Christ the Resurrected King
‘Christ the Resurrected King’ is the second message in a series of four. The series is all about the Lordship of Jesus and how that truth lies at the very heart of our gospel. The passage of Scripture we keep coming back to is this:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I’ve personally got so excited as I’ve thought and prayed about the resurrection of Jesus in preparation for this message. It really is the most amazing thing. I pray that this handout will help you to spend some more time thinking about its significance and allowing God to speak to you through it. I pray that you will encounter our Resurrected King!
Some main points
Here are some of the main points that were covered, along with some of the relevant Scriptures:
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 Matthew 16:13-19 Death has no hold on us because we have resurrection life inside of us. We still experience death in this world because the end is still to come but we can live in resurrection life in the meantime. Our job is to release resurrection life wherever we go.
1 Corinthians 15:1-19 Romans 6:1-11 John 11:25,26 Romans 8:9-16 The gospel or ‘good news’ that we proclaim is that Jesus is the King of God’s kingdom and that we can be a part of it too. We can be a part of it because Jesus not only rescued us from our old life but also gave us a new life. The new life that Jesus offers us is only possible because of his resurrection.
- Luke 23:44 – 24:12 Colossians 2:13 The resurrection was the most spectacular event in human history. It actually happened. Jesus was completely dead but death could not beat him. Jesus was victorious over death. We should not take the resurrection for granted or become so familiar with the story that we miss its significance.
- 1 John 3:8; Acts 2:36; Romans 1:1-4 Acts 13:32-38 The resurrection proves who Jesus is as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It’s part of his majesty and glory. The fact that Jesus is our resurrected King is an essential part of our gospel.
- Ephesians 1:18-23 Philippians 3:7-11 Whenever we encounter a situation that seems impossible we should remember the resurrection. It makes an incredible difference to the way we live when we know who we are and who we have living inside of us.
Some questions to think about:
- Read Luke 23:44-24:12 and think about the significance of the events that are described here. What did Jesus accomplish for you personally when he rose from the dead?
- Look at Romans 6:1-11. What does it mean for us to be united with Christ in his resurrection and to be alive to God in him? What difference could understanding these verses make to your life?
- Read Matthew 16:13-19. In what ways are we called as Christ’s church to push back the gates of Hades (death)? Try to think of as many examples as you can.
- Look at Ephesians 1:18-23. What does it mean for the same power that raised Jesus from the dead to be at work in your life? What might that look like in your workplace or family or community?
- Have you always included the resurrection of King Jesus in your sharing of the gospel? Why is the resurrection such an important part of the gospel?
Take it further
Look out for the emphasis on the resurrection throughout the New Testament and in the epistles (New Testament letters) in particular. If you haven’t ever read your whole Bible, why not start now with the New Testament.
If you’d like to study the resurrection of Jesus in more detail you could start by reading this book by George Eldon Ladd: “I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus” (Published by Eerdmans in 1987).
If you want to go into much more detail you could consider getting this one by N. T. Wright:
“The Resurrection of the Son of God” (Published by SPCK in 2003).
You might enjoy listening to these worship songs (you can find them online):
You could spend some time thinking about ways of including the resurrection when you share the good news that Jesus is King. You could then look for an opportunity to give it a go with someone who doesn’t yet know him!