Summary: The King who rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, was enthroned on a Cross on Friday, and is also the King,Resurrected
Behold, Your Resurrected King
Romans 1: 1 “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Resurrection Sunday! Resurrection Day! Resurrection! Physically we haven't experienced it, although many of us have experienced it in a spiritual sense: We know that THROUGH “resurrection” is transformation: We have been raised from being “dead in sin” and dead to God BECAUSE of sin, to being alive in Jesus Christ, hearts that have been washed clean by the Holy Spirit on account of Christ’s sacrifice FOR SIN. We have been transformed from being a sinner and rebel AGAINST God, to being a saint devoted TO GOD
In the Greek, “Anastasis” is the word translated as "resurrection”. The name, and its male counterpart, were often given to Greek children born around December 22 or around Easter during the early days of Christianity, signifying that a “NEW BIRTH” had occurred. In 2008, “Anastasia” was the most popular name given to girls born that year, in all places, Moscow. LOOK! A NEW BIRTH.
Only King Jesus has the authority to bring Life from death.
Resurrection is more than “just” coming back to life—that was an Old Testament and Greek understanding: that resurrection was like resuscitation or restoration. “Resurrection” to Jesus and New Testament believers begins now and lasts forever! It is a radical transformation. When Lazarus was raised from the dead, he was raised from the dead, he was resuscitated. He was brought back to ordinary, physical life——Later on he died again. Lazarus’ resurrection was a sign by Jesus that Jesus indeed was the Savior who had the power over death to eternal life.
He claimed it by the tomb of Lazarus, but PROVED IT BY walking out of His Grave and leaving His grave clothes behind. No one had to UNWRAP Jesus like they had to do with Lazarus. Jesus did not need any help in being raised from the dead.
Only HE TRULY RESURRECTS people because He IS the resurrection and the Life!
Look at Romans 1:3-4 again , Paul refers to God's gospel "regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord." Literally translated, that last phrase is "by resurrection of the dead." LISTEN:
Jesus' resurrection and the resurrection of believers IN THE LORD JESUS are of the same category of resurrection.
Listen to these examples that God gives us in His Word: 1 Cor. 15:20 says: "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep". If your life and your faith are IN HIM NOW, you will continue to follow Jesus after you have died and are resurrected on His return. He was the first fruit, and the rest of the fruit is sure to follow in the same way. It’s God’s promise and it is even proven in the natural order of fruit today.
Our resurrection is going to be a total transformation, just like that of Jesus. In Phil. 3:21 says that “Christ will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body". We may not grasp all that that entails, but we KNOW that this earthly body of ours is going to one day die. It happens to everyone, but those who BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus will one day receive a body just as glorious as the body of the Lord Jesus. We trust and hope in Jesus for forgiveness of sins and for the hope of our own resurrections. We follow Him to the cross, die to self and sin and are raised with Him to new life, death being conquered IN HIS VICTORY, and join Him to eternal life.
King Jesus’ Resurrection took Him from Humiliation to Exaltation
Look again at the phrase in Romans 1:4: "and who according to the Spirit of holiness was declared to be the Son of God with power by his resurrection from the dead." With respect to the flesh, God's Son was a descendant of David, but, with respect to the Spirit of holiness, he was declared to be the Son of God. What the apostle Paul is saying is that the Son of God became the incarnate Son according in the flesh: He was a descendant of David, a “son” of David—“born of a woman, born under the law” (Gal. 4:4). Jesus' humanity was real: You can trace His family tree in Scripture. Jesus, the Son of God, became—"according to the flesh"—the seed of David.