Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Niko Prajogo, Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 16 April 2017
The Reality of Jesus’ Resurrection to Me
What we celebrated today is greater than what we celebrate during Christmas. What we celebrated over the last two days was very significant because Jesus died at the Cross for us. Jesus rose again on the third day.
Jesus fed hungry people – 5000 men, plus women and children, but the people he fed would die one day. He turned water into wine, but those who attended wedding at Cana would die one day too. We heard testimonies about how families are blessed to be freed from their debts, how businessmen found breakthrough, etc. But prosperous people will also die one day. What are we living for? Thanks, be to God, our hope is beyond this life.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. (Hebrews 2:14-15)
For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:53-58)
Is Jesus the Reality for You?
If we have guilt in our hearts, we will find it difficult and will be reluctant to come to God. Remember, we received forgiveness of sin through His blood which cleansed us of our sins. God knows that we are sinful people. We will rejoice when there is revelation in our heart from God that we are cleansed and forgiven of our sins!
But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. (Luke 24:11)
For some, despite all the good things God has done, inside their hearts, Jesus is still not alive.
Our hearts want to believe but our minds struggle to believe. We should look at our hearts and believe that He is alive and gives us victory. God is not impatient towards us. Thomas doubted that Jesus had resurrected. Despite Thomas’ unbelief, Jesus was still patient with him and told him to put his finger into Jesus’ hands. Finally, Thomas believed that Jesus had risen from the dead! Thomas was later used mightily by God. When we face difficulties in believing Jesus, ask God to help you. Draw near to God. Tell God that you want to experience the resurrection of Jesus in your life.
What should we do to experience the reality of Jesus in our Life?
1. Keep on Believing
There are times when we don’t understand what God is doing. We can leave these in His sovereignty over our lives and over the world. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise and all-loving. But for revelations that we already understand and wonderful experiences that we have and marvellous blessings that we receive, we treasure them and we hold on to Him.
2. Seek Him More
Don’t be satisfied where you are. In Luke 24:28-29, “So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them.
One hundred and twenty disciples hang on in the upper room for 10 days. Things happen when you ask. That is why the Bible tells us in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and you shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the doors will be opened.”
Maybe Holy Spirit wants you to spend time to read and study the Word of God.
Maybe He wants you to come to a corporate worship – different level of faith and fervency.
Maybe you need to pray and fast – to put some restraint to your flesh.
Maybe He wants you to receive impartation from a certain Man of God.
Let this Easter not be another celebration in our mind or another knowledge inspiring our soul, but let it go deeper.