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:-
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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)
- 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?
- 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).
- 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)
- 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).