Last week I spoke about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a colt as the Passover Lamb of God, knowing that He would die. But knowing He would die for a purpose to set mankind free from the bondage of sin, and the bondage of their rebellion. A bondage that caused us to be separated from God. A bondage that caused us to die before our time, and yes a bondage that could separate us from our creator for all of eternity.
But God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believed in Him that He was the Son of God, the Messiah, and believed that God raised Him from the dead, to restore that which was lost, that those who believed would not perish in their sin, perish in their separation from God the Father but be joined to Him as was envisioned before creation began that we would live with Him forever as His sons and daughters. Yes for God so loved us that He made a way for us.
On this Resurrection Sunday I could go though all of the horror that Jesus went through in the days prior to His crucifixion, or even the crucifixion itself, it has been well documented in the Bible, and in books, and even on film these days, but I don’t want to go there. I’m not even going to talk of the story of Jesus about the days after God raised Him from the dead. I want to focus on the power of the resurrection.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead opened up many doors for those who believe. That power was evident right away, because the Word says in
Matthew 27:50, “And crying again with a loud voice, Jesus released His spirit. 51 And, behold! The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And the earth quaked, and the rocks were sheared, 52 and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep arose, 53 and coming out of the tomb after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”
What a beginning, the dead rose from tombs that had to be around where Jesus was buried and the power to raise Him, raised them. The only thing is they would die again at some point, but Jesus who conquered dead would go to be with His Father in Heaven.
Lets look at a few points about the power of the resurrection.
a. Jesus was the one and only sacrifice to cleanse us from our sins. Hebrews 8,9 & 10
b. Direct Access to the Father through Jesus Christ
c. Receive the Holy Spirit to Guide us
d. Though our profession and faith in Jesus Christ, we are heirs with Christ. Or you can say we have received son ship. Adopted by faith into a new hope. Romans 8
e. We have oneness together as the Body of Christ, we are part of a family and no longer orphans.
1. Jesus became the last and complete sacrifice for our sin to restore us into a loving relationship with Our Father in Heaven. Read Hebrews 9. Lord I pray that we have complete understanding of what is said in your Word.
“Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves. Behind the second curtain, the tabernacle was called the most holy place. It contained the gold altar of incense and the ark of the covenant, covered with gold on all sides, in which there was a gold jar containing the manna, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. The cherubim of glory were above it overshadowing the mercy seat. It is not possible to speak about these things in detail right now.
With these things set up this way, the priests enter the first room repeatedly, performing their ministry. But the high priest alone enters the second room, and he does that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing. This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper’s conscience. They are physical regulations and only deal with food, drink, and various washings imposed until the time of restoration.
But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God? Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Where a will exists, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will is valid only when people die, since it is never in force while the one who made it is living. That is why even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when every command had been proclaimed by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll itself and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded for you. In the same way, he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the articles of worship with blood. According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves to be purified with better sacrifices than these. For the Messiah did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, so that He might now appear in the presence of God for us. He did not do this to offer Himself many times, as the high priest enters the sanctuary yearly with the blood of another. Otherwise, He would have had to suffer many times since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And just as it is appointed for people to die once — and after this, judgment — so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”
Hebrews 10:15-18, “The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He says:
This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds, He adds: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”
Jesus was our eternal sacrifice, and all we have to do is ask for the forgiveness of our sins, and as it says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. And because of this selfless act of Jesus, our sin that would condemn us into eternal judgment, has now been forgotten by God and we have been given new life.
Which leads us into the 2nd door, we now have direct access to our Father in Heaven.
Through the resurrection the veil was torn between God and man so we now have direct access to Him through the Holy Spirit. Remember Pastor Milt speaking about the Tabernacle of David two weeks ago? It was a season when the people could go directly before the Ark of Covenant into the Presence of God. That ended, and the door was closed.
Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have come between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing.”
Only the High Priest could come into the Presence, once a year on the Day of Atonement to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat. This veil was a representation of the divide between a Holy God and sinful man. The veil was 60 feet long and 30 feet wide. The writer Josephus said the veil was 4 inches thick, and it is said when it was to be set up, it took 300 priests to position it because of its heaviness. It was made so that if anyone fell against it, they could not fall into the Holy of Holies and die. It was for our protection against a Holy God.
Matthew 27:50-51, “And crying again with a loud voice, Jesus released His spirit. 51 And, behold! The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And the earth quaked, and the rocks were sheared”
Hebrews 10:19-23, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Jesus’ willful sacrifice and shedding of His Blood opened the door to God the Father through the veil, and we have direct access to Him. To seek Him, to love Him, to make requests of Him, directly. Our sin no longer hides us from Him. With God, the door is always open for His children through the Blood Of Jesus as it states in Hebrews 10 with us having assurance in faith, with a pure heart.
Jesus opened the door for the Holy Spirit to be a part of our lives.
John 14:15-18, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:19-21, “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
I like what Charles Spurgeon said in a sermon he preached on June 17, 1855 named the Power of the Holy Spirit. That says it all, really, but God’s Holy Spirit is God in all of His glory and all of His power and is the power of the Trinity, and we see it in our lives, and through our lives, “as an outward and visible display of His power, and as an inward and spiritual manifestation of power.”
Not only does the Spirit of God have resurrection power to raise Jesus from the dead, as it states in Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
That same Spirit will also raise us from the dead giving us new life upon our confession, upon us asking. The Holy Spirit in us, if we allow Him, will change us from the inside out as reveals the Living Word to us as we consume it. Remember when Jesus said that the Spirit would bring to remembrance what He said? When we are having a bad day, the Spirit revealing the Word of God for us to believe in the promises of God. When we get into situations where captives need to be set free, the Spirit says pray, serve, or love.
Boldness to stand on the and for the promises of God. To bring Jesus into all situations.
Also remember what Jesus said that I will manifest myself to you. For some of us here, yes He has done this. All the power of the resurrection. And continuing what Spurgeon about the outward display of power, but leading into another point of the power of the resurrection of Jesus, in that we are now:
Heirs to God as sons and daughters, which allows us to receive the promises of God.
Spurgeon calls it “Works of Grace”, and he is true with that statement.
Romans 8:14-17, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
As heirs of God because of what Jesus did for us we have received a legal entitlement and inherit Christ’s legacy to continue it on the earth. In the Greek, we have received an appointment as a lawful inheritor, and we are now the secured possessor of the portion. In other words we have been given everything.
We have been given everything so that we can continue to Christ’s legacy on the earth to set the captives free.
By the Grace of God, through Jesus Christ we not only can be free from our sin and even sickness, but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can:
Heal the sick in so many different ways
Give Words of Knowledge
Have supernatural faith in all situations
Receive supernatural wisdom for situations
Be a miracle worker
Have supernatural discernment of different spirits
Speak and interpret different languages from man or God
All this because the power of the resurrection.
We now a part of a big family, and we are no longer orphans in this world.
Because of Jesus,
John 17:20-26, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”