Christ After the Resurrection

By: Åge M. Åleskjær
From: January 2010
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
After the Resurrection people did not recognize Jesus until He revealed to them who He was. Jesus wants us too to know Him as the risen Jesus.

“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:16-17).

“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:19:20).

To know Christ after the resurrection is a fantastic dimension of being born-again. John 14:20 reveals that Jesus is not only speaking about the immediate appearance that happened during the forty days between the resurrection and the ascension. But here He is speaking about us “seeing Him” when we live under the New Covenant - “in that day” when the Spirit has come and Jesus has ascended to heaven. 

2 Cor. 5:16-17 makes this even clearer. Paul speaks about knowing Christ in another way than what they had - those who had known Him according to the flesh.

Jesus promises to manifest Himself to those who love Him (John 14:21). And therefore we can say that, “truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

The Resurrection

Without the resurrection our faith is nothing.
“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (1 Cor. 15:14).

“And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished” (1 Cor. 15:17-18.

The resurrection is central in the faith that saves.
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).

It is in the resurrection that Jesus is declared to be the Son of God with power

Tradition has not given the resurrection the right attention. Many people have not understood that we are born anew through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Pet. 1:3).
It was in the resurrection that Jesus became the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8:19).
It is in the resurrection that Jesus is declared to be the Son of God with power (Rom. 1:4).
It is when the resurrection takes place that this Word is fulfilled:
“You are My Son, Today I have begotten You” (Acts 13:33 and Heb. 1:5).

It is in the resurrection that we were “created in Christ Jesus.” The new creation is directly connected to the resurrection.

Jesus of the 40 Days

It is exciting to study Jesus during the forty days after the resurrection before the ascension.

Those who used to know Him in the flesh did not recognize Him anymore. That is because one could not know Him in that way any longer (2 Cor. 4:16). So the world saw Jesus the last time when He hung on the cross. Those who lived and moved in the physical, human realm did not see Him anymore.

He had risen with a physical body, but it was a glorious body. This is why they did not recognize Him.

Mary thought it was the gardener. The two travelling to Emmaus thought He was an ignorant stranger, and the disciples wanted to ask Him, “Who are you?” when they met Him at the seashore.

Revelation was a must to recognize Jesus after the resurrection.

Revelation was a must to recognize Jesus after the resurrection. Suddenly Mary saw that it was the Master. Suddenly the eyes of the two travelling to Emmaus were opened and they saw it was He. And John said when He saw Jesus on the shore, “It is the Lord!”

An Example To Us

Catch this glorious revelation:
when Jesus showed up in the garden at the tomb, He showed up as a normal person. He pretended to be a gardener. At a certain point He revealed who He really was. When He walked with the “Emmaus disciples,” He pretended to be an ignorant stranger, but He expounded to them on all the Scriptures.

At the seashore He grilled fish, and appeared to be a normal man in charge of the barbeque—a role most men can relate to.

But in reality He was the Son of God!

At the right moment He revealed to them who He was.

At the right moment He revealed to them who He was. This is a hint to us in how we can practice to live as people of God here in this world. We are the children of God; we have been raised with Him and are seated with Him in heavenly places. It is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us. We are as He is in the midst of this world.

But we have to pretend that we are completely normal human beings! We must not be too quick to disclose who we really are. We have to act like a normal gardener, a normal person barbequing, and an interested listener to news being told.

Then the right opportunity will be given for you to reveal who you really are!

To Know the Risen One

Jesus wants us to know Him as the risen Jesus! He is no longer on the cross. Those who have not gotten hold of the resurrection only carry a crucifix with a dead Jesus on it.

We know that He lives, and we see Him; because He lives, we live!  There is communication and contact in the land of the living. The Holy Spirit will introduce you to the Risen One. It changes your life.

You will discover what it means when the Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in you. He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you (Rom. 8:11).

You will discover that the life of Jesus is revealed in your mortal body. It gives vitality, health, and energy in a supernatural way. Jesus lives in you.

Healing

It is the power of the resurrection that gives life to our mortal bodies through His Spirit.

The faith in the Risen One heals the sick.
It was the fact that Jesus had risen from the dead that healed the lame man in Jerusalem (Acts 3:16 and 4:7-12). It is when the life of Jesus is revealed in our mortal bodies that the healing anointing flows. It is the power of the resurrection that gives life to our mortal bodies through His Spirit. It is all about being conscious of the Risen One.

Personal

Dr. T.L. Osborn explains that what changed his life and ministry was meeting the risen Jesus.

He tells that he saw Jesus in the ministry of another man. A man who performed signs and wonders in the name of Jesus opened his eyes to the living Jesus.
Then Jesus revealed Himself to him. Jesus stood in his room from about 6:00 a.m. in the morning. Dr. T.L. Osborn says, “When you get to see Jesus, you will never be the same again.” And, last but not least, he saw Him in His Word.

Paul is again and again testifying about his meeting with the risen Jesus.

I am so happy that I met the living Son of God. On January 29, 1970 He revealed Himself to me over the rooftops in a small town in Norway, and I got a firsthand experience that He is the One baptizing in the Holy Spirit.

Since that time I have lived with the consciousness that He lives in me. He lives His life through me, and His life is revealed in my body.

When you meet the Risen One, you will never be the same again!

By: Åge M. Åleskjær

Former Senior Pastor at Oslo Christian Center, now spending most of his time ministering all over Norway and internationally.

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