Monday, 9 April 2012

Resurrection - What did He achieve?

So what does His Resurrection achieve?  He achieved 2 fantastic, powerful, life changing benefits for us all:

1.  2Timothy 1:8-10:  The Gospel according to the power of God….has now been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
      Hebrews 2:14:  Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil…

These two references explain that Jesus destroyed the power of death; the power that kept Man in captivity to death as a result of the Fall of Adam and Eve.

This was why Jesus said in John 8.56:
Abraham rejoiced to see My Day, and he saw it and was glad.

Abraham’s problem, as with all humanity before Jesus, was that when he sinned, for example, on a Monday, he would repent and offer a sacrifice for sin on Tuesday in order to receive God’s forgiveness and restoration.  

Unfortunately, because Abraham was a captive to sin, he could not break free from the captivity and compulsion to sin.  Therefore, Abraham would sin again on Wednesday, and offer a sacrifice on Thursday to receive forgiveness and restoration.

He could not break free from the captivity of sin. Sin had him in a prison of captivity which compelled him to sin and which would then result in death. Abraham could have echoed Paul’s comments in Romans 7.19-25: 
For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me….warring against … my mind, and bringing me into captivity to … sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God; through Jesus Christ our Lord!….
Who destroyed the power of death that kept us all in captivity to sin which resulted in death.

No wonder, then, that Abraham rejoiced to see My Day, and he saw it and was glad.  Now that is a real, wonderful, life changing, joyful achievement!

 2.    1Corinthians 15.20-22  Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive 

As a direct result of His destruction of death, every human being who has ever lived will receive their resurrected physical body, either at the First Resurrection at His Second Coming, or at the Second Resurrection at the end of the 1000 year Messianic Age. 
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the First Resurrection. … they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.  

This is 'the prize' that Paul refers to in Philippians 3.14:
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 'The prize' is 'the upward call' of the First Resurrection, made available to us by His Resurrection that destroyed the power of death to keep us in captivity to death.   

This is why the Apostle John was so keen to share in 1John 1.1-4:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life; the Life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that Eternal Life which was with the Father and was manifested to us; …. that you also may have fellowship … with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

And why Paul wrote in Philippians 1.9-10 and Romans 8.38-39:
I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, ..till the Day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God…..For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

His Crucifixion and Resurrection is the outpouring of the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord….which has given to us the joy that Abraham rejoiced to see My Day, and he saw it and was glad and Job confidently affirmed in Job 19.25-26:
I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.

Now that is a ‘prize’!!!

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