THE  RESURRECTION PRAISE OF JESUS CHRIST. by Bishop Dr. J. Akin Atere

SERMON PREACHED AT THE PROPHETIC HOUR HELD ON THE 8TH APRIL 2021 AT EMMANUEL CHURCH OJU ORE OTA, OGUN STATE. BY 4PM

THEME: THE  RESURRECTION PRAISE OF JESUS CHRIST.

TEXT: MATT 28:6-9

Most  believers  view  the  resurrection  of  the  LORD  Jesus either  through  a historical or  a  prophetical  lens. They  tend  to  look  backward  or forward.

Too  often, believers failed   to  grasp  the -benefits  that  have  come  to  us as  a result  of spiritual  conquest  that  took  place  when  the stone  was rolled away  more than two  thousand  years  ago.

When we  look  back  to  the  crucifixion  and  resurrection  historically,  we  understand that Jesus  tasted  “death  for everyone”  when He assumed  our sin  debt  (Heb.  2:9).  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

The  One  who  did  not deserve  to  die, instead  took  our place  in  death.  The  curse  of  death  that should  have  fallen  on  billions  of wayward souls, swallowing  them  up  eternally,  instead  fell  on  the  Saviour  who  said, “I am  the  resurrection and  the  life”  (Jn.  11:25). When He  arose  victoriously,  the  spiritual atmosphere  surrounding  the world was  changed  drastically  and permanently, for  Jesus succeeded in  saving  us from  the  greatest archenemy  of  the human  race.SATAN. There is assurance and expectation  that one  day, in the  no-so-distant  future,  we  will also  conquer  death,  when  “the  dead  in Christ  will  rise  first. Then  we  who  are  alive  and  remain  shall  be  caught  up  together  with  them  in the  clouds to  meet  the LORD  in the  air”  (1  Th.  4:16-17).  “So  when  this corruptible has put  on  incorruptible, and  this  mortal has put  on  immortality,  then shall  be  brought  to  pass the  saying  that  is  written:  “DEATH IS  SWALLOWED  UP IN  VICTORY”  (1  Cor.  15:54).  This  is the  spectacular  and  wonderful  future  scenario,  but  if we  limit  this glorious  past  event  to  only  a  future  application,  we  have  missed a grand  portion  of  our inheritance  as “children  of the  resurrection”  (Lk. 20:34-36). , “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

  WHAT ARE THE  RESURRECTION PRAISE OF  JESUS  CHRIST? REASONS FOR RESURRECTION PRAISE

This is the praise when something already dead in your life suddenly come alive. The type of praise in the mouth of Mary Magdalane and the other Mary after confirming the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:7-9,)

The widow of Nain who lost her only bread winner and met Jesus.(Luke 6:11-17-7:23,)

The blind man at the pool  of Bethesda for 38 years (John 5:1-10,)

The widow of Zerephath and Elijah in(1 king 17:7-16, )

Stilling of the storm, That Roman centurion servant in (Matt. 8:5-13,)

Woman with bleeding in( Matt 9 :20-22, )

What about the demon possessed man in the synagogue (Mark 1:21-28) etc

Imagine their joy and how they would have praised God. An arch tenant suddenly has a flat of his own, your child who has been written off, suddenly become a philanthropist, one who has been joblessness for many years suddenly becomes A CEO ETC. But directly link with resurrection for our praise are:-

  1. DELIVERANCE  FROM SPIRITUAL  DEATH “But  God,  who is  rich  in  mercy, because  of  His  great love with  which  He loved  us,  even when  we were  dead  in trespasses,  made us  alive together  with  Christ  (by grace you  have been saved).” (Eph.  2:4-5). When Jesus  came  out  of  the grave,  believers  were  delivered from  spiritual death right at that moment.  We  were  “made  alive  together  with Christ,”  resurrected from the grips  of sin.    When  we  received the  resurrected Savior  in our hearts,  He  began  the resurrection  process. Just  like  Adam  in  his fallen state  died  spiritually  then began  dying physically,  so  believers  are  resurrected first  spiritually  on  their  way  to  a  complete  physical resurrection  at  the  coming  of the  LORD.  God  puts a  “new  spirit”  within  us (Ezk.  36:26) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
  2. RESTORATION OF SPIRITUAL  BREATH: After Jesus  arose  from  the  dead, He  appeared in  the  upper  room  and  “breathed”  on  His disciples, saying, “Receive  the  Holy  Spirit”  (Jn.  20:22).  This was  a  restoration  of  what  Adam  lost in  the  beginning. The  Bible  explains  that  “the  LORD  God  formed  man  of the  dust  of the  ground, and  breathed  into  his nostrils the  breath  of life;  and  man  became  a  living  being  [a  living  soul]” (Gen.  2:7 NKJV, KJV).  After the rebellion, Adam  and  Eve  lost  the  breath  of  God.  They may have retained breath naturally,  but  not  spiritually.  God does not breathe oxygen or other vapours;  God  “breathes”  His  own  divine  essence.  When Adam sinned, he  lost  divine breath  in  his  spirit,  so  he  could  no  longer  lived  an  “inspired” life—full  of divine  wisdom,  knowledge  and  love. Jesus  came  out  of  the  grave  with the  passion  to restore  breathe   of inspiration,  to  breathe  into  us  the  life-giving  attributes  of  God’s character and  image,  and  make  us  “living  souls”  once  again.
  3. JUSTIFICATION  AND RIGHTEOUSNESS:Romans  4:25  reveals  that Jesus was  “delivered for  our  offences,  and  was  raised  again  for  our justification.”  To  be  “justified”  mean  to  be  legally  acquitted  of all guilt,  and  found righteous, just  as if  we  never  sinned.  “As far as  the  east  is  from  the  west,  so  far has He  removed  our  transgressions from  us”  (Ps.  103:12).  Now  He  has  made  us  righteous in His sight,  given  us  “the  gift  of righteousness”  and  even named  us  “the  righteousness  of God  in Christ”  (Ro.  5:17,  2  Cor.  5:21).
  4. HOPE: Peter  launched  his  first  epistle  with the  praise-statement,  “Blessed be  the God  and  Father of  our Lord  Jesus Christ,  who  according  to  His abundant  mercy  has begotten us again  to  a living  hope through  the  resurrection  of  Jesus Christ  from  the dead”  (1  Pt.  1:3).  At  one  time,  we  had  “no hope,  without  God  in this  world”  (Eph.  2:12).  Then  “the  God  of hope”  filled us  “will all  joy  and peace  in believing”  (Ro.  15:13). Hope  is desire  married  to  expectation.  The  most  hopeless scenario  in this  world  is death, but  because  Jesus  conquered death and  gave  His  people  the gift of immortality,  we  have  endless,  boundless hope—in  every  situation. (there are many hopeless characters who got in touch with Jesus, their hope were restored,eg The 10 lepers in Lk 17:11-19, the noble man son at Capernaum John 4:46-54, Lazarus John 11:1-44 etc)
  5. HEALING: Malachi  4:2  prophesies  of  the  resurrection  with  wonderful imagery,  “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings and yee shall go forth and grow up as calves of the stall” Jesus was a healer before  the resurrection, before  the  complete  price  was  paid  for  us. How  much  more  did  He  come  out  of the grave  with a  passion  and  power  to  heal  us completely:  body,  mind, soul and  spirit. He  is Jehovah-Rapha (the  LORD  our healer), the  Great  Physician, who  now  presents  to  every  human being  the  invitation, “Do  you  desire  to  be  made  whole?”  (Jn.  5:6) Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The same question He is asking us at this prophetic hour.  DO YOU WANT TO BE HEAL?
  6. PEACE,  WHOLENESS AND  PROSPERITY .

After Jesus  arose  from  the  dead, He  appeared to  His disciples several times  greeting  them  with the word,  “Peace”  (most  likely, He  actually  spoke  the  Hebrew  word  “Shalom”). ”spiritual term with multiple meanings including: peace, rest, welfare, health, wholeness,happiness and prosperity in every area of life. The “chastisement of our peace was upon Him” (Is. 53:5). In other words, He went through the mind-piercing pain of Calvary,crowned with thorns, so we can experience being crowned with life. Now “He is our peace”and we have received “peace with God,” “peace from God” and the “peace of God that passes human understanding” (Eph. 2:14, 2 Cor. 1:2, Ph. 4:7).

  1. DAILY RENEWAL

Second Corinthians 4:16 encourages those who are troubled, “Therefore we do not lose heart.Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

Scientists say:cells in our physical bodies are constantly renewed by fresh blood, removing death-dealing toxins and infusing every cell with life-giving oxygen from the lungs and nutrients from the digestive system. And so it is with our spirits. The blood of Jesus flows through us constantly, removing the toxin of the lower nature and infusing us with the resurrection-life of the Word and the Spirit, constantly renewing our status of victory and righteousness. This is a “mini-

resurrection” on a personal and spiritual level that takes place over and over again all day long, as we abide under Jesus’ Lordship. No wonder, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper”(Is. 54:17)

  1. ULTIMATE VICTORY AND TOTAL DOMINION

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and has raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:4-6)

To be raised up to sit together with Christ is to be enthroned with Him in a position of power, authority, rest, victory and dominion. He has made our enemies our footstool. All things are under His feet and now, all things are under our feet as well. This is the restoration of the dominion Adam and Eve lost in the beginning, and this speaks of absolute victory over every negative we face in this world—not just historically and not only futuristically, but right here,

right now. Yes, “this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith” (1 Jn. 5:4).