Resurrection and the covenant of peace
He came and died a sacrificial death for our sin, was buried and on the third day resurrected in order to rescue us from the impending doom earmarked for us as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve.
This victory of Jesus over death is the victory of Christians over sin and Satan and this victory brought about the restoration of the covenant of peace and blessing, which God had with us and which was made blemished after the fall of Adam.
At Easter, we reflect on the finished work of redemption – vis-à-vis His death, burial and resurrection, which bestowed upon us salvation, mercy, dominion, health, honour and glory, which are the products of covenant of peace and blessing God had with mankind at creation.
Christ laid down His life for the love He has for mankind and was not coerced into it, for He has power to give it up on His own free will or take it back.
Jn 10: 17-18 says, “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. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
It is the power of resurrection, that power that reconciled us with the Creator and re-established the covenant of peace that we are appreciating today. By the power of His resurrection, all those things the devil has stolen from us are restored.
Thus, the challenges of humanity, including physical, spiritual, political and economic challenges that are preventing the progress of man are addressed by this resurrection power.
The resurrection of Christ brings the optimism that, no matter how difficult or how challenging our situation or condition may be, as long as there is resurrection, there will be a restoration.
This also suggests that, as bad as the prevailing situation in our country might appear, there is the expectation that things will get better, if we can boldly come to His throne of grace for the covenant of peace to be established again.
If the nation can come to Him today, I am sure our problem shall be no more, because it is only in having a union with Christ that we will have peace.
Beloved, only God has the power to give peace. Neither Babalawo nor your father nor mother could give you that blessing of peace that will change your life for good, because they are not the creator of your life.
Your boss in the office lacks all-round blessing to give you, but only God has all the blessings and peace of this life and the life after.
When there is no peace in your life, family, business or the nation, it is prudent to know that it is time to enter into a covenant to seek God for peace to reign.
When there is a crisis in the society, you should know that something is wrong, that your relationship with God has broken and that it is time to enter into covenant of peace with God.
2 Chron. 15:1-2 says, “And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.”
Those that seek the Lord shall experience a special manifestation of His presence and favour, as a token of His covenant of peace and blessing, while those that forsake Him shall be forsaken and left to their ruin, which they deserve.
If you would use the occasion of Easter to steadfastly adhere to the cause of God, you are assured of His blessing as the catalyst for the covenant of peace and blessing in your life.
But if you abandon it, you will surely harvest the bitter fruits of disobedience.
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