Monday, October 5, 2015

Jesus our Revival Revives Us

"1Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

2After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight." (Hosea 6: 1-2)

In the Old Testament, readers will find types and shadows or our Lord Jesus, as well as the transition from the Old Covenant to the New.

Of course, there are numerous prophesies, which relate which Jesus will do when He comes to save us from our sins and grant us His life.

In the passage above, we learn that Jesus would come to "revive" us.

The first mention of the originial Hebrew word "chayah " appears in Genesis, and speaks to a life which gives forth more life:

"And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:" (Genesis 5: 3)

Granted, in this passage, the fallen Adam gives forth a son in his fallen image, though we were created in God's image at the first (Genesis 1: 27)

Under the New Covenant, we receive a  new spirit, and become sons of God, not just in God's image, but in Christ.

We are born again. Jesus told Nicodemus:

"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." (John 3: 7)

Peter affirmed our new status:

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1: 23)

However, many Christians still do not understand this necessity for new life. Jesus did not come just to die for us, but to live for us. He came to bring us from death to life, not just bad to good, or useless to useful. How can anyone of us be or do anything without Him, with His life in us?

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15: 5)

and then

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ,who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3: 1-4)

While many clamor for our revival, the truth is that Jesus is our Revival, for He revived us from death to life, and revives us to this day.