Made Alive In Jesus
God freed Jesus from the hands of evil men AND from the hands of death!
“He was delivered up by God’s set plan and foreknowledge, and you, by the hands of the lawless, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, releasing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its clutches” – Acts 2:23-24 (BSB)
It was simply not possible! Jesus was the Father’s ‘Holy One’ who had overcome sin. The Father would respond by releasing him from the gripping hands of death and from the judgment of sinful men.
At every stage of Jesus’ life, suffering, crucifixion and death; Jesus knew his mission, trusted completely in God and knew that God’s way would bring life and joy. Imagine being Jesus and knowing with 100% confidence that he would be ‘shown the way of life’. Jesus’ hope was spoken beforehand in the Old Testament:
“My body rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave. You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence” – Acts 2:26-28 (NLT) (quoted from Psalm 16:8-11)
“I can imagine when they laid our Lord in Joseph’s tomb, one might have seen Death sitting over that sepulchre, saying, “I have him; he is my victim. He said he was the Resurrection and the Life. Now I hold him in my cold embrace. They thought he was never going to die but see him now. He has had to pay tribute to me.” Never! The glorious morning comes, the Son of man bursts asunder the hands of death, and rises, a conqueror, from the grave. “Because I live,” he shouts, “ye shall live also.” Yes, we shall live also – is it not good news?” – D L Moody
The Drama Of The Glorious Resurrection Morning
“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. There was a violent earthquake because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men. The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said” – Matthew 28:1-6 (CSB)
Looking in a graveyard, for someone who is ALIVE!?
“The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men (Angels) said, “Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive? Jesus isn’t here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you, ‘The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.’ ”Then they remembered what Jesus had said” – Luke 24:5-8 (CEV)
Jesus presented himself ALIVE.
“After he had suffered, he also presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” Acts 1 v 3 (CSB)
Jesus’ 40 days of presenting himself ALIVE to many people is summarised here. How exciting for all these people to be witnesses of this reality:
“I told you the most important part of the message exactly as it was told to me. This part is: Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say. He was buried, and three days later he was raised to life, as the Scriptures say. Christ appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After this, he appeared to more than five hundred other followers. Most of them are still alive, but some have died. He also appeared to James, then to all of the apostles” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-7 (CEV)
The day of Christ’s people to also be ‘MADE ALIVE’ will come!
“The truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised. For just as death came by means of a man, in the same way the rising from death comes by means of a man. For just as all people die because of their union with Adam, in the same way all will be raised to life (literally, “be made alive”) because of their union with Christ” – 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (GNT)
“But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people (Lit: those who belong to him) will be raised to life when he returns” 1 Corinthians 15:23 (CEV)
So the question is: How do we come into Christ and belong to him?
The answer is; we simply choose to want the life-giving principles of Jesus. Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. His life was to show us light and love in contrast to darkness and sin. In Jesus, ‘Eternal Life’ principles were lived out perfectly before our eyes. We are all invited to believe in the ‘Eternal Life’ principles of Jesus’ life and to welcome and receive Christ into our lives (in complete contrast to rejecting and crucifying him). When we do this we clothe ourselves with Christ and we are said to ‘live in Christ’ as we begin a new life with Jesus. As the quote below points out, we accept the grace of God to belong to Jesus Christ (we are his people now!) by being baptised into him. Imagine having the same hope of Jesus; to know with 100% confidence that by the grace of God ‘in Jesus’ you will also be ‘shown the way of life’!
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 (NLT)
“So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed* (the promised Christ), and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV)
*“referring to one, and to your seed, who is Christ” – Galatians 3:16 (CSB)
You can read more about what it means to believe in Jesus in the blog: The Main Story Of The Bible.
Our Jesus Moment! Our Bodies Will Be Transformed Also!
“For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” 1 Corinthians 15:52-58 (NLT)
You can read more on the transformation of our bodies in the blog: What Is The Hope Of A Believer In Jesus?
Jesus is the keeper of the key! Jesus being released from the clutches and hold of death now is ‘the keeper of the key’ to death and the grave for all those who are his people:
“I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave” – Revelation 1:18 (NLT)
Praise God for the victory. What great news!