THEME: CHRIST OUR RESURRECTION
1 Peter 1:3-5
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
-God demonstrated great love for us that He gave His only begotten Son so that we may be believe in Him and obtain eternal life. This is the living hope that we have as Christians when we have faith in God, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us. Jesus was also filled with the Holy Spirit after baptism and manifested great power, and we who are in Christ should be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. At the resurrection, the Holy Spirit was present and He raised Jesus from the dead. In Romans 8:11 we read that, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you”. If the Holy Spirit dwells in us, then we walk in His power and live in hope of eternal life stored up for us through Christ’s death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, knowledge, understanding, healing power, resurrection power and all other things according to His purpose. He is our Helper, Comforter and Friend, and assures us of eternal inheritance through the gift of salvation.
The death and resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith as Christians. If by any chance we deny the death and resurrection of Christ, then our preaching of the gospel is empty and our faith is empty (1 Corinthians 15:14). The resurrection is therefore significant for it forms the basis of our lives. We are then united with Christ in His death and will certainly be united with Him in His resurrection. We are therefore no longer slaves to sin because Christ has set us free from the power of sin causing death and we are called to do His will. It is during such a season that we experience death-like situations like the COVID-19 pandemic that we appreciate the power of Christ’s resurrection. Life has become uncertain and many live in fear. Numerous lives have been lost, business have shut down, economies are crumbling down and many sleep hungry. It is a time that we should get closer to God like no other time and remember to sacrifice what we have for the sake of the poor and give thanks to God in all things; for this is His will through Christ Jesus. Job faced a similar experience when he lost his children, property and became sick but never cursed God despite the advice from his wife but praised God. When we praise God in such death-like situations, we partake in His resurrection and build up our faith in Him who gives us strength. In our belief we hope in the promises of God who can only resurrect our situations into victory. The resurrection also gives us hope in our present lives, in times of adversity and prosperity, and belief that we will live with Christ at the last day. Resurrection is also gives us new life in Christ and is a manifestation of healing, grace and the presence of the Holy Spirit who is our Helper, Comforter and Friend. Through the resurrection, our relationship with God was strengthened and the Holy Spirit came into our lives and He will resurrect us at the last day. We can thus call God; Abba Father confidently with the sure hope that He hears us and will answer us when we call to Him. This is a relation built on love and He gives us the gift of salvation together with our loved ones so that we may share in His resurrection so that the second death will not have power over us for we will inherit the heavenly kingdom with Him. Christ is our resurrection and the life and we dwell in safety under His pinions despite the challenges that we go through now and hold fast hope of eternal life.
Thank You Abba Father for this far that You have brought us, we declare Your goodness in all the earth. You are the Creator of heavens and earth and all that is in them, all glory and salvation belongs to You. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, all glory and praise belongs to You. Thank you for healing us, protecting us, providing for us, sustaining us, giving us good health and wealth, all glory and honor belongs to You. Thank you for Your love and mercy upon us, our families, children, friends, neighbors, communities, institutions, governments, nation and all nations of the world, grant us the gift of salvation merciful Father. Though our sins are as red as crimson, make them as white as snow and remember them no more, dear Jesus. Cover us all with Your precious blood which You shed for our healing and redemption, all glory and salvation belongs to You Jesus. We declare that no weapon fashioned against us shall prevail in Your name Jesus for You died and resurrected for our sake so that we may be free from all evil and dwell in victory. Thank You Jesus for the gift of salvation and the eternal inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, for us and for all our descendants, we praise You Jesus and glorify Your holy name. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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