Sunday, 31 March 2013

Jesus Christ is Alive!

Scriptures: Luke 24 v 1-12; Matthew 27 v 50-54; Matthew 28 v 5-6; Philippians 3 v 9-11.


Glory Halleluia!! Hosanna to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Immortal, invisible, God only wise!! There are actually no words to describe what was witnessed at the Tomb of Jesus. Those who went to the tomb with spices and oils to anoint His body were too late. Did Jesus not say about the woman with the alabaster box full of expensive perfume which she broke over His head - what she has done will be told around the world. She alone would have the honour of anointing His body before His crucifixion.

All the disciples found on Resurrection morning were two angels telling them that Jesus had risen and would see them in Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene confirmed it. She saw Jesus alive in the garden and was not allowed to touch Him as He first had to go to His Father and take with Him the redeemed souls out of Paradise or Abraham's Bosom a place near Hell.

A few days before the believing thief on the Cross next to Him had galloped joyfully into Paradise, announcing that their Redeemer was on His way. Jesus took on His enemy, Satan, down there and utterly defeated him removing his weapons, his keys and reducing his mind to only be able to think on the human level. His ability to think on the divine level was gone. Jesus thrashed him for all the evil he had done.

On His way out of the tomb all the redeemed saints of old, men of renown, came out of their graves and were seen by many in Jerusalem. What a victory for Heaven! What a victory for everyone who would believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who lived, died and lived again for all eternity. He is the firstborn of a new creation - those who are redeemed and ransomed, bought back from the enemy, no longer hostages, no longer dead, no longer vulnerable!! It would take time, though, for their minds to be convinced; doubts and fears to be removed; bad habits to be broken; bruises and illnesses to be healed. Because He was alive!!

Nothing was impossible now. The one Seed, or fragment, that was planted in Eve (her name means the Mother of All Living) and the breath of God that made Adam a Living Soul, had fulfilled the mission having been sent forth from the days of antiquity (Micah 5v2) ie from Heaven into the Six Day Realm then to Earth as the Seed which was born 2000 years ago, to bear all the sin of the world, die and come alive to prove that sinlessness brings life. O Wondrous Saviour.

On the down side, the compromised Roman Church which decided to amalgamate Christianity with the Babylonian Religion, superimposed the false gods over the mighty achievements of Jesus Christ. The power of the Resurrection was overshadowed by the pagan feast of Easter in honour of Oestre the goddess of fertility complete with rabbits and eggs and chocolates. But no matter how wrong and determined they were to minimize the resurrection of Jesus it is impossible to deny.

Every person truly born again and a new creature in Christ KNOWS that Jesus is alive and living in their hearts. They can call on Him and hear His voice. No other god can match a personal relationship with the Living God.  Jesus meets our needs and gives us hope for eternity. He is the One who John the Baptist said would baptize us in the Holy Spirit. Oh the awesome power of the flow of the Holy Spirit to cause us to be witnesses to the Lamb who was slain and is alive again.

We celebrated the victory of Jesus during Pesach this week and saw how powerfully He is woven into this Jewish ceremony that has such powerful parallels for Christians. (See the Christian Passover).

Paul the mighty apostle to the Gentiles (non Jews) had this to say at the end of his illustrious life - That I may know Him and the power of His Resurrection! I have to agree with Paul even after the amazing spiritual adventures I have had with Jesus, my family and friends, it seems the deeper you go, the more you know, the vastness of what is still unknown draws you into the very heart of God.

If on this special day you realize that your life, or even your Christian life, needs some urgent awakening then go to the source, Jesus Christ, and ask Him to guide you into all truth. He will never ignore a request like that.

Prayer: Father in Heaven, Joy Joy Joy in Heaven and on Earth for this great moment in the history of Jesus and all mankind. The doors of Heaven are open; the gates of hell went under; Jesus holds the keys (authority) of death and hell. Let this be known in all the world Lord that Our God reigns forever. In Jesus' name. Amen.