As we all know, Christians all over the world, celebrated Easter this past weekend and everywhere on the internet, they commemorated it differently. For me, at first I didn’t feel like having to post anything because I have been on a personal journey for over two months, so it’s not like I’m suddenly waking my christianity up to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord [Catch your sub if you haven’t by now] lol.
However, I was led to share just little but after that, I felt so drawn to truly study on the resurrection with different events that unfolded, messages I listened to like “The Doctrine of Resurrection” by Apostle Selman, link below
https://youtu.be/Ji43jPv7u9I – Highly recommended
The Easter was already marvelous, a strange light came that has shifted me to a different understanding and dimension on the power of resurrection. Coupled with different things and I felt as the Lord’s scribe, I had to capture all these thoughts beautifully and wholesomely so that christians can truly understand more than the eye meets even as we keep trusting God for grace to continuously unveil the mysteries of the kingdom to us.
The Last Supper
From the beginning of Matthew Gospel, chapter 26, We first see Jesus talk about the passover and how his time was near. First things first is the SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PASSOVER to his death. Of all times, why did it have to be the commemoration of the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt? This was no co-incidence, in my opinion, I would say that this time, it was the exodus of God’s children from the bondage of slavery of sin caused by the first Adam and restoring them not to the promise land this time but back to God.
In the Passover feast in Exodus, we see God instructing the Israelites to eat bread without yeast and use the blood of the animals on the door frames but under Jesus, we see he broke bread for his disciples and called it his body. He gave them wine and told them to drink of it and called it “my blood of the covenant” Matt 26:28. In Exodus, the blood on the door post signified exemption. In the new covenant with Jesus, we are the temple, abiding in him, sharing his blood, establishing our oneness with him as agreement to the new and better covenant that he is a mediator of :
Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
The Arrest of Jesus
Jesus went to Gethsemane with his disciples to pray, we can see that he’s burdened and doesn’t hide his emotions.
In Matt 26:38
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
As if this information was not enough, in 39, the Bible records that “He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Even In sorrow that deep, THE WORD HIMSELF PRAYED. Yes, his prayers couldn’t change what he was going to face because he even wanted the will of God to prevail above his feelings but he was empowered through prayer. So as believers, when everything looks hopeless in certain situations, that’s when ordinarily we should let go of prayers but following Jesus, we ought to pray. Knees on the ground, tears in our eyes, the verdict has just been passed, PRAY. Jesus wasn’t quoting scriptures, he was expressing his emotions to the father while submitting to his will and yes, this is prayer enough because our father in heaven sees our heart and understands.
In Matt 26:53. We see that Judas had already come on the scene and had kissed him. Peter had struck the servants ear, ready to draw blood and Jesus makes a profound statement “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”
From the Demoniac at Gadarenes, we know that just 1 legion of demons was 6,000 and here was Jesus saying more than 12 legions of Angels just for him. Thousands of angels. It made me think, how much more angels will God assign to people all over the world normally, then the angels that’ll just reside in heaven, like how many angels are there just fighting for us that our eyes cannot see. Summarily, those who are for us are indeed greater than those that be against us.
Hebrews 12:22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF ANGELS in a joyful gathering.
Matt 27:14, we see that Jesus has already been brought before Pilate and with all the interrogations and accusations, he is silent in them. Sometimes, Silence pays and we need to be discerning to know when to be silent because there is power in silence.
Things get so bad that the people he healed and preached to are willing to pick Barrabbas a thief over him. So much so that they say that Jesus’ blood is on them and their children. Unknowingly to them, that was a prophecy because indeed, Jesus was dying for everybody. The earlier you learnt that people will always be people and complete loyalty to the latter is one of the greatest treasures life will gift you in form a person that decides to trust how you handle your destiny enough, the better.
Again, in Matt 27:37, they prophecy when they labelled him “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews”. Jesus knew but they didn’t. Sometimes, your mockers laugh at you and make fun over your vision. It’ll take discerning to let them continue prophesying as you know the truth.
The Death of Jesus
Finally, Jesus said “It is finished” and gave up the ghost
It is Finished is the greek word for TETELESTAI
The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that A BILL HAD BEEN PAID IN FULL
Dr. Ray Prithard opines that “Tetelestai is in the perfect tense in Greek. It is significant because the perfect tense speaks of an action which has been completed in the past with results continuing into the present. It’s different from the past tense which looks back to an event and says, “This happened.” The perfect tense adds the idea that “This happened and it is still in effect today.” When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future.”
Michael Maynard says that “Each year, on the Jewish holiday called The Day of Atonement, the High Priest would enter into the temple and make a special sacrifice for the sins of the people of Israel. As soon as the priest had killed the animal, he would emerge from the place of sacrifice and declare to the waiting crowd “it is finished” in Hebrew. In this sacrifice, all the sins of Israel were symbolically placed on the lamb that was killed and punished in their place.
Yet the Bible teaches that this sacrificial system was never really complete or finished because the sacrifice of that lamb was imperfect and temporary. But when Jesus died on the cross, he became the perfect and final sacrifice for all sin. The Book of Hebrews describes how Jesus was the ultimate Lamb of God and by his sacrifice, the work of forgiveness was finally complete. So by saying “it is finished” Jesus was signaling that there was no more need for sacrifices or temples because his work brought ultimate fulfillment to what the previous sacrificial system foreshadowed.”
After he said it is finished,
Matt 27:51 records that “And [at once] the veil [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was [l]torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split apart.”
We have access now!!! His blood gave us access to the throne room to enter boldly and find mercy and grace always because his blood is dripping on the altar. Apostle Selman said “If the guiltless can become guilty then the guilty can become guiltless” So yes, covenants have been made, etc but if the one that had no sin sacrificed his innocent blood, then he has taken away that sin nature in exchange for a life now lived through him.
The Behind the Scenes [BTS] Of his Resurrection
12having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead. 13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, 14having canceled out the [g]certificate of debt consisting of [h]legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. 15When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through [i]the cross.
And this is the victory in christ Jesus that we have and by so doing, overcome the world through our faith in the resurrection of Christ Jesus. So Paul says
20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];
28For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of [f]your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
Thus, Paul is saying, having understood all of these,
20If you have died with Christ to the [j]elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were still living in the world, do you submit to rules and regulations…”
Why do you still live as if you own yourself? Void of the gospel, void of redemption, void of the character of Jesus and acting boldly outside his will?
Then Paul says a prayer with regards to believers truly understanding the mystery there is in resurrection:
18And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [h]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the [i]saints (God’s people), 19and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20which He [j]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come. 22And He [k]put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and [l]appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].
6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
HE IS RISEN!!!
Therefore, this is the summary of redemption through John in
17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last [absolute Deity, the Son of God], 18and the Ever-living One [living in and beyond all time and space]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).
In christ, we dominate, rule, make progress and are separated from everything contrary to redemption. Making our life distinct and unique as we live in heaven on earth and as he has given us those keys, he has charged us to use them to preach to all nations in the Great commission Matt 28:18-20
18Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually–regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
To the end that:
I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest.
Through the resurrection of Jesus, as he died, we died, as he rose, we rose in him. Thus, we live in him, rule in him, have dominion on earth in him and carry out his mandate in him, bringing the kingdom of heaven here on earth that men are saved and glorify Jesus because of us.
He is Risen, did you rise with him?
He said “Tetelestai”, are you still being deceived by the devil and imprisoned by your own ignorance when the price has already being paid?