Men and brethren, I will show you from the bible that Jesus is a promise keeper. He is the first person to book an appointment beyond grave and was able to honour that appointment. No other person has ever done that before or after. In his words ‘But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee’ Matthew 26:32. I want to give you a beautiful picture today that because he resurrected, everyone that dies in Christ shall resurrect. Of all the founders of religions; it is only Jesus who promise bodily resurrection. 1 Cor 15:1-4’ … how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures’ There were many people that saw Jesus and the evidences of his resurrection. There is no other grand news than this; because He arose, you also will arise.
In Matthew 27:62-64, the soldiers saw him. The government of the day tries to stop every evidence of his resurrection. But Heaven sent only one Angel and the Angel sat meaning the government of Rome was a powerless power. To sit means there was no threat to the Angel; to sit down is to relax; to sit down shows there is nothing to frighten you; to sit down shows you have no reason to panic. The soldiers fell under the anointing at the presences of the Angel. I want to declare that all those who oppose your resurrection shall fall under the anointing as the soldiers fell under the anointing when Jesus arose. The bible says the stone was rolled away by the Angel; when it come to your turn whatever the stone the enemy had placed upon your life shall be rolled away, shall be rolled away. I want to announce that on the day the master will come, you will not be found on the grave.
We are in this world but we are not of this world. God’s program for us is different from that of others. Jesus is the only man that gave an appointment before his death and honoured it after his death; he got to Galilee before them. In Matt 28: 5-6, the Angel said to the women, fear not ye; he has risen. ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ John 15:13-14. The bible says you will be his friend if you obey his command. If you obey him unconditionally, and obey him totally, and obey him implicitly, and say to him whatever you command me to do, I will do it. I have said over and again, you don’t love your wife because she is loveable or great, you love her because God has commanded you to love her. You don’t pay your tithe because explains to you what they will do with the money, you pay your tithe because you have be so commanded to pay your tithe. You forgive those who have wronged you because God has commanded you to forgive.
In 1985, a young man came with armed robbers and robbed my printing machine and robbed everything in my office and God said to me Uma give him these things as a gift and asked him to go free of charge. I said to God that is not how we act in Nigeria, and God told me you have to live by the commandments of heaven. All of us must know how to forgive.
In Rev 21:8, the bible says all liars; what does that mean: We have romantic liars, men who say to their wives they have no money and yet they have enough for their girlfriends. Civil servants liars, people who go to work by 9 am and write 7 am on the attendance sheet. Romantic girl liars- girls who tell their suitors, I have never slept with any man; I am a virgin just to get married. Commercial liars- business people who cheat their customers and even quoting the scriptures. The bible says all liars; a liar is a liar. ‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone’. You don’t live godly life on your own only the Power of God will empower you to live a godly live. He is willing to turn your weakness into strength.
Jesus died because of your secret sins; he died for those who gossip and slanders; he died for those who live a life of immorality; this is why he cried out to the father ‘why have thou forsaken me’ he took your place and my place and because he did; we ought to love him with all our hearts; we ought to serve him with all our hearts. Why did Jesus come? He came that it may be well with you. In John 10:10, Satan’s mission statement is to kill and to steal and to destroy but Jesus mission statement is for us to have life.
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Luke 5:3-7: Number One, there were many people who were washing their nets but Jesus made a choice. God has made a choice by bringing you to this place that he may speak to you; that he may reveal his plan for you; that he will reveal his purpose for you; that he may reveal to you all the things he is ready to do for you. When the master had finished preaching, he addressed Simons’ problem. Right where you are, God knows your problems. Everyone here that has a need, God knows you have a need; and God is going to send his anointing to meet you where you are; and turn your struggle into fulfilment; he came to wipe away our tears, he came to turn our lamentation into laughter; everyone here today you are of utmost importance to God. Others may not like you; others may look down on you; others may mock you but we have somebody who celebrates you and was willing to put his own life on the line that you may become somebody. And today, I am insisting that you must become somebody.
Dr Uma Ukpai
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