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Light of Life: April 2012

Editorial: SECURITY - P. Abraham

WHY DID CHRIST COME? - Francis Sunderaraj

SIGNIFICANCE AND PURPOSE OF THE CROSS - P. Samuel Manoharam

THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION - Dipankar Nath

DISCIPLINE OF CONTENTMENT - Leonard Cutler

IS JESUS RELEVANT TODAY? - Jeyakar Chellaraj

Bob's Banter - SHARING YOUR VISION..! - Robert Clements

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April 2012

THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION


Dipankar Nath

It encourages us to live like Jesus.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact that is remembered annually every Easter season. But it is no more than a historical fact to many people. The spiritual significance and importance of the resurrection are unknown to many and hence, they are not able to fully appreciate all that the resurrection has purchased for us.

Foundation Of Faith
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very foundation and basis for our faith. Not just His death and burial, but His resurrection. In accepting the Lord and being saved, we must confess with our mouth the Lordship of Jesus and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 10:9-10).The basis for the Lordship of Jesus is His resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:32-36, 1Cor. 15:15:14, 17). If Christ is not raised, our preaching is in vain and our faith is vain (empty-imaginary, unfounded).

The resurrection of Jesus is the very foundation of our faith. It is what makes our faith a real, genuine, living, life-transforming thing.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ declared Jesus as the Son of God (Rom. 1:4).Jesus was a great leader (Jn. 3:2), (Rabbi), Great prophet (Matt. 16), a miracle worker, healer, deliverer. He was however, much more than these. He was on the earth as the son of man (Matt. 16:13). By revelation, Peter knew that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God. He charged His disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ. He died as Holy, Sinless, and Good man, but was raised up as the victorious Son of God, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Exalted as head over all things and seated at the right hand of the Father God almighty and given a name that is above every other name. At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow... There have been many gnanies, pandits, holy men that have walked on the earth. They, however, did not die for man's sins and they were not raised from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus declared and manifested Him as the Son of God, the one that took our sins away. (Rom. 4:24-25). Jesus was delivered up for our offences and was raised for our justification (when we were justified).If He was raised for our justification, it means that justice was served, sin had been taken care of, put away permanently (Heb. 9:26, 1 Cor. 15:17). If Christ is not raised, we are still in our sins. But Christ is raised from the dead and for all who believe, we are no longer in our sin or under its control, penalty of sin it is paid (Eph. 2:4-6). We who were dead in sin... have been made alive and raised up together with Him (Rom. 6:4-5). He was the first born from the dead (Col. 1:18,1Cor.15:20). We can now also be born again from the dead by believing in Him (Jn. 5:24).

Now for those that believe in the Lord Jesus and are born again, what does the resurrection of Jesus mean today? (Eph. 1:17-21). Apostle Paul was praying that we ought to know the power of His resurrection. The exceeding greatness of God's power for us, to us and in us who believe.

The greatest demonstration of God's power in the Old Testament was parting of the Red sea. It was often referred to by the children of Israel in their generation (Psa. 114). The presence of the power of God made the sea part, Jordan split, Mountain skipped and trembled. All these are, however, nothing compared to the power of God demonstrated in raising Jesus Christ from the dead and setting Him at His own right hand. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He raised mankind too. The exceeding greatness of God's power. Incomparable Great power.

Holiness
The power which raised Jesus from the dead is:

  • The Spirit of Holiness (Rom. 1:4).
  • The glory of the Father (Rom. 6:4).
  • The spirit of God (Rom. 8:11).

The Holy Spirit demonstrated the working of the exceeding great power of God to raise Jesus from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus now makes this same power the power of His resurrection available to everyone who believes.

Jesus, upon His ascension and seating at the Father's right hand, recanted the promise of the Holy Spirit. Poured out His Spirit, power upon His disciples (Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 2:33).The power of the Holy Spirit is the same resurrection power that wants to infill and indwell each believer.

Apostle Paul prays that eyes of our hearts be enlightened to know and understand the impassable, unlimited and greatness of His power in and for us who believe... (Eph. 1:17-20). Paul desired to know this power himself (Phil. 3:10) that I might know Him and the power outflowing from His resurrection on the believer.

The power of resurrection will help us:

  • To overcome the sin, temptation of Satan (1 Jn. 4:4).
  • To guide our spirit, Soul, body (Rom. 8:11, 2Tim. 1:7).
  • To encourage us to live like Jesus, do the works of Jesus (Jn. 14:12, Lk. 4:18, Acts 1:8).



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