Jesus’s death and burial aren’t the ends of His story, but He arose from the dead on Resurrection Sunday (Luke 24:5 – 9; Revelation 1:5)! Jesus had previously taught His disciples concerning His suffering, death, and resurrection, but they didn’t understand (Mark 8:31 – 32; 10:32 – 34). Then, after His resurrection, they remembered what He had said to them, the things they did to Him, and they witnessed His resurrected body (John 2:22; Luke 24:33 – 48).
Jesus proved who He said He was by His resurrection, confirming His identity as the Son of God and His atoning work on the cross. His resurrection was a literal, physical raising of the body of Jesus from the dead with a glorified body of flesh and bone yet could go through walls, appear and disappear, and eat (Luke 24:36 – 43)!
His resurrection validates His death and finished work on the cross, certifying that the righteousness He came to work out was completed (2 Corinthians 5:21). It ratifies and establishes God’s new covenant with Jesus as our Mediator. Then He ascended to heaven where He is our High Priest (Hebrews 9:15; 4:14).
What does His resurrection mean for us who believe? First, we received justification and righteousness (Romans 10:4). Second, Jesus has given us abundant life now and everlasting life (John 5:28 – 29; 6:40; 10:10). Therefore, because He lives, we will also live (John 14:19).
Who was delivered up because of our offenses and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 4:25 – 5:1
That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:10
Philippians 3:10 refers to the power displayed in the resurrection and the power that comes from it. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a powerful demonstration of the power of God. Not only was Jesus raised up but we were raised up with Him (Ephesians 4:8; 2:6).
Let’s look at what it means to experience this life-giving power of His resurrection in our everyday lives. The resurrection power of God is His dunamis or explosive power. Resurrection life brings the life of God to us when we receive Jesus as our Savior (John 11:25 – 26; 1 John 5:12). The Holy Spirit indwells us when we are born again. We are changed, born of the Spirit, and we have the same life in us as He has, the Zoe life of God (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:3 – 8)!
The word life in Greek is Zoe. The God kind of life lives inside of us in Christ. His life continually keeps making life in our bodies and adds years to our life on earth (Romans 8:11; Psalm 91:16). So we have the eternal life of God in us (1 John 5:11 – 13; John 3:16).
The life of God permeates heaven. We can have it here on earth because His resurrection life and power are a force. Whatever is dead or buried, resurrection life is working in us, i.e., our bodies, finances, relationships, etc. Resurrection life is continually energizing our spirit, soul, and body. Resurrection life drives out the curse (Galatians 3:13 – 14)!
We receive and activate resurrection life by faith in the name of Jesus (Galatians 2:20). We must believe, speak, and act on what God has said and done to access all the benefits of the abundant life and receive full use of resurrection power in our lives. The anointing destroys every yoke so that every part of the Blessing is released. We live healed through resurrection power (Romans 8:11). We live free through the resurrection power (John 8:36). Resurrection power sets you free from the sin and shame of the past. It will also set you free from fear, worry, and anxiety.
As believers, we have the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead residing in us! So don’t allow sin, disobedience, and living a selfish, worldly life to keep that resurrection life from flowing out of you. Instead, make a daily decision to walk in the newness of life in Christ and the Zoe life of God through the power of His resurrection (Galatians 5:16 – 18).
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Romans 6:4 – 6
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:10 – 11
Jesus had ultimate victory through His death on the cross and His resurrection; therefore, we no longer need to fear death. (Romans 6:9 – 11; Colossians 2:15; 1 John 3:8). Death came with it when sin entered the world (Romans 5:12). The author of sin and death is the devil. Satan no longer has power over death through the fear of death that had held humanity in bondage (Hebrews 2:14 – 15). Jesus conquered death and the grave (Revelation 1:18)!
When a believer dies, our physical body returns to dust, but our spirit and soul depart to be with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1). To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:6 – 9). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our guarantee of eternal life and that we will live eternally with Jesus (John 6:40; 14:1 – 3 ). Our victory will be complete when we receive our glorified, resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:54 – 57).
The resurrection of Jesus was during the Feast of Firstfruits, and He has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:20 – 24; Leviticus 23:9 – 14). Therefore, we have this hope that we will see them again (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 18). God will also raise us through His power (1 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 4:14). The unbeliever’s resurrection does not have hope because they are not in Christ and, therefore, without God and hope (John 5:28 – 29; Revelation 20:12 – 13; Ephesians 2:12).
Because Jesus Christ lives, we can walk in faith and have hope for all of our days. Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior have secured their healing, provision, and protection through the blood of Jesus and His resurrection power, which gives us authority over the devil (Isaiah 53:5; Exodus 12:13; Revelation 12:11; Luke 10:19). We are seated with Christ in heavenly places, so we are not on the same level as the devil (Ephesians 2:6).
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
Jesus has already redeemed us from the curse and the power of darkness and has given us victory (Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 5:4). We can plead (apply)the blood of Jesus over our lives as we pray and declare the name of Jesus over our lives, families, and circumstances every day (Philippians 2:9 – 11). Taking Holy Communion is another way to appropriate what Christ did on the cross and thank Him for it. Release your faith!
Share the life that Jesus has given you and the power of His resurrection with someone else today!
“Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 5:20
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