10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. KJV
The resurrection of Jesus was the greatest event that ever took place, either in the natural realm or in the spirit realm. Satan is defeated. Jesus, the head of the New Creation is the victor. He is the example for all members of the New Creation. They are to be over-comers, masters of circumstances and all demoniacal forces. Christ arose to the full stature of His Godhead in the presence of the adversary. He threw off from Himself the principalities and the powers and He made a show of them in the presence of all Hell. Then, taking the trophies from the hand of the conquered, He arose from the dead. You can hear Him say, “I was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Ha-
des.” (Rev. 1:18)
That brings to our memory the scene in Matthew 28:5-6. The women had come down to the sepulchre. They found it empty, but an angel was there. “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye ; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Jesus is the Lord of sin, sickness, death and Satan. He died as Jesus, the Lamb of God, but He arose as the Lord the High Priest. He conquered death and the grave. When Mary met Him, she fell at His feet, calling Him her Lord. He said to
her, “Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” His last cry on the cross had been, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He had paid the penalty of man’s transgression. He had met the demands of justice. Now He is about to take His own blood, as the High Priest, into the Heavenly Holy of Holies, to make the eternal redemption. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus let God’s love loose. It enabled God to give eternal life, a perfect redemption, a perfect freedom, to those that Satan had enslaved. It made Jesus the head of a new creation. It made this new creation man a creative being, filled with the life of God. Out of that dark tomb came the light of the ages.
John 1:4 says, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Jesus had the life and the light in Him. The life of which Jesus spoke so often was going to produce the light, the wisdom, the creative ability, that the world had never had. The life and light of God came streaming from the tomb. This new kind of life gives to man the ability to stand in the presence of God without the sense of guilt, condemnation or inferiority. It took out of man the fear of circumstances, the
dread of old age or sickness, the shrinking of the weak in the presence of the strong. It made all men equal. It made the
strong bear the burdens of the weak. The resurrection of Jesus meant Satan was defeated: his slaves would become his masters. Every new creation would be a conqueror. His new sense of righteousness gave him dominance where fear had held sway. Fearless mastery of the old slave-driver has taken possession. The New Creation has become a master.
“Who is he that overcometh the world? He that is born of God.” (1 John 5:4-5.)