Improving our Spiritual Understanding
Theme: He is not here.He is Risen!
Memory Verse: He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay (Matt 28:6).
Happy Easter in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2014.
We praise God for the power of God that resurrected Jesus Christ from the grave. To the unbelieving mind, it looks like a fairy tale or a myth. The doubting mind may keep questioning the entire crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He only lived for about 33 years on earth. His Ministry was only for about 3 years. Yet, He changed the world EVENTS chronologically. Today, the only excellent way we can understand world events by chronology is with reference to Christ- BC and AD.
We thank God He is alive to die no more. He says in the book of Revelation: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev 1:18).
Even in the grave, death could not hold Him. He had prophesied of His resurrection in three days (John 2:19). It was indeed a supernatural power. Death could not defeat him in the grave, against all laws and expectations. The power around the events was so mighty that it caused a great earth quake and the veil of the temple was torn (Matt 27:51).
No wonder Brother Paul prayed to KNOW this power more and more. Hear his prayer:
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”(Phil 3:10).
It was difficult to believe. It was difficult to imagine with the human brain/mind. One of his disciples (brother Thomas) felt it was a joke. Here him:”The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe (John 20:25).Though he later believed on seeing the nail marks, but Jesus told him:Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).
There are many believers in the body of Christ today who fellowship quite regularly on Sundays, but there is no depth or substance in their faith. Having Jesus as our Lord and Saviour requires active faith and is accompanied by POWER. We thank God for the power that resurrected Jesus. This power has been made available to every true believe. The gospel is about the power of God in Christ working through ordinary men. The Word says: “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power(1Cor 4:20).The resurrected Jesus Christ living in our hearts is the basis for this power. He is the embodiment of this power and he has handed it to all true believers ( Luke 10:19). He gives what he has. He says:All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matt 28:18). The more we understand and make use of this power the more we understand what brother Paul meant when he said: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13).We are the branches. He is the vine. Without him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). His name is the Word of God (Rev 19:13).
We thank God for the events of Easter. It is well with you in Jesus name.
To have increasing spiritual knowledge, requires total fear of God, and spiritual training in the word of God: ”Train yourself to be godly”(1Tim 4:7-8 NIV).
PRAYER: There is someone reading this message , may you receive the grace to have increasing understanding of the power of the resurrected Christ within you in Jesus mighty name, Amen!