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Caloy Diño 2012.04.01
1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Now I would remind you, brothers,1 of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day pin accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
I read in a medical journal recently that myopia, or nearsightedness has become prevalent problem all over the world. It now affects 30 - 40% of the population in the US and in Europe, and reaches 70 – 90% of the population in Asian countries. I am nearsighted myself, and if you are like me, you know that your vision is limited to seeing things just a few feet away. Under normal circumstances, I can barely see things at a distance. I can read a book, but I need to bring it closer to my face just to see the text clearly. I can read messages on my mobile phone, but I need to adjust the text size and make them bigger. That’s why I wear glasses. Some prefer contact lenses. If we want to see things clearly at the distance, we need to wear something to aid our vision. Without them, our vision is limited. We can be nearsighted in matters of faith as well. We read the Bible and we tend to interpret it within our limited range of vision, or even imagination. Rarely do we read the Bible to view what’s up ahead, to see a vision of the future. We’d rather leave that to people who are gifted visionaries or specialists trained in seminaries. We’re celebrating Easter this week. And we know that Easter is all about Jesus being raised from the dead. And often, when we think of the resurrection of Jesus, we associate with going to heaven when we die. This is a nearsighted view of Easter. Beyond it our visions begin to blur. We have cloudy ideas of heaven. We imagine it to be living eternally in the clouds, strumming harps, playing lyres and singing worship songs to God forever.
He called the Jews to repentance. He commanded spirits. In the context of 1st century Jewish society. one who descended from the line of David. the promised fulfillment of all the promises of God to the Jewish people. The Jews marveled at his teachings. he lived as a demonstration that he was in truth the promised Messiah. and at the same time. Jesus’ main message is that the Kingdom of God is near. But we need to wear a different set of spectacles to see it. We need to expand our vision further. bring about the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. and therefore they were awaiting the time when God would dwell with them in the temple once more. The resurrection of Jesus Christ has a much richer meaning than the blurry images in our heads. they were expecting a holy and righteous military leader. It was in Jesus that the authority of heaven was being implemented. and rebuild the temple and bring about the return of Yahweh to dwell once more among His people. he brought good news to the poor. and must bow down to him in submission. And when Jesus was here on earth. Death & Resurrection Because Jesus Lived. What Jesus was claiming is that he is the Messiah. and in some cases. death and resurrection from the view of God's big story of restoring the world to himself. The Jewish leaders were always on the defensive when he gave his teachings. and they obeyed him. Let's look at Jesus' life. then all men must acknowledge that indeed the Kingdom of God has come into our world. He healed the sick. a future King of Israel. Messiah (Hebrew: Mashiah) means the anointed. who will rule the united tribes of Israel and herald the Messianic Age of global peace. What Jesus was basically demonstrating is that the rule of heaven has entered the world. to raise a holy army and defeat the Romans. No one before Jesus ever demonstrated such miraculous power that crowds flocked to him to received healing. Jesus was where heaven and earth intersected. He taught with authority. Faithful Jews look forward to the coming of the Messiah. Then the Kingdom of God has Come. physically descended from the Davidic line. who was meant to usher in the Messianic Age. designating a king or High Priest. when they were ruled by the 'gentile' Roman empire. and the people had a sense that they were still in spiritual exile. and even wind and the waves. Jesus' Life.Easter is much more that that. 2 . Therefore all people in the world must acknowledge him as Lord. And because Jesus claims to be the Messiah and has demonstrated it in power. who were traditionally anointed with holy anointing oil as described in Exodus 30:22-25 Messiah refers to a leader anointed by God. and it was centered on Jesus.
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits.Because Jesus Died. Then We are Saved Jesus knew he had to give his life. that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. the perfect human sacrifice.And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. not even the evil one predicted that the dead Messiah cold live again. His death becomes the propitiation by blood of everyone who believes in Him. No one. and the High Priest who would restore the temple and bring about the return of Yahweh to dwell with them. Then We Have Hope of Life Eternal This something they never expected. when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 22 For jas in Adam all die. so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Death is the victory of evil. then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 21 For as by a man came death. So just as Moses' staff was raised to heal those who looked up to it in faith. so also in Christ shall all be made alive. because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. Because Jesus was Resurrected. to die. by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. John 3:14-15 . he had to die Many times Jesus forewarned his disciples that he was to go to Jerusalem to die. a King who would save Israel from their pagan enemies. so also those who are dying in their sin are forgiven. whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood. The disciples couldn’t believe it because they could not accept a Messiah. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 . 24 Then comes the end. their relationship with God healed as they look up to Jesus on the cross. God's forgiveness is given through an atoning sacrifice of a perfect offering. So the Evil One had to ensure that the Messiah did not remain alive but should die. But the seeds of sacrifice had been planted in the Law of Moses itself. It was to show his righteousness at the present time. The Evil one no longer has any power over Jesus. to be received by faith. the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Romans 3:23-26 For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. and are justified by his grace as a gift. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all 3 . Jesus was human but did not sin. And by being raised from the dead. The Evil One knew that Israel was the means by which the world is to be restored to a relationship with God. and frustrate the plans of God. And he knew it would be thru the rule of the Messiah that God's rule will be established. so must the Son of Man be lifted up. This was to show God's righteousness. he has taken the victory over sin and death.
Because the Bible tells us that 40 days after Jesus was resurrected. and we shall be changed. and the dead will be raised imperishable.things in subjection under his feet. and the power of sin is the law. brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. But he left his disciples a promise that he will return. It is filled with pain and sorrow. being burdened—not that we would be unclothed. immovable. 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 . 52 in a moment. and this mortal body must put on immortality. he inaugurated what every Jew was waiting for: the Messianic Age. but we shall all be changed. then the Messianic Age will be completed and fulfilled.” But when it says. But we have been given promises by our King that nothing that we do on earth for him will ever be wasted. that God may be all in all. we groan. eternal in the heavens. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable. longing to put on our heavenly dwelling. “all things are put in subjection.” 55 “O death. a house not made with hands. we have a building from God.For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed. nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. We shall not all sleep. Since we have this hope. always abounding in the work of the Lord. For the trumpet will sound. We are subject to frustration. where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin. but that we would be further clothed. People hurt us. and the mortal puts on immortality. in the twinkling of an eye.” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him. And by being raised from the dead. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. my beloved brothers. just as he went to heaven. then we can live life on earth in the proper perspective. so that what is mortal may be 4 . 28 When all things are subjected to him. where is your victory? O death. 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 . then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. at the last trumpet. who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. It was in heaven that Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father as King of kings and Lord of lords. knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. People try to put us down. however in the fulfillment of the Messianic Age. For while we are still in this tent. 57 But thanks be to God. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable. if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For in this tent we groan. be steadfast. he ascended into heaven. And when He finally returns. There was a pause. Life here is difficult.50 I tell you this.
I say to you. Jesus deserves my obedience. houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands.Jesus said. Mark 10:29-30 . there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands. I have been granted grace and am now adopted by the Father in Heaven as His child. but will have their just reward. 5 . we are of good courage. Death & Resurrection Because Jesus lived as the Messiah. and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. I am forgiven. for my sake and for the gospel. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God. There is hope for the future. and in the age to come eternal life. “Truly. whether good or evil. Yes. not by sight. for we walk by faith. we make it our aim to please him.swallowed up by life. Implications of Jesus on my Life. So whether we are at home or away. who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time. I am a subject of the King. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. with persecutions. So we are always of good courage. so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body. who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. Because Jesus rose again as the Son of God/Lord of All. Because Jesus died as the Lamb of God. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. And therefore i can give up my life today. knowing that all my sacrifices are not in vain. I belong to Him.