Resurrection: A reality and not a fairytale – Part 3
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:17-23; Acts 17:30-34
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:17, “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.” (NLT)
Resurrection completed the work of redemption. If Jesus had not risen, our faith in Christ would have been in vain and those who have fallen asleep in Christ would have also perished.
Without resurrection, all that Jesus did on the cross would be in vain. Jesus defeated sin at the cross but had to resurrect and went to the domain of sin and defeated satan right in there. That was a total victory over sin. Jesus had to resurrect from the dead so that what He did on the cross would be effective.
We were all sinners under condemnation and were powerless to make ourselves acceptable to God and we cannot do anything to save ourselves from sin (Romans 3:23, 6:23). We needed a savior, who is Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, who offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus death was a sacrifice for our sins. In His death, Christ paid the debt for our sins that we could never pay. His Resurrection was necessary because it proved He had fully satisfied the wrath and justice of God, so that we can be justified.
Jesus resurrection guaranteed the resurrection of all believers who had died in Christ. Jesus became the first fruit of those who had fallen asleep. “First Fruit” means the first comer- the prototype. Because Jesus rose, at His appearance, the death in Christ shall arise and those who are alive shall meet Him in the air.
Jesus resurrection guaranteed that He had authority above all realms – Philippians says God Has given Him a name above other names.
Reactions to the resurrection
How do people react when they are told that Jesus rose from death? We see in Acts 17, Paul takes the gospel to the seat of intellectual power, philosophy and arts, which is Greece & Athens. He taught them about the resurrection of Jesus and the people started laughing at him, trivializing it: making it look like a fairy tale for ordinary minds and denying the fact of resurrection.
While some mocked it; some were undecided and some believed it (Acts 17:32 & 34). Among others that believed the resurrection of Jesus were Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris.
Believing in Jesus is a personal decision and not a group decision. There is nothing like group belief, you have to personally believe that Jesus died for you to be saved from your sins. We are saved one person at a time. You must come to personal realization that Jesus is who He says He is and you believe. If not so, you will perish in Hell.
Bible says that on the last day, two will be in the field, one will be taken and the other will be left (Mathew 24:40). Friendship will not help you, it is a personal decision.
How do we accept Gods free gift of salvation?
It is a simple mystery as ABC
• Acknowledge you are sinner: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. You can’t claim righteousness because your nature is sinful
• Believe that Jesus died and paid the price for your sin (Romans 5:8): While you are still a sinner, Jesus Has provided redemption.
• You have to confess Jesus as your Lord and Personal Savior (Romans 10:8-10): Publicly declare and affirm Jesus as your savior.
Have you made a public declaration of Jesus as your Lord and Personal sav
Please beloved do so today that you will not perish in hell.
Today’s Nugget: You can’t claim righteousness because your nature is sinful.
Prayer: I confess Jesus as my Lord and Personal Saviour
Prayer lines: 09078154261.
Dr. Chidi Okoroafor
Assemblies of God Nigeria