Easter Sunday 2020

Philippians 3:10-11 NKJV  that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,  (11) if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:10 NLT  I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead…

Paul wrote that he wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection…

I believe that a lot of us are familiar with the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead but how much do we know the power of His resurrection?

How familiar are we with the power of God that worked in Jesus life all the way up to His resurrection?

John 18:1-11 NKJV  When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.  (2) And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. (3) Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.  (4) Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” (5) They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. (6) Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.  (7) Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” (8) Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” (9) that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.” (10) Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  (11) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

Luke 22:50-51 NKJV  And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.  (51) But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

There was also a young man raised up when Jesus spoke these words:

Mark 14:51-52 NKJV  Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him,  (52) and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

From Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems from the Greek (Vol. 1):

The key to identifying this young man lies in the “linen cloth” he had lightly draped about his body. The particular Greek word that is used for this “linen cloth” is used in only one other event in the New Testament — to depict the “linen cloth” in which the body of Jesus was wrapped for burial (see Matthew 27:59, Mark 15:46, and Luke 23:53). Thus, the only reference we have for this kind of cloth in the New Testament is that of a burial shroud used for covering a dead body in the grave.

As I said, the answer to this naked young man’s identity lies in the cloth he had wrapped around his body. You see, when a body was prepared for burial, it was washed, ceremonially cleaned, and buried naked in a linen cloth exactly like the one described here in the Gospel of Mark. Furthermore, the Garden of Gethsemane was situated on the side of the Mount of Olives. Toward the base of that mount is a heavily populated cemetery, with many of its graves going back to the time of Jesus.

When Jesus said, “I AM,” the power that was released was so tremendous that it knocked the soldiers backward (see April 8). But evidently it also caused a rumbling in the local cemetery! When that blast of power was released, a young boy, draped in a linen burial cloth in accordance with the tradition of that time, crawled out from his tomb — raised from the dead!

Today, I want you to reflect again on the amazing power that was active at the time of Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

John 10:17-18 NLT  “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.  (18) No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

“Indeed, there was so much power present that no one could have withstood Jesus had He chosen to resist. Jesus was not taken by the will of man; He was delivered by the will of the Father.”

We know that Jesus surrendered His life; they did not take it from Him. They could not take it from Him.

The immense power of God was revealed at Jesus Resurrection:

Matthew 27:50-53 NKJV  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.  (51) Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,  (52) and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Geologists wrote in an article in 2012 that seismic activity occurred at or around 33 AD centered outside of Jerusalem.

The earthquake opened the graves and then at the Resurrection, those Old Testament saints were raised up with Jesus and appeared in the city.

Matthew 28:1-6 NKJV  Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  (2) And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  (3) His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. (4) And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. (5) But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  (6) He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

1 Peter 1:3 NLT  All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,

Romans 8:11 NKJV  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Ephesians 1:18-20 AMPC  By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),  (19) And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,  (20) Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],