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Resurrected and Gone  52



Greetings in the precious name of Jesus

Well I pray that each of you are doing well and that the hand of God is holding you above all trials and problems of life as we struggle to make our little notch in this seemingly crazy world in which we live… And, I do pray that you’re following the theme of things today as together we come to worship the resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus our first fruits of the resurrection and that we come to realize that one day, perhaps before most realize; that those who belong to Christ will too be resurrected from this world. Yes GONE to a better place called Heaven. I’d like to use this song ‘GONE’ as a part of our message today, that you and I might ponder this awesome meaning of the words; Resurrected and Gone.


Verse 1 -
Mary came unto the tomb of Jesus;
The stone was moved and He had gone away;
The angel said, "Fear not, I know whom seek ye;
But He is risen," This she hear Him say...

- Chorus -
Gone, the stone is rolled back, Gone the tomb is empty;
Gone to sit at the Father's side;
Gone, over death triumphant, Gone, sin is defeated;
Gone, He lives forever more.

- Verse 2 -
My friend, if you don't know my risen Saviour,
I beg of you, don't wait too late to pray;
Don't wait until His bride has been completed;
Don't wait until you hear Him say, "It's too late."

- Chorus -
Gone, the stone is rolled back, Gone the tomb is empty;
Gone to sit at the Father's side;
Gone, over death triumphant,
Gone, sin is defeated;
Gone, He lives forever more.
Gone, He lives forever more.

And now for OUR TEXT: Please open you KJV Bibles to;

Psalms 121

1. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand

As we read these verses of scripture we find the safety of the godly…

We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God's protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does not sleep, but he does not so much as slumber. Under this shade they may sit with delight and assurance.

Concerning the departed;

Luke 20: 36, 38
36. Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
37. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob
38. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

As Jesus teaches here in Luke that It is common for those who design, to undermine any truth of God, to load it with difficulties. And most folks wrong themselves, and wrong the truth of Christ, when these folks form their notions of the world that there are so many false gods and religions. And yes, they worship dead gods. The followers of the Allah’s, Mohamed’s, the Buda’s, the Smiths, and others of this world.  There are more worlds than one; a present visible world, and a future unseen world; so let everyone compare this world and that world, and give the preference in his thoughts and cares to that which deserves them. Heaven or Hell. If Heaven then Believers shall obtain the resurrection from the dead; that is the blessed resurrection. And as for the inhabitants of that other world; we cannot express nor conceive…

But of our ponderings of life and Our Frailties

Psalms 39: 4, 7
4. LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
5. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah
6. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

As we look unto God instead of at ourselves and our circumstances, our perspectives change. Do not get bogged down in the circumstances of life but rather place you trust in the Heavenly Father. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour. I am waiting and can hardly wait for this old broken down body to be resurrected and changed in a moment and twinkling of an eye.

1 Corinthians 15: 50, 54

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

And so; What wait I for? My Hope is in Thee O Lord… Where is your hope today? Are you ready for the resurrection of your body? I pray when the time comes for us to depart this old world that you too shall be Heaven bound; Yes; Resurrected and Gone.

But what about those who aren’t ready? Just what does, “Gone” mean to them? Well, It shall be a terribly sad day for that person who is lost. For GONE will mean his life in all of eternity shall be in the flaming fires of Hell. Forever to burn, yet not consumed, but in total pain and screaming alongside all those who have rejected Christ.

Oh, I pray that you aren’t among those who are lost but when that “GONE” comes into your life and that you’ll spend all of eternity in Heaven with all the saved and in the presence of Our Saviour, Jesus.

Thank you so much for coming and until we meet again,

May the angels watch over you this next week and may Our Heavenly Father fill your hearts in His love and give you the victory in Jesus.

       Bro. Jim Keeling






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