He’s Risen! The Wonderful Story of Hope


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Today is one of the most important days of the Christian faith because it is the day that Our Lord Jesus Christ arose from the grave.

After the fall of man, God needed a mediator To bridge the gap between Him and human beings. For this purpose, He sent us His only begotten son to atone for our sins. John 3:16

When Jesus started his ministry according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. He first went to Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist, many signs and wonders were accomplished in the ministry of Jesus. This caused confusion in the camp of the Pharisees the Sadducees and other religious groups. These groups felt that Jesus Christ was making the people have a personal relationship with God through Him and turning them away from the old tradition of their forefathers and making the people see God in a different perspective. 

Jesus message was simple:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 14:6-7.

This message of Jesus angered the high priest and the chief priest.  Many times they sought to destroy Jesus by asking Him questions hoping to build a case of blasphemy against Jesus. But because it was not his time, they ended up not able to convict Him of any crime. The four Gospels give different details of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, His miracles, His preachings and dealings with the religious set. 

From his early life to his ministry to his passion ( crucifixion) and resurrection were all programmed by God.  

The Passion:

Passion of Christ entails his triumphal  entry into Jerusalem ( Palm Sunday), The cleansing of the temple ( Matt 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; and John 2:13-16.) and also prophesying His second coming, He was also anointed on His head and His feet with an Alabaster Jar of very expensive perfume made from Pure nard. Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-8, Matthew 26:6-13.

He had the last supper with His disciples where He talked about continuity in unity and His betrayal by Judas and Peter’s denial of Him.  Matthew 26:17-35. His agonizing time in the garden of Gethsemane up to the kiss of betrayal and  His arrest. Matthew 26:36-56. 

Jesus was then taken to the high priest and Sanhedrin ( Tribunal of twenty-three or seventy-one rabbis appointed in every city of ancient Israel.) to be tried. They found nothing against Him. But there arose someone to bear false witness against Jesus. There Peter denied His three times as Jesus predicted! Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, John 18:12-27, Luke 22:54-71.

Jesus was further sent to Pilate Court first, according to Luke 23:1-26. Pilate found out that Jesus was Galilean and sent Him to Herod’s Court. Luke 23:6-12. Notice in verse 12 Herod and Pilate made peace on the Head of Jesus. 

Jesus was now returned to Pilate there He was tried. Although they found no fault in Him, they requested He be crucified and the thief Barabbas be released.  Matthew 27:11-26, Mark 15:1:22. 

The crucifixion: Matthew 27:27-66.

He was first stripped and a scarlet robe was placed on Him. With a crown of thorns placed on His head. The mocked Him and said; “ Hail, King of the Jews!”

He was further brought to a place called Golgotha “ a place of a skull “ there they gave Him vinegar to drink mixed with gall. King David prophesied this in Psalm 69:21.

Finally, they crucified Him casting lot on His garment so that the law could be fulfilled. Psalm 22:18. They later set over His head, His accusation “ This Is Jesus, King Of The Jews!” Two thieves were crucified with Him, one on both sides. 

The Death: Matthew 27:45-50, John 19:30-37, Luke 23:44-49, Mark 15:33-41.

Between the sixth and ninth hour, something strange happened, darkness was all over the land. And exactly as the ninth hour, Jesus cried, “ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? Meaning: My God, My God, why Has thou forsaken Me?  Again He cried aloud when He was given vinegar again and gave up the Ghost. 

 

The Greatest Gift! 

 

Immediately Jesus died, the Veil of the temple was torn in two! The earth quaked, and the rocks rent. Graves were open and many bodies of the saints which slept did arise. 

His Burial. Matthew 27:57-66, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42, Mark 15:42-47.

Jesus was wrapped in a clean linen cloth, placed in Joseph of Arimathaea  as prophesied by Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 53:9.

His tomb was sealed and watched. 

The miraculous happened and this is the hope we have. Christ is risen! He arose from the dead on the third day. 

The Resurrection Power! 

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I will start by saying,

“ If the devil knew, that sending Jesus to the grave will bring everlasting redemption, he would never have rejoiced over the death of Jesus!”

The resurrection power happened on the third day. According to the gospels of Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-29.

There was a great earthquake and the stone was rolled away. His countenance shined so much and His raiment white as snow. This made the guards of the sepulcher act dead. Jesus has risen! 

Christ in me the Hope of glory! 

Mary Magdalene and the Mary (mother of James and Joses) came to the sepulcher and met an angel there. The angel told them; He’s not there He’s Risen!

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The benefits of His resurrection.

When Jesus gave up the ghost, the Veil which was rent was the veil which divided the holy place into which the priest entered from the holy of holies into which only the High Priest might enter on the day of atonement. Exodus 26:31-35, Leviticus 16:1-30. The rending of the Veil, which was a type of the human body of Christ signified that a new and living way was open for all believers. Having a personal relationship with God. Hebrews 10:19-22. This was done with no other sacrifice or priesthood save Christ. Hebrews 9:1-8. 

Finally, Jesus gave us the great commission!

Go into the world and preach this Good News, the Good Tidings! 

Power was given to us.

This is our gospel!

2 Timothy 2:8

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel!

 

 

Acknowledgments: Images from Google.

 

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A CROWN OF LIFE THROUGH HIS CROSS


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After the fall of man, God needed somebody to stand in the gap. He wanted a mediator, a negotiator, someone that will build the broken bridge. He wanted a redeemer to redeem mankind, yet He found none. There is a very interesting and wonderful story found in the New Testament book of Hebrews. When God needed a fresh start with man, like a sort of covenant, a will that will stand the test of time. God wanted to connect back with mankind and to break down the middle wall of partition between man and Himself.

He tried using many people from Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Nehemiah, Ezra, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and countless more lived sacrificially warning men of their sins and trying to build the back the broken bridge between men and God. With all these efforts, still, mankind was still lost. After the fall of man, the kind of personal relationship that God had with mankind prior to the fall of man was no more. As a loving father, He wanted that sweet loving relationship back with mankind.

The book of Hebrews in the New Testament tells us of a beautiful and interesting story in Hebrews 9:15-28. The story is about the Testament (Will) and the death of the Testator for the Testament (Will) to become effective.

When God needed a new start with man, He wanted to take away pain, sin, guilt, curse, sufferings, sadness, sickness, grieve and every misfortune that has plagued mankind after the fall of man. However, this Loving Act needed a Testament to be writing and the death of the Testator for it to be fully effective. Recall from Old Testament up to the New Testament, anyone with a unique destiny faced fierce opposition from the devil because the devil himself clearly remembers the words of God saying:

“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15.

The new covenant that God would love to establish with mankind could only be effective through the shedding of a “Precious Blood” to have the remission of sin Hebrews 9:22. In the era of the Old testament, it was the blood of animals yet the middle wall of partition was still between man and God. God wanted man to enter boldly into the Holiest, but only through the precious blood of Jesus.

So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. Hebrews 10:19 (MSG).

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Jesus came as a mediator, a negotiator of a New Covenant. His blood was pure, void of sin, it speaks Mercy towards man. His Testament (WILL) contained every good benefit man can every imagine and to make it effective God sent Him to die for our sins.

John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

He is our testator and the good things He offered through the shedding of His innocent blood I sour testament. This testament automatically came into effect when He died four us and rose from the dead.

We are heirs of the Father 
We are joint heirs with the Son
We are children of the kingdom
We are a family we are one.

Oneness and unity came only through Christ Jesus who broke down the middle wall of partition and bridged the gap between us and God. Ephesians 2:14.

Before Jesus left His disciples, He promised them the Holy Spirit according to John 16. The Holy Spirit is present with us here as our promised counselor and comforter. We ought to reciprocate this loving kindness given to us by God, by living a holy and acceptable life to God a life void of sin. According to Hebrews 4:14-16 Jesus came in flesh to feel our pain, He was tempted as we are being tempted yet He lived a life without sin. We will not be justified nor can we dwell on the message of grace, because time is running out.

Jesus said, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].” Matthew 16:24 (AMP).

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The Cross is a place where carnality is nailed, a place where the flesh is crucified daily, where the loved of this world and the things thereof are no more of an interest for us as people of God. The Cross before the Crown, we must run with patience this race of glory set before us. God promised a new covenant according to Jeremiah 31:31-40, where He will write His laws on the table of our hearts and He will remember our Iniquities no more. It’s a fresh start, a new and abiding promise. We do not need the blood of animals to make atonements for us anymore, we have boldness to enter the Holiest by the precious Blood of Jesus.

Jesus’s last word was “It Is Finished” John 19:30, immediately He gave up the ghost. According to Matthew 27:51, the Veil of the of the temple was rent into two from top to bottom. This signifies a new access and direct access to the Throne of Grace, Jesus bridged the wall of partition through His blood. We only need to draw closer to God and benefit from this wonderful privilege. There are no more excuses, all is settled at Calvary. We ought to lay aside every weight of guilt and flee from every form of sin, then focus only on Jesus: The Author and Finisher of Our Faith. Hebrews 12:1-2.

Christ Is Your Solid Rock, His Oath, His Covenant and His Blood is Speaking Better Things  For You.

 God bless.

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