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Fullness in Life through the Resurrection of Christ

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What does fullness in life mean to us who are in Christ Jesus?
 
We are celebrating one of the most important events in Christianity today. This is the Sunday on which Jesus Christ rose again after sealing our salvation with His death: His resurrection.
 
And as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we reflect on what resurrection means to us. We evaluate its impact on our personal lives as Christians.
 
Let us ponder on the questions of Pastor Serge before we proceed,

“Are all of us living to the fact and to the truth that Jesus has resurrected from the dead? How does it play, how does it affect your daily living? Does it affect your daily decision? Most importantly, how does it affect every part of your life as far as resurrection of Jesus Christ is concerned?”

The Fullness of Life through the Resurrection of Christ

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It is very important for Christians to believe in the resurrection. Jesus conquered death and proved that there is life after death. Nonetheless, are we living a life that believes in the resurrection through Christ Jesus?

If Jesus was indeed resurrected, we must also believe that we cannot find any of His remains here on earth. This, aside from believing that He is alive in heaven.
 
His disciples were not resurrected. Religious leaders were also not resurrected. Above all, it is only Jesus who claimed that He will be crucified, buried, and after 3 days be resurrected all throughout history. And it was fulfilled.
 
Think about this – the remains of the great people in history are still here with us… all except the remains of Jesus.
This being said, what is the relationship of His resurrection to us having the fullness of life? 
 
As Pastor Serge has mentioned, “fullness of life is not only applicable here on earth but also in the afterlife.” We are able to live life to the fullest because deep down, we have the assurance that we belong to a risen Savior. We have the hope that we will have life after death (1 Cor 15:20).

The Implication of the Resurrection

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In 1 Corinthians 15:19, Paul says “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
 
What does this mean to you? If our hope is only limited to this life we live right now, and if Jesus was not resurrected, then all that we do here is meaningless – it is in vain. Paul also said that “ If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”[d]

What we are doing now: attending church, helping others, going through persecution because of our faith, and even for those who died because of their faith; if Jesus wasn’t resurrected all these are worthless.

But Jesus didn’t remain dead. He rose from the dead! And with that, we have the beautiful hope in Him that we too shall rise from the dead in glorious bodies and spend eternity with him. With this truth, we have a deeper purpose of living our lives.

The Imperatives of the Resurrection

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Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, “33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[a] 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.”
 
This is the time when there were people who started to believe the false teachings that there was no resurrection, thus no life after death for the believers. But Paul commanded them to stop entertaining these thoughts in their minds and hearts. It led them to commit immoral actions. Paul reminded them that knowing and believing in God is the right way of living.
 
We should live a life that shows we rose with him because we believe in the truth that Jesus was raised from the dead.
 
When we talk, think, or do things, it should be a reflection of a new life we have in Jesus: to live a life in obedience through the Gospel.
What are the things that we need to keep in mind?
 

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Bad company corrupts good character.”

DON’T BE DECEIVED!

Whether you like it or not, the people you surround yourself with have an influence on you. You have to be careful in choosing the company that you keep. You should remember that departure from your Christian beliefs is departing from your Christian behavior. What kind of company do you surround yourself with? Do they inspire you to be a better Christian or do they fill your heads with doubts about your faith and your salvation?
 

1 Corinthians 15:34 “Come back to your senses as you ought…”

WAKE UP!

You must not forget your true identity even when surrounded by unbelievers. You are who you are right now because of your identity in Christ. Our relationship with Him identifies who we are. We live in this dying world, and we sometimes commit mistakes or experience a lot of hardships, but we must remember that no matter what happens, our identity remains in Him. We are the sons and daughters of the living God. Do you still remember who you are?
 

1 Corinthians 15:34 “…stop sinning”

When you remember who you are in Christ, you choose to live your life in a righteous way. You are sons and daughters of the living God.
 
You may still stumble and sin, but through Jesus’ resurrection, you believe that there is an invisible power in you that can help you overcome the trials in life.
 
To live life to the fullest is to believe in Jesus’ resurrection. We may be living in a dying world, but we have the hope that we will rise again just like our risen Savior.  
 
Should we keep this good news to ourselves? No!
 
Let us go in obedience and share the good news of life after death found only in Jesus!
 
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The Power of the Gospel – The Too-good-to-be-true News

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At the culmination of it all, let us talk about the power of the gospel.

Do you know that the Greek word for gospel is euaggelion which means “too good to be true news”? Is the gospel too good to be true for you? Well, it really is – but IT IS TRUE!

Let’s look at why many of us will think it’s good to be true.

Salvation is a gift – not something you have to work for

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A lot of us have been conditioned about conditional love. Ever since we were kids, we were given conditions. If we behave, we’ll get what we want but if we misbehave, we’ll be punished.

Even the old testament used that kind of discipline, where when the people sinned they have to sacrifice livestock to be forgiven. Some religions still do it until now. They consider the way of salvation to be good works.

Let us not confuse this. We need to do good – we are not discounting good deeds. It is the by-product of our salvation. But it is not the way to salvation.

Even the best people we know cannot be saved through good works alone. Why? Because no one is righteous. We all have fallen short of God’s glory and no one is righteous enough to be in the presence of God. (Romans 3:23)

We are all sinners; no one is blameless. Therefore, we could not have done it on our way. That is the very reason why God sent Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

There is no other way to be saved but through believing that Jesus Christ died for me and you.

That is what we call grace. And as Paul said, this is all so that we cannot boast of our own good works but boast of our salvation in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:9).

Salvation is a gift. All we need to do is accept it and believe it. That’s the salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Concept of Grace and Unconditional Love

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Another thing a lot of us are struggling with is the concept of unconditional grace and unconditional love.

We all have been used to judging and being judged. But Jesus Christ came to break these norms. This is the very reason why the Pharisees became furious of Him. Because Jesus was breaking the norms that the Pharisees were gaining from.

Jesus said himself that we should not judge so that we cannot be judged. And that whoever He forgives here will be forgiven in Heaven.

Furthermore, Paul explained that “everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial” (1 Corinthians 10:22).

What Paul meant here is that there is nothing that we will do that can separate us from God’s love. There is nothing that we can do that cannot be forgiven because Jesus Christ already did the act of salvation at the cross.

Therefore, if we are in Christ, we are forgiven, no matter what we will do. But does it mean that everything is beneficial? No! It is still up to us to decide if what we are doing will benefit us or destroy us.

Unconditional love – no matter what we do, God still loves us.

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“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.

It does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

Love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

(1 Corinthians 13: 1-7)

Above is God’s commandment of how we will know true love. And if God told us to do these, it is surely because He did it first. We love because He first love is.

This is God’s standard of love. That is how He is to you. He never keeps a record of the wrong things you’ve done.

The only sin that can separate us from God after we accepted Jesus Christ is when we “grieve the Holy Spirit” through unbelief.

Unconditional Grace – we are saved, not because we deserve it but because we need it

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Here’s another pill that’s hard to swallow for many of us. The concept of unconditional grace.

First of all, we have to understand that NONE OF US IS WORTHY TO BE SAVED. NO ONE.

We all were sentenced to death from the moment that we were born in this world. Why? Because we are spiritually dead. We are born in a corrupt world – in corruptible bodies. For us, there is nowhere else to go but down.

We were never righteous, and we were never sinless. So, why in the world did God send salvation to us?

Two things – One, because loves us that He wants us to be with Him in Heaven forever. And two, because He knew that we are going to suffer and He looked upon us with grace. Therefore, He sent Jesus Christ as a sacrifice so that we can, once and for all, be saved.

No one else deserves the glory

So what do we do then? How should we respond?

The only thing we can do is to REPENT, BELIEVE and RECEIVE – that simple. That’s why it’s called the gospel – it’s too good to be true. BUT IT IS TRUE.

And in everything, no one else deserves all the glory but Jesus Christ alone. He alone deserves all the glory and honor, because of what He’s done for all of us.

It’s not about us anymore – it’s all about what Jesus Christ did on the cross.

Love is the culmination of it all

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And to this we the answer to the question “Why should we do good”?

We do good because we love God and if we love Him, we will do His commandments. (John 14:15)

And what are God’s commandments?

“Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

Let’s make it simple.

If we love God, we wouldn’t want to disappoint, disrespect or grieve Him in any way. And if we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will always think of what is good and beneficial to them.

You would never want to hurt those you love, right? Not in any way.

And if you truly believe that Jesus Christ died for you, you would never want to disappoint Him by wasting your life on things that are not beneficial.

That is why we do good. This is the “too good to be true news”. And it is available for us all.

You will see that at the foot of the cross, you will find nothing else but love. It’s at the root of it all.

Are you ready to accept that LOVE today?

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Pray with us. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and starting today, live your life in Him who loves you the most.

He is waiting for you. Come back to His embrace and accept this “too good to be true news” as your truth. It is the truth that will set you free and give you peace beyond all comprehension.

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The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ – Complete Surrender

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. – Luke 23:46 – Complete surrender.

What does complete surrender look like?

It is when you know you have to let go and give yourself up to God who knows all things.

This is what Jesus Christ displayed at the last moment of His life. He knows that this is the end of His life on this earth and so, He surrendered His life completely.
 

The Spiritual Battle

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Remember this though, this is not actually THE END. After this is a spiritual battle to win the spiritual victory over death. Jesus “descended to the lower parts of the earth before He ascended to heaven” (Ephesians 4: 8-9). As to what Jesus did there, no one really knows but can only speculate. Only Jesus and the Father really know.

Some scholars say that Jesus went there to take the “righteous dead”, the likes of David, Solomon, and the saints of the old testament. Some believe that He went there to suffer as the human soul would have before salvation and experience the Godlessness of Hell in order to save the dead. And other scholars believe that He went there to claim the “keys of death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:18).

No matter what Jesus did after He died, we can guarantee that His battle was not finished yet at that moment. And we know that the spiritual battle is even greater than the physical battles.

Jesus’ act of surrendering to the Father is trusting His battles and His next steps to God. Saying that He commits His spirit to the Father means that no matter where His Spirit is going, He is surrendering it to the Father.

Complete Surrender

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In retrospect, let’s look at our own situations.

Are you facing any battles right now? What kinds of battles are you preparing for – physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual? How do you respond to it?

To many of us, the first response is to worry, then fight the battles head-on. But for Jesus, the response is to always commit to God, fall down on His knees in prayer, and follow the will of God.

If we are in Christ, then we should do just as Christ did. But many of us, even Christians, worry for the battles ahead. Why?

The question is, are you completely surrendered to God? Did you commit everything to God? If not, what’s stopping you?

To Surrender Completely is to Trust Fully

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Like in everything else in our lives, we can only commit ourselves to someone who we totally trust.

Do you trust God enough to completely surrender and commit your Spirit to Him? Is your trust and faith enough for you to completely commit your battles, apprehensions, and worries to God?

Many say it is okay to doubt and question. But the truth is, doubt is an enemy of faith. If you have faith, there should not be any shadow of doubt in you.

Doubt is an insult to what Jesus Christ did on the cross for you.

Think about this. If God sent His one and only Son to die for you even though you didn’t know you needed salvation, what else can He not do for you?

Your finances, your physical pain, your emotional struggles, and your mental turmoil – they are nothing compared to what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross.

If we compare all those things to the miracle of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is nothing.

So, what are you afraid of? Why do you doubt and why are you not able to commit fully to the Lord? Has He not proven enough how much He loves you?

The Power of Complete Surrender

Jesus is waiting for you to completely surrender your load to Him. He said

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11: 28-30.

He already suffered it all for you so you won’t have to suffer any longer. All He needs is for you to commit your life totally to Him and He will make the way for you.
 
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