Arise: Peace, Power, Purpose
Who is the risen Christ? How does the risen Christ act? What does He say to us?I. Jesus appears to His disciples Sunday evening, having arisen from the dead. The doors were locked, and Jesus was all of a sudden there. Amazingly, Jesus did not call from some distant place, no He stood there in their midst.
A. Jesus identifies Himself by showing His scars that He is real and has a real body. Jesus is saying, “I’m really who I say I am. Touch Me, experience Me, know Me, and trust Me.”
B. There is no one else in the universe like Jesus. He goes places that no one else can go. No medicine, no human words and advice can go where Jesus can go. No darkness or struggle or power can stand up to the love, wisdom and power of Jesus. Jesus can reach you anywhere, any place and at any time. There is no depth of brokenness that Jesus cannot penetrate and understand.
C. The authority of Jesus when He resurrected from the dead qualifies Him to do what no one else can do. He is alive, He is the God-man who has all power and love and understanding. He understands me, He is a healing, delivering wonder worker. He is past my knowledge and imagination. There is no unfamiliar territory in my life to Him. He knows everything there is to know about me. His name is Jesus the resurrected Lord and Savior. (Psalm 139)
II. They were afraid – fear.
A. The disciples were afraid of the Jews because they had been with Jesus and now Jesus was crucified.
B. Jesus comes to us in our fears, to speak His love and peace to us. He says, “I am with you. I have called you and anointed you. I’m covering you. Everything is going to be all right. I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
C. Jesus by His action proves that He does not judge us or condemn us for our fears. No, He comes in the midst of our fears and helps us fight and stand by His encouraging words and His peace. I know this because every day when I’m attacked by fear the risen Lord and Savior comes into my life to help me overcome my fears.
D. Some of my concerns are: fear that someone is going to attack me again. Fear that I won’t say things right when I speak to God’s people. Fear that the church won’t prosper. Fear that I’m wasting my time and no one is really growing. Fear that I’m not a real good father, husband, pastor or leader. No, I hear another voice that says, “I am with you, I have called you.” This voice is the risen, living Jesus who feels me and is right here in the center of my fears, giving me strength and peace to move forward.
E. Jesus is saying in this action, “I’m not waiting until you get it all together, I’m not waiting till you have enough faith to overcome fear. No, I’m coming so that you will have enough faith to overcome fear.” Jesus comes when we cry out to Him in our fear. He helps us when we need it the most. God says to us, “Fear not, I am with you, be not dismayed. I am your God, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:10
III. Jesus gives and says three things: peace-power-purpose.
A. Peace be with you. He says this twice. Peace is the foundation for power and your purpose.
1. The peace that He offers us was accomplished when He died for us on the cross. That’s why he showed them His hands and His side. “I am the one who died and was pierced for your transgressions.” Isaiah 53:5 “Jesus is our peace who has made us both one, Jew and Gentile and reconciled us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” Ephesians 2:14-18
2. Jesus is saying see my hands and my side. I made peace with these. God’s righteous justice was satisfied and now there is peace between you and God if you will receive Jesus, the Prince of peace.
3. His peace extends vertically and horizontally. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, nor bond nor free, nor male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
4. Jesus’ peace extends to even our own conscience. The blood of Jesus Christ purifies our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14
5. Jesus promises eternal peace. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon His kingdom to order it and establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of host will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
6. How do we receive this peace? Christ is a gift and all that receive Him and accept Him receive Him as a gift. He alone is peace. Peace is not a place, it’s a person. John 1:12
B. Jesus gives and speaks power. “And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, receive the Holy Spirit (Power).” John 20:21-22; Acts 1:8
1. Holy Spirit is the power of Christ that makes us able to do what we can’t do on our own. He gives us God’s power. Galatians 2:20
2. Jesus is saying, “My breath, my life, my word, my power is in my Holy Spirit who I’m giving to you now.” Jesus has breathed on us, now we must receive His power, His Spirit. John 14:18
C. Jesus gives and speaks purpose.
1. “As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21b
2. Jesus is saying to us, “I want the whole world to experience my peace, my power, and my purpose through you.”
3. “You will be my representatives, my ambassadors to take forgiveness, healing, deliverance, love, peace and power to the whole world. You will bring resurrection to the dead, you will unlock those who are in bondage. Those who are lost will be found.”
4. You will take people born self-centered to born-again Christ centered to mature believers in Christ who will become others centered.
The power of Christ defeats selfishness, loves others and treasures Christ above all. What does arise mean to you?