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As Jesus rose from the dead, you also rose with Him

Sunday Morning Service Notes | 04 April 2021
As Jesus rose from the dead, you also rose with Him
Romans 6:8-11 ESV

• The fact that something is not known, seen, or felt does not mean that it does not exist. It simply does mean it has not been brought to one’s notice or consciousness.

• When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, He rose because He conquered death.

• He did not conquer death for Himself, but He conquered death for all believers, for all Christians

• Christ gained victory for us that we would be in victory.

• When victory is not in our lives, does not mean Christ failed. It means we fail to appropriate that victory in our lives.

• Easter Sunday is a celebration of our victory. It is not just a holiday, but it is a reminder that in Christ we conquered dead and all its associates, like sickness, diseases, poverty, lack, lack of wisdom, misfortune, etc.

• A king does not just walk about, he walks with the knowledge of his position – his place.

• It is unfortunate to note that during this pandemic, Christians have forgotten who they are in Christ.

• The challenges of the pandemic have risen big in the minds of some Christians that they have forgotten their victorious position in Christ.

• Apostle Paul prayed for the church in Colosse that they should would in the victory that Christ bought for them.

Colossians 1:9-14 ESV

• This new position is now the believer’s reality. Within the perimeter of this position is the believer’s rights and authority and all is because of the riches of God’s grace toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:6-7 NIV

• It pleases God when we appropriate Christ’s victory in our lives.

• The Christian position is not progressive. It does not grow or develop from a small beginning. It is as perfect and complete the instant it is inherited as it ever will be in the ages to come.

• For example, sonship does not grow, as an old man is no more a son of his father at his death than he was at the day of his birth.

• This position is not based on human merits, but on Christ’s merit.

• You cannot be good enough to be in this position in Christ. Christ is good enough to place you in His position.

In Jesus Christ, believers:
1. Are chosen, holy and blameless. Eph. 1:4.
2. Are sons. Eph. 1:5.
3. Are accepted. Eph. 1:6.
4. Have redemption – forgiveness of sins. Eph. 1:7.
5. Have obtained inheritance. Eph. 1:11.
6. Are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Eph. 1:13.
7. Have guaranteed inheritance. Eph. 1:14.
8. Are made Alive. Eph. 2:1.
9. Are loved. Eph. 2:4.
10. Are in the same class of the heavenlies. Eph. 2:6.
11. Have peace. Eph. 2:14.
12. Are new creations. Eph. 2:15.
13. Are brought near. Eph. 2: 13.
14. Are friends. Eph. 2:15
15. Are given access. Eph. 2:18.

• All these attributes and more, were gained for us at crucifixion and given to us when Christ rose from the dead.

• Our position in Christ is our legal standing with God.

The Significance of the Resurrection
• The Resurrection confirms that Jesus is who He claimed to be. Let us consider the magnitude of this event.

• The Resurrection proved that Christ was divine. The fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross does not prove in itself that He is God. Jesus proved His divine nature by fulfilling the predictions of His death and by His return from the grave. The Bible declares that “by being raised from the dead [Christ] was proved to be the mighty Son of God, with the holy nature of God Himself” (Romans 1:4, The Living Bible).

• If I am in Christ, then I am in the divine. My life is hidden in God in Christ Jesus.

• Since Jesus is alive, I am alive in Him.

• The Resurrection proved Christ’s power to forgive sin. The Bible claims, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17, NASB). By rising from the dead, Jesus proved His authority and power to break the bonds of sin and to assure forgiveness and eternal life to all who accept His gift of salvation.

• Through His resurrection, I live a life that is free from the bondage of sin.

• The Resurrection revealed Christ’s power over death. The Bible records, “Christ rose from the dead and will never die again. Death no longer has any power over Him” (Romans 6:9, TLB). The Resurrection secured our victory over death as well and “lifted us up from the grave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with Him in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:6, TLB).

• The Resurrection defeated God’s enemy. From the moment of Satan’s original rebellion until the day of the cross, the devil fought viciously and cunningly to overthrow the kingdom of God. At the crucifixion, Satan must have thought he dealt the final and decisive blow in this age-old war. But this was the devil’s most serious miscalculation. The cross was not a sign of defeat. The cross was heaven’s triumph! When Jesus Christ rose, the power of sin and death was forever shattered. Because of the Resurrection, Christians do not have to fear Satan or death again.

• We rose from the death in Christ in order to live a victorious life.

• Easter Sunday reminds us of our victory in Christ Jesus.

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