April 5, 2015 | Sermon text: Mark 16:1-8
Jesus is not just alive, he is risen! There are several stories, in the Old and New Testaments, of people that had died being restored to life. Jesus performed several such miracles during his earthly ministry. But each of those people later died again. Jesus did more than come back to life, he is the firstborn of the resurrection. In John 11 he described himself as the resurrection before calling Lazarus out of the tomb. He had the tomb opened, said a prayer to his heavenly father, then called out with a loud voice “Lazarus, come forth.” Imagine if he had stood among the tombs and shouted “Come forth” without specifying Lazarus by name!
All life comes from God. We read in Genesis 2 that man was formed out of the dust of the earth and then God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. He is the creator of all things and the giver of life. He is also the sustainer of life. Noah and his family were spared from the great flood by following God’s command to build the ark. The Hebrews were rescued from Egypt after many signs and wonders, and were fed and watered in the wilderness for forty years. And according to his plan of salvation, the Father gave his only Son to be the all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. Salvation is freely offered but came at a great price.
Jesus had the power to lay down his life and the power to take it up again. (John 10:17-18) In the same discourse Jesus explained that he came to the earth as our good shepherd in order that we may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) The abundant life of the believer has nothing to do with money and stuff; it’s about an abundance of spiritual blessings in this life and spending an eternity in the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Sin brings the curse of death; Jesus offers life everlasting.
Jesus is the resurrection and our hope is that we will be resurrected with him. Romans 6:8 says “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:1-10 is all good. Jesus has the Words of life and is the Way of life. He is more than alive, he is risen and lives forever more!