I am the Living One – Resurrection Power

Rev. Dave Middlebrook

16th April, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Revelation 1.12-18; Matthew 28.1-10 |

Scripture does not record the actual moment Jesus rose and stepped from the tomb. Not a single person witnessed this key moment in history. I suspect there would have been a blinding light, a silence, and then a deafening noise that would go straight through you. The release of power would be incredible. We do know that the overwhelming feeling for everyone who encountered the risen Christ was 'fear'. I suspect this wasn't frightening fear, but awestruck, jaw dropping, eyes popping, stunned fear - a dead man was now alive! Have we become dulled with the Easter account of the resurrection? Have we forgotten the incredible truth that a dead man rose, death and sin were defeated? Can we recapture that child-like wonder, that amazement of this truth? There will be a moment when we will all stand again before the risen Lord, and our Revelation 1 reading shows us what that sight will be like. We will fall on our faces, like John, in fear and trembling, and then Jesus will place his hand our shoulders, we will look up into his blazing eyes, and he will say: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One. I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and Hades". We are in the presence of that risen Christ now - "The Living One" - that's resurrection power.

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