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CHRIST; THE CONQUEROR OF DEATH

Sunday 1st July, 2018 (Communion Service)

Bible readings
2 Samuel 1:17-27
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Mark 5:21-43

Hymn of meditation: PH 152
Verse 1
All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all

 Verse 2
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
Ye ransomed from the fall
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all

We are grateful to God for His protection throughout the week. I believe that by the end of this message, we will be strengthened to know that, the God we serve has already conquered death and that, He is able to touch and heal us from the pain and sicknesses plaguing us. We will also be strengthened to love the same people who love or hate us.

Song interlude
Se oku no emu ye den den ara a,
Nkunimde ne yen frankaa

 Chorus
Yereko yen anim,
Yereko yen anim,
Yere nsan yekyi ara da
Yereko yen anim,
Yereko yen anim,
Nkunimde ne yân frankaa

I believe that as we approach the Lord’s Table to dine with Him, He will show kindness to the sick in our midst and others that we know. Christ has conquered death.

Song interlude 2
I am the Lord that healeth thee,
I am the Lord your healer
I send my Word and heal your disease;
I am the Lord your healer

The first passage from 2 Samuel 1:17-27 tells the story of David, King Saul and Jonathan, revealing some basic lessons that we can learn from. This story came after King Saul had consulted and was told that is was about to die. However, he persisted and went into battle and perished. David, whom  King Saul had hated so much, still demonstrated love to him till he died. David upon hearing the news of the death of King Saul grieved and reminded all Judah that there was once a king and his son chosen by God to lead the people of Israel and even in death, he wanted them to know that Saul was the anointed one of Israel.

2 Samuel 1:17-20
“David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar): “Your glory, O Israel, lies slain on your heights. How the mighty have fallen! “Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice…”

We are being challenged today that no matter how kind and loving you are to someone, that same one can turn round and stab you in the back.  The story reminds us to keep to that one characteristic of God, Love. David indeed demonstrated that, he loved directly from his heart. Yes, Saul and Jonathan perished but David made it known throughout the land that the love he had for them, especially the son Jonathan, was immeasurable.

Remain grateful to God and keep thanking Him always for He knows better than you know. If a loved one passes away, remember that God created him or her and has called the person to eternity. Do not fear death for Christ has conquered it. Whatever God allows on our way, we need to remain grateful for it.

David’s praise song for Saul and Jonathan:

  1. There were victorious warriors
  2. Their arrows always hit their targets
  3. They were swifter than eagles and stronger than lions
  4. They were chosen of God

Let us learn to love with all our hearts. No matter the hurt, allow God to avenge and demonstrate to the world that you indeed, are a child of God.

In the second passage from 2 Corinthians 15:12-19, Paul reminds us that if Christ is the conqueror of death, then we need to know also that He resurrected and on that day when He shall come in His glory, all the dead in Christ will also be resurrected to meet with Him, living the rest of our days rejoicing in His presence. This brings us hope that the fact that Christ was crucified and rose again is a sure guarantee that one day, we shall also rise no matter the challenge we face in this present life.

Beloved, in this world, anything can happen to us, but the good news is that, it happens at the appointed time. If God says no, nothing will occur and if He declares ‘come home’, just go home rejoicing. God is in control over everything and calls people for a purpose and for a better life so be not afraid of death.

The most important thing is to surrender and have the right relationship with Jesus Christ. Let every day and every moment of your life be a time of communion with God. Do not ever wake up and just hurriedly dress up and go to work. Deepen that relationship by reading the Bible and praying always and even on your sick bed, be sure that Christ will be there with you, when mistreated, He is always near.

Always show love to your fellows even when someone thinks of you as ‘not well’. Demonstrate what Christ did by dying for us, sinners; this will ensure the relationship with Christ.

Finally, in Mark 5:21-43, Jesus restored life to a young girl and wholeness to a woman with the issue of blood who said within herself “…If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” This woman developed faith and trust in the Lord to the point that just a touch, even without Jesus’ consent, brought healing to her. This goes to illustrate; no matter what you suffer from, faith in Jesus is enough; you do not have to necessarily go for any prophet’s touch to get healed. You can pray for yourself, children and loved ones for healing.

When Jesus was called on by Jairus to heal his daughter, Jesus delayed for a while and went preaching through the villages. He was not in a hurry because He has power over death if it should ever come on the said daughter. When He got to the house, the people told Him not to go in there because the girl was already gone but Jesus held her by the hand and called her back to life. This is the kind of God we all serve.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that “…if we only hope in this world, then we are the most pitied…”
He said this because he knows we have a God who hears and knows everything. Let your soul come to the conclusion that you have a God who can do far more than you can imagine or understand, knowing that after committing the situation to God, he Himself will touch and bring the healing desired. He has power over everything.

May the Lord give to us the grace and hope as a child of God.

Amen!

 

 

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