The Resurrection That Gives Us Hope

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THE RESURRECTION THAT GIVES US HOPE

CHRISTINA OGBANGA,
April 16th, 2017 10:00am

A) Why he came to die (Isaiah 53: 2-11)

Isaiah described Jesus’ death about seven hundred years before it happened (Isaiah 53: 2-12) The Gospel of Jesus Christ’s resurrection gives us hope, peace and an assurance for life. God took the majestic nature and glory of Jesus christ in order for mankind to not get distracted from the message of Jesus…there was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him”(Isaiah 53: 2) which was to reconcile us back to the Father and bridge the gap that existed because of the sins committed by Adam and also to give us salvation through his death and resurrection. It was the intention of God that Jesus be made an offering; for him to grieve so that his soul be made an offering for our sins and for God’s plan to prosper and for mankind to be counted as righteous and given freedom from death and instead gain eternal life… “10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. God minimized his physical appearance so we can learn how to live according to the desires of the father by emulating Jesus Christ in his human form.

B). But what if Jesus Christ never Resurrected? (1 Corinthians 15: 12-23)

People doubted that the dead couldn’t be resurrected but Paul countered their unbelief saying that it is because Christ was raised from the grave that gave the dead in Christ hope of resurrection instead of being totally lost, strengthened the faith of believers, made the preaching of the gospel valid, freed us from our iniquity,  gave credibility to the prophets who preached about how God raised Christ from the dead and this was only made possible because Christ rose from the dead. Just as the people who belong to Adam dies naturally, everyone in Christ would be given a new life. Our hope in eternal life lies in the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was the only way out for us to gain eternal life and be reconciled to the Father. To those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus have gained eternal life and forgiveness of sin.

If Jesus Christ never resurrected:

  • those who believed wouldn’t have gained eternal life and forgiveness of sin.
  • those who trusted in Christ would have been disappointed.
  • those who preached that God rose Jesus from the dead would have been termed, liars
  • Our faith would have been useless
  • there would be no resurrection for the dead
  • His promises of everlasting life wouldn’t have been available and there wouldn’t be a reservation for us in heaven when he comes back again.

Evidence of Jesus’ resurrection {John 20: 19-21}…” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord”.

  • He left the cloth they used to wrap his body in the tomb
  • He showed his disciples where He was pierced with nails

Adam through his disobedience brought us death but Jesus brought us life through his sacrifice on the cross.

C). Our Hope from His Resurrection

  • Jesus resurrection from the dead gives us hope that he can solve our most difficult situation.
  • His resurrection promises that he would be with us in spirit and that he would come back again {John 14: 15-18} 
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us hope for eternal life. it gives us a greater expectation of what is to come when we meet with the Father in heaven which is nothing compared to the pleasures of this world {1 Peter 1: 3-4}. What Jesus has prepared for us doesn’t fade and is forever and that is why he is our only living hope for eternity.

Now we understand the importance and the hope that lies in the resurrection power of Jesus, it is important that we as Christians strive to “die to live” instead of “living to die”. When we are “living to die” we are living in the flesh and we are only focused on the pleasures in the world which would fade away and wouldn’t give us something good to look forward to. But when we “die to live”, we are living for Jesus {Mark 8: 34-36}“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?  You forsake the things of this world and your focus is on the Father and the heavenly glory that awaits all who follow the doctrine of Christ. Jesus’ service was selfless. He had no sin in him but yet because of the love and the desire of the Father, He became the atonement for our sins, bridged the gap that Adam made through his sinful ways and gave us a new opportunity of eternal life with the Father.

 

 

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