Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
EASTER BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN
Apr 18, 1965 am
Some of you wondered how I would get a Palm Sunday and Easter message out of the Book for the Year - Acts - Well, here it is!
ALL ETERNITY HINGES ON THE QUESTION PAUL RAISED BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN - RESURRECTION
- This subject is the keystone of our faith, love, and hope - and without it there is none of the three.
- As Paul was called in question on this Doctrine - so are we - We had better be sure!
- In our troubled world - and getting worse - we will find this the only proof of our victory.
PAUL'S GREAT PROBLEM AND THE QUESTION IT RAISED - ACTS 23:1-11
HIS ARREST FOR FULFILLING A JEWISH VOW - CH 21:7--
- Early Christianity was tied closely with Judaism, the former faith of those who believed.
- Paul was arrested while attempting to fulfill a Jewish type vow - in the temple.
- But wherever he went - he got in trouble for preaching of a resurrected Christ - Acts 17:32
THE TENDERNESS OF PAUL'S DEALING WITH THE HIGH PRIEST - ACTS 23:1-4
- He commanded Paul to be smitten for saying that he had lived in good conscience
- Paul spoke directly and pronounced the man's doom for his unfairness- then found who he was!
- Paul apologized - and recognized the man's authority in an impersonal way - we need to learn this!
PAUL'S DEFENSE OF HIS BELIEF EXPLODED THE COUNCIL - ACTS 23:6-10
- This was true - and also good strategy - We could use some of this wisdom today.
- The Sadducees and the Pharisees fell to fighting over the doctrine - and Paul was rescued
- Neither of them had let their belief stand in the way of their crucifixion of Christ!
- Yes, you can believe in the Resurrection as a doctrine, and still not know Christ!
WE ARE ALSO CALLED TO QUESTION OVER THE HOPE AND RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
NONE OF THE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD HAVE THE RESURRECTION
- None - Confucius, Buddha, Mohamoud - were resurrected- some shift to reincarnation to confuse the issue.
- Communism is a religion - based on evolutionary soullessness of atheism
- Humanistic philosophies have hope only in temporary existence - so their foolish twists of truth
NOT ALL OF CHRISTENDOM TODAY BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION
- In this church I greatly insulted a man by asking all those who believed to stand - discrimination
- Most of the great Ecumenical church does not believe in a literal resurrection - CF RSV
- One of the largest groups in Christendom still have Christ on the cross - but they say they believe
THE AGE IS HERE WHEN WE MUST KNOW WHAT WE BELIEVE AND HOW TO HOLD ON TO IT.
- Governments are running amok - Congo Crisis - You are white - Christendom - American - so you are on someone's death list!
- Our land is filled with promises of heaven and presentation of hell- lawlessness-death
- Liberal churches - party for homosexuals - Fundamental churches gone immoral - I must warn - I know not how - a young man approached with religious talk - to seduce him!
WE NEED NOT QUESTION THE PROOF OF OUR BLESSED HOPE--
The resurrection is the proof of our salvation- the second coming- and our final victory
THE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION AS A BIBLICAL DOCTRINE
- From the beginning to the end - eternal life and the resurrection has been believed in.
- Old Testament prophesizes it- Abraham Gen 22:5, Job 19:25-27, David's prophecy - Ps 16:10
- The most misunderstood prophecy of Jesus was His resurrection - John 2:19 - often repeated
THE PROOF OF AN HISTORICAL FACT IS BEYOND SCIENTIFIC QUESTION
- The tomb was empty - Roman seal broken - Jewish intrigue stymied - closest friends surprised
- God chose 12 apostles to testify - and they sealed their testimony with their blood!
- I Cor 15- shows over 150 brethren at once as witnesses - and over 100's of thousands of manuscripts witness in writing.
THE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION AS A PERSONAL REALITY
- I have not seen the risen Lord, but I have seen where He has been - 100's of lives saved!
- Though not seeing Him- yet I love Him - and I know Him, I talk with Him- He guides my life.
- "I Serve A Risen Saviour" - my first favorite song - I know He lives - in my heart.
THE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION AS THE SEAL OF OUR BLESSED HOPE - TITUS 2:13
- The Lord cannot return unless he is alive - a lively hope - I Pet 1:3
- When He comes the graves will open - I Thes 4:14 - without this hope I would live in despair- and fear - we have one baby we haven't seen for a long time - and some dear friends
DO YOU HAVE THIS BLESSED HOPE? IF NOT - WHY NOT MAKE SURE RIGHT NOW!
- John 11:25-26- "I am the resurrection and the life - He that believeth in me... !"
- If you are not too prejudiced to believe - then make your confession now!