As we know tomorrow marks the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. He was crucified on the Jewish Calendar on 14th of the month of Nisan. Some say it was a Wednesday, some on a Friday, and they argue on the year. All I know is that my Jesus died, was in the grave three days and God His Father, our Father, raised Him from the dead through the Holy Spirit.
“For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18.
Now our Jesus is in Heaven with God the Father interceding for us:
“Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.” Romans 8:34
And Jesus is waiting for that time when God releases Him back to this earth to redeem His church, His bride, us.
All of the foundations of our Christian doctrine hinge on the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24:1-2
Yes, Jesus is a historical figure, yes Jesus was a great Prophet, but above all that, Jesus is the Eternal Son of God, with all the power and attributes of God, because He is God!
Jesus said in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” And then He said, “Do you believe this?”
All of our personal Christianity hangs on this question. Do we believe? Do we believe that God raised Jesus from the dead? Do we believe that everything that was said about Jesus in the Bible is true? Do we believe, that if we believe in Him, we will have eternal life?
The Apostle Paul spoke to the Church of Corinth about the resurrection of Jesus about his physical body. That it was raised from the dead because Greeks believed that only a Soul is resurrected, and many did not believe in the resurrection at all.
Jesus was fully resurrected, Body, Soul, Mind, and Spirit, that is the power of His Resurrection. He was complete in that resurrection. That was the miracle of it. It showed those who believed their future, the miraculous raising of His church to be with Him. A promise fulfilled. We would be like Him.
Paul said in 1st Corinthians 15:
“Now if Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
That is why the physical resurrection of Jesus is crucial to confirming His identity. It declared Him “to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”. Romans 1:4. So our identity is also in Jesus’ resurrection. That His resurrection was real, and all of the power of that resurrection is real, and it is ours.
But it is up to us to believe. I have been asked, “How can you believe this? “How can you believe in something you cannot see?” My answer is, “I cannot disbelieve.” “I cannot not believe.” “I cannot say this did not happen because of my heart.” “My heart knows He is alive.”
My heart believes what the Bible says of Him, that He was raised from the dead, and when I am raised or meet Him in the air, I will be like Him.”
There is no mystery to me about that account. People who do not believe cannot fathom that. They do not understand because they have no Holy Spirit to open up the truth to their hearts and minds. Since I have a relationship with Jesus, I believe, I know the truth.
Jesus died so people would know the truth. Jesus died so the mysteries of God would be revealed. The only people who think God is a mystery are those who do not know Him. Those of us who do know Him, God has revealed those “mysteries” if you want to call them that, but really they are His promises to us who believe. His promises are revealed to those who go after Him. And that knowledge comes through the power of the resurrection to those who believe.
When you look at the lives of Jesus’ Disciples before He died, they were still unsure men. They were not captured totally by Jesus. They were not slaves to Him by any means at that time. They still lived in fear. When Jesus was taken to be judged and crucified my men, the Disciples ran. They hid. What a group.
When Jesus rose from the grave, the Disciples were still in disbelief. Luke 24 shows this. The women who found the tomb empty told the Disciples and it says they did not believe the women. In verse 11, it says the disciples didn’t believe, “because their words seemed like nonsense.” Did they even listen to Jesus? Was this why Jesus always said, “You of little faith!”
But today people still think that way.
When the Disciples saw Jesus face to face, it must have been a shock. Everything that Jesus said would happen, happened. Jesus stood before them with a heavenly body. He even ate with them. Thomas even believed. And during the remaining time Jesus was with them, He prepared them for His departure. He breathed the Holy Spirit on them. The same Holy Spirit we receive upon salvation. John 20:22, “And with that, He breathed on them, and said, receive the Holy Spirit.” Then Jesus was taken up to heaven. Luke 24:51, “While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up to heaven.”
During those last days with Jesus, I believe that is when the Disciples became true slaves to Him. But they were more than slaves. These men were tortured and died for Jesus. And you would say, if Jesus was not resurrected from the dead, why would these men, and so many others die for a lie?
Continuing, after Jesus went up in the sky, these Disciples became obedient to His Word. And I believe that is why they did what He said to do and gathered together and prayed to wait for the promised “Helper” that Jesus said He would send them.
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
It was not until the Disciples waited and prayed in that upper room, would the full extent of the Resurrection of Jesus be fulfilled in and through them. The truth and promise of the Word of God would be exposed to them in Power. Yes, the Disciples received salvation, but there was so much more for them for them as they lived out their lives for Christ. And as we know from Acts Chapter 2 the Holy Spirit fell on those waiting with flames of fire. What Jesus suffered and died for was going to cause the greatest age for man in the history of the world. The creation of His Church, and man being restored to God with supernatural power.
After the 3-time Jesus denier Peter, now forgiven and filled with the Holy Spirit preached to the thousands on the Day of Pentecost, the Church of Jesus Christ exploded onto the earth. At that point, the Kingdom of God which Jesus preached about, would pour out on people like a mighty wave moved by the Breath of God. During the days of Noah, the Flood brought death by cleansing, but now another Flood would bring life eternal to all who believed as it was poured out, bringing with it supernatural power.
Jesus’ Disciples would grasp they were in Christ, and that this power from God was available to them through the Holy Spirit just as Jesus recognized who He was in John 13:3. “Jesus knew the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God.”
But what about for us two thousand years from the explosion of the Resurrection?
Yes, we who believe, who have confessed with our mouths that Jesus Christ is our Lord, and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, yes we are saved from eternal life in death, and we have our salvation, but there is so much more.
Jesus died and was resurrected not only that we may have eternal life and live forever with Him which is so huge that our minds cannot I believe totally grasp the concept, but He wanted us to have a full fulfilled life on this earth while we were here.
Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”. So is the power of His resurrection to us. So he wants us who believe to live in that power. He wants us to live life in the fullness of that resurrection. The fullness in the promises of God.
What is that life? I picked a few.
We live in forgiveness. This is a big one. Jesus died for the remission of our sins. We received supernatural grace that covers those sins. From the east to the west they are removed, so we must believe in that for ourselves, that when we confess our sins to Him, He has forgotten them. We must believe that they have been covered in His blood and we go on in life, and not be buried with past regrets.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith…” Ephesians 2:8
“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:
We live knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing, your past can’t, what you may have done now can’t, nor your future. God loves you with a love that we cannot fathom, and we must live in knowledge of that love.
“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
Because of you
we are being put to death all day long;
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
That is a promise!
We live knowing God lives in us. Sometimes I think we forget that. We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:16. Our lives should represent that. When Jesus said, “It is Finished” and he died, it says in Mark 15:38, “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom”. At this point, the wall between man and God destroyed. This curtain as many of you know, was the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple.
Only the High Priest after he was sanctified could enter there. The Holy of Holies was where the Ark of the Covenant sat in earlier times. It was where God was to Israel. This six-inch-thick curtain was ripped in two when Jesus died on the cross to represent that God’s relationship with man would dramatically change. God would now live in us through His Holy Spirit, and we would not have to shed the blood of animals for the remission of our sins, or have a priest act on our behalf. Jesus did it all, He is the High Priest and upon our confession of Christ as our Savior, God would be in us through the Holy Spirit and we can confess directly through Him.
And lastly, but I believe one of the most important. As believers and Sons and Daughters of God, we are to live our lives to bring Heaven to Earth.
Jesus “ He did it, and sent us to do it. To move ourselves out of the Temple to where the people are, seek out those that need Jesus, and bring them the living Word.
Jesus also told us to make disciples
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19
We are in a get them into the church movement which is good, but there needs to be a life change to those who come in. There needs to be confession and repentance of sin, and a for many, a change in lifestyle. When we make disciples, they get to know Jesus, and the power of His Word, where lives are transformed into a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus then told us to, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
Jesus called us to live in the authority that we received, and that authority has allowed us to continue the works of Jesus to reconcile lost men back to God and bring healing to the nations. When Jesus was taken up to heaven, nothing was to stop concerning His works on earth. He passed those works onto us His church. We were to operate in the same gifts, the same knowledge, the same wisdom, and in the same Spirit as Jesus. It is up to us, to renew our minds, and go after Jesus to receive the revelation he wants to freely give us so we will lack nothing in our Christian walk on this earth. And when we fulfill our calling, God will take us up so we can experience the full glory of His Kingdom that will either be in Heaven, or on this earth if we are still here when Jesus comes back.
So we praise God for His love for us. We praise God that he sent His best to die on a tree to raise Him again to life so we would experience life to the fullness here on this earth today, and what is to come. Amen!