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will start by sharing with you a homily by Beverly
Chapman, a retired Anglican Priest living in Vancouver,
|EASTER 3 - April
18, 1999 St. Matthias and St. Luke
May the words of
my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts, be
acceptable in your sight, 0 Lord, our strength
and our redeemer. Amen.
preached in February, the topic was angels,
angels, angels. Today, it's promises, promises,
promises. That's what we hear in all three
readings today--promises that make the difference
between life and death. As you look back on your
own lives, I'm sure that promises you have made
or received have not been quite as important as
the ones that happened soon after the
resurrection of Jesus. But all promises--kept or
unkept--bear an impact on our lives.
was growing up, and an adult made a promise to a
child, the child would respond by saying,
"Cross your heart and hope to die?" If
the adult then crossed his or her heart and said,
"Cross my heart and hope to die!", then
the child would be satisfied that the promise
would be kept. Just how or when this practice
first came about, I'm really not sure, but I
think that perhaps it was based on the cross of
Christ. A promise made on the strength of such a
sacred object would never be broken. It was a
sure thing. And so, the adult would make the sign
of the cross over Jesus, who lived in his or her
should not be made lightly. The only one I can
ever remember breaking changed my life for ever.
It was made to one of my Grade 1 pupils, Keith,
and I hurt him very badly because I lacked the
courage to keep my promise to him. After some
intense suffering, I vowed never to break my
promise again. With the help of Jesus and the
Holy Spirit, I finally found the courage that I
lacked then. But I also no longer make promises
that I know I cannot keep. I recognize my own
limitations and call upon the Lord only when
has this to do with the promises that we find in
the New Testament readings? I believe that it
helps us to see the difference between the
promises of God and the promises of humans--the
infallible and the fallible--the long view and
the short view--the holy and perhaps the not so
the story of the two disciples on the road to
Emmaus just a short time ago. There are three
verses that I want to read to you again: 'And
Jesus said to them, "0 foolish men, and slow
of heart to believe all that the prophets have
spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ
should suffer these things and enter his glory?
And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he
interpreted to them in all the scriptures the
things concerning himself."
disciples knew about the prophets but they had
never properly sorted out the promises that God
had made through them. In all probability, they
had heard the key stories in the Old Testament
that told about the actions of God in certain
situations, such as the crossing of the Red Sea.
But how much the ordinary people knew about the
more obscure passages that held hidden meaning
for the future is hard to say. It seems that the
two disciples on the road ro Emmaus were woefully
ignorant. Jesus does not leave them in their
ignorance. He opens their eyes and minds and
hearts so that they may understand that the
things that happened to him were all part of
God's master plan of salvation which was foretold
in the Scriptures. God had kept his promises.
move on to Peter's speech in the Book of Acts, we
find that part of it is a response to a question
that some of his concerned listeners ask of him
and the other disciples. "Brethren, what
shall we do?" Peter's words gave great hope
to the people then and still inspire a sure hope
in our hearts today. His advice to them was this:
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness
of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to
your children and to all that are far off, every
one whom the Lord our God calls to him."
boldness and strength in Peter's declaration.
There is no more hesitation. He believes what he
is saying. Contrary to the contemporary usage of
'Shall' and 'will', 'shall' is the stronger word.
It means that Peter has no doubt that the Holy
Spirit is available to all those who repent and
are baptized in the name of Jesus. Peter is not
making a wishy-washy statement. He is making a
promise on behalf of the Lord.
wonderful thing about it for us is the complete
inclusive- ness of the statement. The promise is
for all believers, down through the centuries,
all who willingly and gratefully and joyfully
respond to the loving call of God.
in Peter's first letter, there is the promise of
eternal life. Hear again verses 21 and 23:
"Through Jesus you have confidence in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God."
"You have been born anew, not of perishable
seed but of imperishable, through the living and
abiding word of God."
This is a
fantastic promise! A joyful promise!. This is not
wishful thinking. Peter saw the risen Lord with
his own eyes. He saw other people raised raised
from the dead. He saw many transformed through
the healing power of God. Peter is speaking from
his own experience and it has become very
important to him that he share the wisdom of
Jesus with others. When he wrote these words,
Peter had come to under- stand his Lord's command
to go and spread the Good News to all people.
too, come to that same understanding so that we
also have a desire as great as Peter's to share
the promises of God with others.
hymn by Kelso Carter called "Standing of the
Promises" As far as I know, it has never
been included in an Anglican hymn book. But the
first verse sums up, in simple words, what the
importance of God's promises should mean in our
own lives. It goes like this:
on the promises of Christ my King,
eternal ages let His praises ring;
in the highest, I will shout and sing,
on the promises of God.'
pray: Eternal God, you have invited us to share
eternity with you. Grant us the faith to believe
the promises that you have made to us through the
prophets and, especially, through our Saviour,
Jesus. We pray in His name. Amen.
Testament Prophesies Fore-telling Christ
'I will put emnity between you and the
woman, between your seed and her seed; he
shall bruise your head, and you shall
bruise his heel.'
||God has just expelled
Adam and Eve from the garden, and He is
speaking to the snake [Satan] your seed
is sin, her seed is Christ, born of a
woman. Satan, through sin, causes wounds
on Christ, inflicted at the crucifiction.
Christ destroys sin, fatal blow to the
'And Isaac said to his father Abraham,
"My father!". And he
said,"Here am I, my son." He
said,"Behold the fire and the wood,
but, where is the lamb for the burnt
offering?" Abraham said, "God
Himself will provide the lamb for the
burnt offering, ny son."
||Abraham is tested as to
his faith, could the father of Israel
sacrifice his son at God's command. God
the father of all the redeemed will
sacrifice His son. Although Abraham
probably did not realize what he was
saying at the time, his words ring very
propetic. 'God Himself will provide.
|Exodus 12 Key
verses v2"This month
shall be for you the beginning of
months..." v5"Your lamb shall
be without blemish..." v23"For
the Lord will pass through to slay the
Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on
the lintel and the doorposts, He will
passover and not allow the destroyer to
enter your house or destroy you."
||The ransom price for sin,
here represented by slavery, is death. A
sacrifice needs to be made. The proof of
sacrifice is blood on the doorposts. A
Christians proof of sacrifice is the
precious blood of the Lamb of God who
paid the ransom price of slavery to sin
by giving up His life on the cross. The
feast of the Passover commem- morates the
victory Christ won for us.
verses v12"For it is a
Jubilee; it shall be holy to you..."
v24"And in all the country you
possess, you shall grant a redemption in
all the land."
||The year of Jubilee
celebrates the time when all people will
be freed from all incumbrances. Jesus, at
the onset of His ministry, declared the
year of Jubilee. Luke 4:18,19
Sam.7:13,14 "He shall build a house
for my name and I will establish His
throne forever. I shall be his father and
he shall be my son,"
||These words were given to
Samuel concerning David, but were
actually prophesizing Christ. An earthly
throne can never last forever.
"I have set my king on Zion, my holy
hill. I will tell of the decree of the
Lord: He said to me, 'You are my son,
today have I begotten thee."
||Prophesied by the
psalmist 400 years before; these are the
words God spoke at Jesus' baptism in the
"the Lord reigns,....v9 For Thou,
O,Lord art most high in all the earth:
Thou art exalted far above all
||A verse from a song by
David in worship to the King of Kings,
who will one day take his throne.
forgives all your iniquity, who heals all
your diseases." v4"Who redeems
your life from the pit."v19
"the Lord has established his throne
in the heavens, and his kingdom rules
||David continues in praise
to the Lord who will one day redeem his
"The Lord says to my Lord,'Sit at my
righthand till I make your enemies your
||A key verseto
understanding David's psalms.David could
not be prophesizing of himself, for David
also has a Lord as well as God
"The LORD has sworn and will not
relent, "You are a priest forever
according to the order of
||The king who is to come
is also the priest of the highest order.
Only Christ, God's blessed one, could
fulfill this prophesy.
"My God, my God, why hast thou
forsaken me?" "All who see me
mock at me, they make mouths at me,they
wag their heads: 'He committed his cause
to the Lord; let him deliver
||David prophesizes the
words at the cross. Christ's agonized
cry; and the people's derision of him.
" I am
poured out like water, And all My bones
are out of joint; My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me. My strength is
dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue
clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to
the dust of death."
||That Christ would hang on
a cross.His arms pulled from their
sockets, and after no water for many
hours under a hot sun, his blood draining
from him, he is extremely thirsty
"Therefore the Lord Himself will
give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son, and shall call
His name Immanuel."
||A direct foretelling of
the birth of Jesus.
"Unto us a Son is given; And the
government will be upon His shoulder. And
His name will be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase
of His government and peace There will be
no end, Upon the throne of David and over
His kingdom, To order it and establish it
with judgment and justice From that time
forward, even forever. The zeal of the
Lord of hosts will perform this."
||A prophesy telling of Christ and his
"Say to those who are
fearful-hearted, "Be strong, do not
fear! Behold, your God will come with
vengeance, With the recompense of God; He
will come and save you." Then the
eyes of the blind shall be opened, And
the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And
the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters
shall burst forth in the wilderness, And
streams in the desert."
||These words, prophesied
300 years prior, were the words Jesus
answerred to John the Baptist when John,
in jail, needed confirmation that Jesus
was the Messiah.
"Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I
have put My Spirit upon Him; He will
bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He
will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the
street. A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench; He
will bring forth justice for truth."
||Christ is not only for
the Jews, but, also the gentiles. His
rule and justice and mercy and redemption
is for all people
"I, the LORD,
have called You in righteousness, And
will hold Your hand; I will keep You and
give You as a covenant to the people, As
a light to the Gentiles, To open the eyes
of the blind , To bring out prisoners
from the prison, Those who sit in
darkness from the prison house.
||A new covenent is given.
A covenent of grace and of freedom; not
of the law as was given previously.
"I am the LORD, that is My name; And
My glory I will not give to another, Nor
My praise to carved images. Behold, the
former things have come to pass, And new
things I declare; Before they spring
forth I tell you of them."
||The bible is very much a
compilation of prophesy. The accuracy of
the prophets gives validation that the
bible is true; 100% truethe living word
of the living God.
has believed our report? And to whom has
the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He
shall grow up before Him as a tender
plant, And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness; And when we
see Him, There is no beauty that we
should desire Him. He is despised and
rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it
were, our faces from Him; He was
despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs And
carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him
stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our
transgressions, He was bruised for our
iniquities; The chastisement for our
peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we
are healed. All we like sheep have gone
astray; We have turned, every one, to his
own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and
He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His
mouth; He was led as a lamb to the
slaughter, And as a sheep before its
shearers is silent, So He opened not His
mouth. He was taken from prison and from
judgment, And who will declare His
generation? For He was cut off from the
land of the living; For the
transgressions of My people He was
stricken. And they made His grave with
the wicked But with the rich at His
death, Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it
pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has
put Him to grief. When You make His soul
an offering for sin, He shall see His
seed, He shall prolong His days, And the
pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His
hand. He shall see the labor of His soul,
and be satisfied. By His knowledge My
righteous Servant shall justify many, For
He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore
I will divide Him a portion with the
great, And He shall divide the spoil with
the strong, Because He poured out His
soul unto death, And He was numbered with
the transgressors, And He bore the sin of
many, and He made intersession for the
||For over 300 years this
prophesy must have confused the people of
Israel.Who could Isaiah be talking about.
The people were expecting a mighty king
who would drive out all their oppressors
|Jesus grew up not as a
prince, but as a carpenter's son.
|Even the people who had
followed Him were turning away after His
arrest. Many now despised Him and looked
on Him as a diappointment for not
overthrowing the Roman authorities as
they expected a savior to do.
|Christ's kingdom is a
heavenly one. To establish it He had to
defeat death and sin. Those are our two
main enemies. To do this He had to suffer
|Many prophesies are in
these versesDescribing Christ's death. He
was the offerring for sin. He gave no
defence for His Actions. Hewas hung along
side two criminals. Although He died a
criminals death, He was buried in a rich
"Behold, the days are coming,"
says the Lord, "That I will raise up
to David a Branch of righteousness; A
King shall reign and prosper, And execute
judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved, And
Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His
name by which He will be called: The Lord
is our righteousness."
||A prophesy of promise
voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation
bitter weeping, Rachel is weeping for her
children, Refusing to be comforted for
her children, Because they are no
||Upon hearing of the birth
of one who just might become king Herod
had all the baby boys in and around
the days are coming, says the Lord, when
I will make a new covenant with the house
of Israel and with the house of Judah,
not according to the covenant that I made
with their fathers in the day I took them
by the hand to lead them out of the land
of Egypt, My covenant which they broke,
though I was a husband to them, says the
Lord. But this is the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel after
those days, says the Lord: I will put My
law in their minds, and write it on their
hearts; and I will be their God, and they
shall be My people. No more shall every
man teach his neighbor, and every man his
brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for
they all shall know Me, from the least of
them to the greatest of them, says the
Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity,
and their sin I will remember no
||Another promise of a new
covenent: Now we are given a covenant of
grace in Christ Jesus. The old covenant
being the law.
you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are
little among the thousands of Judah, out
of you shall come forth to me the One to
be Ruler in Israel,whose goings are from
of old, from everlasting."
||Bethlehem is the city
from in which Jesus is to be born. This
verse also testifies that this King is
eternal,Only one is eternal and that is
greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O
daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King
is coming to you; He is just and having
salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey. "
||250 years prior, the
story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem was
foretold. Jesus rode ito the city on a
donkey and the people hailed Him as their
King, only to betray Him 5 days later.
4:5"Behold, I send My messenger, And
he will prepare the way before Me.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the
prophet Before the coming of the great
and dreadful day of the Lord."
||Jesus identifies Elijah
with John the Baptist who went before
Jesus calling for repentance and
proclaiming a new spirit of worship and
"And the ransomed of the Lord shall
return, And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads. They
shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow
and sighing shall flee away."
||I included this verse
because it is one of my favorites.Telling
of the exeeding joy that is our