Jesus’ rise from the dead has many great and wonderful implications for us Christians. Not only does His resurrection mean victory over sin, death and the promise of a new body, it is also a source of encouragement for people on the mission.
The author of Hebrews captured it in his final benediction:
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
From this passage we can receive two encouragements.
- God’s eternal covenant reaches us beyond death.
Death does not hinder God from fulfilling His promises. He has made an eternal covenant with us that death cannot break. This covenant is that there is eternal life available to all who hold onto Him. If indeed this indestructible promise is available to us, then how much more should we strive to give it to our friends, our neighbors and all those who have not heard of the Gospel? Let’s strive to show this eternal covenant to the world, by our lives and our message.
2. God’s raising of Jesus is a display of His power.
Notice how the Hebrew author is trying to remind us that this God of peace actually brought Jesus Christ from the dead? It’s intentional. Before he gets to his benediction that this God of peace “equip you with everything good for doing his will“, he reminds us that this God raised Jesus from the dead. In other words, He is all powerful. God will not only adequately equip us, he will equip us with surpassing power over all the forces of this world. He is supreme. God has shown us that He is capable of His by doing the impossible: raising someone from the dead.
Jesus’ resurrection is the surest sign that we will be victorious. If death and sin were destroyed, how much more will the obstacles that we face on the mission field crumble before us!
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