FEATURE ARTICLE

Rev. Canon Nelson Ifeanyi IlunoSaturday, March 31, 2018
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Lagos, Nigeria

CHRIST'S RESURRECTION GUARANTEES YOURS

n Easter morning Jesus Christ rose from the dead, heaven sounded the Hallelujah Chorus, and the promise was fulfilled: "Because I live, you will live also" (John 14:19). What a message! The message of Easter is, as a believer you do not need to fear death because Christ has died and risen again. His resurrection guarantees ours! The sting has been removed (1 Cor. 15:55).

In the Holy Bible, Job, who had experienced the tragic loss of seven sons and three daughters in a single day, asked, "if a man dies, shall he live again?" (Job 14: 14 NKJV). He needed an answer! We all do. Five chapters later he got one: "I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19: 25-27 NKJV).

The Psalmist rejoiced in the same hope: "As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness" (Psalm 17: 15 NKJV). Rejoice: Christ's resurrection guarantees yours! Paul writes: "If we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world. But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.

So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam; now resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ… But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised" (1 Corinthians 15: 19-23 NLT).

In that day, there will be the awesome blare of the trump of God and the majestic voice of Jesus calling us from the grave. In glorious resurrection bodies like that of Jesus Christ Himself, we will ascend into the clouds and meet the King of kings.

Paul describes it: "Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of power… It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. When this happens…then at last the scriptures will come true: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:43-55 NLT).

Jesus has power over physical and spiritual death. In Christ, physical death is not the end but a gateway to life eternal; there is hope of a glorious resurrection. When we believe in Him, we are united with Him, we are in Him and so His resurrection power and life become ours as well. The result is eternal life. People who believe in Him will never die; this means death will have no power over them. We need to be filled with the knowledge and understanding that one day we will be the living proof when Christ returns.

Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the hall mark of Christianity. It is the center of the Christian faith. If there was no resurrection, there would not have been Christianity (1 Corinthians 15: 1-19). The message of Christ's resurrection rekindles the fire to serve God and consolidates our faith in Jesus. Our life on earth is only a preparation for eternity. Be faithful and give thanks to God for Christ's resurrection and yours. Be grateful to He "who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 15: 57-58). May the power of His resurrection raise all dead things in you. May the power of His resurrection manifest in your life. May the joy of His resurrection be yours now and in eternity.

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