I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me ,though he were dead, yet shall he live.
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25, 26.
I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6.
Jesus lives! The power of his Resurrection makes us ALIVE;
in every sense of the word .
The finished work of Jesus has made us as LIVELY STONES,a built up SPIRITUAL HOUSE , A HOLY PRIESTHOOD qualified to enter the inner sanctum of his presence to offer up spiritual sacrifices , acceptable unto God by Jesus Christ.
To us Believers, because of what Jesus has done for us; the name of Jesus Christ , his person and his words are sweeter and more desirable than the honey comb.
They are more fragrant than a garden of spring roses and lavender!
6.Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture , Behold,I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect , precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7.Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient,the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.1 Peter 2: 6-10.
From the time his birth was announced and throughout his dramatic but brief stay on earth, people who hated the SIGHT and SOUND of him; people who seethed with anger and envy against Jesus and his disciples; have always conspired together. They were ever trying but always failing to put a stop to what they saw as "ridiculous claims about his virgin birth and being the "Son of God"!
He was reviled ,threatened, thrown out of the temple and called all sorts of names .
When those tactics failed , the enemies of righteousness decided that Jesus had to be stopped by putting him to death !
But how could they succeed to discredit and destroy a very popular and successful teacher and deliverer of men?
Especially THIS MAN called Jesus Christ; whose words and miracles were highly sought after?
The news of him and his good works was spreading like a dried thorn-bush fire and thousands were being converted , daily !
What did he ever do wrong to anybody?
They reasoned in their envious minds that death was the solution to the "problem" of this massive-crowd puller; who was much more successful and popular than them.
There was a finality about death because NOBODY had ever defeated death!
Before Jesus resurrection , nobody had ever resurrected.
Dead men stayed dead.
"Silence that impostor and his followers would flee!"
They had their way.Jesus Christ was put to death in the most cruel way.
He was buried and a huge stone was placed to seal his tomb.
Not only was the tomb sealed , armed guards were positioned to guard his tomb; to prevent "any future false claims of his resurrection"!
"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have
them in derision". Psalm 2:4.
On that glorious Resurrection morning ,the bands of death and the fortress of a man-made tomb could not hold Jesus captive.
The angel of Death obeyed the command of the Master of Life and Death.
Jesus rose from the dead. The tomb was shattered and he came out and was seen by many witnesses. The tomb is empty!
When they failed to prevent his resurrection they gave bribes to spread lies and to discredit his resurrection; in order to stop the spread of his gospel.
No human being had the power to kill Jesus ,the Son of the Living God.
Jesus died because he CHOSE TO die , in fulfillment of God's plan.
No death on the cross ; no atonement for sins for you and me.
Isaiah 53 :10-12.
No resurrection ; no victory over death for us.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life , that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
People who are consumed by envy and hatred , and are driven to do evil against an innocent person,usually, end up shooting themselves in the foot!
Unknown to them ,the enemies of Jesus Christ had inadvertently became instruments in God's hand to execute his Salvation plan for all mankind .
They helped to establish the Kingdom which they had plotted to destroy!
PRAISE THE LORD , HALLELUJAH !
Him , being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God , ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death:
because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:23-24.
They failed to kill or silence the King of glory. His Gospel continues to spread to the four corners of the earth. His disciples have continued to thrive and increase in their millions daily.
As it was, before and after Jesus'crucifixion and resurrection, so it is even today. Satan, the "god of this world" has continued to blind men and women and to use them.The lies, doubts and antagonism against the Lord Jesus Christ remain.
A lot has been said , written and done to discredit and to hinder the work of God.The enemies of the Gospel expend time and resources to debate and analyse; even to "thrash" the veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
These have been futile efforts.
For me and millions of Christian , there is no controversy ,at all,
about the Son ship and Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Christians who spent valuable time at Easter ,debating with and attempting to convince "doubting Thomases" needn't have bothered.
The battle is not ours. We have the Almighty God on our side and our weapons are not carnal but mighty unto pulling down strongholds.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth will glorify Jesus and convict all mockers and doubters of their sin. The sin of rejecting the Lord Jesus.John 16:7-16.
The enduring facts and the Truth of his virgin birth and his glorious life ; of his crucifixion , death and resurrection are ETERNAL.
The certainty and continuity of these facts and Truth DO NOT DEPEND ON whether some people doubt,ridicule,abhor and hate to hear them being preached.
Jesus and his bride( his church )will always triumph and have the last laugh.
Jesus is alive. He is Lord and he rules and reigns in the affairs of men!
May be you say:
"People should shut it and go away. They should stop preaching !?" It offends you?
Well, my darling(s) , you are entitled to your opinions and feelings of offence.
"Shutting it" is not an option .I assure you that's not gonna happen.
This Gospel has not "gone away", for over two thousand years and it won't go away for as long as the earth remains .
Jesus is the Truth and the Truth goes marching on.
Nothing and nobody can stop the Truth.(Acts 5:33-42)
You reject him , hate him and fight against him to your own loss and peril.
No human being can fight against God and overcome him.
You had better believe it.
And he said who art thou ,Lord?
And the Lord said to him ,I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:
it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Acts 9:5.
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall,it will ground him to powder. Matthew 21:43-45