Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Life Shape Prayer & Discipleship Module One Block Six – Resurrection


Key Scripture: Revelation 1:18  I am He who lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.


Block One – There is only One God, Jehovah is His name.
Block Two – He created the heavens and fashioned the earth by His Word.
God made everything from what would appear to us as nothing
Block Three – God made man in His image and like Him; 1 man, 3 parts.
Man is a living soul and will exist forever – the question is: Where?
Block Four – To disobey God is sin. All have sinned. Sin brings separation.
Sin separates us from each other; God; the Garden; eternal life
Block Five – Sin requires death.
The blood of animals could only grant temporary reprieve
Only the pure blood of a perfect spotless Lamb could forgive sin
God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son
God has a gift in His hand … Paid for through the death of Jesus
Block Six – Resurrection is God’s seal & heaven’s sign the Jesus is Messiah
God planned the death of His Son to defeat the devil

God had a plan …

Hebrews 2
9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
14  Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15  and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

It was necessary that Jesus go down into death in order to defeat him who held the power of death.

Colossians 2
14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Important Points:

1.   Jesus died on the Cross at Calvary with, and for, our sin
a.   His body was laid in a tomb that was sealed and guarded
b.   His spirit and soul descended into hell as claimed property of the prince of death, the devil
2.   God had a plan to get His Son on the inside, locked in with all sin and the devil
a.   Jesus tasted death for everyone
3.   Jesus spoiled principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them
a.   He defeated the devil
b.   He took the keys to death and hell
c.   And when He had conquered sin, death, hell and the grave
4.   Jesus was raised to life again on the third day
a.   Victorious over sin, death, hell and the grave
b.   Forever destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8b)
c.   Delivering those who through fear of death were in bondage all their lifetime
5.   The Resurrection of Jesus is God’s seal, heaven’s sign and man’s hope that death will have no victory and the grave no sting.

Immediately following the death of Jesus His body was taken and buried in a tomb, which belonged to a friend, in a garden near Mount Calvary, outside the walls of Jerusalem. As the followers of Jesus mourned, the religious leaders convinced the Roman government to seal the tomb and station guards outside the entrance so that no one could steal the body and lay claim to the prophecies concerning Messiah. King David had 1000 years earlier written that God would not leave His soul in hell nor suffer His Holy One to see corruption. They feared any credible claim that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead would further identify Him as Messiah, Savior of the world and indeed the Son of God.
Early in the morning on the third day, although armed guards stood around the entrance, there came an earthquake by the hand of God as angels were dispatched to roll the stone from the door of the tomb. The angels appeared like lightning and their clothes were white as snow. The angel of the Lord sat upon the stone and when the guards saw him they were afraid, began to shake, and fell down as though dead. Jesus was raised to life again by the power of the Holy Spirit, victorious over death, hell, and the grave. Jesus triumphed over sin and Satan making a show of him openly and took possession of the keys to death and hell.
In order to destroy him who had power over death, that is the devil, Jesus must needs have gone down into death Himself. Only in the chambers of death, ruled by the prince of death, could death be defeated and captives set free. The resurrection of Jesus is proof that death lost its sting and the grave its victory.
No other religion lays claim to, or has as its leader, one so raised from the dead who appeared alive to more than 500 of His followers and was received up into heaven 40 days thereafter with the voice of angels declaring He would return again. This Jesus of Nazareth is not only the Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of the world but He is also the lion of the tribe of Judah, risen savior and coming King.

Supporting Scriptures:
·       Matthew 28:1-6
·       Colossians 1:18; & 2:14-15
·       Romans 1:11
·       Psalms 16:10; Acts 2:27
·       Hebrews 2:9; & 14-15
·       1 John 3:8b
·       1 Corinthians 15:17
·       Revelation 1:18