Sermons on The Gospel
RAISED TO RULE Acts 13:32-37 We have been focusing on Jesus’ death and resurrection this month, exploring how it guarantees us a better life in both the present and the future. This lesson concludes our focus by considering the way the New Testament portrays Jesus’ resurrection as the pinnacle of the biblical story. We will therefore consider the New Testament’s presentation of Jesus’ right to rule and the kingdom over which he rules by virtue of his resurrection and consider what his resurrection-rule means for us. Consider the following aspects of the New Testament’s presentation of Jesus’ resurrection: Jesus’ resurrection entitles him to God’s covenant with David that promised a kingdom that would be “established forever” 1 (Acts 13:32-37; 2 Samuel 7:4-16) Jesus’ receipt of God’s promise to David encompassed Daniel’s vision of God’s world-filling, enemy-defeating kingdom (Acts 1:6-9; Daniel 7:1-14) Jesus’ resurrection-authority to rule covers all powers and authorities in both the physical and spiritual realms (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:15-23; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Peter 3:21-22) Jesus’ rule resolves the sin problem and restores the creation to its proper place under God’s sovereignty (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Revelation 21:1-22:5) Jesus invites us to participate in his kingdom as his co-heirs (Ephesians 6:10-13; Revelation 5:9-10; 22:5; Galatians 3:25-4:7) Applications • We are part of a story much larger than any one of us. • Even though we participate in a story larger than any of us, we hold an important, privileged place in it. • We are part of an unstoppably triumphant story – Jesus’ victory ensures our victory. • Jesus’ resurrection gave him sovereign rule; we need to submit our lives to him in order to participate in His victory.
1 Corinthians 15:12-28 Paul believed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection changed everything and offered the foundation upon which Christian thinking and living built itself. We should therefore ask ourselves, as people who claim to believe in Jesus’ resurrection, does it offer the same foundational, life-changing place in our lives that it held within Paul’s life?
John 11:1-5: Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Life is precious, death is costly & God takes both seriously enough to send Jesus.
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12 If the crucifixion unlocks the door of the gospel, even the unlocked door would have remained closed without the resurrection, and much of the biblical story would be meaningless. Old Testament prophecies and New Testament preaching give great prominence to the resurrection. The crucifixion was a powerful and necessary event, but alone, it left the disciples frustrated and afraid. Even before the coming of the Spirit in Acts 2, the disciples had been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus.