The power of the Resurrection has both doxological and contextually relevant implications. We looked firstly at the Cross, and said, the Cross is not only,
- The demarcation of Christianity – The Cross distinguishes Christianity, by a historically and empirically verified Resurrection.
- The security to character enhancement – there is no other power to transform a depraved human heart.
- The separation from religion into a relationship -religion is what we do for God. Relationship is what we do for God, with God!
- The disconnection from the world – the Cross is our alignment to Christ and His Way of doing things (See Galatians 6:14).
- The reference point in life – even though it is a historical reality, the Cross holds contemporary relevance.
- And finally, the Cross is our ongoing identification – By carry my Cross daily, I give the accuser of the brethren sufficient evidence to find me guilty for loving God (See first Corinthians 15:31.)
So, to circumvent the decline that we see in Christianity, mainly in western countries. We must prayerfully seek to understand what the causes are for the decline. As I’ve mentioned, one of the most significant assaults on Christianity today is a Crossless Gospel, or a Bloodless Gospel. The Cross is the Power of God! Paul said, 1 Corinthians 2, and verses 2, and 5; For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. And again verse five says, That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Still, the cradle and the Cross are of little value without the Resurrection. But the cradle plus the Cross, plus the Resurrection, equals salvation. So in today’s message, I want to talk to you about another Powerful aspect of the Cross of Jesus Christ –The Power of the Resurrection!
Think about it, without a resurrection, Christianity would be stillborn. You need a living Saviour to have a living faith. If Jesus did not Raise from the dead, then our faith is vasectomised (or sterilise), meaning that it has no power to bring about the New life!
But in the scriptures, Jesus says something that no other claimant of deistic status ever claimed; John 11 and verse 25 says, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the Resurrection and the life…
Eternal Life is Synonymous with Resurrection Life
Notice how eternal life is related to resurrection life? If Jesus did not Raise from the dead, then our faith is vasectomised. It has no power to give life! Romans 6 and verse 4 says, “just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. As we reflect on Church History, the Apostles’ Creed, also known as the Nicene Creed, it concludes with this declaration: “…I believe in the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.” This is based in 1 Corinthians 15.
Resurrection is the Womb of the New Birth! This is not only a doctrinal reality; this is an empirical reality. People who believe that Jesus died and the third day rose had their lives change! So we don’t believe in a lifeless and powerless religion. But our faith is in the Way of life that truly saves, delivers, sets man free from the slavery of sin and its consequences! Glory to God!
But what does this mean from a doxologically and a Contextually sensitive perspective? Firstly, other religions or world views could compete with Christianity and say something like: “Your founder gave you a holy book? Our founder gave us a holy book. Your founder has a large following? Our founder has a large following. Your founder teaches you how to be morally good. Our founder teaches us how to be morally good.
But only a Christian can say, “All of that may be true, but our Founder rose from the dead!” Religion is an attempt to find merit with God. In Christianity, God places Christ’s merit on us! Secondly, the Resurrection secures three reality: that makes Jesus and Christianity worth following:
One: The Resurrection substantiates the uniqueness of Jesus and Christianity.
Two: The Resurrection authenticates the validation of Jesus and Christianity.
Thee: The Resurrection affirms the victory of Jesus and Christianity.
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