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Friday, 06 April 2018 10:50

HIS RESURRECTION

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“Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a sepulcher. BUT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD

-Acts 13: 26-30

While in the throes of death, Psalms 88 reveals to us the cry of the Messiah:

“Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise thee? Shall your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? Or thy faithfulness in destruction? Shall thy wonder be known in the dark and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?”

Never before had any being divine, human or angelic been raised from spiritual death to spiritual life. So He cried “…shall the dead arise and praise thee?” The entire plan of redemption and these unfolding events depended on the answer to this question. The Master has now made His grave with the rich and wicked in His death.

The Bible declares: “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief, when thou shalt 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 travail of his soul and shall be satisfied…” – Isaiah 53: 10, 11.

What was it that was satisfactory about the travails of Christ in hell? God was seeing as a fact, His seeds (sons) as Christ was travailing. In bringing many sons to glory, the captain of our salvation was made perfect through the sufferings (Hebrews 2: 10). When the claims of divine justice against humanity and creation was satisfied, God raised Jesus from the dead.

For death by itself never overpowered Him but He submitted Himself to the death on the cross and thereafter it pleased God to put Him to grief. His travails were for a purpose. It was that purpose that gave pleasure to God in the midst of Christ’s travails. When that purpose was fulfilled, death could no longer hold Him. He was loosed from the pangs of death by the power of God and raised from the dead (Acts 2: 24).

By this resurrection, God had fulfilled the promises of scriptures. Liberty and justification from all charges and sin had been made possible and available to whoever believes. Whoever believes and devotes Himself to the Lord can now be absolved and cleared from sin for which he could not be justified under the Law of Moses (Acts 13: 32-39). Apostle Peter himself acknowledged this before the Jewish rulers to their shock and chagrin. “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4: 10-12).

The resurrection of Jesus from hell and grave signaled His triumph and subsequent authority over all for whoever believes in Him. “…according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1: 19b-22).

The Lord Jesus Christ bore witness to this fact saying, “…I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1: 18).

At resurrection, God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name (authority, identity) that is above every other in heaven, on earth and in hell (Philippians 2: 6-11). He was made to sit at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high and hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than any angel or man (Hebrews 1: 3-6). So whoever shall call on the name of the name of the Lord shall be saved. His resurrection has also given all who believe in Him the privilege of being raised up together with Him and made to sit together in heavenly places in Him. All who have received Him can share in the authority and ability of His resurrection power (Ephesians 2: 4-6).

The Lord Jesus Christ left His heavenly glory to become like a man. Being found as a man, He took our place and suffered for us. By His sufferings and resurrection, He obtained for all humanity and creation victory over sin, death and satanic bondage.

For any man to enjoy this victory which Christ has obtained for him, he MUST now be identified with the risen Christ and His finished work through faith. Herein lies the message of the substitutionary work of Christ obtained through His death, burial and resurrection is available to all.

 

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