By pastor obiageli igboanugo
Resurrectionis the greatest manifestation of the power of God. If God in is mightinesscould raise Jesus from the dead, what is impossible for him to do in your life?The greatest enemy in the fullness of his craftiness could not comprehend orput a stop to the coming and resurrection of Jesus Christ and because of this,he was utterly defeated by the power of resurrection.
OurChristianity is founded upon our understanding of the resurrection and thebelief in the resurrection, and this is what distinguishes us from otherreligious practitioners “the understanding in the belief system that Jesusresurrected from the dead and he is alive now and forever more” Revelation1:18a. The power in the resurrection can’t be diminished because Christis alive, interceding for us and executing whatever we say that is His word. Inthe resurrection of Jesus Christ lies the power to overcome the world and theflesh and as believers we should have the revelation of this power because itis by this power, we conquer the world.
Furthermore,believing in the resurrection of Jesus is also acknowledging the Lordship of JesusChrist because He had to die and resurrect to have authority over all things. He didn’t just gain thelordship by the fact that he was originally God, he gained it by conquest, “that through his death he might destroyedhim that had the power of death, that is the devil” Hebrews 2:14. He died so we can live together with him ineternity 1st Thessalonians 5:10, and now that He is alive,all power belongs to him in heaven and on earth Matthew 28:18.
Inthe race of Christianity, we have to believe and proclaim that Jesus is Lordbecause “no man can say that Jesus is theLord, but by the Holy Ghost” 1stCorinthians 12:3b, that is nobody or spirit can submit to the lordship ofJesus only the Christians filled with the holy ghost can accept the lordship ofJesus Christ and make bold proclamation of his lordship.
Let’slook closely into the story of Lazarus John 11:1-53. The power in theresurrection was shown in this story because Lazarus was dead for four days andit was already too late for him to be raised according to the Jewish tradition,it is believed that the body must have decomposed, but Jesus came through andraised Lazarus because His miracle is done when there are no physical possibilities,because when there are still possibilities his sovereign power is limited inthat situation. From the time Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, there was adetermination to kill Jesus because there was a great dissatisfaction in theheart of the Pharisees about the raising of Lazarus and other miracles He did,the plan to crucify Him begun and was to be enacted as soon as possible becausemany Jews saw what Jesus did and they believed in Him. The Pharisees alsoplanned to kill Lazarus John 12:9-11 so as to get rid ofevery evidence that Lazarus was raised by Jesus because many had believed inHis name and the power in the resurrection. So he was crucified and killed,little did they know that there was a mighty plan by God in His death andresurrection because while he was dead for three days, he was preaching thegospel to the dead in Hades 1 Peter 4:6 and his rising from the deadbrought great power to us as believers.
Jesus’resurrection delivers from fear andits greatest manifestation which is deathHebrews2:15 and also guarantees our rising because there is resurrection foreverybody: There is resurrection to damnation and resurrection toeternal life, anyone who believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ isrisen unto life John 11:25.
1stCorinthians 15:17 “And ifChrist be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins”,” but now he is risen from the dead, andbecome the first fruit of them that slept” 1stCorinthians 15:20.
Thesescriptures explain to us that since Christ is risen, we have received completefaith and total forgiveness of sins. His resurrection also delivered us fromthe power of darkness and also translated us into the kingdom of his dear son Colossians1:13-14.
Thegreatest news to us as believers is that the spirit which is the Holy Spiritthat raised Jesus Christ from the dead dwells in us and it gives us life Romans8:11 which says “but if thespirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised upChrist from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit thatdwelleth in you.”
SPEAK: DearFather you are the power of resurrection, and that same power brought our LordJesus from the dead despite every opposition so I believe in my situation no matterworse it might be, it can be overcome by the power of resurrection. AMEN