VBC Sunday Morning 8-26-10
Take your bibles if you would and tell them me to Mark chapter 16 Mark chapter 16. We are in a tremendous chapter of the world of God Mark chapter 16. We just finished watching Jesus be crucified. He was crucified. He died for sins. He did not commit for crimes. He had not done he died on a cross and then he was taken down from that cross and he was buried.
Then you get to Mark chapter 16 and today you need to believe that he is risen and that's what they needed to do on that day. I want you to read with me if you would Mark chapter 16 verses 1 and 2 the Bible says and when the Sabbath was past May Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome had brought sweet spices that they might come and anoint him and very early in the morning.
The first seven week they came unto the Sepulchre at the rising of the sun father. I pray that you would help us to understand that Jesus is Alive that he overcame death and the grave that he has arisen. He is ascended and he is seated at the right hand of the father your right hand. I pray to God that today you would help us to get uh, Excited about what you've done and to believe all the scriptures say here will give you praise for all you do in Jesus name.
Amen. Mark chapter 16 verses 1 and 2. Here's what's going on. He's dead. It's been three long days. They have been crying and mourning and weeping just like you would be I don't know, you know, I don't know. How funerals have been with you, but I've been to some very sad funerals and I'll you know the after the funeral and after the bodies buried and after you return back to the house and maybe you're with family.
Maybe you were friends and you're just sitting there and you're talking about all the great things that you remember and and even considering what happened and they've been doing that now for three days for three days. They've been crying. But on this day the ladies get up early in the morning.
They are thinking to themselves. We're going to go and love him and show our love and our honor and I respect we're going to anoint his body was something that they did they were going to care for his dead body. They don't believe he has risen. They don't expect him to rise. They are fully believing we're going to walk up there.
We've got to figure out some way to get the song all the way because we've got to get in and find this body and we need to put some more perfume on it. We need we need to just show our love and respect because everybody thinks he still did that's how Mark 16 starts to story. They loved him. They are not going to forget him the focus that on their desire to show their love to him.
In Mark chapter 16 verse 3. They said who's going to roll the stone away how we going to get in to work on that and in verse 4 when they get that they our minds are blown because they walk up and in verse 4. The stone was rolled away. They couldn't believe that they were worried about how they were going to get in and when they showed up the stone had been rolled away look at verse 5, so they get there.
Now you got understand you'd have to be scared you show up at the graveyard and the graves been dug up and the the vaults been lifted out and the caskets wide open. Uh, when you go to see your mom who died or your brother your friend. I think you'd be freaking out too. Amen. I mean, they showed up and it's like who's been here some grave robber and in verse 5 the Bible said, they went into the Sepulchre because you know this in the grave in the ground like we do, It's more like a it's a cave.
It's more like a niche in the ground and they can walk in if I took you to Peru to where I grew up that way we live for for 20 years. You were building they built the Richer people build entire houses. And then that they put a lot of caskets. They may put three or four on this side that side that side.
They may build a basement three or four more down there and you walk in right in amongst the bodies and you can look in from the outside. Well, there's a cave. They're ready to go in but when they step inside to see who roll the Rockaway who opened it up we could see him when they step inside. They see a young man verse 5 sitting on the right side clothed in a long white garment and it scared them to death.
Look at that in verse 5 they were affrighted at. King James Ward for scared to death there. Like what in the world we step into his grave. We expect to see a dead body. And is it a dead body? Here's a young man sitting here in the long white robe that wood was he doing wearing white that made him look like a ghost even what said they step in there.
They're scared in verse 6 of God speaks to him and he says don't be afraid be not afraid it. You're looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. Minute underlying this he is risen. He is not here behold the place where they laid him. So the this young man this angel stands up and says, hey girls calm down calm down.
Don't be afraid don't get all shocked and everything. Uh, I know you're looking for Jesus the one that got crucified and he's not here except in and look. This is where they laid him. He's gone. He's risen those girls. Those girls are are shocked and in verse 7. He says to them that girls go and tell his disciples and Peter that he's going to meet them in Galilee.
There you shall see him as he said unto you and uh, the girls are now. I mean, they've been talkin to an Angel that's not normal in a graveyard. That's not normal inside of grave room. That's not normal. And now they've been told to go tell Peter chapter Apostles chapter 16 verse 8 and they went out quickly.
I wonder how that worked. I mean, I don't know how fast that got talked about of been getting out for he even got finished talking unless they're standing there shocked like maybe that's what they were doing deer in the headlights look and they went out quickly and they fled they ran away scared to death.
They were trembling and they were shocked they were amazed and they didn't say they need what they go running through town. Yeah. I just want you to imagine as they run towards their looking they can't send a Twitter message. They can't face time anybody. They're running people walking on the street here come these ladies white face buddy all the bloods in their toes and they're running straight down the road.
They'll be like what in the world is going on everything? Okay, they don't talk to anybody. They just keep on boogying on down the road and and they're running out. Amazed they were afraid you had underlined in your Bible. They were afraid they were afraid they're gonna go tell Peter but there's a kind of an interlude here inverse sine.
I love first. I look at this and when Jesus was ribs in the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene. I just like to take about an hour to talk about that. Because that's like the most beautiful wonderful thing. I can imagine in this whole story Jesus does so many shocking things in this story because Jesus does shocking stuff all the time.
He's just sweet and good and wonderful in kind and he writes this woman had seven demons Seven Devils in her before. She was a bad Wicked Woman. She was a woman. Nobody would talk to she was woman. It would have been an outcast. She's the woman that that's full of devils and Jesus talks to her first.
Uh several things hit my mind. He talked to her man first Eden talked to a woman first. He talked a woman who had been devil possessed. He talked to somebody showing Grace, uh, he appeared to a person that you would doubt had a right to get such big blessings. But Jesus spoke to her. She knew Grace because if anybody in history had ever been any worse off than heard that be a pretty big shock seven demons, And they've been cast out Jesus and saved her change her life.
She's Christian. Now. She's on her way to heaven. She's born again. And then Jesus says I think I'll talk to you and tell you about it. Now. They go running look at verse 10 and chapter 16 and verse 10 they went and they told them that had been with Jesus as they mourned and wept so they run into the room and the guys are sitting around drinking coffee.
Crying and whining and morning and all upset. I mean, it's a funeral the other day. We were at a funeral and we're coming home and I told the guys I said now when y'all plan my funeral I don't want it to be like that was like a funeral and they were like, well it was. And I said, well, I really don't man to be like a funeral.
I'd like a little more joy. I'm going to help you. I'd be worried about everything but they walk in the room and Jesus is dead and the guys all know he's dead and all sitting there is like three years. They've been planning this big Ministry three years. They've been thinking God's going to do something big and now they're just setting that whining and crying and moping and it's all over they come to the end of it.
It's done. There's nothing else to do and the girls burst in the room. Hey, he's allowed. Look what the Bible says happened they burst in and they verse 10 they went and told her as they were mourning and weeping and they heard that he was alive and had seen been seen of her believed that crazy hysterical woman.
Number one. You had a woman women get all emotional and all torn out of the frame, you know, I don't believe you. No, don't believe you don't believe you and your world worst ones up, you know, you was kind of wicked any saved. You've been emotional ever since then every time I was testimony you said I'm go you wouldn't believe who I used to be for.
Jesus save me and so then I went I gonna listen to you won't believe you and then two more witnesses show up in Mark chapter 16 verse 12 that he had appeared to them and another form as they walked into the country. That's the guys on the road to Emmaus. And they walk in and they told him I said, you're not gonna believe this we were on the road to Emmaus and he showed up and he was walking down the road with us and he was telling us all this stuff and and he was preaching to us and explained all over the Old Testament who he was and what he did.
He's alive and Peter goes first of crazy woman now to Crazy dudes walking down the street on tell me he's alive from believe it don't accept. I didn't believe them either see the problem wasn't the witness. It was the believer the Apostle simply can't get their mind around the fact that Jesus just might be alive just like he said he was it would be it's one thing to say we believe and then to really believe it and step out by faith.
If we were to talk to the apostles said what Jesus said he was going to rise again. Jesus said he was going to do all these great things. Jesus says in Jesus said, but they saw him crucified. They saw him to a tree they heard all the things were going on is Peter's hiding out there in John's are they know he's dead.
They know his body has been taken off of a cross. They know his body has been beaten to it's not even recognizable. You couldn't even tell who he was. They had punched him in the face and plucked his beard shut the crown of thorns on his head hit him was sticks in the head. They mistreated him and they're like he's dead.
Yo can get excited. You can talk all you open he's dead. They'd seen him die. They'd seen him buried they loved him and their morning and sure wishful thinking he might be alive. They knew what he said. They knew it up in their head, but they didn't know what in the heart. They didn't register yet that everything.
Jesus said was true. They wanted to believe but it seemed impossible. In real life, you know how it is. You you read the Bible. You're all this bible stuff. You're like Yes. Sounds really good. Could it really work? You mean Jesus could die and pay my sin debt and all my sins will be washed away and I'd be forgiven and some of you here today and Jesus died for you and he paid your sin debt.
We tell you week after week. You can have your sins forgiven you can start life all over again and you're like man, that sounds good by escaping. That sounds good. But I just don't know how that would work for me. And that's why you're still lost. That's what happened with them. You need to know our Salvation depends on his resurrection.
The gospel isn't that he died for you? The gospel is that he died for you was buried and rose again First Corinthians chapter 15. The first few verses you could check it out. He died. Lots of people have died and lots of people have been mistreated and lots of people have been horribly disfigured and lots of people have done all that just like what happened to Jesus.
The thing that was ever done is live again, the thing that had never happened before his he came back to life. He overcame death and the grave it was. The Bible's gonna make it clear him Mark chapter 16. He ascended into heaven and seated at the right hand of the Father. God said you did enough Cheese's I'm happy with it.
You're alive and he takes him to Heaven. I just want you for we go on. I don't want you to be so critical to these guys. I don't know what you think. I don't know what you'd think if somebody you loved came back to life. Even if it was Jesus if it was somebody telling the story. I mean Peters is gonna guys you gonna meet Johnson's gonna guys you gonna meet they knew Jesus like no one but can you really believe somebody can die be dead dead dead buried sealed in a rocking come back to life.
That's what happened that day. I want you to go to verse 7 with me real quick. This is one my favorite parts of the chapter. You do not know about this guy Peter, right? In Mark chapter 14 and verse 27 just before Jesus died. He had said everybody's going to be offended. Everybody's going to be scattered scandalized upset and worried about it and you all got to run for the hills because they're going to Smite the shepherd and the Sheep will be scattered.
But at any said, but I'll see you boys in Galilee after it's all over. Well, they didn't hear that part Peter. I'm gonna get hurt and you guys are gonna run like cowards and when Peter heard that he what excuse me hands up guy said word. I said word. I got to want to testimony here Jesus. Go ahead.
Peter Peter said these other guys might quit on you. They all might run away. They all might leave you but I would never ever do that. Jesus said before the cock crows. You're going to just let me three times twice. You're blind me three times. I'd rather be dead that ain't happening that ain't happening.
You know, then you remember that night he did tonight and he ran off crying brokenhearted. He realized I got a big mouth that says stuff. I can't live up to and now Jesus is Alive you might think Peter. You might think Jesus might be a little vengeful get aggravated Peter with no he doesn't he's like, hey go tell the boys.
I'm alive. Be sure to tell Peter. I'll see him in Galilee. Just like I said it would what a sweet God. He doesn't say leave Peter out Peters one denied me. I'll deny him now, you know Peter turned his back on me. And since he turned his back on me, I'm washing my hands. He messed up. I messed it up.
I'm not let him back in the group. Nobody's Jesus. Did Jesus said you go tell Peter you told the disciples and you tell Peter that he's going before you into Galilee. You need to go to verse 7 you need to underline this. He said he's going to see you in Galilee. You shall see him and that's exactly what he had said.
Look at Mark chapter 14. In verse 28 and Mark 14:28. He had said after I'm risen, I'll go before you to Galilee. Now. I'm going to be killed y'all gonna take off running and hide and I'm going to be killed. But after I come back to life, I'm gonna find you guys in Galilee Jesus loved. Jesus loved Peter Jesus knew Peter was a goober.
Jesus knew Peter messed up Jesus knew Peter was just a regular guy. See sometimes y'all got the feeling that God up in heaven looking at you saying you don't measure up well in this story the two people he calls out specially is a woman. It was full of demons seven of them and the guy who denied him and he says hey, I just want to say something.
I love you to you the worst off in the way. I love you. That's a good sign for me. I think I got a chance man. I think he looks down and says there's a bunch of mess ups on this Earth Austin. I love you, buddy. Thank you Jesus. I was I was wondering that because sometimes I know I don't blame you for not loving me, but he loved Jesus Peter.
Jesus loved Peter Peter been warned and done wrong said he'd never deny, but he did to that his amazing love and thinking about Peter even this time speaks greatly to me. And I'd like to say this before I go on with the chapter. He loves you. You need to listen to this. He loves you. He knows where you live.
He understands your pain. He thinks about you he thinks about you that amazing. He's rising from the dead. He's got a whole world Ministry in front of him. He's about to send up into heaven and he says, uh, Hey, be sure and tell Peter I thought about him in Galilee. I'll be over there in a bit.
What a God what a God you can trust that. He will love you. Like you loved Peter. Well, you look to him and love him as he loves you today. I want you get to Mark 1614 to me. This is the center verse of the entire chapter. This is the key to understanding this. In Mark, 16 14 the Bible says afterward he appeared under the 11.
That's 11 because there were 12 but one of them's gone bad. He's already killed himself. He appeared to the eleven as they sat at meat they were eating and he abraded them he fasted them. He scolded them with their unbelief. He said I can't believe you guys you didn't believe me. He upbraided them he fussed at them.
He scolded them for the hardness of heart. Because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen the whole chapter hinges around this now Peter. I told you I was going to be killed buried rise again and see you in Galilee. You heard me say it Time After Time After Time and you didn't believe it and then just to be really nice.
I sent the ladies to tell you I was really alive. You could have gone what for real. Wow, I believe you, but no you didn't believe them. Then I said then I sent two men to tell you and you didn't believe then see look at the verses that you believed not them which had seen him you believed not them which had seen him Peter in his grief in his pity party.
He's throwing he and the other. Are not sensitive to the Holy Spirit. They don't remember what they've been taught. They have forgotten what they've been taught. They had not listened with spiritual eagers when Jesus told them that he would rise on a dead. I mean, I'm sure they heard Jesus say that because we know it's written in the scriptures they heard it, but I'm sure they were thinking to themselves hyperbole here.
Oh rhetorical here. He doesn't really mean that literary device here. He's not really gonna die. He's not really going to be buried. He's really gonna rise from the dead. I mean, he's talkin. They're kind of like I did when I said, I wouldn't I'd rather be dead tonight. I was just running my mouth, but that what was going on.
The real problem was they hadn't believed his word. They hadn't believed his word. They hadn't believed that Witness. And they hadn't believed the word. How often do we know in our heads the truth of the Gospel but refused to believe it if you're here and you're not a born-again Believer, you're not saved your sins are forgiven you not on you to have them explain something to you.
I believe you know right here. You're a sinner. I believe that you know that you have done wrong and you know God's not pleased I'll be anybody who should tell you that and if you if somebody would have a discussion with you you'd start to know what I'm not really that bad because even though you know up here down here.
You're not willing to admit you've seen that's why you can't get saved down here. You're not willing to say I really need help until you really do that. You won't get hell. We've allowed our faith to become academic not personal and real. How is your unbelief this morning? Do you doubt what the scripture say?
Do you doubt the testimonies of others that have seen God do great things. Are you insensitive to the Holy Spirit as he conviction of your sin, that would be if you would to verse 15. I'm covering the chapter and I'm doing it because I think it really. Goes together. I mean it just belongs together the story starts off with him not believing he's alive and of course the ladies hear about it and the two witnesses here about it Jesus in special word to Peter and he is alive and he's fussed at him for not believing he's alive, they been in uh neutral or reverse their gift shifters in the wrong spot there.
I mean when Jesus died either slammed it into neutral and stopped moving her park, or they put it in a verse in there backing up. And now he says you guys didn't believe me. You didn't believe the witnesses. I said to you. I spent three years telling you. I am God. I spent three years telling you that I was going to die down across and be buried Rising.
I told you and I told you and I told you. And now I'm here now what you've always want to say because I mean, I don't know if you realize this but these last few hours have been like World turned upside down hours. Do you see what I'm talkin about? We're in. In here talkin I'm in I'm in the office.
I got 11 guys in there 10 other guys will be we're all sitting around. We had such great plans. We're expected to do big stuff. We thought Jesus was real my best. I gave up my boat last terrible and in bust these women going he's alive. Oh gosh. Get out of here. Can't you see we're crying can't you see we're sad then two guys walk in and said he really is alive.
I will believe you either get out of here. Next one is show up Jesus and Jesus walks in and says, yep here I am and I don't appreciate y'all didn't believe me and you didn't believe the people I said to tell you I appreciate that a bit. I don't appreciate that a bit. I don't know what you think happened.
I see them they're wiping their faces are trying to clean up the room. They're trying to act like we don't like we got to go take a shower. We had a back in three days. We was all whining and out of here and they're jumping up and G said you quit saying you're believing me now. No like you got us we believe and then he said in verse 15.
Look at you Bible verse 15. He said all right now go tell everybody you see you believe my Witnesses. You believe people are sent to you. But now you do don't you because you look at me. So he says in verse 15 go into all the world and preach the gospel to Every Creature. I died. I was varied and I was again I have the power to save loss man.
I want the world to know the truth. I love everybody. I don't want anybody go to hell how in the world. Can you not imagine? You see they're going to take the Great Commission. And they're going to go crazy taking the gospel to the world. I understand it. I mean, I I'm I'm a I spend my life trying to motivate challenge challenge people to do something for God.
I spent my life training young missionaries and work with older machines and everything, but they all they ever sees me but I can only imagine what would happen if Jesus walked up and said I'm about tired of y'all not believing me about here. Touch me touch me. Again in the world and they'll prints were I am alive now get out and tell people I mean I can just imagine they didn't pack a bag man.
They took off running somebody hollered 7 send somebody with a suitcase. I'm gonna need some new underwear in the few days. I got to get out of here. I gotta go. Tell everybody. How could they hold on to the truth now? How could they keep it quiet now they had to tell the world. Jesus is Alive. We spent three years talkin about it in theory.
We thought it was all over he's alive. We got to tell the world. Jesus said go tell everybody and then he promised them before they left in Mark 16 17 and 18. He said now I'll protect you while you do it. I'll protect you while you do it. He said there will be signs that follow you believe you'll cast out Devils you're speaking new tongue.
You'll take up serpents. You you drink nothing that can harm you you'll lay hands on the sick. I got big stuff for you you're going to do big stuff. These are basically the signs of an apostle and second Corinthians chapter 12 and verse 12. The Bible says truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patients signs wonders and mighty Deeds.
God said, let me show you how powerful. So you got to get the picture we don't believe he's alive. We don't believe he's alive. We don't believe he's alive what into comes the girls and say he's alive get out of here with the kitchen make a sandwich. We only listen to you. So she leaves and comes in two guys.
They're like, oh boy. This is bad as a women. They think he's alive and then Jesus walked in the door and says, I am alive and I appreciate y'all didn't believe me now get up and go tell people what I just said. And by the way, I'll go with you and I'll protect you and I'll bless your ministry and you can go you can have great things happen.
He gives a Great Commission at least five times the New Testament every time he gives them promises in Matthew promises them his presence and Mark he promises them his protection and Johnny promises him his peace and in Luke and I actually promises him his power that he will be blessed and you. Now you got understand they're about to leave and go out preach.
But what's going to happen and Jesus says well, let me explain something to you if they'll believe and get baptized. They'll go to heaven. They won't believe they go to hell it is you guys just go do your job you go tell the world that I died for their sins. I was buried and rose again, and I'm here telling you to go.
Tell them now look if you would at Mark 16:16. Mark 16:16, he says he that believes it comes right after 15 15 says go and go and preach the gospel to All Nations. He says he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. But he that believeth not shall be damned. Okay guys you go do your job. You just go preach and when you preach some will believe.
And some will take the steps to follow me and show they love me and others will say get out of here. We don't believe he said they're going to go to hell when they die. They're going to be damned. You put a circle in that word damned and draw it to the side. He's go to hell if they won't believe Jesus they will pay for their sin all have sinned for all of Seneca the glory of God.
There's none righteous. No, not one everybody sin and the wages of sin is death. And so if somebody does it pay your debt, you'll pay your debt. He said I paid their debt and if they'll believe they'll go to him, but if they won't believe they'll go to hell your job is to go tell them how to be saved believe in be saved or don't believe and be damned.
You should write that by that verse because some of you been around enough churches to kind of get messed up on verse 16, here's what the verse says believe and be saved don't believe and be damned. Because the key part of the phrase is he that believeth not shall be damned not about he that doesn't get baptized to be there.
But he that doesn't believe can you read the verse if you see that say a man, he that believes that his baptized shall be saved. He that believes not shall be damned who's going to get damned who's going to get them? He that believes not that's God's going to be damned now Believers ought to take a public profession of faith.
Believers out of a baptized Believers ought to stand up and say I do believe because your your your testimony goes hand-in-hand with your faith, you know, if you're in love, you got to make it public, you know, I haven't. Uh, I've done a lot of weddings. I've done a lot of Woods at this church, you know, I mean, I've done a bunch of weddings fact is a day.
I didn't know I was gonna be able to make it back for the rehearsal for the last couple they got married and they've run off. I don't know where they are, but he. It must be enjoying their honeymoon saying man, but but uh, uh, I called him I said that if I'm not there just let the people that run the wedding handle it.
They'll tell me what I've done is so much times. I know what do my part but, you know, I've been doing this a whole long time. I never have anybody say no I wearing a ring and I ain't kissing. I don't want nobody else and I made that the same how it works. I mean all they're waiting for me to say put the ring on you can kiss her and that's your new name.
That's what they're waiting for. When you really believe Jesus, I mean it's getting baptized things are normal natural thing. That would follow I get an amen. Let me explain something to you. The baptism was your way of identifying with Christ. So the versus believe and be baptized and you'll be saved that's not saying that if you're not baptized you won't get saved, but it's like being.
Believing and being baptized are so closely connected. It's like getting married to wearing this ring. I've been wearing this ring for 45 years. It's the same ring 45 years. I've been wearing this. I put this ring on 45 years ago in August to say I love you and everywhere I go I will be identified as a marked man.
I want it to be clear. I have made my decision. Well, this is what happens you get baptized when you get saved many want to get. If you didn't want to get baptized, I would question whether you were saved if you were to say I don't want to get baptized. It's so closely related. I can't even imagine that now the whole key though is not being baptized.
Some of y'all did get baptized but baptizing never had saved anybody if baptizing would save I would fill up a dunk tank drive around town guiding people throw them through. I just grabbed them throwing me and they get out Matt. I wouldn't care if you like how you been baptized. You going to help you be mad at me but you're going to have if work.
I just give me one of the things to shoot some water. I just drive through town I go to the ball game going out how y'all you're also going to have. No, it's not the water saves you amen. But how would you be ashamed? It's the gospel. It's the gospel that saves. It's a gospel and you're believing that.
And when you believe you want to show that they go if you would to Mark chapter 16 and verse 19, these are first is it just beautiful. He said now when you guys go out I'll protect you and they'll have to decide whether they'll believe it or not. But I promise you this I'll be going with you. I love this part of the verse in Mark chapter 16 verse 19 is so after the Lord had spoken to them.
He was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God and they went forth. And preached everywhere the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Can you imagine what you would do? If you saw Jesus risen from the dead speaking to you then being received up into heaven.
I mean, I you got it's all it's all in just a matter of a month and ten days. This all going to take place in 40 days time. He died. He's dead dead dead. The stones rolled in front of him. We've anointed his body. We know he's dead. We didn't find the pause. We we had to wipe the blood and of a mess off of him to clean him up for when we buried him.
He's dead three days. They whine and mope about knowing he's dead and then and then one day. One day the girls go to anoint his body when they walk in the room. The stones rolled away in a young man standing there with a long white robe own and they walk in like man. What you doing in here this word Jesus supposed to be he said you ladies they didn't say where they got her tongue real quick.
And he said I know you looking for Jesus and and he's not here. This is where he was laid go. Tell Peter and the boys. Jesus said he'll meet them in Galilee. And the ladies are scared to death and they go running with the message and they run into the room and Peter them go from reverse to high-speed.
They go from zero to 100 in less than a second because one moment is like and also that things have totally changed totally changed and then for the next 40 days or so Jesus. Is telling them this is what I want you to do because there's 40 days taking place these last verses and he's telling what he wants to do.
And then he said here's the last words I got said you and then all of a sudden he just goes up in the clouds. He steps on a cloud and floats up in the heaven. There's angels on each side of him. I guess one of angels looked down and said what you boys doing looking up here. He told you what dude get with it.
That's Acts chapter 1 I think what would you done? I think you know what they did. You see the one says the first 19 after the Lord had spoken to them. I mean a dead guy that's alive again and he was received into heaven and he said on the father guess what happened they went forth and they preached everywhere they went forth and they preached everywhere.
I don't I mean I just be blunt honesty. I'm not even shocked. I mean if I've seen the Dead Guy come to life walked around for 40 days and then floated up into heaven. I'd have been like sale to business buddy. We got work today if we could pull that off here this morning. I believe I could turn us all into mysterious same man, but you're like, well, I have a long time ago nothing like that my life you can imagine you can imagine fishermen.
They throw in their Nets away. They're going buddy. Beautiful thing is it says the Lord working with them. Look at that verse the Lord working with them that's in verse 20 the Lord working with them. So they went out and he's gone. He's gone, but the Holy Spirit Come And as they go out. He's working with him.
They walk out there and they know they're just unlearned and ignorant people and they start sharing with people. I Jesus died was very rose again, and Jesus could save him and change their lives and people started getting saved a one day. Peter will preach and 3000 guys are going to get baptized you say how in the world that happened wasn't that cup period him go to speaker School.
Peter was a fisherman. How'd he do it the Lord working with it. How the mr. Is going to get her done the Lord working with them was the Lord working with them. I like this part confirming the word with signs following what happened everywhere. They went he was like, I I I mean you'd have to be a preacher to understand how scary it is when you get off an airplane in a foreign country or when you step into a new church to preach and you walk in and you're like, okay, I'm gonna do the best I can hear.
I hope my God, would you just please do something and he they stood up and started speaking and God moved. They were like, he's confirming it. He really is real he really did die. He really was big. He really did rise from the dead. He really is working with us. He saving people he's changing lives.
He's a great God how you wouldn't believe he is a great God not if you started off the chapter no one he was dead. And go into I mean they're on the way the graveyard to spray sweet smelling stuff in there. So you don't smell Jesus is rotting body. That's what they're doing. But on the way there they find out he did he's alive you've heard the story two questions I have for you.
How can you be quiet about such a great truth? You have family members that don't know they go to heaven if they die. That you have family members that have never trusted Christ. I didn't ask if they'd gone to church and ask if they've been baptized. I didn't ask you to take first communion. I didn't ask you they're dying and going to hell he that believes and is baptized will be saved.
He that believes not will be damned. They got to hear the gospel. They must believe and you're too quiet. You don't tell them about Jesus. You never mention the gospel, whether they're your family the people you most love and soon you'll be at their funeral of a l've never heard the gospel. If we believe we got to tell I get an amen up there.
We gotta share what he's done. And if you're here this morning and you've never been saved, you're not going to heaven when you die, your sins aren't forgiven and you know everything I've talked about. You know, what up here? You know, what up here? You don't know down here knowing everything about what the Bible says is not the same as being born again having a head full of knowledge means nothing the devil's even believe in Jesus.
I believe in God, but they don't they're not saved because it's they what that means is they know all about him and they know he's real, but he's not personal have you. Place your trust in Jesus. Today's your day. He loves you. He died for you. He wants you to go to heaven when you die. There is no reason for your sins to be forgiven today.
There's no reason for you not to know for sure you go to heaven. We want to help you father.