BETWEEN RESURRECTION AND RESUSCITATION

The resurrection is a person and not a theology. It is the person of Jesus that's why before his presence death cannot survive. When he got to the tomb of Lazarus with few words, he that was dead came back to life (John 11:25-44!

Now Lazarus wasn't the only one he raised from the dead. He raised Jairus daughter with the words 'Talitha Kumin' and the widow of Main could have been 'widowed' a second time when she lost her son, but Jesus brought him back to life!

So really if he was raising the dead during his lifetime what was the big deal then about him coming back to life? What was the difference between their 'resurrection' and his resurrection? Oh, a lot. As Leonard Ravenhill said:

"First: theirs had no vicarious power to it. Second: they were all called forth from the tomb, He wasn't. Third: when they came forth from the tomb they were all bound with clothes, headbands, and their feet. And we know Jesus walked out of it. He slipped out of those clothes like a... like a caterpillar slip out of a cocoon. He did not need anybody to call Him forth." Hallelujah!!!

So everybody else that was raised from the dead experienced the following:

  • Number one: somebody else called them --- nobody called Him.
  • Number two: they were bound with cloths --- He was not bound with cloths.
  • Number three: they all went back and died again.

And this third point is important: they all went back and died again! This is why every other person raised from the dead experienced resuscitation, but Jesus experienced resurrection! After he came back from the dead, he lives to die to no more. Romans 6:8 said it very plainly, "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him."

Jesus himself came later in Revelations 1:18 to reaffirm this, 'I was dead but now I live forevermore!'

Through his resurrection, he gained dominion over death! This is what we experienced when we gave our lives to the Lord, we that were 'dead in sin' are resurrected back to life and hence sin and death has no more dominion over us again!

 

Romans 6:8-11, ‘Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;  death hath no more dominion over him.   10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.   11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord’

The resurrection, therefore, is the completion of our victory over sin and death!

 

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