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SNT 0263 Death and Resurrection

Death and Resurrection

Topical teaching on the death and resurrection of Jesus.
SNT – 263

Topic: Good Friday, tradition, Easter
Format: audio

Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.

Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.

Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (www.eternallyblessed.org).

Excerpt from SNT 0263 Death and Resurrection (04/11/65)

Take your Bibles, and turn to the Gospel of Matthew tonight. The Gospel of Matthew chapter 12. And while you are turning to the Gospel of Matthew, may I please remind you of something which you already know. It has been a common teaching among all Christian denominations, and that is that Jesus Christ died on Good Friday and that he arose again on Easter Sunday morning.  I believe that all of us perhaps here in the auditorium, in the Bible Research Center, tonight, who are church people, and of course most of you are church people who are here. You have been in the church. You are born and raised in the church perhaps. And I think we were basically all taught the same thing, that Christ died on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock our time, and he arose again early on Easter Sunday Morning.

Now since, everyone thinks it common teaching, therefore everybody accepts it as Bible, even though they never have studied the Bible to find out what it really says. They read the Bible, don’t misunderstand me, man may read the Bible, but there is a difference between reading it and studying it. For when you study it, it begins to unfold and you get to see something. Reading it you will just read into it your preconceived ideas, that all.

Now tonight we’re dealing with this subject, which of course, most people perhaps listening by radio simply say well, “He is just trying to pick some bones.” I am not trying to pick some bones. I don’t have to pick any bones.

I don’t owe anybody anything. They don’t owe me anything. All I have to do is to be honest with God’s Word. We are a Bible research center. We don’t approach the Bible in the way most people do; with their theological biases and their opinionated ideas. We come to the Word and do research like a scientist does in fields of science, in biology and chemistry and so forth.

Now this problem of Jesus dying on Friday at 3 o’clock and arising early on Easter Sunday morning has been contributed to our society through the organized Church of Rome, which propagated the ideas many centuries ago. And was carried on through the reformation, through Martin Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and Knox. Then later on through John Wesley, right down to our present day.

Tonight we are going into the Word of God and see what it says. And the first thing it is says, that I would like to call to your attention is that verse in Matthew 12:40. And Jack Hunt, will you stand and read it, please. “Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Right.

Now isn’t that plain? Just as plain as day. Three days AND three nights…

Scriptures referenced:

Matthew 12:40
1 Corinthians 15:4
John 19:30, 31
(Exodus 12; Leviticus 23)
Matthew 28:1-6
Matthew 28:5, 6
Mark 16:1-6
Luke 24:1-6
John 20:1-8
Matthew 27:45, 46
Ephesian 4:9, 10