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5. Resurrect | Sealed: An Easter Devotion

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Join us for our six-part Bible Study series, Sealed: An Easter Devotion, looking at what was sealed and established in Jesus' journey to the cross, through his death and resurrection and into eternity. The study is available to view online, on social media or freely printable for all in multiple sizes. It is available to use for anyone seeking to encounter Christ.

This six-part devotional was written by Mission Leader Rosy Keane of The Salvation Army Women's Ministries of New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. The word ‘seal’ means to establish or secure something definitively. In the same manner, Sealed: An Easter Devotion will explore all that was established and secured through the six themes.

  • Anoint
  • Betray
  • Wrestle
  • Death
  • Resurrect
  • Tell

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5. Resurrect | Sealed: An Easter Devotion

In John 20:21-22, Jesus appears to the wider group of disciples, saying, ‘‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’’

The Greek word for ‘breathe on’ is emphysaō, appearing only once in the New Testament. It also appears in Genesis 2:7: ‘Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.’ What instantly comes to mind? Do you see the parallel? Why is this so significant?

In Genesis 3:19, God declared ‘By the sweat of your brow, you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’ We emerge from dirt, sealed by death to return to it.

But Jesus, our Word made Flesh, Messiah, Saviour and Lord, emerges from that dirt, victorious! He has overcome the grave that all living beings are destined to. He breathes on us, his disciples, awakening our spirits to eternal life and declares that in him we will never hunger or thirst, nor truly die. 1 Corinthians 15:45 says, ‘So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.’

Jesus’ resurrection seals—establishes and secures—eternal life. Prayer: Write names for God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Write and sing thanks aloud.

Metamorphosis by Louise Mathieson

'Are we ever
truly ready
for transformation?

The hairs rise on the back
of my neck as I feel
its waiting breath

A little death
I don’t want to go in

I am afraid of the cave
The waiting, the darkness,

the silence,
Yet my chrysalis awaits me.
And as I pause on the threshold

Trembling
Reluctant
The whisper speaks,

‘Be at peace,
matters not
if you’ve come

with nothing or everything,
hands empty or laden,
It is enough.

Only one thing is needed,
Already provided

it awaits you within
Ruach breathe in
Won’t you come in
and begin
your metamorphosis?’