Easter Sunday: The Facts About Resurrection
Many of us fear death and see it as a problem, but death is not the problem; it is a result of Sin. Therefore it is Sin that we must fear. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Death is just a reward of the sinful life you have willingly chosen. We are too relaxed when it comes to sin and don’t treat it with seriousness, instead we see sin as a stumbling block that we must overcome when really, what we need to overcome is ourselves so that we may be obedient to God. We must overcome sin just as Jesus in resurrection overcame sin and death could not hold him down. Resurrection is big in the eyes of God. To us who are blind to spiritual things, it is just a myth. We just don’t understand the things of God and that is what kills us. Let us put ourselves in perspective with who God truly is measured by His entire creation.
When observing this image of the universe, be aware that all of this is just small portion of what was created by God! We so commonly deceive ourselves into thinking how big we are when in actual fact we just as dust. (Genesis 2:7). We are awed by the big mountains and animals in this earth but when looking at this image of the universe, it is evident exactly how small we are. The Earth is just a small dot that is barely visible in a sea of greatness that God has created. We are in that little dot; all of us with all our achievements, victories, inventions of skyscrapers and all the mighty malls and the biggest airplanes we pride ourselves in. In Romans 12:3 Paul say’s “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”.
God came from Heaven to Earth to complete the salvation plan in the resurrection. In the entire universe, with its millions of galaxies, God chose to come to Earth. Big as He is, God shrunk Himself and came down into Jerusalem, bypassing all the strong men and women of high stature to sleep in the womb of a small teenaged virgin for 9 months. The apostle John says the word became flesh and dwelt among them. This emphasis’ the grace of our God, he went through all this process because of His love for us and to bring us salvation. (John 3:16)
Understand that in the picture of God we are so small, this is why we must not be full of pride. We need humility to understand God’s mercy that he gave us through Jesus Christ. The soldiers who mocked and killed Jesus became as dead men when He rose from the dead. They did not even see the angels who rolled away the heavy stone, but yet, they considered themselves powerful. That is the greatness of this event. We tend to think we are too big in our achievements, even when we have no idea what we are about.
Solomon, the wisest of all men who ever lived, said in Ecclesiastes 2:11 “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
He said this when realising the greatness of God and how small our actions and successes are compared to this greatness. With this understanding, it becomes easier to forgive one another; the small offences will not register to you as major because you understand that you are no bigger than a small dot. Let us not think more highly of ourselves because we have not yet seen what is out there. This Earth is like a grain of sand on the seashore; there is still a lot more to discover in this universe.
If you knew the significance of Jesus Christ you would obey Him effortlessly. Yet we continue to disobey because we don’t understand God. Even on the cross Jesus cried “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Let us understand Him so that we can obey Him.
The Facts of The Resurrection
- The Resurrection of Christ was proclaimed eagerly in the early Church. This is because it was a miracle that is central to our faith. They understood its impact and took it seriously because it was more powerful than the entire Roman army of that day. Read 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains how paramount the message of resurrection is, in that it is central to the gospel message. The resurrection is what set’s Christianity apart form all the other faiths. We must never underestimate its significance.
- The Resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament and even Jesus Christ himself prophesied about it. Psalms 16:10 reads, “because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.” This is David talking about the resurrection, that Jesus would rise again. The Resurrection was prophesied therefore it had to happen, and when it happened, it made God true and faithful to His Word. It is a fulfilment of prophecy that is proved in Mark 9:30-32 where Jesus say’s ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.’, This is evidence that Jesus predicted his own resurrection. This makes Him God as John 1:10 says, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” because they considered themselves more highly that they were.”
- In the account of 1 Corinthians 15, the reason Christ appeared to more that 500 people was to confirm the resurrection beyond anyone’s doubt. The understanding that Christ is alive because he rose means there is hope for you. You will not remain dead when you die. You will rise again with a glorified body. If Christ did not rise from the grave then the gospel message would be pointless, this is why the story of the Resurrection is so important. The resurrection is the basis of the Christian faith because it proves the eternal life that Jesus promised. He conquered death in resurrection.
- In Resurrection we put our hope in Christ. We Christians must not be afraid of dying because Christ, who rose from the dead, defeated death. So we must follow Him so that we too can rise from death. God say’s “if you love me, keep my commandments”. This is something that must be examined by ourselves so that in the last day we may be accepted into his kingdom. The resurrection makes us understand that if we are to overcome death we must follow where Jesus stepped. This is the power of the resurrection, that if we follow and obey then we will rise with Christ.
- Since Jesus rose from the dead, then your fate and future are secure in Him because your sins are forgiven. The Resurrection serves to confirm that God accepted Jesus who was the spotless lamb and a worthy sacrifice. He was the lamb and then became the priest who shed his blood for our sins.
Last Sunday we were taught about the priests in the Old Testament who had to tie ropes to their ankle before entering the Holy of Holies incase they did not make it. But Christ needed no rope. He went into the Holy of Holies without a rope and was confident because he was accepted as the sacrificial lamb to present the blood before the Father. He said to Mary after he had risen from death “touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father” -John 20:17, this is because He needed to present the blood to the Holy of Holies first. The Resurrection confirms that God accepted the sacrifice as well as the priesthood of Jesus Christ to present the blood for our cleansing.
- The resurrection of Christ was designed to reveal what lies ahead for those who put their trust in God. Jesus’ last instruction was “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” -Mark 16:15. The message of the gospel is deeper because it’s on you and me to go and preach the resurrection story. It should give us the confidence to say that we can have what Jesus had after he rose from the dead. One day our bodies will be resurrected so let’s not be afraid of death. John 11:23-25 tells us that if we believe in Jesus, we must not be afraid of death.
Let’s be glad that Christ rose. It is good for us because we too shall rise from death one day. Just believe in God and trust Him fully.
This Easter, we celebrate the power of the Resurrection!
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