REALITY OF THE RISEN REDEEMER
Esther S. Robinson
A boy born into a farming family had not tasted the recipe called ‘poverty.’ While he was studying in sixth standard, his eldest sister was a teacher and an elder brother was an aeronautical engineer. Life, in his view, was happy-go-lucky because their ship sailed smoothly. When he grew up to be a young man pursuing higher studies at college, a severe storm called ‘drought’ slashed vehemently and their ship was tossed to and fro for a couple of years. Every effort of his father ended offering him only thorns and thistles. Their financial status gradually shrunk like a deflated balloon.
This young man used to demand more than what was needed and led a high life-style. He could not put himself into the shoes of his parents to feel the painful pinch of poverty. At one point of time he asked for an exorbitant sum stating various reasons, for which there was no dearth. Although his demands were ‘unfair,’ his parents looked upon it as a plea from their dear son; they considered it was their responsibility to fulfil, and accepted this burden joyfully. The amount asked for was five times the salary received by a high school teacher in those days. While his father moved his eyeballs left and right pondering with emotion, his mother remarked, "Why do you have to be in such a posture? Don’t worry! Jesus will see us through this situation." The young man mused within over the statement of his mother.
The following day, accompanied by her son, the mother went to borrow the sum required from her brother, who lived in another town. They had to board a bus and then walk for nearly two kilometres. Initially the son felt ashamed and bothered over the thought of having to borrow from his uncle. However, when the acts of fun he would derive out of that money flashed before his eyes, he brushed it aside and walked briskly in the style typical of boys at that age. His mother walked about ten metres behind. Now as they walked, suddenly the young man found his mother conversing and thought, "Has she gone mad? With no one around, who is she talking to?" When he asked what she was doing, she said, "Son! I told Lord Jesus that I was going to my brother’s house now to get money for you. I requested Him to see to it that my brother was at home. Moreover, I also pleaded with Jesus to make him greet us when we enter his house. Then I asked God that he must ask what your need is. When I say the amount that we require, without questioning, he must immediately ask his wife to offer us the sum."
When they were near the uncle’s house, the young man slowed his steps. He sent his mother forward and he followed her behind faithfully. Upon entering the house, they found the uncle in his formal attire indicating that he was about to go somewhere. He greeted his sister affectionately and enquired about her needs. Just as his sister had pleaded with Jesus Christ, he asked his wife to immediately give the money requested and then said, "I am going out to attend an important meeting. Please do dine at home without fail." He patted the young man and left the house.
Events unfurled exactly as the mother had related to the son about her conversation with Christ. Have you been caught in ‘access-denied’ areas of your life? Believe that the resurrected Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ can appear in those places that you consider are shut, and you can also see Him touching, eating, walking and talking with you just as how a friend does. Examine if you have had this experienced with the risen Redeemer.
The young man, now a Pastor, shepherds four hundred families. He says, "There are two kinds of experiences expounded by servants of God concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ viz., objective and subjective. After resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to many people. Appearing and disappearing is common to the spiritual form. ‘The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit’ (Jn.3:8). If He appeared then without room for doubt, He disappeared as well. He appeared when the rooms were shut.
Have you come to the dead end of your life? Just call upon the name of Jesus Christ and He can appear where access is denied. This is called the objective experience. Cleopas and another disciple who journeyed with mixed feelings from Jerusalem to Emmaus exclaimed, 'He walked along with us. He spoke to us. He sat down to eat with us.' The resurrected Saviour dines with His disciples offering them roasted fish and honey. Now movements such as touching, eating, walking, talking and the like call for a physical body. Therefore the resurrected body of Jesus Christ is unique in every way and we are called to have an experience of journeying with our Lord. This is called subjective experience."
The apostle Paul clearly states what is meant by ‘resurrection’ in the following verses: "Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself" (Phil.3:21). "So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit corruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed; in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1Cor.15:42-52).