Kingdom Principle: The Resurrection of Jesus is publicly personal and profoundly universal.
The week leading into “Easter” is called the passion of Christ – a week that connects the triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the resurrection of Jesus, by way of the Temple being overturned, the betrayal by Judas and denial by Peter, the mockery & trial of the Romans, and the crucifixion at the demand of the Jewish leaders…
This week in the life of Christ demonstrates the passion and commitment of Christ to fulfill all that the Father has set before him. This week made Jesus’ calling and commission public to the world, the very convictions of Jesus as he has foretold his followers since the beginning of His ministry. It crystallized and communicated to all who had ears to hear – that Jesus, the Chosen Messiah would not establish His Kingdom in this world as some had hoped, rather his Kingdom (as Jesus declares to Pilate – it is not of this world) would be ushered in through his death and resurrection as prophesied. Jesus’ public demonstration of his Passion has profound effects on the world, and at the same time it bring deeply personal implications and impact. For you, is the remembrance of this passion week, culminating in Christ’s resurrection more of a public pronouncement or it is personally impacting?
What are your personal expressions in relation to the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus? What impact has this reality brought to your life and to those around you? The resurrection is profoundly universal, as Jesus died for the sins of the world – In what ways has the universal aspect of Christ’s resurrection prevented you from making it personal?
While being a phenomena impacting the globe, Christ’s resurrection must penetrate our hearts to be both universal as well as personal. A few personal expressions drawn from the Scriptures today are:
- The psalmist: I proclaim the LORD’s work.
- Isaiah: I trust in you.
- Mark: It is all just as Jesus said it would be.
- Mary: I have seen the Lord.
- John: I believe.
- Peter: We are witnesses of everything.
- Paul: It is just as the Scriptures had said it would be.
Ephesians 3:20-21 says; Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The power of the resurrection is now at work in you. This work of Jesus continues through us beyond what we can ask or imagine, and all this: to Him be the glory in the church and in Jesus Christ.
How might you express the personal impact of this profoundly public act of Jesus Christ? What is one statement or sentence, which you will profess this week that captures both the universal aspect of the resurrection as well as it personal impact on your life? Make sure you statement is more focused on the impacting it brings to you, rather than attempting to be profound to anyone else. The Resurrection is to be the profound statement.