Power of the Resurrection (Matthew 28:6)
Matthew 28:6, “He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” There is more evidence that Jesus Christ rose from the dead than history teaches about Julius Caesar. So, I don't think we have to labor the point of the physical, visible, resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a miracle. Paul's writing to the Christians at Rome in Romans 1:4, “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Also, in our text it says, “…the power of his resurrection.” What thrills me is that you and I are meant to know this power in its various aspects toward us. Notice some things about "the power of his resurrection."
Feeling fearful about death is a most common response. But according to our text, there is nothing to fear and no reason to feel hesitant at the empty tomb of Jesus. In fact, along with the early followers of Christ who found the clothes of Jesus and angels inside, we are blessed with the truth and evidence of an empty tomb!
Death Was Conquered. Jesus entered into death’s domain and declared it helpless. For the believer, death is simply the doorway from this land of sorrow to that Heavenly land of splendor where every tear shall be wiped from every eye and the saints of God will live forever in the glorious presence of our exalted Saviour! (I Corinthians 15:54-57; II Corinthians 5:8).
Hell Was Conquered. When Jesus died for mankind, He descended into a place called Hell. When He arose from the dead and ascended to His Father in Heaven, the Bible tells us that He took those souls with Him to the Father in Heaven (Ephesians 4:8-10). Now, all those who believe in Jesus go directly to the Father when they leave this world. Hell has forever been removed for the child of God!
The Grave Was Conquered. Throughout their entire lives, countless people live in fear of that moment when they lay down their body in death. When we lay this flesh down in death, our spirits ascend to the Father in Heaven (I Corinthians 5:8). The next time we see our bodies, they will be glorified and will be like His body, (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I John 3:1-3.
Sin and Satan Was Conquered. A dead Saviour cannot save anyone! But One Who is alive can save all who come to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25). Sin does not have to defeat you! Jesus won the victory over sin on the cross when He arose from the dead. You can be free by faith in Jesus. Satan is the enemy of God and of the people of God. He tried every way he could to prevent Christ's plans to go to the cross. The death of babies in Bethlehem; the storm on Galilee; the temptation; the oppression in Gethsemane and so on. Jesus endured every temptation, He weathered every storm and made it to the cross. Satan saw his power broken and himself judged. He was defeated forever by the Lord Jesus!
The tomb is empty that our lives might be filled! Yes, Jesus had been in the tomb! But now it was barren and empty. Christ has risen from the dead! Hallelujah! He is alive and well! And, He lives to live in believing hearts! Sin left us barren, empty, and unfulfilled. But, by His Spirit, the living Lord resides within us. Now we can say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20).
The tomb is conquered that our beings might be healed! Before God saves sinners by His grace, the law of sin and death completely rules over them. There is nothing that is not diseased and defiled. The resurrection life of Jesus, however, brings spiritual healing and productivity. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).
The tomb is open that our souls might be sealed! Jesus Christ is alive! He lives to live His life in us! From His life comes blessing and healing. Having received His life, we are “sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). Death has no power over us! The cemetery presents no fear! The seal of Christ’s tomb was broken, but believers are “sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
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