The Resurrection and the Life

[SW023] 11/06/2011 Message notes from by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2011

Isaiah 53:8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

But that’s not the end of the story! God says, through King David:

Psalm 16:10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

–Jewish thought: spirit unable to be revived after 3 days in the grave, thus decay sets in.
–God speaks to us through David that someone would die and yet not see decay, thus He must arise after no more than three days.

John 2:18-22  The Jews questioned Jesus’ authority, asking for a sign. Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” What? It took us 46 years to build it! But He was referring to the temple of His body!

Acts 2:22-32  Peter testifies that Jesus is the One that David wrote about. –David certainly saw decay (verse 29), so he wasn’t writing about himself.
–But David wrote Psalm 16:10 prophetically.
–The Lord gave David a vision of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would not see decay!
–This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses (verse 32)!
–Acts 4:33 says they (the 12 apostles) gave testimony to His resurrection.
–This resurrection power that came forth when Christ was raised from the dead was SO powerful that in Matthew 27:53, Matthew reports that holy ones came out of their tombs at Christ’s resurrection. That power is still going forth in the world today!

Why is Christ’s resurrection so important?

#1 — Had He not been raised, He could not be the Messiah who would reconcile us to God the Father; He would not have fulfilled the prophecies of the OT.
–Paul writes that Jesus Christ was declared the Son of God with power, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)
–His resurrection proved He is the Son of God. It was the Father’s exclamation point at the end of Christ’s time on the earth!

#2 — His resurrection means our resurrection.

–We are like the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37 until Christ’s resurrection power comes in. His life breath comes in and resurrects us!

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life; He who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

–Jesus says He is the resurrection for all of us who believe in Him (He is the Source of our resurrection). Your spirit will never die but will live forever, even when your body dies your spirit, that which has no mass, which cannot be measured or weighed —  your soul and spirit –live eternally.
–Because of His resurrection, we who believe are resurrected! How? His eternal life literally comes into you! He breathes on you, and you live, not the existence you had before. You find the meaning of life: it is to know your Creator!
–Jesus says that He is the life. This life is by His resurrection power! It is resurrection life!
–He is the Source of eternal life, life as God has it, for here and now AND for heaven.
–This life stems from His resurrection.
–Through His blood, we receive forgiveness for our past sins.
–But through His resurrection, we receive His life in us.
–Jesus says, “Do you believe this?”

How can we tell that we’ve been resurrected?

–Paul says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
–What is it to be a new creature?
–No longer like “the old you,” a visible difference that everyone notices.
–You no longer like the things you used to like.
–Your life is Christ-centered rather than centered on yourself.

AND
–Paul takes another step. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:5-6)
–”United like Him in the likeness of His death?” What does that mean?
–Christ carried sin upon Him; we carry a sin nature within us.
–The sin Christ carried died when He died. Our sin nature must be put to death. THEN we will be resurrected into His very nature. We must ask God to do it.
–Christ’s resurrection opens the door for us to be freed from sin, no longer slaves to it!

Do you believe the message? (Isaiah 53:1)

–Are you so new that everyone notices the difference in you?
–Are you like Jesus?
–Is His character increasingly being formed in you?
–Do you have the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and Spirit-control? These are not our idea of love, joy, peace, and so on. They are Christ’s love, Christ’s joy, Christ’s patience . . . they are God’s qualities! (Galatians 5:22-23)
–Are you doing what Christ did in the world, and even greater? (John 14:12)
–Are you still struggling with sin?

–Oh, may the eyes of your heart be opened and flooded with light, that you might know:
#1 The hope of your calling
#2 The riches of the glory of your inheritance in Christ
#3 The surpassing greatness of God’s power which He exhibited when He raised Christ from the dead (see Ephesians 1:18-20)

–It is too difficult, you may say! I cannot do it!
–Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! (Hebrews 12:2) who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame!
–Strive against sin to the point of shedding blood spiritually (v. 4)!
–His life will come in, His Spirit will fill you, and you be resurrected into His very nature!

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Author: Susan Wynn, servant of Jesus Christ

Healed by Jesus Christ of MS in 2001, in the middle of the night! Proclaiming His gospel, His healing, His heart. Author of From Death To Life--A True Story of Healing, Hope and Being Set Free. Our ministry: My Father's Place, a ministry without walls, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.

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