CM2000 31 December, 2001
Plenary: All Night Prayer for the New Millennium
Celebration Of Messiah's Resurrection
And Its Significance For Today
Beverly J. Pegues
"The Gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 1:3,4)
Christ's virgin birth and resurrection from the dead are two of the most controversial teachings for unbelievers. They are, however, the two foundational and central truths to believers validating that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Here we will elaborate on the significance to the believer of the Messiah's Resurrection.
What is the Significance of the Messiah's Resurrection for Believers?
- The Resurrection Proves The Messiah is the Son of God. Through His virgin birth, life of performing miracles, suffering on the cross, death, burial and resurrection we are shown that the Messiah is set apart from all other men.
- The Resurrection Guarantees our Resurrection. Those who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior can live in union with His resurrected life, and are guaranteed to reign with Him throughout all eternity. (Romans 6:4-10)
- The Resurrection Validates the Truth and Fulfillment of Scripture. He fulfilled everything that was written about Him in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms (Luke 24:44). Our Messiah fulfilled the Old Testament prophetic Scriptures perfectly. He is the "hope" for all people, nations and generations.
- The Resurrection is Proof that Wicked Men Will Be Judged. As it is written in Acts 17:31: "For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead."
- The Resurrection is the Foundation for the Holy Spirit. The resurrection made way for the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable believers to live a life imbued with power from on high. It also paved the way for the Messiah's ministry of heavenly intercession on behalf of all believers (Hebrews 7:23-28).
- The Resurrection Establishes Promises to Believers. It assures eternal life, heavenly inheritance (I Peter 1:3-4), and resurrection or caught up when the Messiah returns (John 14:3; I Thes. 4:14). We can face and overcome every trial and tribulation because Jesus is interceding for us and we have the same power that raised Christ from the dead living in us. The Word of God tells us that Christ causes us to be triumphant in Him (2 Corinthians 2:14) because greater is He who lives in us than he who lives in the world (I John 4: 4).
- The Resurrection Guarantees Christ Daily Presence in Our Lives. The resurrection of the Messiah guarantees the availability of His daily presence in our lives and His power over sin in our everyday experiences. Christ promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.
- His Resurrection Validates Women. He emphasized the important part women play in ministry immediately after His resurrection. The women were diligent and courageous to follow Joseph and Nicodemus to know where they laid Jesus, because they had a plan to come back and care for His body. It was natural, for they were accustomed to being attentive to His needs (Matt 27:55 and Luke 8:2,3). The women had the courage and the heart to continue to care for His needs even after His death. Christianity is the only belief that is based upon an individual relationship with God and not a set of religious rules and practices or some type of religious hierarchy. For this reason, women are co-laborers with men and equal partakers of the eternal promises of God.
- The Resurrection Signaled:
- The start of humanity expanding the knowledge of Him in the earth
- The beginning of the "Spirit of God" moving in the earth
- That believers would move in the same power and authority as Christ
- The start of the preparation of the bride
- The beginning of a new covenant between God and man
- The beginning of man's choice to receive the free gift of salvation and walk in the fullness of his redeemed inheritance.
- The Resurrection Ensures that We Have the Ability Through Christ to Fulfill "The Great Commission." (Matthew 28:19, John 20: 22). Therefore, we must preach the Gospel message to humankind everywhere.
- We celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah in remembrance of what He did for us on Calvary's Cross. We obey His commands and fulfill the purpose He has for our lives (Act 17:26, 27). We remember Him in His life, death and resurrection for He forever lives to make intercession to the Father on our behalf.
- Since our risen Messiah is living and interceding on behalf of those who come to the faith, let us tap into His prayer meeting and exercise our royal inheritance and responsibility to take the Gospel to those who have never heard the Good News.
- How can the unreached people groups know what their inheritance is if they have never heard the truth? There are 1.6 billion who have not chosen the Messiah because they have not had the opportunity to hear the Gospel message even one time, in their own language, in a culturally sensitive and relative manner. They have yet to hear of the vast richness of the inheritance, which is available to them.
- Because the Messiah has resurrected from the dead with all authority, we have His royal authority to go into every people group of the earth and preach the Gospel message. We can go forth, exercising our authority over demonic forces that are keeping the Gospel from unreached people groups. Those forces would try to keep us in our own "bless-me club" and unaware of a dying world going to hell without knowing or having an opportunity to know our risen Lord.
- Matt 28:20 `.I am with you.' This promise is Christ's assurance to those involved in winning the lost and teaching them to obey His righteous standards. Jesus arose, is now alive and is still personally interested in each one of His children. He is with you in the person of the Holy Spirit, and through His Word. Because Jesus lives, we can face and overcome every work of iniquity. His resurrection power is more powerful than the powers of darkness. "He Who Knows All Things" would not have told us to go into the entire world with the Good News of the glorious Gospel if He had not prepared the way.
- Because our Messiah lives and He is with us, it is our responsibility to make Him known to all nations. The significance of the Messiah's resurrection is that we belong to and serve the Son of the Living God and we have been called to go into the entire world to preach the Gospel.
- Salvation is the Most Significant Event for
- Every Tribe and Nation on the Face of the Earth!
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