Guest post by Pastor Nelson Hopkins (Impact Church, Morehead City, N.C.)
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest phenomenon known to man. By His resurrection, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. As He once lived, He forever lives in the many infallible proofs of His resurrection demonstrated through His Body, The Church. He has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Through His death, burial and resurrection, He holds the keys of death, hell and the grave. ALL authority has been given unto Him in heaven, on earth and beneath the earth. No one else ever has or ever will be able to make such a claim of genuine truth. The physical body resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the immutable point; separating the gospel of Jesus Christ from all other religions. By the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Almighty God has established forever there is no other Name under heaven by which men can be saved.
Other than believing he was raised from the dead saves us from our sins, how is His resurrection significant to those who already believe?
Paul said that I may know him AND THE POWER of His resurrection. What is the power of His resurrection? Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead living in you now makes alive your mortal body. His Spirit is the light of God in His sons and daughters. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify God.” The power of His resurrection is Christ now living in you the hope of glory. No longer under the dominion of sin but delivered from it to rule and reign over every power of darkness. The resurrection of Jesus Christ makes the Gospel of Jesus the “Stronger man” gospel as recorded in Luke 11. We who believe are now living in a kingdom of power, not of word only. The same Spirit of God’s power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in you and makes alive your mortal body to do immortal or eternal works for God.
The Church today now believes in, CELEBRATES and remembers the resurrection but we are to also and even more so show forth works that demonstrate His resurrection with MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS.
We are not just forgiven but now we also are to preach reconciliation to God through faith in the resurrected Jesus Christ with signs and wonders that confirm He is alive and working the same works and greater than He did before His death on the cross. The resurrection is not just a fact for our faith to recall and receive but is also a truth to be demonstrated through preaching with signs and wonders that Jesus is Lord over death, hell and the grave as well as over every work and consequence of sin plaguing humanity today. The resurrection is words to believe and works to be seen as confirming that Jesus was delivered for our offenses but raised for our justification.
We are the just. We are the redeemed. We are the power of His resurrection living in this world today.
So this Easter, remember and rejoice in Christ Jesus and resolve not to neglect so great a salvation and live in the fullness of the resurrected Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!