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Celebrate Easter? He’s Still Risen Today!

Jesus is still risen and is alive todayJesus is still risen today and we’ve passed “Easter” day. As Christians we know this, don’t we? Then why do so many celebrate his resurrection as it if was some kind of sports game?  To many, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection takes back seat to his death. They cheer his resurrection on Easter as if it was a football game their favorite quarterback won, but within a few days (usually one day), the cheering is over and it’s back to the daily grind of living life and making ends meet.

Is that what the resurrection is all about?  A “memorial moment?” A “nostalgic moment?”A game someone won in past history?  If you view Jesus’ resurrection as a nostalgic event that happened many years ago that we just “commemorate” on Easter, this article is for you. I want you to know, without any doubt, that Jesus’ resurrection was the biggest moment in human history that no future event will even shadow. Not even his glorious return is of the same magnitude as his own resurrection because without his resurrection, there would be no return int the first place. I want you to see what his death and resurrection accomplished for you should you choose to accept it by simple belief.

The Resurrection of Jesus is the Biggest Event in Human History

I don’t know about you, but when I think of big events in human history, I think in terms of effect. What did the event accomplish? How did the event shape the direction the world was going in? When 911 happened, it changed the course of world history. That one massively bloody event had an effect on the world. That was a big event, but nothing like the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus’ resurrection changed history for good — literally for good. The world will never be the same because of it.

With the death of Jesus Christ we have the propitiation of all mankind’s sins. Jesus’ death paid in full the debt of all just penalties and all the Creator God’s requirements for the redemption of the human race and the salvation of the world. Yes, that’s how big it was and that’s how big it is. That one act of selflessness during which Jesus voluntarily succumbed to the evil forces in this world on behalf of everyone, and laid down his life so we could live, not facing the judgement and sentence we deserve, but to receive the gift of immortality and entrance into God’s holy presence forevermore.

Let’s see from God’s Word what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished on behalf of all who accept it by believing and confessing Jesus is truly Lord.

The book of Romans states our legal position in Christ due to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his subsequent resurrection.

Romans 3:25, 26  [Jesus] Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus

“Propitiation” means “payment in full.” We see in this verse we have “the remission of sins that are past” accomplished for us through Jesus’ death (the shedding of his blood which describes his death on the cross). We also see God justifies those who believe Jesus is Lord.

Ephesians 1:7  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

Matthew 26:8  for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:19, 20 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. 

Jesus’ death on the cross provided for forgiveness of our sins and our justification in the sight of God, both of these things combining to reconcile us to God. We have peace with God because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Most people are aware of this, whether they believe it or not, because it’s been published throughout the world ever since the printing press was invented.  But that’s not all of what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished.

Do You Have Peace with God?

Peace with God means God will never, ever, condemn you or act in wrath toward you. Peace with God means he is no longer angry at you because of anything you’ve ever done — or ever will do. You had no choice coming into this world. You were born “without God and without hope in this world” (Ephesians 2:12). That was Adam’s fault way back in the garden of Eden 6000 some years ago. You didn’t have anything to say about these things, so why would God require or even expect you to do anything to get yourself out of that situation? This, my friend, is why salvation is free. It cost God His only begotten son, but to you and me it is free.

All we need to do is:

Romans 10:9-11  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Have you done it?

Jesus is the First of a New Race of Spiritual People

Many people don’t realize that the resurrection of Jesus produced a new race of people. Jesus is the first “spiritual man” ever. He was raised with a new spiritual body, also promised to Christians (we’ll see this in a minute).  He is called the “firstfruits” and the “firstborn” of all creation. This is a very interesting term which we’ll look at, but first let’s see it in Scripture.

I Corinthians 15:20  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Romans 8:29  because those whom God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Colossians 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,

Thus the focus of the term [firstborn] in the Septuagint is primarily on priority of rank, i.e., the one who has all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an heir; one who enjoys a special relationship with God. It is not on priority in time or origin. This focused persists up to and into the time of the New Testament and provides, therefore, the most likely background to the meaning of term there. Indeed, we will see that Psalm 89:27 stands behind the NT usage of the term in reference to Jesus as the Messianic king. Source: https://bible.org/article/jesus-and-christians-firstborn

Colossians 1:18  He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead so that he himself may become first in all things.

What is God telling us here?  God is saying that Jesus is the first of a new race of people — the firstborn ‘over’ all creation. See the article linked above to go through this verse with a fine-toothed comb to see the reality of what this is talking about. Jesus is the first of a new race of people who, with and in him, inherit all of what God is giving. This is truly amazing.

Philippians 3:201,21  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 

who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

To confirm we are a new race of people in Christ, God tells us He has given us citizenship in heaven. This is spiritual citizenship. We have a heavenly, celestial destination, not an earthly one. Our true citizenship is in heaven, not in any country on this earth. Israel inherits earth but we are of that new race of people of whom Jesus is the firstborn, who inherit a new spiritual body as a new race of people.

Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

I encourage you to discover exactly what Jesus accomplished for us by reading and studying God’s Word. In God’s tremendous plan of redemption, His goal was to have children — spiritual children — to fellowship with.  He wanted spiritual offspring who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. This is what He obtained in giving Jesus, His only begotten son, to the world.

Praise God for his wisdom, love and might. When Jesus, who is still alive, returns, we who believe will be transformed. We’ll receive the same type of body Jesus has and we will have a new place in God’s order. This is the most fantastic hope anyone could have.

Father thank you for giving your son for my sins. Thank you for raising Jesus from the dead.  I believe Jesus is Lord. Thank you Father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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