PURCHASES OF THE RESURRECTION

Reading: Revelation 1:10-20

 

INTRODUCTION

 
(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
    meaning!!
    AND SO IT IS TODAY, IF CHRIST IS  NOT ALIVE NOW, OUR FAITH IS VAIN &
    USELESS!!
    The Apostle Paul said, "IF CHRIST BE  NOT  RAISED, WE ARE YET IN OUR
    SINS".
(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
    RESURRECTION !!
    WHAT THE RESURRECTION HAS BOUGHT FOR US!
 

POINT 1. THE OMNIPRESENCE OF CHRIST.

 
(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
    CALVARY!!
    HE WAS CAPABLE OF  WALKING  THROUGH  LOCKED  DOORS  -  to appear to the
    disciples!!
    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
    FISH.
[*] 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
    'glorified' body.
(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
    world"
(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!
 

POINT 2      VICTORY OVER THE GRAVE

 
(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
    VICTORY"
(b) Why, because Jesus,  has  gone  that  way  and  CONQUERED  THE ENEMY OF
    DEATH!!
(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!
 

POINT 3  THE POWER OF THE NAME OF JESUS

 
(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
    IN VAIN!
 

POINT 4           SALVATION

 
(a) "IF  CHRIST  BE  NOT  RAISED,  YE  ARE  YET  IN  YOUR  SINS"  (1
    Corinthians 15:17)
(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!"
 

CONCLUSION

 
    EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING WE HAVE  AND  ENJOY  TODAY IS BECAUSE JESUS IS
    ALIVE !!
 
    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.)
 
    SONG               TUNE
    143                281
    Prayer Chorus no 24 in H & H
     10 IN H & H
    152                728
      7 IN H & H