This is the sermon I’m preaching Easter Sunday morning.
MIGHTY TO SAVE PART 3
The power of the resurrection
In this three part series we have been looking at the last week of Jesus here on this earth. In the first sermon we saw that it is not the impressiveness of our worship or even the size and shouting of the crowd that is important to the Lord. What pleases Him is if your worship of Him is coming from a pure heart that is completely broken and spilled out for Him.
Friday night we looked at the death of Jesus. We saw that how through His death the chains of sin that bound us and separated us from a holy God were broken at the cross of Jesus Christ.
Today in this sermon we will look at what took place for Jesus at the resurrection plus some benefits we receive because He has risen from the grave.
My Grandmother, whom some of you have meet, has been clinically dead many times throughout her life. There is one story that I’ve heard told, when Mom was a teenager, that they had to take Grandma to the hospital, and while she was there, she died. They tried to revive her but couldn’t. So they pronounced her dead, covered her completely with a sheet, locked the door, and meet with Grandpa and my Mother and her brothers outside the room. They told them that Grandma had passed away, so obviously the family is outside of the room, weeping. While this is taking place, Grandma revives, and sees the sheet over her head, so she removes it. She notices that no one is in the room, all the IV’s are removed and everything else. She is wondering what is going on, so she gets up and precedes to go open the door to ask the nurses, but the door is locked, so she begins to beat on the door, asking to be let out. Well, you can imagine all the craziness that took place over this there in that tiny hospital in Oklahoma. You see, my Grandmother was pronounced and left for dead, but miraculously, she revived and was alive – a modern day resurrection took place.
Can you imagine being in a place like this story I told, or even the greatest resurrection event of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Can you imagine the feelings and the emotions of not only the disciples and the women who followed Jesus, but how about those who refused to receive Him as well? It would have been a sight to behold I’m sure.
Now Paul in his letter to the Romans greets them. And in the midst of this letter He, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit explains a couple of things concerning the resurrection, plus some benefits we believers received as well.
Let’s look at our text and see what God would say to us this morning.
Romans 1:3-6 ESV – concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh (4) and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, (5) through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, (6) including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ…
1. Christ shared in our weakness.
Romans 1:3 ESV – concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh…
A. Like I said earlier, this is Paul’s introduction to the letter to the Romans.
After introducing himself, the message (gospel) and the source (God), He here in our text turns to the subject of His message. What we have here is a very condensed version of the Gospel in these three verses. You see, the central focus of the Gospel is not on us, not on its great sayings, not on the awesome signs and miracles performed, but the central focus is on one person – Jesus Christ Himself. And here Paul starts out with a basic truth concerning the Gospel. What is that truth you may ask?
B. This truth is that Christ put on humanity and lived like all human beings.
Here in this passage we see the dual realities of Jesus. He was fully God and yet also fully man. Because Jesus lived amongst people as human, He experienced pain, hunger, sorrow, and temptation, just like any other person would.
Philippians 2:5-8 ESV – 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus existence didn’t start in the manger when He was born. He always was. He was always with the Father, sharing in His glory as the second person of the Trinity.
He didn’t come to earth to try to obtain some type of god-hood as some cults suggest.
He came to seek and save and redeem lost humanity by become the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He came as a servant, and He who ruled humbled Himself before the Father to die on the cross for each one of us.
C. And because of this coming down and humbling Himself and living amongst mankind sharing in the sufferings and sorrows, We have Him today in Heaven as our High Priest who understands what we go through because He went through it Himself.
And this was part of God’s plan.
Hebrews 2:16-18 AMP – 16 For, as we all know, He [Christ] did not take hold of angels [the fallen angels, to give them a helping and delivering hand], but He did take hold of [the fallen] descendants of Abraham [to reach out to them a helping and delivering hand]. 17 So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people’s sins. 18 For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].
2. Christ Jesus was raised in power by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 1:4 ESV – and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord…
A. Everything about the life of Jesus was ordained by God.
His human conception, His miracles, His teachings, His death, and His resurrection, was all planned, promised, and fulfilled by God. His resurrection was proof as to who He is. He was raised in power by the Holy Spirit, thereby declaring Him to be the Son of God. He wasn’t raised weak. His body would never again experience torture, pain, sorrow, or anything else that human bodies suffer. He overcome all of these and now stands victorious. He was raised to the position that He had before He humbled Himself and descended to earth. And God has highly exalted His name because of His life of service and humility to the Father’s plan.
Philippians 2:9-11 ESV – 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
3. Let’s look at some benefits we receive through the resurrected Christ.
Romans 1:5-6 ESV – through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, (6) including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ…
A. What we receive from the resurrected Lord is not something of this earth.
It is heavenly gifts that He chooses to give to us out of His heart of love toward us. Let’s look at a few of these that are found in this text.
Let me give you the Nelson’s New Christian Dictionary’s definition of grace: “Unmerited and free favor and mercy shown to sinners by a sovereign God with a view to their salvation. It is most effectively demonstrated in certain aspects of God’s relationship with his creation, the Incarnation itself being an act of grace. Grace operates in the calling of believers to faith as well as in the individual calling of certain believers to the gifts of the ministry.
In Greek it is the word, “charis”. And Strong’s defines it as, “grace, favor, thanksgiving, pleasure, loveliness, loving-kindness. The merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in the faith, knowledge, and affection of God.”
It is through His grace that we have salvation.
Titus 2:11 ESV – For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people…
It is also by this grace that we approach and stand before the Lord everyday.
C. Calling (apostleship).
While we aren’t apostles in the same sense as Paul and the eleven were, we are apostles none the less. The word “apostle” literally means, “call out ones and sent.” In the Phillips translation it says, “Our commission.” We all have a calling, a commission through the resurrection of Christ.
D. This calling to share the gospel with the nations, calling them to Christ (vv. 5b-6).
We are to live this calling of ours out to all people, so they might obey and become followers of Christ Jesus as well. This call is lived out by the resurrected life of Christ living inside of us. It is living a life filled with the Holy Spirit, so that we may be witnesses.
Acts 1:8 ESV – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
In what ways can we apply these truths to our lives?
• Realize that when you approach God through Jesus, you are approaching through someone who understands your pain because He suffered Himself.
• God has gives us His grace through the resurrection.
• In this grace we receive our calling.
• Our calling is lived out in the world, declaring the truths of Jesus Christ.
• It is done by the Holy Spirit empowering you.
Maybe you feel like as a believer, you just don’t have the ability to share your faith. But you do. It is not your ability, but it is the Spirit of the Living God inside you.
If you would like to be filled with the Spirit this morning, we’d love to pray for you and ask the Lord Jesus to fill you, and empower you for service.