Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25-26 (KJV).
The resurrected life in Christ Jesus, what does this mean to us? However, before we look at what His resurrected life truly means to us, let us examine some misconceptions people have about the resurrection of our Lord of Jesus.
The number one misconception comes from the group of people who think it is a myth or a story. However, we know for certain that this account is not a myth or mere fictional story.
The proof of the reality of Jesus’s resurrection can be seen from the detailed facts of the accounts and events provided in the Bible about this event. The testimonies were given in the Bible by the early Christian fathers who were the Apostles of Jesus.
We also have accounts through history and to our present time, of how this singular event has touched and affected the lives of people and changed the course of history. Testimonies throughout history until now prove believers and non-believers alike are having tangible encounters with Jesus in a very powerful and precise manner. Above all that the word of God can never lie and stands true to what it proclaims, and as we see, there is an empty grave that stands as a monumental testimony to the word of God.
The second category of people with misconceptions are those who have tried to move beyond the myth theory or speculation, to the point where they believe the resurrected life of Christ occurred as related in the Bible, however, they look at it as an occurrence of the past, and therefore, with past connotations and implications only and have no present or future impact.
Our Bible tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8). Proof of this Bible verse can be found in the ongoing testimonies of people around the world of how the resurrection power of Jesus has changed their lives for the better.
The third category of people is still those who have managed to venture beyond the notion or belief that the resurrection life of Jesus also has implications for the presence and the future, however, its reality and impact are only an afterlife experience.
This notion has also been refuted in different Bible passages and one of such comes from our Bible verse for today. This Bible verse does not only provide us with a profound realization of the truth of the resurrected life of Jesus but also a foretaste of God’s eternal power in the here and now.
This means that as believers we are privileged to walk in the resurrection power of Christ, and even demonstrate this power in greater measure, why? Because of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus, the fact that He rose victoriously from the dead, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12 KJV).
It is for these reasons stated above that we who have come to believe in the complete, and fully accomplished resurrection of Jesus must firmly stand upon, for this is the foundation of our faith and our faith statement. This is the bedrock of the power of God at work in us. This is the reason why God sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts.
By this act, we have come alive, we have been translated from death to life. Before we made our faith confession and gave our lives to Jesus, we were dead in our sins and trespasses, we were held bound to death and in the time frame of death. This scenario does not only apply to the physical death in the world around us, but even more importantly, it is the eternal spiritual death.
When Jesus went to the cross, was crucified, died, was buried, and rose again from the dead, He became for mankind the resurrection and the life for whoever would believe. When we do this i.e., believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, we are then automatically set free from the timeline of death and immediately translated into the timeline of God’s eternal life, old things are passed away, and behold all things have been made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This gives us immediate access into the presence of God our Heavenly Father and brings us in fellowship and communion with Him through the enabling power of His Holy Spirit. HALLELUJAH!!
As CHRIST’s followers, we must come to a deeper understanding of the power of the resurrected Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to help us explore the different dimensions and facets of all that the resurrection power of Jesus affords us—For He is Risen Indeed. PRAISE THE LORD!
Ebimobo W. Obasi
PLEASE PRAY ALONG:
Thank You For The Resurrection Power Of Jesus!
FATHER GOD, thank You for sacrificing Your Son so I can spend eternity with You—I am forever in awe, and I am forever grateful. You are the reason I have joy in my heart and breath in my lungs. Thank You for Your eternal goodness! Please teach me how to walk in and demonstrate the resurrection power of Jesus. Help me to be the extension of your hand to bring your life, hope, peace, and joy to the world. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN.