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Echo Evangelique

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The Risen One Is Exalted Above All as the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings

Text: Phi. 2:5-11

Key Concepts:

  • Death could not hold on to the blameless One.
  • The lamentation of Friday turned into rejoicing on Sunday
  • Since Christ is alive, we also have life in Him, eternally.

If you were in Palestine around the 4th century, you would have heard of the man called Jesus, the son of a carpenter. He was a man who walked the land to preach, to heal people and to teach what no one had taught before. You would have been convinced that such a man was worth following. If you were a Jew, you would have forsaken your family religion and tradition to go after this man. You would have risked the ire of your rabbis and religious leaders. You would have risked the rejection of the most respected men in your town to follow Him. If you were not a Jew, you would abandon your allegiance to the roman or the Greek culture to become a disciple of this Jesus. This man’s life, character and teaching was out of the ordinary. You would have placed all your hope, aspirations, and future on Him. You would trust Him with your dreams thinking He was going to be king one day while hoping to be in His inner circle. This would be because He had become so popular - a miracle worker who feed 5000 with five loaves and two fish.

All this would change when suddenly He is arrested, tried, and condemned to death. You would probably watch from a distance, hoping against all hope to see Him escape the Romans. But instead, He would have seen Him flogged, with His blood flowing, spat upon, mocked, and disfigured from torture. Instead of a crown of jewelry, He wears one of thorns. He is crucified among criminals, as though He was one of them. Then He is crying out “My God, my God, why have thou forsaken me?” Then suddenly, the land is plunged in darkness and He draws His last breath. Your dreams and expectations would surely shatter. His body is entombed and sealed off. There would be no friend nor family to turn to for your comfort. You would be depressed, in despair, desperate and ashamed. You would completely give up, if not for the quiet inner voice telling you to hold on. How long? Until Sunday. Your time of celebration and victory draws near. Those who are mocking you will be put to shame three short days later. You would be among the most joyous and confident people in the land. The stone would be rolled away, the grave empty and your cry of pain would change to a shout of, “hallelujah! Death has been defeated - He conquered the grave!”

Currently, the world is going through a Friday night. It is full of doom and gloom. Evil seems to be running rampant. Wickedness seems to be prevailing. Corruption is getting worse. Immorality is at its peak. Affliction, misery, and death are wreaking havoc around the world. Like the sword of Damocles hanging over the world’s head, the Covid-19 pandemic rages on and causes experts to struggle for answers. Social distancing has become the norm. Loved ones are dying without comfort alone and quietly. Life is a thing of virtual reality. We are unable to celebrate the life of the passing servants of God. There is no paying our last respects anymore. Our plans are altered or canceled. Church sanctuaries are empty. Even on Easter, we are restricted to technology as means of worship. Everything in our daily life is affected: education, politics, the economy, weddings. Everything is on hold. No one knows when this Friday night will expire. We Christians, do not have to share in the despair of this world. We simply need to remember that our Lord is risen, along with all those who trust in Him. While the world is going through this experience, the light of the resurrection must continue to burn in our hearts and faces as disciples. Friday night is part of the process, but it is not the end.

The resurrection is our time of rejoicing and of vindication against the evil of this world. It is the moment that conquered death and sin. In the name of Jesus, we already have victory. It is our moment to give glory to God, regardless of our circumstances, with or without Covid-19. Paul outlined several arguments that would make or break the church and the believer. He reared a list of conjunctions to explain the danger one would face if there was no resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12-19). However, we have historical evidence from both Christian and non-Christian sources, from Jewish, Roman, and Greek historians. We also have archeological proof of the resurrection. We are able to dismantle the arguments that would discredit the resurrection of Christ. Some of these theories are pure fabrication, devoid of facts. Therefore, since Christ has risen, our preaching and faith are not empty, we can trust in His promises, including that of our own resurrection. We are not false witnesses. Rather we would die as the heroes of the faith, knowing that He will raise us up. We know we are no longer in our sins. Christ paid it all at the cross. His blood washed it all away. Since He lives, those who have fallen asleep have not perished. In fact, like the thief on the cross, the moment of death is but a transition from this life to the presence of their savior. our confident hope rests in Him for this life and the next. We are among the most blessed. Physical death, calamity, rejection, the cross and suffering are part of the process but not the end. We must be willing to go through the process in order to experience the resurrection, and what comes after. To rise with Him, you must be crucified with Him and by faith share His agony. The resurrection makes all the difference.

When He hung on the cross, it was in your place, as your substitute. He Himself was blameless and did not deserve death. To share in His resurrection, you must admit that the nails should have pierced your hands and that the crown of thorns belonged to you and agree to go through persecution with Him. Then you can claim His victory (Gal. 2:20). The resurrection is only the beginning. Paul taught us that humiliation of the cross was only a process to lead to exaltation (Phil. 2:5-11). As servants of God, we must accept whatever process to which He chooses to submit us. Paul also points to the pre-existence of Christ as God equal to The Father in essence, attributes, titles, reputation, and glory. But He humbly became a man of no reputation for our sake putting aside His divine privileges. He did not cease to be God or to be glorious, but He set it aside. To experience our pain, He got thirsty, He knew hunger and tiredness, He felt physical pain. He suffered the most cruel, painful, and shameful death. But He is vindicated by The Father who intervened to reward His Son. The Father who exalts Him and calls others to worship Him. Indeed, all will bow to Him either with gratitude or reluctance. Every tongue will confess that He is Lord of lords and King of kings.

Today, He is seated at the right hand of The Father enjoying the glory and honor ascribed to Him (Heb. 7:25). Any religion that denies Jesus Christ, is not worshipping the true God, for you cannot have The Father without The Son. Your pledge of allegiance should only go to The Risen Savior. The hope of redemption is only available in the resurrection through the kingship and lordship of Jesus Christ. If you have this hope, you should not be shaken by anything. God may use this virus to awaken those elect who have yet to surrender to Him. Christ will come back for His own (dead and alive). In the meantime, He is preparing a place for us so that we may be with Him forever. This promise belong to those who have suffered and risen with Him. “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 15:11). When He returns there will no more sorrow, sickness, rejection, and everything will be made new under His control. Whatever our current circumstance, our Lord is exalted. Put your trust in Him. He is alive, no longer in the tomb. He is Lord of lords, King, and kings. He is the reason for our celebration.

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