The Power of the Resurrection



Exhortation:

Many are power-drunk, but none is able to reach or match the power of Jesus Christ's Resurrection which is solid and incomparable. Thomas Amold, the great classics scholar who served as a professor of modem history at Oxford University said, 'The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the best attested fact in human history." That is, nothing could destroy or disprove or successfully deny the power of the resurrection.

This Power Made Manifest in Ages Past

        (1) This Power Was Displayed in Creation. The word of God has proved to be supreme from generations to generations ever since the creation was accomplished by this power. God spoke His word and the whole universe and all things therein were created. The total Segregation (separation) of the heavens and earth was accomplished by the Power which the word possesses. (Gen. 1.6-10.)

        (2) By This Power The Prophets Spoke. The prophetic sayings never fail. God in His dynamic and immaculate plans chose holy men to proclaim beforehand the display of this power: "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave for he shall receive me." (Ps. 49.15.)

        (3) This Power Was Employed By Jesus Christ on the Dead. By this power He restored the widow's son who had died and was on his way for burial and they glorified God. Luke 7.12-16. "And He put them all out and took her by the hand, and called saying, 'Maid arise,' and her spirit come again and she arose straightway and He commanded to give her meat." (Luke 8.54-55.)

        (4) This Power Was Confirmed By His Sayings. "'Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take It again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again...." (John 10.17-19.) God raised Him. (Acts 10.40.) The Holy Spirit raised Him. (Rom 8. 11.) In John 2.19,21, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and In three days I will raise it up.... But He spoke of the temple of His body."

The Hour of This Power

It Was Overwhelming and Irresistible. In Matthew 27, the Chief Priests and the Pharisees came to consult Pilate to go and seal the sepulcher with a stone, setting a watch. But neither stone, nor seal, nor soldiers could withstand the power of God! When the time was DUE: "Behold, there was a great earthquake, for the Angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat." (Matthew 28.2.)

The Inferior power was defeated by the Power of the Resurrection. "And for fear of Him the keepers did shake and became as dead men. Amen." (Matthew 28.4.)

This Power is the Hope of the Christian

Christ the Hope of Glory. (Col. 3.27.) "For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised?" (I Cor. 15.16.) "Marvel not at this for the Hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth, they that have done good, unto the resurrection of Life and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5.28-29.) Paul stated categorically that in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the Trumpet shall sound, and the DEAD shall be RAISED incorruptible and we shall be changed.

We Must Be Prepared For The Unleashing of This Power! It is full of absolute truth that all will be touched by this power. Are you sure when this power comes in its glory, eternal life will be yours? Perhaps you are not sure of your standing. Know this: Jesus died for all sinners, including you because Salvation is in Him. (Acts 4.12.) To possess that salvation which is in Christ you must: Repent of your sins (Acts 17.30); Confess that Jesus is the Son of God (Jn. 1.49); and be baptized into Christ (Gal. 3.27) for your sins to be washed away (Acts 22.16) and walk in newness of Christ faithfully till death.

Conclusion:

Any other power in the world besides the power of the resurrection is inferior, including the unclean spirits. In Mark 5.6-7 we read, "And when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not."

Keep on trusting in this power of the resurrection and in His love as this word of Grace is sounded, knowing full well the arm of flesh will fail, but Christ is the solid rock.

Amen