“Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” – C.S. Lewis
There were many things said about Jesus when He walked the earth in His time. A large sum of them were along the lines of ‘false prophet’, ‘demon possessed’, and ‘insurrectionist’. These were the labels of a generation that didn’t understand the beautiful Gift in front of them!
Jesus would have easily fit any of these labels for good if He had ended up just dying at the cross. For the Christian, if Jesus had died and not resurrected, our sins would still be forgiven because He is the blameless Lamb slain for the sins of the world (John 1:29). But we wouldn’t be able to walk in resurrection power. We wouldn’t be able to prove as miraculous heavenly witnesses to the rational world that Jesus defied all of these labels by destroying the power of death.
Jesus intended that no room will be made in history for Him to be called ‘just another great prophet’ by rising from the dead.
We all understand the implications of the resurrection. It proved Jesus was and is the Son of God and Owner of heaven and earth. It showed that no force has authority over Him – even death. But do we understand what it means to us?
1 John 4:17 says something totally revolutionary:
“As He is, so are we in this world”
This is what the resurrection is to us. Most believers are fighting tooth and nail to be like the Jesus who walked the earth. But John the Apostle points us to be like the resurrected Jesus, with all authority and power over creation, and unapproachable to dark forces and sin.
This is why it is impossible for a Christian to have a natural desire for sin (Romans 6:5-6; 1 John 3:9) and is also the basis for miracles, signs, wonders, and a supernatural lifestyle. It’s also the reason why we can enjoy close communion with Holy Spirit and Father every moment of the day like Jesus did. It’s because as He is in Heaven, so are we here on earth. This helps us understand exactly what Paul meant when he said ‘we share in His resurrection’ (Romans 6:5). For all who believe in and follow Jesus, today not only marks just His resurrection – it marks our resurrection with Him. We are truly a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You’re not called to be a weak and struggling believer in process or ‘in seasons’. You’re as Jesus is in Heaven. You’re powerful, you’re capable of seeing what He sees, and you’re more than a conqueror through Him that has loved you. His resurrection gave you this new Heavenly life. It is not arrogance to claim such; it is rather humble submission to the high standard of God’s Word. Jesus set a new standard for us by rising from the dead. He challenged our mindsets to live from Heaven, instead of towards. And greater than all of this…
He was so passionate for friendship with you that He broke death mercilessly to chase after you
Was He a madman? Was He a demon possessed false prophet? Was He just another great prophet?
No, He is Lord and Owner of Heaven and Earth.
He has seated us in heavenly places with Him.
And He has left no room for us to assume anything else.
Have a great resurrection Sunday as you meditate, imagine, and ponder these spirit empowering truths!
Alec Quaye (Founder of Kingdom Family)