In Jesus, death is not really death, it has lost its sting (1Corinthians 15:51-57). Note how Peter and Paul described death (2Peter 2:13-14, Philippians 1:20-25). Peter said it is just removal of this tent to put on another one, in reference to the body. Death obviously for him was not the end.
Paul wrote to the Philippians that he was in between two opinions, either to depart and be with the Lord (because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord) which he personally prefers, or to remain to be further blessings to them, strengthening their faith which is to their advantage. He chose the latter.
There were obviously not afraid of death. They lived their lives based on the reality of the heaven. Knowing that beyond the veil of this flesh there is the heavenly place prepared for them. Jesus said that he has gone to prepare a place or them that where he is they will be also (John 14:1-4).
Jesus makes it possible for us to have eternal life. He stands between heaven and the earth, connecting people back to God.
Resurrection is a statement of victory over death. Resurrection is life overpowering death. It is packed in the name of Jesus. Jesus said that the day will come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man (himself) and when they hear they will live (John 5:25).
That was displayed before the grave of Lazarus (John 11). Jesus did not run for cover when confronted with death, even the four-day death of Lazarus. Lesser men, or the numerous rabbi in the land of Israel could find the right words to console the bereaved but they could not reverse death.
They could mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15) but cannot do much more. They could not wipe tears away from the faces of those who suffer the death of loved ones by reversing death, as Jesus did for Mary and Martha in the event of the death of Lazarus their brother. Jesus had told Martha: “if you believe, you will see the glory of God,” for the glory of God is the manifestation of his greatness and supremacy in the midst of the limitations/ineptitude/inability of men, which the grave of Lazarus epitomised.
When you think the end has come, then God comes with his resurrection power. Death says there is no other way out, no other option, but with Jesus there is one other option, the dead can come back to life.
So if you think that you are into a corner, totally lost, facing a wall, down and out, at your wits end, that situation is a job for Jesus, the resurrection and life. When a case is closed, as the stone was laid on the tomb of Lazarus, it is an opportunity for the glory of God to manifest.
Jesus, when he met a man who was born blind said it was an opportunity for him to be the light of the world, and he gave the man sight (John 9). His sight was dead, and Jesus manifested life to it. For the man who was lame from his mother’s womb, and healed through the ministry of Peter, his limbs were dead and in the name of Jesus, the resurrection power was released, for a reversal (Acts 3).
When Jesus met a widow on the way to bury her only son, he told her to not be sad, not to weep (Luke 7:11-16), Jesus then manifested as joy to her, raising her about-to-be-buried son from the dead.
The bible says that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). So with Jesus in the picture, whatever makes sad is converted into a joyful situation, what should be a burial ceremony will become a high celebration of the display of the resurrection power. You are about to have a coming-from-the-dead experience.
He is the manifestation of joy because he is a manifestation of salvation, and the bible says that with joy we will draw from the water of salvation (Isaiah 12:3). The experience of salvation is the experience of joy. And salvation is not just a one-time experience, it is an ongoing experience of Jesus.
When he raised that widow’s son, she must have been awestruck. God indeed is awesome. He can create effect that will astonish men to no end. He does the unexpected.
When a man came to Jesus asking for the healing of his child, he wanted to prevent the worst, the death of the child (Luke 8:41-56). He thought that if he can get to Jesus on time, then the child will not die. But that was not to be. The child died, but he learnt that for Jesus, death is not the end, being is the resurrection and life.
Jesus was declared to be the son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). It is the same way for us, in him we are raised up spiritually; in him we have now come from the dead, and by that made the children of God (John 1:12). Though we spoke, walked and thought, we were born spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:5), but in Christ we come alive, come alive to God.
Paul said in him (God) we live, move and have our being, we are his offspring (Acts 17:28), in the sense that Adam was called the son of God (Luke 3:38), but he lost that status and that identity assumed by Jesus and it is only in him that we can become sons of God now.
The bible says that as many as receive him become children of God (John 1:12). We contact resurrection life by receiving Jesus, as we receive the word as it is preached with power (1Corinthians 1:24, 2:4-5).
But we can also release the resurrection power. Through the words of our mouth we can release the resurrection power, and through the laying on of hands too (Mark 16:15-18).
Resurrection is about power, so when we speak and people’s life change, we have released the resurrection power. Paul said the gospel releases the resurrection power, saying it is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16).
Talking about the process of salvation, he said people will not believe, when they have not heard; and they will not hear, if they have not been told, if no one has preached to them.
He added that the manifestation of Christ to save us is through the preaching of the word. Saying we do not have to go to heaven to bring Christ from the death but the word in our mouth through which Christ can come to people’s heart: “the word of faith that we preach (Romans 10:5-15).”
When people believe then they pass from death to life (John 5:24), because the life is in Jesus, while death is what we inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12-21).
Paul said that he does not want to know anything in the midst of the people, except Christ and him crucified (1Corinthians 2:2). And when you know the truth about him, we are set free from the hold of death, from the lies and the effect of the devil and we come into the true life-hold of Jesus (John 10:10).
Jesus who is revealed in the preaching of the word, manifesting in it as God the word (John 1:1-4) still carried the same anointing that he announced was upon him at the beginning of his ministry while he was on earth (Luke 4:18). One of it was to preach the good news to the poor, which means if you are down in any way through him you will experience elevation. He turns you from being an have-not to having in every area of your life.