As we celebrated the crucifixion and resurrection this past week, my attention was drawn to the theme of resurrection throughout scripture. Firstly, David in the Psalms prophesies the future resurrection of Messiah, saying “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay” (Psalm 16:10, Acts 2:27). Jesus taught His disciples extensively on His own death and resurrection prior to its occurrence. Jesus explains, “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again” (NIV Luke 24:7). Yet they still did not understand, “questioning what the rising from the dead meant” (Mark 9:9). Jesus describes the future resurrection Himself saying, “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live…” (John 5:28-29).
In Romans 8:11, Paul further declares the power of the resurrection in the life of the believer, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” The Holy Spirit has raised our inner man with Christ, and given the assurance of the full redemption of our body at the coming of Christ. Paul teaches further, “there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back” (NLT 1 Cor 15:23). Paul teaches the Thessalonians that “the Lord himself will come down from heaven…and the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thes. 4:16).
We see from these verses that there is a progressive influence of resurrection power, stemming from the resurrection of Christ. First Jesus rose, then He put the Spirit of resurrection within us, and will fully raise us immortal at His return, but it doesn’t stop there! Lastly that resurrection power will extend to the redemption of creation.
Just as in Adam’s fall, all of of the earth was brought into bondage to corruption (Romans 8:21), so likewise in Christ’s resurrection the process of the entire earth’s reclamation and redemption was undertaken. Jesus refers to the period after His return as the “regeneration” (Matt 19:28), and the Apostles call it, “the period of the restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). Jesus also taught, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Matt 22:30). He refers to the coming age when His leadership is being established on the planet as the age of “Resurrection.” When Jesus leads the planet in the next age, all dead things come to life!
7 Influences of Resurrection Power on the Next Age:
Deserts become Oases: Isaiah 41:18 “I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.”
Isaiah 31:5 “Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.”
Living Water Flows from Jerusalem: Zechariah 14:8 “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.”
Creation Lives in Perfect Harmony: Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.”
Wars Cease: Psalm 46:9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
Celestial Light and Glory on the Earth: Rev 22:23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Incomprehensible Riches: Rev 22:18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like [p]clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone.
Knowledge of God fills the Earth: Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.