Sunday, 27 February 2022

Acts of Resurrected Jesus


Scripture: John 21 v 25: "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the book that should be written. Amen."

Luke 24 v 39: "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." 

After He rose from the dead, Jesus now holds the keys of hell and death. He has conquered death for Himself and made a way for those who follow Him to have eternal life, not after they die, but starting from the moment they are born again. 

He does not call Himself a person of flesh and blood, that is completely human, but He no longer has blood flowing in His veins. It has been taken to blot out all sin. 

In His new divine body He is able to walk through walls; appearing and disappearing at will. One moment He is expounding the scriptures about Himself to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. When they belatedly recognised Him, He vanished. Next moment He was in the Upper Room showing His disciples the holes in His hands and feet. 

He appeared at the Sea of Galilee, where Peter had gone fishing, back to his old trade. Again his nets were empty until a Stranger on the shore said cast your nets onto the right side of the vessel. The nets overflowed, without breaking, with 153 large fish. Immediately they knew it was Jesus on the shore. 

Jesus breathed into the mouth of each of His disciples the breath of life, the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is not the same as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This infilling gave them authority to forgive sin, or withhold forgiveness if they discerned false repentance. 
John 20 v 21 - 23: "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained."

This breath of life is reminiscent of the Son of God, the Creator, breathing life into the clay statue that became Adam. The Father and the Son were present on Earth saying Let us make man in Our image. So we resemble our Father. We know we came from Heaven where He dwells, and will return there when we 'fall asleep in the Lord'. Jesus made all these things possible. 

The biggest questions we should ask is, Why are we here on Earth?  What happened in Heaven, our Home, that exiled us to this lonely planet, only able to be rescued if we repented of our sins, and believed that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour?  

According to Ephesians 2 v 4 - 5: "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" and

Ephesians 1 v 3 - 4: " Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"

Before the foundation of the world we were chosen to be holy, guilt free.  However, we became dead in sin and could only come spiritually alive after the death and resurrection of Jesus.  And we had to fully believe in Him and obey His Words to make it to Heaven.

It would be wonderful if all those books about Him could have been written. However, He enjoys revealing Himself to us as we grow in the knowledge of Him. The more we seek Him to know more about Him, the more our treasure hunt reveals. 

He is the Pearl of Great Price for which we must give everything to have the whole of it. The more we die to self and discern His Spirit in those around us, and uphold them, the more is His grace poured out upon us. The more we abandon our own selfish ambition and humbly yield to His will, the more we understand about human nature and the world around us. 

Its never too late to make a start.  This is how we can fill the whole world with the Acts of Jesus, by letting Him use us, the new creation, to preach, pray, heal and deliver.  His Light will shine through us and draw the lost like moths to a flame.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Jesus was a real living person as well as being Your Son. He always spoke the truth, pouring out His life in healings, deliverance from demons, restoring dead people to life and many miracles. Today He does these things through His Body - us! Give us more faith and understanding so we can be His hands extended to the lost and suffering. In Jesus' name. Amen.