Dave Food • April 16, 2021
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of Christianity and the Christian faith. The risen Christ is the reality of our faith and is a living hope. If Christ didn’t rise from the dead, then our faith is futile, and we are still in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:14-19). Jesus proved that He wasn’t a liar or a lunatic but showed that He is the Son of God by rising from the dead (John 2:19; Mark 9:31). Each member of the Godhead or Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in unity was involved in raising Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24; Galatians 1:1; John 2:18-19).
Jesus proved who He said He was by His resurrection, confirming His Identity as the Son of God and His atoning work on the cross. His resurrection was a literal, physical raising of the body of Jesus from the dead! A glorified body bearing the marks of the crucifixion that was flesh and bone yet could go through walls, appear and disappear, as well as eat (Luke 24:36-43)!
His resurrection validates His death and finished work on the cross, certifying that the righteousness He came to work out was completed (2 Corinthians 5:21). It ratifies and establishes God’s new covenant with Jesus. In his sermon on April 1889, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Charles Spurgeon explains what Apostle Paul is talking about in the verse (Philippians 3:10) is not so much of the power displayed in the resurrection as the power which comes out of it.
Let’s look at what it means to experience this life-giving power of His resurrection in our everyday lives. The resurrection power of God is His dunamis or explosive power.
Resurrection life brings the life of God to us when we receive Jesus as our Saviour (1 John 5:12). The Holy Spirit comes in when we are born again. We are changed, and we have the same life in us as He has, the Zoe life of God (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
The word life in Greek is Zoe. It is the God kind of life. His life continually keeps making life in our bodies and adds years to our life on earth (Romans 8:11). We have the eternal life of God in us (1 John 5:11-13).
We have the fullness of God Himself inside of us (Ephesians 3:19). Therefore we can overcome whatever the enemy throws against us. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus (Matthew 28:18). He gives us His authority and dunamis power over the enemy and sends us with it (Luke 10:19). Authority and power are connected, but we must have a revelation of it. Our revelation is connected to our understanding of that dimension of power, and the level of power in our lives is connected to the position of authority given to us. We have the power to influence (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). The church must be on the offensive and shouldn’t just respond to what the enemy is doing but command and shift the atmosphere (1 John 3:8)!
We receive and activate resurrection life by faith in the name of Jesus (Galatians 2:20). We believe, speak and act on what God has said and done to access all the benefits of the abundant life and to receive the full use of resurrection power in our life. The anointing destroys every yoke so that every part of the Blessing is released. We live healed through resurrection power (Romans 8:11). We live free through resurrection power (John 8:36). Resurrection power sets us free from the sin and shame of the past. It will also set us free from fear, worry, and anxiety. Fear will keep us from operating in the supernatural realm.
As believers, we have the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead residing in us! Don’t allow sin, disobedience, and living a selfish, worldly life to keep that resurrection life from flowing out of you. Decide daily to walk in the newness of life in Christ and the Zoe life of God through the power of His resurrection (Galatians 5:16-18).
Because of Resurrection Sunday, we can declare that Jesus is alive! We need not just tell people Jesus is alive but show them. We don’t just share the gospel, but the power of God through signs and wonders confirming the Word to show them Jesus is alive. The Spirit’s gifts reveal Jesus is alive and God’s love for people (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). We need to get out from the church’s four walls into the world around us and demonstrate that Jesus is alive and show them the gospel with power (1 Corinthians 4:20).
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:20
In the ministry of Jesus, He healed the sick, cast out demons, and raised the dead, declaring that God’s kingdom was arriving (Luke 11:20). He also sent out His disciples to do the same (Luke 9:1-2). The kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God. It is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32). He has given us His Holy Spirit that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God through Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:12). Jesus paid the price so, all we have to do is receive what has been freely given by God’s grace. The kingdom of God and the resurrection are connected! We are to bring the kingdom of God and the power of His resurrection wherever we go (Matthew 28:19-20). We do this through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8).
Let's walk in faith, pray bold prayers and let the evidence of resurrection life arise in us today.