Director of Missions

Resurrection

 I opened my eyes and saw the beckoning hand of the preacher motioning me to arise and come forward to meet the resurrected One. In that moment it seemed the room was illuminated twice as bright, and that a portal to life itself was opened before me. There in that moment was the Life Giver, the One who was victorious over the grave itself. My sins and my trespasses fell from me as I pressed into Him with my broken and repentant heart. My faith swelled as I encountered the great love of the Father in the gift of His Son. In that moment I was brought from spiritual death to life everlasting.

It is Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead that completed the work that He came to do here on the earth. It is the resurrection that validates the righteous life and vicarious death of God’s only begotten Son. It is the  locus of truth on which the whole of the Christian faith stands or falls. The Apostle Paul stated, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless:  you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. ” (1 Cor. 15:17-19). Yet, the Chosen One was raised from the dead by His own power. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 25:8 and Paul recorded it in 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” John the Revelator writing the words of the Lord to the seven churches said, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Rev. 1:18). The women who came to attend Jesus’ body at the tomb found themselves with their faces to the grounds as angels delivered this message: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again’” (Luke 24:3-7). And rise again He did! In His resurrected body He appeared to the disciples several times and to over 500 witnesses. The resurrected One has overcome the world (John 16:33), and has come forth from the grave with healing in His wings (Micha 4:2). He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty (Psalm 110:1) ever to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25). A beautiful picture of the resurrected Christ being worshipped in heaven is found in Revelation 5: “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,  saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!’”

 

Serving the King Together,

Eric