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THE THIRD DAY
April 20, 2014

 

SCRIPTURE: Hosea 6:1-3; Luke 24:1-12

 

KEY VERSES: He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. (Luke 24:6-7)

 

INTRODUCTION: The prophet Hosea ministered to the northern kingdom of Israel in the years (about 753 B.C.) leading up to their defeat and captivity by the Assyrian army. Through Hosea, God lovingly called the people of Israel back from their sinful ways, and God warned them of coming judgment if they did not repent. In the opening verses of Hosea 6, we find God’s people seeming to talk about repenting in their words recorded there.

 

1. Like the rain (Hosea 6:1–3).

 

When we come back to God, He brings the dawning of a new day with the refreshing showers. The God who chastens us also heals and revives us. Why do we delay? Because of what we are like!

 

2. Like a morning cloud and the dew (Hosea  6:4–11).

 

Israel’s loyalty did not last but vanished like a cloud and evaporated like the dew. They brought sacrifices and engaged in religious services, but those activities made no difference in the way they lived. Their sacrifices were substitutes for obedience (1 Sam. 15:21–23; Amos 5:21–24).

 

I. A PROPHECY: THIRD DAY RESTORATION. (Hosea 6:1-3)

 

A. The people had good intentions. (Hosea 6:1)

 

(Hosea 6:1) Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

 

Here, the Israelites urged each other to return to the Lord and trust in the Lord despite the chastening He had already brought upon them. They conveyed confidence that God, in His love and mercy, would heal the very wounds He had inflicted upon them because of their sins.

 

B. The people expected the Lord to act quickly. (Hosea 6:2)

 

(Hosea 6:2) After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

 

The use of numbers in verse 2, "two days" and "the third day," shows that the people anticipated God's healing would come quickly if they returned to Him. Such use of numbers in the Old Testament also denoted certainty in what was being stated (Job 5:19; Proverbs 6:16; Amos 1:3, 6).

 

C. The people recognized the power of God. (Hosea 6:3)

 

(Hosea 6:3) Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

 

We see their confidence in verse 3 as the people spoke of the Lord coming to deliver them. They expected restoration on the third day; they thought that the Lord would work quickly in their behalf.

 

D. But the people LOST the war and became slaves. (Hosea 6:4-11)

 

(Hosea 6:4-11) O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

 

Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

 

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

 

But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

 

Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

 

And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

 

10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

 

11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

 

1. They did NOT repent and believe.

 

Although the people of Hosea's day might have expected restoration on the third day, that healing did not come because they did not REPENT of their UNBELIEF and SINS. When the Lord appeared, He came in judgment, not mercy.

 

2. Today we MUST repent and believe.

 

Their words foreshadowed another "third day" that would bring healing for ALL WHO WOULD REPENT AND BELIEVE. Jesus (Israel’s Messiah) would die on the cross, and He would rise from the dead on that “third day” and became our Savior.

 

(Hosea 6:3) Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.

 

The apostle Paul, even when he had come to the end of his life, had this ambition: “That I may know him [that is, the Lord Jesus Christ], and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10).

 

According to Ephesians 2, God is saving people today. (1) God is raising lost sinners from the dead (Ephesians 2:1-10) and (2) reconciling Jews and Gentiles into one body (the church) (Ephesians 2:11-22). (3) These spiritual miracles take place when you and I share the life-giving Word of God in the power of the Spirit of God.

 

Witnessing

 

D.L. Moody made a covenant with God that he would witness for Christ to at least one person each day. One night, about ten o’clock, he realized that he had not yet witnessed; so he went out in to the street and spoke to a man standing by a lamppost, asking him, "Are you a Christian?" The man flew into a violent rage and threatened to knock Moody into the gutter.

 

Later, that same man went to an elder in the church and complained that Moody was "doing more harm in Chicago than ten men were doing good." The elder begged Moody to temper his zeal with knowledge.

 

Three months later, Moody was awakened at the YMCA by a man knocking at the door. It was the man he had witnessed to. "I want to talk to you about my soul," he said to Moody. He apologized for the way he had treated Moody and said that he had had no peace ever since that night on Lake Street when Moody witnessed to him. Moody led the man to Christ and he became a zealous worker in the Sunday school. – Warren Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 205

 

II. A MIRACLE: THIRD DAY RESURRECTION. (Luke 24:1-8)

 

No man saw Christ rise; but many saw the risen Christ. He appeared to Mary and to Peter and to James and to “the eleven” and to more than five hundred disciples at one time. Of the appearances on the day of His resurrection none is recorded with more dramatic vividness and more definiteness of detail than that related by Luke.

 

A. The announcement of the angels was A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT. (Luke 24:1-6)

 

(Luke 24:1-6) Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

 

1. The women went to complete the burial process with spices for the body.

 

2. Instead, they found the stone at the entrance of the tomb rolled back and the body gone.

 

3. Two angels, described as “men in shining garments” (Luke 24:4), appeared to explain that Christ had risen.

 

B. The announcement of the angels was A CALL TO REMEMBRANCE. (Luke 24:6-8)

 

(Luke 24:6-8) He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words,

 

1. The angels asked the women why they were looking “for the living among the dead” (Luke 24:5).

 

2. Incredibly, the angels declared:

 

a. That Jesus had risen from the dead,…

 

b. And the angels reminded the women that Jesus had told them that He would be crucified and rise again on the third day.

 

I Serve A Risen Savior!

 

Thank God for the proof that Jesus lives! There is a song we sing sometimes around Resurrection Day that says this:

 

I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;

 

I know that He is living, whatever men may say;

 

I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer;

 

And just the time I need Him He's always near.

 

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!

 

He walks with me and talks with me

 

along life's narrow way.

 

He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!

 

You ask me how I know He lives?

 

He lives within my heart.  

 

III. A DOUBT: THIRD DAY SKEPTICISM. (Luke 24:9-12)

 

A. The women’s excitement. (Luke 24:9-10)

 

(Luke 24:9-10) And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

 

The announcement of the angels was an exhortation to all His followers. Once shattered by grief, the transformed women returned joyfully:

 

1. To share the incredible good news with Jesus’ mourning followers.

 

2. And so give them new joy and hope.

 

B. The apostles’ disbelief. (Luke 24:11)

 

(Luke 24:11) 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

 

You would have thought that these women would have been considered credible witnesses and their testimony would have been accepted. The first disbelievers of the Resurrection were the apostles themselves. Yet our Lord had told them over and over what was going to happen concerning His death and resurrection.

 

C. The apostle’s questions. (Luke 24:12)

 

(Luke 24:12) 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

 

Simon Peter had to turn over in his mind all the evidence before he came to a decision about what had happened. I do not think he was quite as alert mentally as was John the apostle.

 

John tells us in his gospel that when he went to the tomb and looked in, he believed. John was convinced about the Lord’s resurrection immediately, but Simon Peter had to think about it for a while.

 

Resurrection Reality

 

The disciples and early followers of our Lord asserted with a zeal born of heartfelt conviction that Jesus of Nazareth was a living Savior, not a martyred teacher and philosopher. They held this truth so dear that they were willing to suffer torture and death rather than renounce it.

 

This startling message so electrified their ministry that their testimony "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). It is still true today: The Holy Spirit honors the witness of those who proclaim the resurrected Jesus. They do not point primarily to moral codes, religious rituals, or theological creeds (good as these may be in themselves), but to the living God-man who alone can save. It is to Him who is "alive forevermore" (Revelation 1:18) that we should look in these days of dead orthodoxy and spiritual apostasy.

 

A proud and ungodly professor said to a young child who believed in the Lord Jesus, "My dear little girl, you don't know whom you believe in. There have been many christs. In which of them do you believe?" "I know which one I believe in," replied the child. "I believe in the Christ who rose from the dead!"

 

Jesus is alive (Luke 24:1-10). Your eternal life depends on it. – Henry G. Bosch, Our Daily Bread, April 20, 2003

 

CONCLUSION: On the first Easter morning, the women found that God’s power had rolled away the stone and fulfilled the prophecy of Christ’s resurrection. And Saul the persecutor became Paul the preacher through faith in Christ and obedience to His commands. When confronted by Christ, Paul became a follower of Christ and Exhibit A of the risen Christ’s power to change lives.

 

Christ still transforms lives. We come to Him first for our salvation, an act dependent on His power and grace alone. Then, as God’s Holy Spirit works through our obedience and submission, day by day, the risen Christ is changing us into His image (Romans 12:1-2).

 

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The good news is not that Jesus lived and died, but that He died and lives.”

 

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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, selected illustrations, and other references.

 

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