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Children's Sermons in Acts to Revelation

Children's Sermons in Acts to Revelation

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
EDITED BY SIR W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A., LL. D.



THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES



THE FORTY DAYS THAT OUR LORD LIVED
UPON THIS EARTH AFTER HE ROSE
FROM THE GRAVE.

Acts i. 3.
EDITED BY SIR W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A., LL. D.



THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES



THE FORTY DAYS THAT OUR LORD LIVED
UPON THIS EARTH AFTER HE ROSE
FROM THE GRAVE.

Acts i. 3.

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CHILDRE'S SERMOS I ACTS TO REVELATIOEDITED BY SIR W. ROBERTSO ICOLL, M.A., LL. D. THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES THE FORTY DAYS THAT OUR LORD LIVED UPO THIS EARTH AFTER HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE. Acts i. 3. We are going to think about 'The Forty Days'. They are such important days that they are gener- ally called ' The Forty Days '. Perhaps they are the most important ' forty days ' that ever were spent. ' Forty days ' — between the time when Jesus Christ rose from the grave and the day when Jesus Christ went up into heaven. For when Jesus Christ began, He began with ' forty days ' in the wilderness ; and when He ended, He ended with ' forty days ' with His Church, before He went up to heaven. But how do we know there were ' forty days ? ' Can you tell me ? Look at the third verse of the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles : will you read it ? ' He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.' 'Forty days.' ow look. From the feast of the Passover to the feast of the Pentecost was — how many days ? ' Fifty.' The word ' Pentecost ' means ' fifty '. And it was called ' Pentecost,' because it was fifty days after the Passover. ow next Thursday is Holy
 
Thui-sday ; the day that Jesus Christ went up into heaven ; and Sunday week will be Pentecost, Wliit Sunday, when the Holy Ghost came. ow, how many days is it from Thursday to Sun- day week ? ' Ten.' Take away ten from fifty, and how m:my remain ? ' P'orty. ' Then there are ' forty days ' that Jesus Christ was upon the earth after He rose from the grave, before He went up to heaven, which was next Thursday. ow we are going to talk about these ' forty days '. ' Forty da3's ' between what ? Between the time that Jesus Christ rose from the grave and the time that Jesus Christ went up to heaven. I wonder why. Why did not Jesus go up straight from the gi-ave to heaven ? He had said upon the cross, ' It is all done ; it is finished ! ' \\\y did He come back to this poor world ? Can you think ? May we a.sk why ? May we ask why God does anything ? Yes, we may ; but we must remember that we cannot tell half the reasons, when we ask why God does anything ? We may find out one or two reasons, but there are a great many reasons that we do not know ; and very likely the reasons we do not know are very much better than the reasons we do know. ow will you try to think with me ? I am going to think of six reasons why Jesus Christ came back to this world again before He went up to heaven. You must think too. I. The first reason I think of is, to show that He loved us ; to show that He loved this bad world still, and that He was not in such a hurry to leave it. He loved us, and so He came back to us. That is the first reason.
 
n. The next reason I think of is because He wanted to prove, and show for certain that He had risen from the grave ; for supposing Jesus Christ did not rise from the grave, then what Jesus Christ said did not come true, because He said He would rise ; and if Jesus Christ did not rise from the grave, then we shall not rise from the grave ; but when we are put into the grave, there we shall sta}' for ever. That would be a sad thing ! Therefore, it was very im- portant that Jesus Christ should prove that He rose from the grave. So He came back to this world to prove that He rose from the grave. He did not show Himself to everybody. He showed Himself to witnesses appointed for that purpose, that they might witness who had seen Him ; that they might be able to go and tell everybody they had seen Him, and that He was risen. That is my second reason. ni. The third reason is because He wished to show not only that He was risen, but that He was the very same Jesus that was on the cross, and put into the grave. He showed that He had got a body. How did He show that He had got a body ? Twice He ate, just as we do, because we have bodies. If we had not bodies, we should not eat and drink. Do you remember when ? Once in the room when the ten disciples were together. He took some broiled fish and a honeycomb, and He ate with the ten in the room. And once by the side of the lake. He showed He had got a body. It was not quite the same body that He had before. I mean it was a spu'itual body. I cannot explain that. It is too deep. It was a spiritual body. We shall see a little more about that presently. ot only did He show them that He had got a body, but that it was the same body, because when He chose He could make people see that it was the same body. They saw it was Jesus ; they knew Him.

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