Testament.
13:30 What is literal in the Old Testament in the period
13:33 of the church becomes spiritual.
13:36 Tomorrow we're going to study that principle.
13:38 We're going to illustrate it.
13:40 It's vitally important.
13:42 Now let's go to John chapter 6 and verses 48 through 50
13:46 where this becomes explicit that the manna
13:49 represents Christ.
13:51 John chapter 6 and verses 48 through 50.
13:56 There's no doubt whatsoever now about what
13:58 the manna represents.
14:00 Jesus is speaking and He says, "I am the bread of life.
14:06 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness,
14:09 and are dead.
14:10 This is the bread which comes down from heaven
14:13 that one may eat of it and not die."
14:17 So what is the manna, according to Jesus?
14:20 He is the living manna that came down from heaven
14:23 to speak the words of God.
14:25 He is the Word of God.
14:28 But there's something else.
14:30 I want you to notice that the manna represents
14:33 something specific about Jesus.
14:35 Not only does the manna represent Jesus
14:38 in general terms, there's something specific about
14:41 Jesus that is represented by the manna.
14:43 Now what is represented specifically about Jesus?
14:47 Notice John chapter 6 and verse 51.
14:52 John 6 verse 51.
14:55 Here Jesus says, "I am the living bread
14:58 which came down from heaven.
15:00 If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
15:04 And the bread that I shall give is..." What?
15:08 " My flesh which I shall give for the life of the world."
15:13 What does the manna represent specifically about Jesus?
15:17 It represents His flesh, which is a very important detail.
15:22 It represents His flesh.
15:26 Now why is that significant?
15:27 Why is that important?
15:29 Well, in order to understand the reason why this is important,
15:33 we need to go back to the chapter that speaks
15:35 about the manna.
15:36 Wouldn't that be a good idea?
15:38 Well let's go back to Exodus chapter 16.
15:41 Exodus chapter 16 and we'll read verses 19 and 20.
15:46 Exodus 16:19-20
15:49 What happened when Israel went out and picked up manna,
15:54 say, Wednesday for Thursday?
15:58 It spoiled.
16:00 Two things happened to it.
16:02 It bred worms and it stank.
16:05 Let's read about it.
16:06 Exodus 16 verse 19.
16:09 "And Moses said, 'Let no one leave any of it until morning.'
16:15 Notwithstanding, they did not heed Moses,
16:18 but some of them left part of it until morning.
16:21 And it bred worms and stank.
16:25 And Moses was angry with them."
16:29 Two things happened to this bread if it was saved
16:32 from one day to the next.
16:34 And that is, it bred worms and it stank.
16:37 Now was this common ordinary bread?
16:40 Let's suppose that you go to the supermarket
16:42 and you buy a loaf of bread.
16:44 And you don't eat it today, you eat it tomorrow.
16:46 When you open the package, it has worms and it stinks, right?
16:49 Of course not.
16:51 Well let's suppose that you leave the bread a week
16:53 and you don't use it.
16:54 And you open up the package, and it's bred worms and it stinks.
16:58 No. How about a month later?
17:01 It might be moldy.
17:04 But it doesn't breed worms and stink.
17:06 What is it that breeds worms and stinks?
17:10 A decomposing body, decomposing flesh.
17:14 And what does the manna represent?
17:16 The flesh of Jesus Christ.
17:18 You see, what happens many times is we take passages
17:23 and we repeat the same lesson over and over again.
17:26 You know, I was always taught, and I believe it's correct,
17:29 that the purpose why God gave the manna
17:31 was to teach us that we're suppose to keep the Sabbath.
17:34 There was no manna on the Sabbath;
17:36 they were suppose to keep the Sabbath.
17:37 But there's a deeper reason than just keeping the Sabbath.
17:42 There has to be a Christ centered reason
17:45 for keeping the Sabbath.
17:46 In the manna episode, there has to be something about
17:49 Christ in this passage.
17:50 There has to be a Christ centered motivation
17:53 for keeping the Sabbath.
17:54 Are you following me or not?
17:56 Now, let's see what Exodus 16:19-20 says.
18:01 So it says, "And Moses said,
18:03 'Let no one leave any of it until the morning.'
18:05 Notwithstanding, they did not heed Moses,
18:07 but some of them left part of it until morning.
18:10 And it bred worms and stank.
18:12 And Moses was angry with them."
18:15 Now what happened when they picked up manna on Friday
18:17 and they saved it for Sabbath?"
18:19 It was just as fresh on Sabbath as it had been on Friday.
18:25 Now let's read that in Exodus chapter 16
18:28 and verses 23 and 24.
18:30 Exodus 16:23-24
18:34 Here Moses is speaking to the people.
18:36 "Then he said to them, 'This is what the Lord has said,
18:41 "Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest,
18:43 a holy Sabbath unto the Jews."'"
18:48 Are you awake out there?
18:50 Oh okay, I'm just trying to make a point.
18:53 "...a holy Sabbath unto the Lord.
18:57 Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil,
19:00 and lay up for yourselves all that remains
19:03 to be kept until the morning."
19:05 So, to be kept until the Sabbath.
19:07 "So they laid it up till morning as Moses commanded,
19:11 and it did not stink nor were there any worms in it."
19:20 Interesting.
19:23 Why did it breed worms and stink any day except the Sabbath,
19:28 whereas the Sabbath it did not breed worms and stink?
19:32 The answer is, we have to go to the gospels to find out why.
19:37 Because that's where this manna episode
19:40 is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
19:42 So let's examine the last three declarations
19:47 of Jesus on the cross.
19:48 You know He spoke seven words from the cross.
19:51 We're going to take a look at the last three
19:53 of the declarations of Jesus on the cross
19:56 to try and understand why it is important
19:59 that the manna did not breed worms and stink
20:01 when it was kept for the Sabbath.
20:03 The first declaration...
20:05 Actually, this is not the first of His declarations,
20:08 but the first that we're going to take a look at.
20:10 Matthew 27 and verse 46.
20:14 This is declaration number five that Jesus made from the cross.
20:19 It says, "And about the ninth hour..."
20:21 Was it the ninth hour yet?
20:24 No. What hour is the ninth hour?
20:28 Three o'clock in the afternoon.
20:30 So it says, "And about the ninth hour,
20:33 Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying,
20:36 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?'
20:38 That is, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'"
20:41 Those words were spoken slightly before the ninth hour,
20:46 slightly before three o'clock in the afternoon.
20:49 Now let's take a look at the sixth declaration,
20:51 the next to last declaration of Jesus from the cross.
20:54 It's found in John chapter 19 and verse 30
20:58 where Jesus is speaking, and it says,
21:01 "So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said,
21:04 'It is finished.'
21:07 And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."
21:10 Now each gospel writer has a particular emphasis.
21:13 There was actually a last saying that Jesus made from the cross,
21:17 and it's not mentioned in John.
21:20 And so we have to go to the last saying
21:22 as it is found in the gospel of Luke chapter 23 and verse 46.
21:30 This is the last declaration of Jesus from the cross.
21:34 And you'll notice there that Jesus says
21:37 something very significant.
21:39 "And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice,
21:42 He said, 'Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.'
21:48 And having said this, He..." What?
21:51 "...He breathed His last."
21:54 And Jesus died.
21:56 So when Jesus says from the cross, "My God, My God,
22:00 why have You forsaken Me," it's about the ninth hour.
22:03 It's almost three o'clock in the afternoon.
22:06 When Jesus says, "It is finished,"
22:09 it's still close to three o'clock in the afternoon.
22:13 But a lot closer.
22:14 And when Jesus says, "Father, into Your hands
22:17 I commend My spirit," He said this
22:19 at three o'clock in the afternoon.
22:21 And you say, "How do you know that?"
22:23 Well, we have to go back to the Passover celebration
22:27 in the Old Testament.
22:28 And so go with me to Exodus chapter 12 and verse 6
22:32 where we find exactly at what time the Passover
22:36 lamb was sacrificed.
22:38 Is Jesus the Passover Lamb, symbolically speaking?
22:41 Yes, the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
22:45 that Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us.
22:48 So the Passover celebration is fulfilled in Jesus.
22:52 So if the Passover lamb was sacrificed at a certain hour,
22:56 we would expect that Jesus died at that same hour.
22:59 Correct?
23:00 Now notice Exodus 12 and verse 6.
23:04 I'm reading from the New King James.
23:06 And it says, "Now you shall keep it," that is the lamb,
23:09 "until the fourteenth day of the same month."
23:12 That's the month of Nisan.
23:14 "Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel
23:17 shall kill it at twilight."
23:21 Now that sounds kind of scary, doesn't it.
23:25 At twilight.
23:27 Actually, the Hebrew doesn't say, "twilight."
23:30 Literally the Hebrew says that the Passover lamb
23:34 should be sacrificed between the two evenings.
23:39 That's what the Hebrew says.
23:41 That the lamb was sacrificed between the two evenings.
23:45 And you say, "Now wait a minute.
23:46 What does that mean, between the two evenings?"
23:49 As Adventists, we know one of those evenings
23:51 is when the sun sets, right?
23:52 "From even to even shall you keep your Sabbath."
23:56 But what is the other evening?
23:58 Well, the fact is that according to the Jews,
24:01 when the sun began to descend from its meridian,
24:05 in other words, from being directly overhead,
24:08 it was the first evening.
24:10 And then when the sun set on the horizon,
24:13 it was the second evening.
24:16 In other words, noon, afternoon would be the first evening,
24:21 and when the sun sets is the second evening.
24:25 I want to read you a quotation that we find
24:28 from Adam Clark's commentary where he explains this.
24:33 He says, "The Jews divided the day into morning and evening
24:37 till the sun passed the meridian.
24:40 All was morning or afternoon.
24:42 After that, all was afternoon or evening.
24:45 Their first evening began just after twelve o'clock
24:48 and continued till sunset.
24:50 The second evening began at sunset and continued till night
24:55 during the whole time of twilight.
24:57 Between twelve o'clock, therefore, and the
24:58 termination of twilight, the Passover was to be offered.
25:02 The day, among the Jews, had twelve hours.
25:05 The first hour was about six o'clock in the morning with us.
25:08 The sixth hour was our noon.
25:10 The ninth hour answered to our three o'clock in the afternoon.
25:13 By this we may understand that the time in which
25:16 Christ was crucified began at the third hour,
25:19 that is at nine o'clock in the morning,
25:21 the ordinary time for the daily morning sacrifice,
25:25 and ended at the ninth hour, that is the three o'clock
25:28 in the afternoon, the time of the evening sacrifice.
25:32 Wherefore, their ninth hour was their hour of prayer
25:36 when they used to go into the temple at the
25:38 daily evening sacrifice.
25:41 And this was the ordinary time for the Passover.
25:44 It is worthy of remark that God sets no particular hour
25:48 for the killing of the Passover.
25:50 Any time between the two evenings, between twelve o'clock
25:53 in the day and termination of twilight, was lawful."
25:56 Except that the Bible clearly says that He died
25:59 at the ninth hour.
26:02 So the Bible is more specific on this point.
26:04 It wasn't any time between noon and six o'clock.
26:07 Jesus died right square in the middle, at the ninth hour.
26:12 Now, so what is this saying to us?
26:18 What it's saying is that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon.
26:22 At what time?
26:24 He died on a Friday afternoon at three o'clock in the afternoon.
26:30 At the time when the Passover lamb was sacrificed.
26:32 And you know, there's something interesting,
26:34 maybe as a side light, that I'll share with you.
26:37 You know, we take the prophecy of the 70 weeks,
26:41 where it says that in the middle of the week
26:43 He would make the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.
26:47 And basically, what we've said is that it means that
26:51 even though they continued the sacrifices after that,
26:54 they didn't have any meaning.
26:56 But do you know that was literally fulfilled that day?
27:00 The sacrifice and the oblation ceased.
27:02 And you say, "How's that?"
27:03 You read, Desire Of Ages, Ellen White clearly states
27:07 that the priest had the knife in his hand,
27:10 and he was about to slay the lamb.
27:13 And then the earth shook.
27:15 And the veil of the temple was ripped from top to bottom.
27:18 And the lamb escaped.
27:20 Because the true Lamb of God, who takes away the sin
27:23 of the world, had died at that very moment.
27:26 Isn't that amazing?
27:27 So the sacrifice and oblation did cease
27:30 in the middle of the week.
27:32 Of course, the Jews afterwards started sacrificing again.
27:35 But the symbolism clearly pointed to the fact
27:38 if the lamb escaped, "Hey folks, the Lamb has died.
27:41 No more sacrifices of lambs."
27:45 Now, when was salvation finished then?
27:48 Salvation was finished when Jesus said on the cross,
27:52 "It is finished.
27:53 Into Your hands I commend My spirit."
27:55 And you say, "How could you say that salvation was finished?"
27:58 Listen, provision for salvation was finished
28:01 when Jesus died on the cross.
28:02 The provision was made.
28:04 There was now a perfect life that could cover
28:08 our imperfect life.
28:10 And there is now a death for sin that can count as our death.
28:14 The provision for salvation was complete.
28:16 The thing that was still lacking was who was going to benefit
28:21 from what Jesus did.
28:22 That's the work that He continues
28:24 performing in the sanctuary.
28:25 He's applying the benefits of His atonement.
28:28 Are you with me or not?
28:29 It's very important to distinguish these two.
28:31 But the provision for salvation was finished
28:34 when Jesus said, "It is finished."
28:37 The provision for salvation was complete.
28:40 Jesus had lived a perfect life, and He had died for sin.
28:43 That was the good news.
28:45 Salvation had been purchased.
28:48 Salvation had been obtained.
28:51 Now listen carefully.
28:54 Even though the lamb was sacrificed at three in the
28:56 afternoon, the people did not eat the Passover lamb
29:01 until the sun set.
29:04 Interesting.
29:06 Now how is that symbolic?
29:08 Well, you know, to prepare the lamb took an effort.
29:12 They would have to slay the lamb, then they'd have to
29:14 clean the lamb, and then they would have to roast the lamb.
29:16 And then they partook of the lamb.
29:18 Let me ask you, after Jesus died at three o'clock
29:21 in the afternoon, did several things have to be done
29:24 with Him before He was laid in the tomb?
29:27 Absolutely.
29:29 His body had to be prepared for burial.
29:32 They had to go and ask for the body of Jesus, to Pilate.
29:37 They had to take Him down from the cross.
29:40 They had to clean His body.
29:42 They had to wrap Him in linen.
29:44 They had to transport Him to the place of burial.
29:48 They had to bury Him.
29:49 And they had to roll the stone in front of the grave.
29:53 That would have taken more than five minutes.
29:56 It took the better part of Friday afternoon
30:00 to prepare Jesus for burial.
30:03 But when the sun set, Jesus was resting in the tomb...
30:11 ...before the Sabbath began.
30:13 Shortly before the Sabbath began, the body of Jesus,
30:17 the flesh of Jesus was resting in the grave.
30:21 It was resting in the tomb.
30:23 Now let's take a look at the sequence of dates
30:26 of the passion of Christ.
30:28 Luke 23 verses 54 to 56.
30:31 Luke 23:54-56
30:35 This is a passage we usually use when we preach in evangelism
30:39 about the Sabbath.
30:41 It says, "That day was the preparation..."
30:43 That's the day of the crucifixion.
30:44 "...and the Sabbath drew near.
30:47 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee
30:50 followed after, and they observed the tomb
30:52 and how His body was laid.
30:54 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils.
30:58 And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment."
31:02 Which is the commandment that says you're suppose to
31:04 keep the Sabbath?
31:06 The fourth commandment.
31:07 Are they keeping the fourth commandment?
31:08 Are they resting according to the commandment?
31:10 Yes.
31:11 What was Jesus doing inside the tomb?
31:14 Resting.
31:15 What were they doing outside the tomb?
31:16 Resting.
31:17 Jesus was resting and His people were resting.
31:21 Now here's the question, what was the rest of the women like?
31:26 Oh, it was a joyful rest.
31:27 They were all happy that Sabbath day.
31:30 Are you kidding?
31:31 It was a day of sadness.
31:34 It was a day when they were remembering that their beloved
31:37 Savior was dead.
31:40 It was a day of anguish, a day of sorrow,
31:42 a day of restlessness.
31:44 But let me ask you, if they had truly understood
31:48 what Jesus meant when He said on the cross, "It is finished,"
31:52 and if they had clearly accepted what Jesus said,
31:55 that He was going to resurrect on the first day,
31:57 what would that Sabbath have been like?
32:00 Oh, they would have said, "The Master has saved us from sin.
32:05 He has lived a perfect life and He has paid for our sins.
32:09 Hallelujah.
32:10 Now He's resting in the grave.
32:11 And tomorrow He will rise from the dead."
32:15 Oh, but what would that Sabbath have been
32:17 if they had understood Bible prophecy?
32:18 It would have been a joyous celebration,
32:21 because the Messiah was resting from His works of redemption.
32:26 Now some people are saying that Jesus was
32:30 crucified on Wednesday and He resurrected on Sabbath.
32:34 Others are saying that the three days and three nights
32:37 begin on Tuesday night when Judas decided to betray Jesus,
32:41 and Jesus resurrected shortly after sundown on Friday.
32:46 This prophecy of Exodus 16 makes that absolutely impossible.
32:51 I want to read this statement from Ellen White
32:53 which is explicit.
32:55 It's a statement about the days in which Jesus dies,
32:58 and Jesus rests in the tomb, and when Jesus resurrected.
33:02 This statement is found in, Manuscript 25, 1898.
33:07 And this is how it reads.
33:09 "The Father and the Son rested after their work of creation.
33:16 'Thus the heavens and the earth were finished,
33:18 and all the host of them.
33:20 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made.
33:23 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it;
33:26 because that in it He had rested.'
33:28 The death of Christ was designed to be at the very time
33:32 in which it took place.
33:34 It was in God's plan that the work which Christ
33:38 had engaged to do should be completed on a Friday,
33:44 and that on the Sabbath He should rest in the tomb,
33:49 even as the Father and Son had rested
33:52 after completing Their creative work."
33:55 So Jesus is repeating in redemption
33:57 what happened at creation.
34:00 But in redemption, He works, and then He rests
34:04 in His work for redemption.
34:06 At the beginning, He created, and then He rested
34:09 from His works of creation.
34:11 She continues saying, "The hour of Christ's apparent defeat
34:15 was the hour of His victory.
34:17 The great plan, devised before the foundations of the earth
34:21 were laid, was successfully carried out."
34:25 And then when did Jesus resurrect?
34:27 According to Luke 24 and verse 1,
34:30 Jesus resurrected on the first day of the week.
34:35 Is that clear?
34:37 Now, some say that Jesus purposely chose Sunday
34:42 as the day of His resurrection because He wanted His church
34:45 to know that Sunday was holy, and that it should be observed
34:49 in honor of His resurrection from that day on.
34:53 For example, John Paul II...
34:55 Probably the most popular Pope in history.
34:58 his pastoral letter, Dies Domini,
35:01 makes a long list of all the significant events
35:05 that took place on Sunday.
35:07 He says, Jesus resurrected Sunday,
35:09 He walked with two of His followers to Emmaus on Sunday,
35:12 He appeared to His disciples on Sunday evening
35:15 and then appeared to them again the following Sunday.
35:18 According to John Paul's calculations, the Holy Spirit
35:21 was poured out on a Sunday.
35:23 And the first proclamation of the gospel was on Sunday.
35:26 And the first baptisms were on Sunday.
35:28 Quite an impressive list, right?
35:33 But the manna episode makes it absolutely clear
35:36 that the important day was not Sunday, but the Sabbath.
35:40 If Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath
35:43 and His body saw no corruption, then He would have had
35:47 to rest in the tomb on the Sabbath.
35:49 Are you following me?
35:50 In other words, the significant day is not Sunday.
35:54 The significant day is the day before Sunday.
35:57 Because if Jesus, according to Exodus 16,
36:00 had to rest in the tomb all day Sabbath,
36:03 what day would He resurrect then?
36:05 He would resurrect the next day.
36:07 But He's not resurrecting the next day to make the
36:09 next day holy, but because He had to rest the
36:11 previous day in the tomb to fulfill Exodus 16.
36:15 Are you following me?
36:16 So the significant day is the Sabbath
36:19 when Jesus rested in the tomb, not Sunday.
36:23 You know, it's amazing to me that during holy week
36:29 Christians speak about Palm Sunday,
36:33 Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday,
36:37 Good Friday, Resurrection Sunday.
36:40 And what do they say about the Sabbath?
36:42 Nothing.
36:46 Interesting.
36:48 The Sabbath disappears.
36:51 Every event of the passion of Christ is celebrated.
36:54 But when it comes to the Sabbath,
36:57 it's practically disappearing.
37:01 Now some people use questionable arguments
37:03 to defend Sunday as the day of rest.
37:06 For example, they say that all day Sabbath the disciples
37:09 were sad because Jesus was dead, but on Sunday
37:12 they were happy because Jesus had resurrected.
37:16 Somebody once said, "I call it the psychological argument."
37:20 And the person who used that argument, I said,
37:23 "You know, the problem is there are two things that deny
37:27 the argument that you are using."
37:30 First of all, it was not God's intention that they be sad
37:34 on the Sabbath.
37:36 Jesus had told them repeatedly that He was going to go
37:39 to Jerusalem, He was going to suffer, and He was going to die,
37:42 and He was going to resurrect the third day.
37:45 Now if they had believed that, would that have been a sad day?
37:48 No, that would have been a happy day.
37:49 It's not God's fault that it was a sad day.
37:53 It was not the intention of God that it be a sad day.
37:55 It was the intention of God that it be a happy day.
38:00 And secondly, and even more devastating,
38:03 is the fact that on Sunday night the disciples did not even
38:06 believe that Jesus had resurrected,
38:09 if you read the gospel stories.
38:11 So how could they be happy all day Sunday
38:13 if they didn't believe that Jesus had resurrected
38:15 until Sunday night?
38:17 You see, people use all sorts of arguments that they repeat,
38:20 but they don't examine Scripture for themselves.
38:23 Now let's get back to the manna.
38:27 The body or the flesh of Jesus rested in the tomb on Sabbath.
38:33 And Jesus is the manna.
38:37 What happened to the manna when it was saved
38:40 from Friday to Sabbath?
38:43 It was as fresh on Sabbath as it had been on Friday.
38:47 It did not breed worms, nor did it stink.
38:53 What would have happened with a normal body
38:56 if somebody had died on Friday, what would have begun?
39:00 The process of decomposition.
39:03 Which would eventually lead to breed worms and stink.
39:08 The flesh.
39:09 But Jesus, in the tomb, was the manna.
39:14 And therefore, His body did not decompose.
39:19 His body did not see corruption, because He was what the
39:22 manna represented.
39:24 Are you understanding me?
39:26 Now let's prove this from Scripture.
39:29 Go with me once again to John 6 and verse 51.
39:32 John chapter 6 and verse 51.
39:36 Jesus says, "I am the living bread which came
39:38 down from heaven.
39:39 If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever;
39:42 and the bread that I shall give is My flesh,
39:45 which I shall give for the life of the world."
39:47 The manna represents the flesh of Jesus.
39:49 The manna did not breed worms or stink on the Sabbath.
39:52 And that represented the flesh of Jesus Christ.
39:56 Now notice the prophecy from Psalm 16 and verses 8 to 10.
40:01 The prophecy from Psalm 16 and verses 8 through 10.
40:05 This is a prophecy of David.
40:06 This never happened with David, this is a direct prophecy
40:09 about the Messiah.
40:11 And I am going to read as it appears in the NIV
40:15 because it's less confusing than it is in the King James Version.
40:19 It says, "I have set the Lord always before me.
40:23 Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved."
40:26 Here, Jesus is speaking to His Father.
40:29 "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices..."
40:35 Now notice this.
40:36 " flesh also will..." What's the next word?
40:42 Hmmm, interesting.
40:44 What did the flesh of Jesus do?
40:47 It rested. Where?
40:49 In the tomb.
40:51 " flesh also will rest in hope."
40:53 Now why does the flesh of Jesus rest in hope?
40:56 Here comes the reason.
40:57 "For," that means, because, "You will not leave me in the grave,
41:03 nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption."
41:10 So while the body of Jesus rested in the grave,
41:13 did His body decompose?
41:15 No, because He was what the manna represented.
41:18 He died on Friday.
41:20 While His body was resting, His flesh was resting,
41:22 it did not decompose because He was what the manna represented.
41:27 Now you say, "How do you know that this
41:29 Psalm applies to Jesus?"
41:31 Well, the apostle Peter quoted it in Acts chapter 2
41:35 in his Pentecostal sermon.
41:37 Acts 2 verses 25 to 27, and then we'll read verses 31 and 32.
41:44 Here it says in Acts 2:25, "For David says concerning Him..."
41:48 Now he's going to quote Psalm 16 saying this applies to Jesus.
41:52 "For David says concerning Him, 'I foresaw the Lord always
41:56 before my face, for He is at my right hand,
42:00 that I may not be shaken.
42:02 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
42:04 moreover my flesh also will..." What?
42:08 "...will rest in hope." This is from acts.
42:10 It's no longer from Psalms.
42:12 "Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
42:15 For You will not leave," as the NIV says,
42:17 "you will not leave me in the grave," or in Hades,
42:21 "nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption."
42:25 Now notice what that means in verses 31 and 32.
42:29 It says about David, "Seeing what was ahead,
42:32 he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
42:36 that He was not abandoned to the grave,
42:38 nor did His body see..." What?
42:42 "...nor did His body see decay."
42:46 So let me ask you, what is the reason,
42:47 what is the second reason for keeping the Sabbath?
42:50 The first reason is because, we rest because
42:53 the creator rested on the Sabbath.
42:56 What is the second reason?
42:58 We rest on Sabbath because it's in commemoration
43:01 of the rest of the Redeemer.
43:04 So we have two reasons to keep the Sabbath.
43:07 First of all, we rest in the Creator's rest.
43:10 And by the way, the Creator is Jesus.
43:13 "All things were made through Him."
43:16 So we rest on Sabbath to commemorate the creation
43:19 that Jesus brought forth.
43:20 And we also rest because we follow His example
43:23 in resting in the tomb on the Sabbath.
43:26 So is there a Christ centered reason for keeping the Sabbath?
43:30 See, Exodus 16 not only tells you, "keep the Sabbath,"
43:33 but it tells you why you should keep the Sabbath.
43:35 It's because Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath,
43:38 and we should rest with Him.
43:40 The women did not understand it, but the Bible says that they
43:43 rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.
43:46 Let me ask you, once they understood,
43:48 do you think they rested in a different way?
43:50 Oh, I can imagine they said, "Oh wow, did we ever
43:53 miss the point.
43:55 Now from now on, we're going to rest in what Jesus did,
43:59 because He's such a wonderful Savior.
44:00 He lived a perfect life and He paid for our sins."
44:04 Wow.
44:06 So we need to be careful about interpreting Exodus 16
44:09 without Jesus.
44:11 Because the reason for the manna is Christ centered.
44:15 It's not just manna itself.
44:17 But now I want you to notice that the Sabbath
44:19 has a third dimension.
44:22 There's a third reason for keeping the Sabbath.
44:24 And it is a prophetic reason.
44:27 A future reason, as we look forward in history.
44:31 You see, God invited... This is the last page.
44:34 God invited Adam and Eve to enter His rest at creation.
44:38 Now He invites us to enter His rest in redemption.
44:42 But the Sabbath also has a prophetic dimension.
44:46 Jesus will invite us to enter His rest when He makes
44:49 a new heavens and a new earth.
44:52 The Sabbath thus points back to creation;
44:55 it points to the present, to redemption;
44:58 and it points to the future, the everlasting kingdom.
45:02 Will we keep the Sabbath in the earth made new?
45:04 Yes.
45:06 Go with me to Isaiah 66 verses 22 and 23.
45:09 Isaiah 66:22-23
45:12 This is a passage we all know well.
45:14 We use it in evangelism, and very appropriately so.
45:18 And notice what it says.
45:19 "For as the new heavens and the new earth
45:21 which I will make shall remain before Me..."
45:25 Is this the same expression that appears in Revelation 21 and 22,
45:28 new heavens and new earth?
45:30 Absolutely, it's referring to the same thing.
45:32 So it says, "'For as the new heavens and the new earth
45:34 which I will make shall remain before Me,' says the Lord,
45:37 'so shall your descendants and your name remain.
45:40 And it shall come to pass that from one
45:43 New Moon to another...'"
45:44 And some people get all confused about the New Moon.
45:46 The New Moon is simply the beginning of the month.
45:50 It can be translated, "month."
45:52 In fact, the Spanish version says, "de mes en mes."
45:56 Instead of, "from New Moon to New Moon," it says,
45:58 "from month to month."
46:00 Why are we going to go to worship before the Lord
46:02 every month?
46:04 Because there's a certain tree that produces
46:06 its fruit every month.
46:08 And we have to go eat from the tree of life every month.
46:11 Do you realize that Adam and Eve had to continue
46:13 eating from the tree of life in the Garden of Eden?
46:16 It wasn't sufficient to eat only once
46:18 and they would be immortal.
46:19 They had to continuously eat from the tree of life.
46:22 The tree of life was a battery charger.
46:27 In other words, they didn't have inherit life within themselves.
46:31 They needed to go every month, because we're going to have to
46:33 go every month, they needed to go every month
46:36 to eat from the tree of life to recharge their battery.
46:41 Do you know why individuals lived to be almost
46:42 a 1000 years before the flood?
46:44 Because they had a more charged battery than we do.
46:48 The battery has become depleted, because we have
46:52 been deprived from the tree of life.
46:54 But we will be able to partake of the
46:55 tree of life in the kingdom.
46:57 We will go from month to month, from new moon to new moon,
47:01 to eat from the tree of life.
47:03 But we're going to go for another reason.
47:05 So it says, "...from New Moon to New Moon,"
47:08 or from month to month, "And from one Sabbath to another,
47:13 all the Jews..."
47:16 Thank you very much.
47:17 I'm glad you're still awake out there.
47:20 "...all flesh..."
47:21 So if you're made of flesh, you're going to be there.
47:23 "'...all flesh shall come to worship before Me,'
47:27 says the Lord."
47:30 Now some people say, "Wait a minute.
47:33 There's not going to be any sun nor moon up there,
47:35 so how are you going to have months and how are
47:37 you going to have days?"
47:38 Well we solved that problem yesterday, didn't we,
47:40 in our class.
47:41 But let's read the verse again.
47:43 Just in case anybody was sleeping.
47:46 Revelation 21 verse 23.
47:48 Is there going to be a sun and moon in the new earth?
47:51 Of course they are.
47:52 Do you know what's going to happen at the
47:53 second coming of Jesus?
47:54 You can read it in, Early Writings, page 41.
47:57 Ellen White says that when God utters His voice
47:59 to deliver His people, His voice will be so powerful
48:02 that the sun, moon, and stars will be moved
48:04 out of their places.
48:06 And that's the reason why this earth will be dark
48:09 during the millennium.
48:10 Because the sun will be moved out of its place.
48:13 So after the millennium, when God makes a new heavens
48:17 and a new earth, He will rearrange our planetary system.
48:20 And He will place the sun, the moon, and the stars
48:23 where they will benefit our earth.
48:25 And He will make a new heavens and a new earth.
48:29 So notice, Revelation 21 and verse 23.
48:34 "The city..." Where?
48:35 The new earth, the whole new earth?
48:37 No, no, no. "The city had no need..."
48:43 Does it say the city, the sun and moon don't
48:46 shine in the city? No.
48:47 It says that there's no need in the city
48:50 for sun or moon to shine it in.
48:52 "...for the glory of God illuminated it,
48:55 and the Lamb is its..." What?
48:58 "...the Lamb is its light."
49:00 Is there going to be a sun and a moon?
49:02 Yes they are.
49:04 Are the sun and the moon going to be as glorious
49:06 as the glory of God in the city?
49:07 Absolutely not.
49:09 It will be like I said yesterday;
49:10 shining a flashlight on the ground at noon in Fresno.
49:17 The beam is shining, you can't see it,
49:20 because the glory of the sun is so bright
49:23 that the flashlight in comparison is nothing.
49:26 And this is what is meant by Isaiah 24 and verse 23
49:30 that we noticed yesterday, where it says,
49:32 "The moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed..."
49:37 In other words, they're going to step aside.
49:40 "...for the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion
49:43 and in Jerusalem, and before His elders, gloriously."
49:49 Now, how long do you think Jesus is going to take
49:54 to create a new heavens and a new earth?
50:00 You know, I use to think that He was going to make
50:02 everything new just like that.
50:05 "Let everything be new."
50:08 And it's all there.
50:10 I don't believe that.
50:12 You say, "Why don't you believe it?"
50:13 I'll explain the reason why.
50:16 We are going to keep the Sabbath in commemoration
50:19 of the creation of new heavens and new earth.
50:22 And you cannot have a seventh day unless
50:24 you have the first six.
50:28 Are you following me or not?
50:30 If the Sabbath, the seventh day, is going to commemorate
50:33 the new creation, you have to have the first six
50:36 in order to have the seventh.
50:39 And so Jesus, when He creates this earth,
50:43 He is going to perform the work that He performed
50:48 originally at creation.
50:50 And do you know what the exciting thing is?
50:53 You see, at the beginning, Adam and Eve did not see
50:58 God create anything.
51:01 Where they there when the light was created?
51:03 No.
51:04 Where they there when the firmament was created?
51:06 No.
51:07 Where they there when the dry land and the plants
51:09 and the trees and the flowers were created?
51:11 No.
51:12 Were they there when the sun, moon, and stars
51:14 were put in order?
51:16 Absolutely not.
51:17 Were they there when the birds and the fish were created?
51:19 Absolutely not.
51:20 Were they there when the animals were created,
51:23 the land animals were created?
51:24 No.
51:27 So did Adam see God create anything?
51:30 Obviously Adam didn't see God create him.
51:33 He just suddenly wakes up and says...
51:36 He looks all around him, "Wow, where did I come from?"
51:40 And the amazing thing is, that Adam did not even see
51:43 Eve created because God put him to sleep.
51:47 What is the only way in which Adam and Eve
51:52 could be sure that Jesus was the Creator?
51:55 By faith in the story that Jesus told them.
52:00 They lived by faith, not by sight.
52:03 But you know what the amazing thing is?
52:05 That when God makes a new heavens and the new earth,
52:07 we shall be spectators.
52:12 I love this.
52:13 Because God's people will be alive inside the holy city.
52:20 And you can imagine we're sitting in front row seats.
52:23 No bleachers for any of God's people.
52:26 Front row seats. Box seats.
52:30 And I'll tell you what.
52:31 And then Jesus will say, "Let there be light."
52:34 Wow, there it is.
52:37 Let there be the firmament.
52:39 Everything was destroyed by the plagues,
52:41 by the second coming.
52:43 "The earth was without form and void," Jeremiah says.
52:46 Just like before creation week.
52:47 Are you with me?
52:49 And so now Jesus says, "Ah, let the dry land produce trees
52:53 and flowers and plants."
52:58 And the earth becomes a gigantic botanical garden.
53:04 And then Jesus says, "Let the sun, moon, and stars
53:07 occupy their legitimate places."
53:10 And so all of those heavenly bodies occupy their places
53:14 to benefit the planet.
53:16 And then Jesus says, "Let the sky have birds,
53:20 and let the waters produce fish."
53:22 And suddenly the waters are bubbling with life.
53:25 And the birds are chirping away and singing in the heavens.
53:29 And then Jesus says, "Let the land produce
53:33 all of these animals."
53:35 So you have giraffes, and elephants, and cows, and horses.
53:41 And the serpent will drag himself along.
53:45 He's not going to fly again.
53:47 There will be two reminders.
53:49 The reminder of the scars on the body of Jesus,
53:54 and the Bible says that the serpent will eat dust.
53:57 He'll bite the dust.
53:59 Interesting.
54:01 And then when Jesus finishes His work,
54:04 He'll say to His people, "What do you think?"
54:08 And we're going to say, "Lord, the elephant's
54:11 ears are too big."
54:14 "Lord, the giraffe's neck is too long."
54:18 No.
54:19 We will look in awe at everything that Jesus
54:22 has made; it is absolutely perfect.
54:24 Even more beautiful than it was at the beginning.
54:28 And then Jesus will say, as the sun sets the sixth day,
54:33 He'll say, "My people, let's now sit down and rest and enjoy."
54:42 And so the seventh day will be used for the same thing
54:44 that the seventh day was used at the beginning,
54:47 at creation.
54:49 If you read the material on, God's Great Week,
54:52 that you received yesterday, Ellen White said that
54:56 God looked upon His work of creation and He delighted
55:00 in His work of creation.
55:02 Everything was beautiful and everything was perfect,
55:05 worthy of its divine Author.
55:07 He rested, not as one tired, but one who delighted
55:11 in His work of creation.
55:13 I can imagine God said, "Wow, I even outdid Myself.
55:19 This is wonderful, beautiful."
55:20 And Adam and Eve were there.
55:22 The Sabbath was still not holy until God had
55:24 rested the whole day.
55:25 But Adam and Eve are with Jesus.
55:28 And Jesus is giving them the scenic tour.
55:32 They say, "Look, wow."
55:34 And He's taking them all across creation.
55:36 They say, "Wow, what a wonderful world.
55:39 Where did this come from?"
55:40 Jesus said, "I made it."
55:42 "Why?"
55:43 "For you."
55:45 "For us? Free?"
55:48 "Yes, free. It's yours."
55:50 "Wow, what a wonderful God you are."
55:53 And then the devil has to come in and spoil it
55:55 by trying to make God look bad.
55:59 And Eve bought it.
56:00 After all of the wonderful things that God had
56:03 done for her, and that God had done for Adam.
56:07 Unbelievable.
56:08 And that's why we're here in this class.
56:10 Or else we would be in the Garden of Eden.
56:14 But we have an Eden to look forward to...
56:17 ...if we receive Jesus as our Savior and as our Lord,
56:22 if we claim His life and His death in our place,
56:25 if we see what sin cost.
56:29 And when we see what sin cost, we say to Jesus,
56:32 "Lord, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I hate sin.
56:35 I love You, I hate sin.
56:36 I want to overcome sin.
56:37 Please give me victory over sin."
56:39 Jesus will give us victory over sin.
56:42 So it's not only a matter of, in a cheap way, saying,
56:46 "Okay, give me Your life and give me Your death."
56:47 No, the sorrow for sin will lead us to want to reflect
56:52 the beautiful and perfect character of Jesus,
56:55 and rest in Him as our wonderful Creator,
57:00 as our wonderful Redeemer,
57:02 and as our soon to be Restorer in a new heavens
57:07 and a new earth.
57:09 What a wonderful God we have.
57:11 And what a Christ centered perspective of the Sabbath
57:15 in Scripture.
57:17 See, it's not about keeping the Sabbath.
57:20 It's about loving the Lord of the Sabbath
57:22 and delighting in spending time with Him.
57:25 Because we like to spend time with people we love.
57:29 So people who say, "Oh, I don't have to keep the Sabbath,"
57:32 they're slapping Jesus in the face.
57:34 They're saying, "I don't want to spend time with You."
57:36 It's all about time with our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.
57:41 What a wonderful Savior He is.


Revised 2015-02-18