"What Can You See In Christ's Resurrection?" (March 24, 2016)

Here is what I perceive; first of all I see that resurrection plainly reveals the glory and power of God. Also the temple veil which concealed the Ark of the Covenant representing God’s presence was torn from top to bottom the very moment Christ died on the cross.

Someone wrote it this way regarding the glory revealed by the resurrection:

“Raised from the dead, we live anew;
and, justified by grace,
we shall appear in glory too,
and see our Father’s face.”

The Demand of the Resurrection
The Apostle Paul taught the Romans that “as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father even so we also should be raised by the glory of the Father.”  Since we have been made alive like Christ, we must show it by our walk and conduct.

What is newness of life?
Well I think it means the following:

First of all it is the realization that when we are born again, and we come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we receive (enter into) a new life which we never had before. We begin to feel, to think, and to act like we never did before.

The new life is something foreign to our fallen nature; the carnal (natural) mind knows nothing of spiritual things. The man who is not born again (no matter how much he claims) cannot understand what the new birth means. Spiritual things are spiritually understood. The Apostle Paul taught, “you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” You had no life; you had nothing out of which life could come!

Eternal life is the gift of God

No one else offers this kind of life; which in essence, is life beyond the grave.

This life begins now (when you are born again) and this life is led by new motives. This life is for you to please God. Before Christ you lived to please yourself, to please others; you lived for possessions and for pleasure. You were living for the present life only now you live for eternity (for the Kingdom of God). Your treasures are in Heaven. You do everything new with a view of eternity not for the mere present. Your life and conduct are now controlled not by purely human understanding but by the all-heart-searching God, knowing we will answer to Him one day. Your new life has new objects. Your aim is higher. You live for the glory of God; the will of God has now become your law. Your delight is to please Him and fulfill His purposes, honor His name and extend His kingdom. We have new hopes, new joys, and new perspective! We have new hope of immortality - and we prepare ourselves as we wait for His glorious appearing. We look (according to His promises) for new heavens and a new earth.  We possess a sure hope that defies death itself! The new-born soul beholds and anticipates “new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

“Oh, this is life! Oh this is joy,
my God, to find thee so!
Thy face to see, Thy voice to hear
and all Thy love to know.”

~ Pastor John