The question that stirs the hearts of so many believers today.
How would we convey his glory and the power of the resurrection to the world? Is there any way a Christian can unequivocally declare the resurrection of Christ? The answer is yes!
Change, it's the effects of the resurrection of Christ. We see one of the greatest examples of this in the 9th Chapter of the book of Acts.
Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
We see here a man that had the authority to imprison any Christians he found. He was there when Stephen was martyred and he even held the coats of the men that stoned him, but he would soon after feel the effects of the resurrection in his life.
Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (It didnt matter to Saul that others there didn't see the Lord, he knew he did. We should never let what others say or do conflict with what we have seen and heard and felt the Lord do for us.)
Paul meets Jesus Christ here on his way to Damascus and believing in his heart that he was doing God's will all along, this visitation astonished Saul. I hear an eagerness in his voice as he uttered "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do" I take note that he immediately referred to Jesus as Lord. Jesus didn't tell Saul what to do, he rather sent him into the city to be told what he must do. The Lord had a reason for this noted in John 17:4 "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." Jesus finished his work here on the earth and was taking up into heaven, so while the Lord was talking to Saul he was also dealing with the heart of another man, Ananias of Damascus. Ananias tells the Lord that he knew the reputation of Saul and the havoc he wrought on the saints of Jerusalem. However in this vision the Lord tells Ananias to go on down to the house of Judas and inquire for a man named Saul of Tarsus. How often do we look at the past or reputation of someone? Though his past was treacherous to the house of God, the Lord was gonna use this for his glory. This is some of the effects of the resurrection.
Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God
Only the power of the resurrection could take a man like Saul and change him into Apostle Paul That is how we know without a doubt that God sent his Son into the world to be the sacrifice for sin, and assuredly raised him from the dead. Look back on your past life and look where God has brought you today. The change that one encounter with the Lord can make in a persons life is truly divine. How do we walk, talk and live in front of our neighbors, co-workers and friends? The impact your walk with Lord can have on others is tremendous.
How can we see the resurrection of Christ in this man Saul's life? He did a complete 180 and went from killing Christians to preaching that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Christ. Lets continue on a little here in Acts 9.
21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
They could plainly see the change that God had made in Saul's life. Have we met the Lord like that? Has the blood he shed cleansed us, and made us walk a different walk? Some may underestimate the power of our resurrected Lord but what he accomplished on that hill called Calvary and that garden where he was laid is powerful enough to take sin out of your life. Strong enough to make such a change in our lives that would astonish the world around you.
Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Here we see why God is calling us, why his mercy and grace is extended to his people and to all people who call on the Lord, he wants to reveal his Son in us. When Apostle Peter began to preach to the crowd that crucified Jesus they also felt the pricking in their heart. That feeling when you come to the realization that you have sinned and the Lord is calling for you. Peter also had the answer to "What can we do?" He instructed them all to "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of Sin and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" Acts 2nd Chapter.
We might not be Apostles, or ministers and preach Christ and The Resurrection from the dead, but we all can let Jesus in, and live the life that would reflect that awesome change we experienced. How wonderful a thought that the Spirit of God and his Son Jesus Christ will come and dwell in us, and help us walk in a way that displays the glory of his resurrection.
Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
In closing think about what power the Lord has to those who submit to his words and his will. We are the living Epistle of Christ and everybody is reading it day to day that you interact with in the world. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" John 13:35
Ronnie Bumgarner 1-23-2020