Lately this subject has been raised, how to raise the dead as Jesus did? How may the authority and power of the Son of God be used?
There is no dispute that the daily 5 am Bible reading brethren believe that the dead can be raised. The practice of this truth has become a necessity and not a luxury, in view that so many Christian families are being attacked by the spirit of death and critical illness. Young people and healthy adults in their prime are dying like flies, often leaving their loved ones severe sense of loss and anger. No amount of money can restore a dead person back to life, giving a normal functional life to a dead man.
Jesus has demonstrated to His disciples that the dead can be raised. The disciples themselves had also raised the dead just as Jesus did.
Today we also witness or read from eye witness’ reports of such supernatural events. so the question is how do we (as disciples) do it?
This morning the 5 am disciples in training were led to read Luke 7.
___________________________________Read the following Bible verses. The watchman’s notes is after the verses. (Brief summary of the passage: Jesus went , saw, had compassion, spoke to the dead man and commanded him to respond to His command and he responded – came back to life. The witnesses acknowledged the work was from God as only God gave life.)
Luke 7:11-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 [a]Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and His disciples and a great throng accompanied Him.
12 [Just] as He drew near the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large gathering from the town was accompanying her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, Do not weep.
14 And He went forward and touched the funeral bier, and the pallbearers stood still. And He said, Young man, I say to you, arise [[b]from death]!
15 And the man [who was] dead sat up and began to speak. And [Jesus] gave him [back] to his mother.
16 Profound and reverent fear seized them all, and they began [c]to recognize God and praise and give thanks, saying, A great [d]Prophet has appeared among us! And God has visited His people [in order to help and care for and provide for them]!
- Luke 7:11 Many ancient manuscripts read “the next day.”
- Luke 7:14 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.
- Luke 7:16 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
- Luke 7:16 Capitalized because of what He is, the spotless Son of God, not what the speakers may have thought He was.
____________________________the watchman’s notes
- Background: Jesus was showing the apostles and disciples how a untimely dead man can be raised. Jesus’ purpose on earth is clear: preach and teach the Kingdom of God message and live what He preaches. His goal for His disciples is the same. To teach and make disciples (for them the target is all nations) to live the same kingdom of God life that Jesus and His disciples have lived.
- What are living in the kingdom of God like? Just as prophet Isaiah had prophesied: when John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus whether He was the Messiah, “4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Matt.11:4-5; Luke 7:22; Isa.35:5) All who are living are living super-functional life. The supernatural is a norm in the kingdom of God.
- Raising the dead is part and parcel of the kingdom life. But what does raising the dead mean? It means giving life to a dead person (lifeless). Where does life come from? God. How did Jesus raise the dead? He gave them life by speaking to them.
- Jesus has the authority of God and the power of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of life) to give life. John 5:20-22 (NKJV) 20 “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. “
- How did the apostles raise the dead? After Jesus resurrected, He breathed His life into them. They have the life of Jesus and have received the authority of the name of Jesus, and later the power of Jesus (when they were filled with the Holy Spirit). Result: They spoke the word with the authority of Jesus to give life, using Jesus name by the resurrecting and life giving power of the Holy Spirit.
- What one does not have one cannot give. The 5 am class knew this. Only when one has the life of Jesus living actively in us, living the kingdom of God life, can one perform this very natural supernatural act of faith, raising the dead. Before anyone ventures to raise the dead, one must be sure of living the life as depicted in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
- Another crucial prerequisite is one must have the authority of God to do so. Even Jesus repeatedly stated that He did what God did and spoke what God told Him and used the authority given by God. God brought those who are called to Jesus (even the dead. Lazarus is an example.) Jesus and God are One. This means Jesus saw and knew what God wanted for that occasion – to raise that particular dead man or not.
Believers of Jesus can join to the Lord and be of one spirit with Him too (1 Corinthians 6:17).__________________________Read the following Bible verses and meditate on them. Do you have this prerequisite?
John 12: 49-50 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
John 6:65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
John 8:38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
John 10:30 I and My Father are one.”