Christianity subscribes incontestably to the incarnation of God in Jesus of Nazareth born of virgin Mary.
He was crucified, died, buried and rose from the dead. The risen Christ was physically seen by many. He ascended on high and sat on the right hand of the Father.
The empty tomb of Joseph of Arimathæa in which Jesus was buried is a strong case that He rose.
However, credence of His resurrection, ascension and sitting on glory is you, more than the empty sepulcher.
If you’re a born again believer you answer affirmatively that Jesus Christ is alive. The empty tomb doesn’t make one a born again believer, but the faith in Christ in you is enough truth that He rose from the dead. The life you now live is the life of the risen Christ.
Many have fallen into error by dwelling on the incomplete gospel of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Gospel of Christ is His sufferings, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and sitting on majesty on High commonly referred to as the preaching of the cross.
The Christ you received as Lord and Saviour is not the incarnation Jesus, but the resurrected Christ. You are a product of resurrection not incarnation. That’s why Christianity is a translation from death to life.
Many have confused themselves and gone to visit the empty tomb in Jerusalem and thought holiness will be imparted to them.
If you’re not born again you can even stay all your life in Joseph of Arimathæa’s tomb and go to hell.
Doesn’t it ever ring in your mind why Jesus of Nazareth, the Prophet, with all His influence never bought a grave ahead of time in preparation for His death? This was to prevent us from worshipping the tomb. He, therefore, used someone’s tomb.
We respect the biblical plan of God the Father to have the Messiah born in Bethlehem. We respect His choice of Mary to mother our Saviour. However, we don’t worship Mary but God.
Apostle Paul makes it clear to us in 2 Corinthians 5:16, which reads, “Wherefore, henceforth, know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”
Allow to me stress this byrepeating that : we have received the resurrected Christ not Jesus the incarnate God.
This risen Christ consciousness will heavily impact your enjoyment of the finished work of Christ freeing you from religiosity and legalism. The grace of God becomes more realisable.
Please read carefully, lest you put wrong words into my mouth. I am not saying there are two different Jesuses.
The Bible records Him as the second and also the last Adam for the purpose substitutionary sacrifice. Believing that Jesus came in the flesh is actually a prerequisite for salvation for the benefit of knowing that He took away our sins.
Christianity is of spiritual essence. The risen Christ becomes our focus. Resurrection reality manifests as you receive the resurrected Christ into your heart and life starts.
Things around you benefit as they’re imparted with life. Jesus taught in John 4:21-24, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
With all due respect to the nation of Israel and reverence of God, who chose it that way, we don’t become holy and righteous by visiting Jerusalem. We are the righteousness and holiness of God in Christ.
We live in the physical and material world, where the natural default is that tangible things are more real than those that cannot be physically grasped. Beloved, we worship God the Father, who cannot be touched by physical hands, but who does things that can be touched by physical hands.
From the upper room experience, we see the beginning of proof of the risen Christ.
Acts 2:41 records, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptised: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
Since then, the Gospel of Christ has been spreading and multitudes getting saved or born again. This is the proof that indeed Jesus Christ is risen. If you’re not yet saved please join in, Jesus is indeed risen from the dead.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.