Reading: Revelation 1:10-20
(a) I have at times heard Christians speak as if it doesn't matter
whether Christ arose or not!!
(b) If we do not believe Christ arose from the dead, and is alive at
this moment, then we are hypocrites gathered here to worship!!
(c) Can we honestly believe that so many of the early Christians
including many of the disciples, went willingly to their
deaths, sometimes in horrible fashion, simply to promote a falsehood??
Could any intelligent person believe that?
(d) Try telling the two who were on the road to Emmaus that they were
somehow mistaken!!THEY WOULD SOON TELL YOU AND ME AS THEY TOLD THE
OTHER DISCIPLES IN LUKE 24:34, "THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED"
(e) Try telling those who found the empty tomb, or the hundreds before
whom He appeared after His resurrection, that they somehow
imagined it, or were suffering from a self induced hysteria!!
THEIR ANSWER WOULD BE THE SAME!!
(f) Without this certainty burning in their lives their faith had no
AND SO IT IS TODAY, IF CHRIST IS NOT ALIVE NOW, OUR FAITH IS VAIN &
The Apostle Paul said, "IF CHRIST BE NOT RAISED, WE ARE YET IN OUR
(g) So often, on Easter Sunday, we look at the reality of the
resurrection to the women at the tomb, and how real, and essential it
is to Christianity - and rightly so.
(h) In this meeting, I want us to look at PURCHASES OF THE
WHAT THE RESURRECTION HAS BOUGHT FOR US!
(a) It means that no longer is the Saviour limited to a purely natural
body, in one place at a time!
(b) Before the crucifixion, His body, apart from being sinless, was
identical to yours and mine.
(c) The agony of the cross, was no less for Him, than it would have been
for you or me.
(d) And, like you or I would, HE DID ACTUALLY DIE !!
IT WASN'T JESUS THEY ENTOMBED, ONLY HIS DEAD BODY!!
So often at funerals, I have said of the deceased, "They are no
longer here! This person has gone to be with the Lord!!"
(e) When Jesus rose on resurrection morning, HE ROSE IN THE SAME BODY, but
it was changed, it was a GLORIFIED BODY!! BUT HE KEPT THE MARKS OF
THE CROSS, IN HIS HANDS, HIS FEET, HIS SIDE, HIS BROW.
BUT IN THIS RESURRECTION BODY, NO BLOOD - That was POURED OUT ON
HE WAS CAPABLE OF WALKING THROUGH LOCKED DOORS - to appear to the
ABLE TO APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR AT WILL - as with the two at Emmaus.
YET HE WAS ABLE TO EAT WITH THOSE TWO AT EMMAUS, AND WITH THE DISCIPLES
ON THE SHORE, WHEN JESUS HAD ACTUALLY COOKED THE MEAL FOR THEM, OF
[*] Some time ago, two Jehovah's Witness ladies, tried to tell me that
Jesus had only arisen as A SPIRIT, and not in body! NO ONE WHO
TRULY, WITH AN OPEN MIND, READS THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS OF JESUS, AFTER
HIS RESURRECTION, COULD BELIEVE HE WAS MERELY SOME KIND OF SPIRIT!!
(f) However, the resurrection had released Jesus from the
restrictions and confines of a mere earthly body. He has a
(g) We have the promise, whither two or three are gathered in my Name,
there am I in the midst" THAT IS HOW SUCH A THING IS POSSIBLE.
He also said, "Lo I am with you always, even to the end of the
(h) Now here's a WONDERFUL THING, the Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians
3:21, that one day, WE TOO SHALL RECEIVE A BODY LIKE THAT!!
GLORIFIED AND INCORRUPTIBLE!!
(i) That is how, when we shall meet Jesus in Heaven, we shall see the
marks of His suffering, which He has kept there, as an eternal
reminder of His love to you and me!
(a) Over the years, at funeral after funeral I have victoriously quoted
the words "O DEATH WHERE IS THY STING; O GRAVE WHERE IS THY
(b) Why, because Jesus, has gone that way and CONQUERED THE ENEMY OF
(c) ETERNAL LIFE for the Christian is A PRESENT POSSESSION!!
(d) Because of the RESURRECTION of Jesus, DEATH only becomes the DOORWAY
to a GREATER AND FULLER LIFE IN ETERNITY!!
DEATH BECOMES A BLESSING INSTEAD OF A CURSE
(e) So much so, that Paul speaks of "Going to be with Christ, which
is FAR BETTER!"
(f) Although he was well aware, of the importance and commitments of this
life, he still felt the draw of the completion of his salvation, and
deliverance from this world with all it's sin, pain and degradation.
(g) Surely, every true Christian must feel very similarly, especially with
the return of the Lord being so close at hand!
(a) Read MARK 16:15-18
(b) Remember Peter at the gate 'BEAUTIFUL' of the Temple!
(c) There are many who do not cherish the NAME OF JESUS, but to every
Christian, it should be very PRECIOUS!!
(d) We are told that EFFECTUAL PRAYER takes place in the name of JESUS!
(e) It is only in the AUTHORITY of HIS NAME that we are entitled to
approach Almighty God - only in HIS WORTHINESS!
(f) THROUGH THAT PRECIOUS NAME, so many have found VICTORY IN TEMPTATION.
ILLUSTRATION - The converted drunkard just about to fall to temptation,
with the pint of beer sitting on the bar in front of him. He then
looked through a door at the back of the bar into the living
accommodation, and saw a picture with the name 'Jesus' on it. At that
moment, he gained the victory, and turned and walked out of the pub,
never to return, leaving the beer untouched, sitting on the bar!!
(g) How often we have sung, the words, 'He said, "Freely, Freely, ye
have received, Freely, freely give: Go in my name, and because you
believe, Others will know that I live."'
(h) Never let us give place to so called jokes or statements, that in any
way use His Precious Name! It is HOLY AND MUST NOT BE DEFAMED OR TAKEN
(a) "IF CHRIST BE NOT RAISED, YE ARE YET IN YOUR SINS" (1
(b) If we CANNOT PREACH A LIVING CHRIST, we CANNOT PREACH SALVATION !!
(c) One of the MODERN TRANSLATIONS, renders 1 Corinthians 15:17 like this,
"If Christ is not risen, YOUR FAITH IS NULL AND VOID"!!
(d) Some years ago, around Easter, there was a discussion programme
on the television, and in that group, there were churchmen,
atheists, New Agers, theologians, secular thinkers, and amongst
them all, a woman from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who out of
them all, appeared to be about the only one with a POSITIVE faith
in the resurrection.
(e) Near the end of the programme, she said, something like, "I
feel that another miracle has taken place here tonight! All you clever
people sitting here expressing your disbelief, and it hasn't shaken my
faith one bit!"
(f) For someone to try and tell a born again Christian, that Jesus isn't
alive, is like trying to tell an Indian in the middle of the monsoon,
that there is no rain!
As the songwriter puts it, "You ask me how I know He lives, He lives
within my heart!"
EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING WE HAVE AND ENJOY TODAY IS BECAUSE JESUS IS
WE DO NOT HAVE SOME SORT OF DULL EMPTY FAITH - WE HAVE A LIVING
CHRIST. HALLELUJAH !!!
LET US REJOICE TODAY, IN ALL THAT CALVARY AND THE RESURRECTION
MEAN, AND ENDEAVOUR TO LIVE OUR LIVES ACCORDINGLY !!
WHEN YOU GO TO SHARE YOUR FAITH WITH SOMEONE - IT'S NOT JUST A
RELIGION, OR A BELIEF, OR A PERSUASION - BUT A LIVING CHRIST!!
WE ARE NOT LEFT TO FEND FOR OURSELVES WHEN WE ACCEPT THE LORD, FOR
THIS LIVING CHRIST PROMISES "NEVER TO LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US."
(SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK AND HAPPINESS AND HARMONY.)
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