LIVING THE RESURRECTED LIFE
TEXT: Ephesian 2:1-8, Col. 3:1-7.
PREACHER: Ps E. A. ABISOYE (AGS)
Thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ for the perfection of the work of our redemption which he has accomplished the remembrance of which we observe like this year’s celebration. Yet, it is a big surprise to observe that a great multitude of people celebrate Easter (the commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ our Lord) living in sin and spiritual death. For this category of people the essence of the Resurrection is not yet known. The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the most remarkable events in the history of mankind; it is what gives meaning to the redemptive work of Jesus significant for if Jesus died, used His blood as atonement for our sin, but did not rise from the dead, then our preaching would be vain and our faith as Christians would be vain also.
(A) ACCOUNT OF THE EVENTS OF RESURRECTION DAY: Lk. 24:1-31 and Matt.28:1-15.
- It is observed that the event took place on the first day of the week, the third day from His crucifixion. lLk.24:17;Matt. 28:1.
- Those that rose early in the morning with trepidation and anxiety about how to roll away the stone at the entrance of the sepulchre got there and discovered angels from heaven had rolled away the stone. Luke 24:2-4;Matt.28:1-3.
- The disciples of Jesus were in a state of perplexity and confusion, trepidation and fear about the event. They did not take to heart His words and prophecies. Luke 24:5-8;Matt.28:4-5.
- The angels made the proclamation of the good news of His Resurrection according to His prophecy. Matt.28:5-6; Luke 24:5-8.
- The disciples to whom the angels announced the good news of the resurrection of Christ took the good news to the other disciples, but they did not believe. Luke 24:9-11.
- Christ appeared to the Eleven to confirm the truth of His Resurrection with many infallible proofs:
- His empty grave; Matt.28:6;
- The witness of the Angels saying: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? Lk. 24:5.
- The people who spoke with Him after His Resurrection. Peter, Mary, Cleopas, Thomas etc 1 Cor. 15:5-8.
(B) FEW OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HIS RESURRECTION TO CHRISTIANS
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the convincing evidence that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, a heavenly Being, because of the power by which He arose from the dead. Rm. 1:4
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is an assurance that we can obtain forgiveness of sin. Paul in his epistle said: If Christ was not raised from the dead our faith is vain and we still remain in our sins. 1 Cor. 15:17. His Resurrection revealed that His propitiation for our sin which He made with His body was accepted.
- The Resurrection of Christ gives us assurance and hope of resurrection after death 1 Cor. 15:17-20
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ illustrates the great victory of Christians over all enemies. We see Christ as the Lamb that was slain but who still stands. (Rev. 5:5-6). A Christian also will overcome through the sacrifice and blood of the Lamb and His victory over death Rev. 12:11.
- His Resurrection is fulfilment of the Scripture Matt 27:62-63, Lk. 24:45-46 and it reveals the inerrancy (accuracy) of the Bible.
The truths which the death and resurrection of Christ has revealed must strengthen our trust and confidence as Christians in Christ as Messiah and in the blood of His atonement for salvation, forgiveness, justification and give us life, power and intimate fellowship (communion) to live the resurrected life.
WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE THE RESURRECTED LIFE
- To be delivered from carnality, Adamic nature and transformed to live according to the Spirit: 1 Cor. 3:1; Gal. 5: 19. To repent and turn away from a life of sin. Matt. 15:19, 12:36-39; Prov. 10:11.
- Living a victorious life, a life of obedience to Christ as Lord over our lives different from worldly conduct, popular societal culture or lifestyle and all forms of wickedness.
DANGER OF REMAINING IN THE FLESH (CARNALITY)
- Those who live in the flesh cannot please God Rm. 8:5-8.
- They abide under the wrath of God. Col. 3:6
- Forfeiting the kingdom of God Gal. 5:21
LIVING THE RESURRECTED LIFE
- Repentance from all sins and surrendering one’s life to Christ.
- After our Resurrection Encounter with Christ let us seek those things which are above. Eph 2:6; Col. 3:1
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit and through this mortify (put to death) the members of our body in this world Col. 3:5
- Living a disciplined life at all times 1 Cor. 9:27
- Meditating in the word of God, and for the word to dwell in us in all wisdom Col. 3:16.
- Putting on the whole armour of God and being watchful Eph. 6:10-18.
The coming of Christ is at hand, what can guarantee us to take part in the Rapture is to abide in Christ and to be fully prepared for His coming.