I listened to a sermon by one of my Fathers, Reverend Sola Olayemi Paul, Lead Pastor of Masterpiece in Christ Church, Ilorin the other day. It hit me afresh that as Christians, we actually have got something more than gold. At a time like this, it is pertinent that we moved from merely singing the song to utilizing this truth by taking our place in our generation.
Jesus is alive. We have heard this practically all our lives. The question is do we believe it? Do we honestly believe this? What is the implication of this truth? Like, have we let it sink deep into our subconscious that the great I Am, the All-mighty, the King of Glory, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, is living, breathing and moving in us, and is able to cause changes in our world through us?That the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, is living, breathing and moving in us, and is able to cause changes in our world through us? Click To Tweet
To take advantage of the truth- ‘Jesus is alive’ simply means that we make sure it makes a difference in our lives, in our perceptions, estimations, situations/circumstances, in the way we interpret information, in our expectations, in the way we relate with people, in our feelings and anticipations.
What this also means is that we let it begin to affect our faith (what we believe in), so much that it begins to reflect in our conversations, presentations, and eventually begins to make a difference to us in these times and beyond.To take advantage of the truth- 'Jesus is alive' simply means that we make sure it makes a difference in our lives and everything about us. Click To Tweet
As Christians, Jesus being alive means we can expect what the unbeliever/natural man (who does not have Jesus) cannot. It also means that divine help has been made available. Now, this is supposed to affect and influence our interpretations of situations, our expectations, what we believe and hold on to concerning what can possibly be our reality. i.e, what can happen to, for and through us.
Below are some implications of the fact that Jesus is alive.
1. Jesus is available to us.
What this means is that unlike some other dead gods, Jesus is present, and is with us. The second part of Matthew 28:20 says “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”.
Psalm 46 says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not we fear; though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early…
Jesus is always present, living in our heart, very active in our life is His spirit we carry in us daily. Fellowship and prayer are easy more so effective because we know Jesus is available to us.
Like the igbos call him, “Agunechemba”(The Lion that protect/guards the land), he is wide awake. He neither sleeps nor slumbers.
2. Jesus is accessible.
Unlike the days of old where only the high priest was worthy to go into the Holy of Holies to speak to God on behalf of the people, we now have access to the Father.
Hebrews 10:19 tells us, “ Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus”. Ephesians 2:19 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household”. Ephesians 2:13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ”.
Just like the scriptures you just read, Jesus is accessible. We can know him, he’s not a God high up in the sky. As a matter of fact, as believers we have unhindered access to our Father. You can know him!Jesus is accessible, we can know Him. He is not a God high up in the sky as a believer you have unhindered access to your Father you can know Him. Click To Tweet
3. Jesus is providential.
When we call, he answers. He’s not some irresponsible god that is busy doing something else when his children need him. He is reliable, the most reliable of all, and we need to begin to act like we are certain about this.
Psalm 91:15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him” John 15:16, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you” Matthew 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” and Matthew 21:22, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive”.
The word “providence” originates from “provide” which has two parts: “pro” (Latin: “forward,” “on behalf of”) and “vide” (Latin: “to see”) we can infer that God sees to His creature and creation. He actively takes care of the seemingly small things how much more you. Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?God sees to His creature and creation. He actively takes care of the seemingly small things how much more you. Click To Tweet
4. Jesus is able.
There is nothing too hard or impossible for him to do. He is all capable. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” Ephesians 3:20. “And being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform” Romans 4:21. There is absolutely nothing beyond our God.
5. Jesus is alive and so are we.
Jesus is Alive! We make our boast in the fact that he has conquered the grave. Or We make our boast in that fact. He has conquered the grave!
Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— Luke 24:39 See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
Another great news is that what he did, he did for us. We are alive in Him- “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God” (Romans 6: 8-11 ).
We were baptized into the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. We have the same life he does and can do the same things he can do.
When everything is going contrary to normal, we need to learn to act based on the fact that Jesus is alive. We share in all He has done, this makes all the difference in our lives and world.
Jesus is not restricted by anything, and as long as we learn to use the fact that he is alive to our advantage, life will be a lot more glorious for us. Contrary to what the world thinks, the presence and victory of Jesus will not always translate to the calming of storms- but he can make us walk, live and exist above the storms.Jesus is not restricted by anything, and as long as we learn to use the fact that he is alive to our advantage, life will be a lot more glorious for us. Click To Tweet
As long as we keep paying attention and being conscious of the fact that Jesus is with us, this will be our reality.
So yeah! Even though things aren’t going just how we planned it out at the beginning of the year, we must not feel shortchanged. We must trust Him because He always makes a way.
There will always be a way for us, there will always be supply by the spirit for us. This is our life!!! Let’s utilize it.
Written by MAURA HANS-IBEZIM
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