Sermon by Ps Ben Hooman
What a privilege to celebrate with you the resurrection or our Lord Jesus Christ this day.
Our core Scripture will be out of Romans chapter 1.
The good news we share this morning is not so much about us, but about our Lord Jesus Christ. We connect not to celebrate ourselves, but to worship Him. We sin and we die.
So, hope does not lie in us. Hope lies outside of us. It is in God’s Son.
The good news according to apostle Paul in the first chapter of Romans is about God’s Son. It is good news for us as we become His and He becomes ours. Why Is the “Son of God” good news for us?
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Romans 1:1- 4)
God’s Son is good news because He is Lord!
“The gospel of God… regarding His Son… Jesus Christ our Lord.”
If you getting attacked, and someone comes to help you, the first thing you want to know is, “How strong is he?” If you are having financial challenges and someone is willing to pay your bills, the first thing you want to know is, “How much does he have and how much is he willing to help with?”
The Son of God has infinite capacity! All power and authority in heaven and earth belong to Him (Matthew 28:18). A Saviour who is not Lord is of no use to us because he could easily be overwhelmed by a higher power.
But there is good news regarding God’s Son because He is Lord. His will gets accomplished, and no one can stop Him.
God’s Son is good news because He became a man
“The gospel of God… regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David.” (Romans 1:1, 3)
What does the Son of God, who has all power and all authority, have to do with us? How can He relate to us?
He took our nature! He was born of the virgin, Mary. He came to us, and stood with us, to act for us. Jesus Christ knows your life better than any pastor, counsellor, family member or friend. He knows human life from the inside. He gets it. He is our Saviour. And when you know that He experienced our life, it is easy to come to Him.
We don’t have a Saviour that is out there somewhere remotely from us.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
This is the good news because He became man!
God’s Son is also good news because He rose from the dead
“The gospel of God… regarding his Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:1, 3-4)
God’s Son is good news because He rose from the dead! That is our focus today, and I want you to see three reasons why the resurrection is good news:
- The Resurrection Declares What Was Already True
“[He] was declared… to be the son of God by His resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4)
Notice the word “declared!” The resurrection was an affirmation, an authentication, a demonstration, a declaration that Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus did not become the Son of God through the resurrection. He was the Son of God in eternity, with the Father and the Spirit in heaven.
He was the Son of God in the virgin’s womb. He was the Son of God as He lay in the manger, and as He walked the streets of Nazareth. He was the Son of God when He died on the cross. He was the Son of God when He rose on the third day. He was the Son of God when He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. And He will be the Son of God when He comes again in power and glory.
Being the Son of God was not something that was added to Jesus as a reward for living a good life. No, the resurrection declared what was already true.
Suppose someone comes to a diamond dealer with a nice shinny diamond. The first question is going to be, “Is this authentic or is it a fake?” The dealer will want to run tests on the diamond. He will use different means to establish its authenticity.
After the dealer has run the tests, and he has confirmation, then he will declare that the diamond is genuine. The declaration does not make of the diamond a diamond. It recognizes, authenticates, announces, and demonstrates what was already true.
That is what happened at the resurrection! Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead. This declaration challenges all other evaluations of Jesus.
Some people consider Jesus a great teacher, but great teachers don’t rise from the dead. Other people think Jesus is a good example, a source of wisdom, or an inspirational model. But good citizens, wise men, and inspiring leaders do not rise from the dead.
Jesus was crucified because He said, “I am the Son of God.” The High Priest charged Jesus under oath, “Tell us if you are the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “It is as you say” (Matthew 26:63-64). They all said, “He is worthy of death” (Matthew 26:66). In the judgment hall, Jesus says, “I am the Son of God.” At the cross the people say, “No. You are not.” In the resurrection, God says, “Yes, He is!”
The resurrection declares that Jesus is the Son of God!
He lays claim to your life, your love, your loyalty, your time, your talent, and your energy, your childhood, your youth, your middle years, and your retirement.
The last 2,000+ years have seen endless debates about Jesus. More has been written about Him than any other person.
In the resurrection, God says, “I am making a declaration. This is my Son!” This declaration is for us! The angels know who He is. The demons know who He is.
God is speaking to you in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He says, “This is My Son. Listen to Him. Turn to Him. Come to Him. Follow Him. Learn from Him. Worship Him. Trust Him.”
2. The Resurrection Reveals What Was Previously Hidden
“[He] was declared… to be the Son of God with power by His resurrection from the dead” (Roman 1:4)
There are two ways to read this: Some translations say, “He was declared with power to be the Son of God…” That would mean that the resurrection is a powerful statement that Jesus is the Son of God. In the original Greek language, it says, “He was declared to be the Son of God with power…”
I think that is how we should understand what Paul says here. He was declared to be the Son of God with power, by his resurrection from the dead.
“For He was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God.” (2 Corinthians 13:4).
Jesus, the Son of God, was seen in weakness.
Jesus had always been the Son of God, but during his life on earth, He had been the Son of God in weakness. Think of Him lying in the manger—helpless—needing to be fed and clothed. Look at Him in the wilderness—hungry, tired, tempted—receiving the help of angels.
People did not look at Jesus and say, “This is God in the flesh.” They said, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” (Luke 4:22). “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). “He saved others, but He can’t save himself” (Matthew 27:42).
The glory of the Son of God was hidden throughout most of his earthly life. His power was demonstrated in the miracles, but normally, only a few people saw them. When Jesus performed a miracle, He often told the person who was healed not to tell anyone else (Matthew 8:4).
He knew that His time had not yet come (John 2:4). Even among His disciples, it was three years before Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16).
Before that they were saying, “Who is this that even the wind and the waves obey Him?” (Mark 4:41).
Strung up on a cross, crying out in agony, forsaken by the Father, Jesus could hardly have looked like the Son of God.
But now He rises from the dead! No longer the Son of God in weakness, He is declared to be the Son of God with power! The resurrection reveals what was previously hidden: Jesus is the Son of God with power!
Once He was crucified in weakness, but now He has been raised in power! The Son of God is not on the cross now. He is not suffering in anguish.
He is risen, exalted, seated at the right hand of the Father. He is saving sinners, sustaining His people, giving the Holy Spirit, pouring out gifts on His church, ready to return in glory bringing His saints with Him.
See this, this sight that is so glorious. See how Jesus, the man of sorrows returned victorious!
Yes, every knee to Him will bow that Jesus is the Son of God with power!
Maybe you have been discouraged by a powerless religion. You know about rituals, traditions, and disciplines, but nothing that changes your life. Your religion is full of things you do, but none of them makes you different. There’s no power!
The resurrection reveals what may have been hidden to you: Jesus is the Son of God with power! He is able to give you peace with God. He is able to make you a new creation. He is able to give you the Holy Spirit.
He is able to sustain you in your darkest hour. He is able to give you victory over sin. He is able to fill you with a new love for God and for others. He is able to bring you through death and into His presence in heaven.
There is hope for you in Christ. The risen Son of God has power to change your life, power to forgive sin, power to give the Holy Spirit, and power to open heaven.
3. The Resurrection Begins What Was Long Ago Promised
“He was declared… to be the Son of God with power by his resurrection from the dead…” (Roman 1:4)
When Paul speaks about the resurrection of Jesus here, he speaks about it in a way that includes our resurrection. Literally translated, what he says is, “He was declared to be the Son of God with power by a resurrection of dead persons.”
The resurrection of Jesus is good news because it is the first resurrection of many that will follow. Christ is the “first fruits” of those who have fallen asleep (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25).
The full glory of the Son of God will be seen, not only in His resurrection, but also in yours.
Jesus is the head of a new family
The Bible speaks about Christ as the head of a new family, a community of people drawn from every nation who share what belongs to him:
“For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, ‘I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing you praise.’ And again, I will put My trust in Him. And again, behold I and the children God has given Me.” (Hebrews 2:10-13)
Sons… family… brothers… children
The Son of God became man, endured the agonies of death on the cross, and rose from the dead to bring many sons to glory.
God, in His great mercy, has chosen to take sinners like us and to conform us to the image of His Son. Paul says that Jesus will be the “firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:29).
Here we are in this fallen world—full of God’s goodness—and yet at the same time, plagued with the scourge of human sin and death.
No man overcomes sin. No man can avoid death. Sin reigned over us. Death reigned over us.
God’s Son became a man, and came to us in our helplessness. He has done what no other man could do—lived a sinless life. He has offered what no other man could offer—he laid this sinless life down as a sacrifice for our sins. He has gone where no other man could go—through death and into everlasting life, now in the presence of His Father in heaven.
There is a Man without sin. There is a Man who has conquered death. There is a Man in heaven, and He is there for us. He is our hope.
That’s why the Bible ends, with a vast crowd that no one can number, singing in the presence of Jesus,
“You are worthy… because with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God!” (Revelation 5:9-10).
Then the angels join in:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise” (Revelation 5:12).
Believe what God says to you.
Jesus is the Son of God. He was declared to be the Son of God by is resurrection from the dead!
This is what the resurrection says to us. Rejoice in what Christ has done for you. He has the power to save you, to redeem you, and to change you. He is the Son of God with power. He has triumphed and His victory is yours! There is hope for you in Jesus Christ.
Lay hold of what He offers to you. He is truly the Son of God with power!
Let us pray:
Father thank You for the Son of God,
Born in flesh, crucified on the cross, dead but risen
And coming again for us.
Father grant that we then will be found in Him.
Christ in us, our only hope and glory.
In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour!