Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
“Once Dead, But Now Alive Forevermore”
It was the apostle John who wrote the book of Revelation. Revelation,” meaning “unveiling,” translates the Greek apokalypsis, indicating that the book is apocalyptic literature, like Daniel in the Hebrew Bible. “The revelation of Jesus Christ” could mean either the “unveiling about Jesus Christ” or the “unveiling by Jesus Christ,” or both.
In John’s vision of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:9-18), the veil was lifted and John saw the One he had known in the flesh. Even though John had been as close as any of the disciples to Jesus, John had not begun to comprehend the majesty of the One with whom he had walked during Jesus’ three years of ministry. The impact of Jesus’ appearance was overwhelming.
In this section of the book of Revelation John describes The Once Dead, But Alive Forevermore Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ! Having told us about how Jesus appears and how He encourages His saints; these verses tell us Who Jesus is and What Jesus does.
I. The Immortality (Unending, Endless, Eternal, Infinite) of Jesus
Christ: Revelation 1:17
A. A declaration of TIMELESSNESS.
B. A declaration of DEITY.
II. The Death of Jesus Christ: Revelation 18, “and was dead”
A. The REALITY of Christ’s death
B. The ACCOMPLISHMENT of Christ’s death.
III. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Revelation 1:18,
“was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen.”
Thank God, the cross was not the end, for we needed more than just payment for sin, we needed life! Death was not able to hold our Lord and Savior! Death was reinforced by the great stone, the seal of man, and the soldiers, but death was defeated.
Jesus did something no one else has ever done: He entered death in His Own time and in His Own way, having accomplished everything He came to this earth to do and then He walked out of Death when He was ready (John 10:17-18). He died on the cross and then He rose again from the dead. Thank God,
“He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart!”
Jesus Christ is the Final Solution (v.18) – “And I have the keys to Hades and of Death.” When our Lord rose from the dead, He not only conquered death, but He made the way for you and me to be saved!