The Truth About Easter

When you reconstruct the death and resurrection of Jesus, you simply stand amazed and overwhelmed by how much the Bible reveals about those three days in the grave.

First, at the point Jesus gave up the ghost, His spirit did not descend immediately to Hell. He had to wait until his body was lowered into the tomb. The reason is that, the body will decay if separated from the spirit. And the prophecy was clear about this…

Ps 16:10
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

The word translated corruption means Pit, a trap, a grave and by extension, decay.

In Acts 2, Peter fully explained this. The word Peter uses in explaining this prophecy is that Jesus was not going to know the conditions of the grave.

There are two possible conclusions. First, that his body lay in the grave while his soul went to hell and was later reunited at the resurrection.

Or that he went bodily to Hell (soul and body). Further evidence, shows that this was likely what happened. At the reunion of his soul and body in the grave, that body transformed to become such as a spiritual body. According to 1 Peter 3:18-19 it was this body that Jesus took to Hell. This would mean that He was not bodily in the grave for the three days.

Beyond the grave, Jesus stood before the ancient gates and commanded its opening. Psalm 24.

When he entered, he contended for and took the keys of Hell and Death from Satan. Hebrews 2:14-16; Rev 1:18 Two keys not one.

Then was Satan and demons paraded before him as the Victor. Colossians 2:15.

It was after this victory, that Jesus began his ministry to the souls in prison of death, the keys of which he now had. 1Pet 3:19

After this humiliation of Satan and demons in Hell, Satan left Jesus still ministering in Hell to lay an accusation before God. He didn’t want to lose that last privilege. This is well documented in Zachariah 3.

God summoned Jesus from Hell for the hearing of the case. It is interesting to note that Jesus appeared with the same body that had been on the cross – THE BODY OF SIN.

THIS WAS THE MOMENT WHEN SALVATION WAS SEALED LEGALLY. THIS WAS THE EXACT TIME JESUS WAS RAISED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION. ROM 4:25

It was after the Council of Heaven had reviewed the evidence from both parties that God commanded a new body for Jesus. Zec 3:3-5

After this change of garments, to his priestly garment, Jesus then appeared on earth at the Tomb where he was laid. He was accompanied by two angels. He came to fulfill a vital promise. To let everyone know that he was not in the grave. I believe therefore that he didn’t return through the grave. The stone was not rolled away to free his body!

The Moment he touched down on earth, there was a great earthquake. The angels rolled away the stone and Jesus inspected the grave.

Moments later Mary Magdalene encountered him and he revealed that he was about to perform his first and only offering as high priest in Heaven. He came to take a cloud of witnesses that had been released from Satan’s prison to observe the event documented in Zechariah 3 and John 20.

This is the true order of events of Easter. It is mind boggling, but it is true. The story of our salvation is awesome. Now you get a better picture.

Watch out for the detailed exposition from DeepWords Devotional.

Happy Easter!

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Son of Man Meets Son of God

Son of Man meets Son of God

The term, Son of man, is used by Jesus 80 times as a way to refer to himself (32 times in Matthew; 14 times in Mark; 26 times in Luke; and 10 times in John). In all these texts Jesus is the speaker; no one ever addressed him as Son of man. They fondly called him Rabbi, Teacher, Master, or Son of David.

In John’s Gospel alone, Jesus calls God, “Father” a staggering 156 times!

Clearly Jesus knew himself well. He knew why he came to earth. He knew he came to die. He knew fully well his sonship and privileges with God. He was God in human form. So it is clear why he constantly referred to God as Father.

But he struggled with his humanity. He struggled to stay humble. He struggled to accept the laws of nature on earth. These were alien to his own nature. A man who could walk on water, speak to waves, soar on the winds without wings was not human in any way.

Does God sleep or get hungry? Does God fart and use the poo? He did these things as Son of Man. It was alien to his nature as Son of God.

The closer Jesus got to the cross, the more the conflict between the Son of Man and the Son of God increased. The two individuals will come to a brutal collision at the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Son of God came to die a sacrificial death to please his Father. But the weight of the emotions got across to the Son of Man and he had to plead with God to take the cup away!

38 Then he told them, “My soul is crushed with horror and sadness to the point of death . . . stay here . . . stay awake with me.”

39 He went forward a little, and fell face downward on the ground, and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me. But I want your will, not mine.” Matt 26:36-39 (TLB)

What could fill God with horror? What will make God sorrow with anguish that can kill? These emotions are alien to the God-nature.

It was here that Jesus had to decide if he will go to the cross as Son of God or as Son of Man. As God, he will not experience the pain. As God, no man could touch him, nor judge him, talkless of crucifying him. As God he cannot die. So he must choose whether to proceed as God or as man. This is what John 10:18 means.

17 For this [reason] the Father loves Me, because I lay down My [own] life—to take it back again.

18 No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. John 10:17-18 (AMP)

He opted to be fully human. It was here he let go of Godhood and became fully human – so he can fully experience the pain, the agony, the shame and ultimately the death!

You know the story. You know how he was walked stark naked (forget the piece of cloth that artists wrap around him in pictures and images of the crucifix) through the streets of Jerusalem while soldiers tickled his sex organ and brutally flogged it! That was humiliation. Imagine seeing the nakedness of God. How could an all powerful Son of God be so powerless son of man?

But after the pain came the glory.

What you need to answer now is this: if you have been to the cross, Are you living as a son of man or as a Son of God? The earnest expectation of all creation is to see you manifest as the Son of God, they already know you as the son of man.

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The Temple Meets THE TEMPLE

The Temple Meets THE TEMPLE

The Temple of Jerusalem was a masterpiece.

There was a prophecy in Malachi 3:1-2 indicting that someday, God will appear physically in the temple.

the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, …. But who may abide the day of his coming? 

Over 400 years later it found fulfilment.

When Jesus was brought for dedication as a baby, no priest recognized him! When Jesus was about 12 years old, he was so consumed with the temple that he refused to go back home with his parents.

The more he came closer to Easter, the more the temple became the central piece of his life. According to John 2, Jesus’ ministry started very close to the period of the Passover. He had just finished turning water into wine when he took the disciples into the Temple to cleanse it.

That day when he was asked for a sign, he told the Jews, “destroy this temple and I will raise it up in 3 days!”  It was a blasphemy the Jews never forgot nor forgave. They knew it took over 46 years of daily labour with thousands of workers to build the structure, how can one man build it up in 3 days?

They were too fixated on the temple built with hands for a God who does not dwell in houses.

The week that Jesus would be killed, he knew he had to do something about the temple. With fire in his eyes and a whip in his hands, he went through the temple chasing out money changers and traders. There is something about Easter that breeds conflicts.

The Temple built with hands now met with the Temple built by God. “For a body thou has prepared for me” Heb 10:5-7

The temple of stones met the Temple of Flesh.

The temple where sacrifices were made, met with the Temple that is the sacrifice.

The temple of God, met with the God of the Temple and nothing could ever remain the same.

Do you remember the day he told that woman that a day is coming when men shall neither worship in this mountain nor at Jerusalem? He brought it to brutal fulfilment on the cross.

As the wrath of God poured on his sin-filled body, and Jesus offered his temple to be destroyed, the first thing he did was to tear the veil in the Holy of Holies of the magnificent temple of hand. By tearing that veil, he brought God out of the mysterious inaccessible darkness to the glorious open. The Temple that separated man from God, was torn and taken out of the way, so that God may dwell in our hearts.

In his death was the death of the Temple of man. In his death was the birth of our temples. This is what “Emmanuel” means. It is not a name for Christmas, but a name that shows that God now dwells not just with man, but in men all over the world!

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 2 Cor 6:16

Dear reader, you are a living stone, a spiritual edifice. But has your temple met THE TEMPLE? When it does, some veils must be torn off you and some traders chased out! Don’t let religion keep you away from the God you seek.

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The Sealed Word Meets The Slain Word

THE SLAIN WORD MEETS THE LIVING WORD

Legally, a testament is a person’s will especially the aspect relating to his or her personal property.  

Every responsible man writes a will. It becomes even more crucial when you are wealthy and you really want all your wealth to be put to the very use you would want and the very people you care about.

There is a problem. A will, *A TESTAMENT IS USELESS UNTIL THE TESTATOR IS PROVEN DEAD.*

Not only should the testator die, he or she must be proven to be dead. This is a very critical legal check. So with this as the background, let’s do a review of the bible. It has two TESTAMENTS. Two legal wills.

The Bible is the Word of God. The Word of God is God. The Bible is God’s Will intended for God’s Children to achieve God’s purpose on earth. The problem is that the Bible cannot be useful nor available unless God dies!!!

Not only must God die, God must be proven to be DEAD. Then and only then will the Testaments be executed and make any meaning to human beings. This is a supreme dilemma because God CANNOT  die. This is the problem. The Word cannot die and therefore Man cannot have the Bible.

This dilemma was captured glaringly by Apostle John when he witnessed it in Heaven. The incident is recorded in Revelation 5. His cry tore through heaven because there was no one worthy to take the book, there was no one able to prove the death of God! That incident took place BEFORE the New Testament could be written. It took place before the Bible in its entirety could be delivered to man.

Heb 9:16-17

16. For where there is a will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established,

17 For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive. (AMP)

But out of the Center of the Throne of Light came forth a picture that John struggled to describe. A Lamb that was slaughtered, slain which means it was dead, stepped out of the throne. The Lamb had seven eyes – the seven spirits of God. The slaughtered lamb was God!

The blood dripped as he walked towards God the Father. He was going to take the Testaments and to break the seals and thereby make available to man the fullness of the Testament of God the Father.

This was not the moment of redemption. No! this was the moment when the Slain Word would meet with the Written Word.  This collision would bring forth the Living Word. For the letter killeth, but the spirit is a quickening spirit and maketh alive.

This could only happen because Easter happened. The Word had died and the Lamb had come before the Council of Heaven to prove the death, and the abiding death that will validate the Testament. All heaven was present, all Hell was present and all earth was present to bear witness to the validity and execution of the Will of the Slain God.

Without this legal interaction between the Spoken Word, the  Slain Word, the Written Word and the Living Word, there will be no bible today. Now imagine the world without a bible. If you cannot then imagine the world without the sun.

The sealed Word became the Living Word.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Rev 5:9-12 (KJV)

Have you exchanged the letter word for the Living Word?

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Knowledge is Not Enough

KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH

One of the common errors we make as Christians in our fight for destiny is to assume that if we are empowered with knowledge, everything will be well. It is true that no one will find it easy to fight a battle in which he knows next to nothing about his enemy or the objectives of the battle. So knowledge is very crucial and very essential.

But sadly, even the most trusted prophetic knowledge  *ALONE* does not usually guarantee victory in the pursuit of destiny. Knowledge only gives you a good starting point. It gives you a reason to stay in the fight. It gives you justification in taking certain decisions.

Let’s start by looking at the life of Jonathan.

Jonathan is one of the finest characters in the bible. His love is genuine. His boldness is legendary and his motives are usually pure. Jonathan was a talented warrior. It is sad that he is not usually cast in that light. Jonathan took on the Philistine army singlehandedly and defeated them with the help of God and his servant.

Jonathan was rich. He was the crown prince of Israel. Money and resources were not the problem. So when we talk about skills, talent and character, Jonathan had it all. Yet with all these endowment, Jonathan never fulfilled his destiny!

What was Jonathan’s destiny?

1 Sam 23:16-18

16 And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; *and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee;* and that also Saul my father knoweth.

18 And they two made a covenant before the Lord: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.

Jonathan was not destined to be king. He knew that and had no problem with it. Before many people in Israel including the sons of Issachar that had understanding of the times, could understand that David was destined to be king, Jonathan already knew and had his place in that government sealed with a covenant. But he still failed to achieve that destiny.

Many Christians suffer from the Jonathan syndrome. That know what God wants from them and for them. But somehow they never get to actualize it.

This is a major issue and you will come face to face with it if you desire to fulfil destiny. Question is, “do you know what is holding you back?”

Jonathan had no idea his virtue was his undoing. What how can a virtue become a destroyer? We will take a deeper look at this today at the prayer summit. You are too full to fail. You will not end like Jonathan.

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I am Divine!

I am divine Because I live in The Vine. The nature of The Vine flows through the branches thereof. Therefore the nature of God flows through me. I am divine.


I am the picture of God that the world sees. I am the image of God on earth.
The Word of God in heaven, is not different from the Word of God in my mouth if I abide, dwell, reside, remain in the relationship and place where He (God) has planted me. I am divine living in The Vine.


The sickness that could not come on Jesus cannot come on me. The situation that could not overwhelm Jesus will not overwhelm me. For we draw our lives on earth from the same source. We operate with the same Holy Spirit. His measure of grace and impact may be greater than mine, but I share the same grace without any doubts. I have the same Holy Spirit. I am divine.


I will treat myself with respect. I will speak my words with honour. I will grace my speech with Truth and Love, for I am divine.


Anyone that seats on the throne with the King, even though he is not the king, yet he shares the same authority as the king and may be addressed as such. I seat with Jesus in heavenly places. I am a joint heir of his throne. I am not the King but I have the same authority as my king. I am divine.


My words will not fail, my orders will not be ignored, my presence will not be overlooked or taken for granted, that may be done to commoners but I am not common, I am not ordinary. I am divine living in The Vine.


Is there a difference between “son of God” and “child of God”? No. Jesus is the Son of God, and I am the Child of God. We become one, when I dwell in Him. I am Divine.


33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
 34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
 35  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
 36  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? John 10:33-36

Herein is our love made perfect … because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17

The offspring of a goat is a goat, the offspring of a lion is a lion. Therefore the offspring of God is god. I am born of God…. I AM DIVINE!

CONFESSIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS

I Can Handle It

I CAN HANDLE IT

I can handle this pressure. I can deal with this burden on my heart.

I can handles this hassle in my hustle. I can, because I am made of more.

I can, and will outlast this pain. I will survive this pressure and turn it into a treasure. Because I am more.

This tension will not tear me apart. This pain will not cause me to go back. This burden in my heart will not slow me down. Because I have what it takes to handle it. I am More than this.

When I go through the waters it shall not overwhelm me.

When I go through the storms it shall not break me.

When I go through the fire it shall not consume me. I will not melt, I will not dissolve I will not burn. I am made of more. I will only be refined.

I have Christ in me. He is stronger than the strongest challenges. I have Jesus, he is fiercer than the fiercest storms. I have the power of God at work in my life for me. With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in me, I will come out of this.

If I faint in the days of adversity my strength is small indeed, therefore I refuse to faint. I refuse to quit, I refuse to give up just because it is tough.

My heart may be broken but I will love again. My hands may be bleeding but I will work till I accomplish my task. My feet may swell with blisters, but I will walk till I get to my destination. I am more. I can handle this.

I can handle life but not by my strength, not by my wisdom, not by my connections. I have a secret…

*Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.*

Here is my confession:

*I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].* Phil 4:13

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