No matter what we’re facing in life, God’s power is greater.
This Easter, I hope you’ll take the time to think deeply about what the resurrection means for your life, especially in terms of God’s power.
Paul said, “I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand… Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:19-21 (NLT)
What should we know about God’s power, the resurrection and what it means for our lives here today?
HOW POWERFUL IS GOD?
The Bible clearly teaches that God is omnipotent - all powerful! - and there is nothing He cannot do.
“Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You!" Jeremiah 32:17 (NASB)
- God’s power is greater than natural power. Psalm 93:4 says, “The sound of the water is loud; the ocean waves are powerful, but the Lord above is much greater.”
- God’s power is greater than medical power.
- God’s power is greater than intellectual power. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
- God’s power is greater than financial power.
- God’s power is greater than political power. Sorry candidates…I’m told this: “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” Psalm 146:3-5 (NLT)
- God’s power is greater than death. The most potent thing we face in life is death. We fear it. We cling to life and fight it, but death always wins.
A friend of John Ortberg’s used to travel to rural communities where they didn't have churches to do funerals. He’d ride along with an undertaker in a black hearse. One time, they were on their way back from a funeral, and John’s friend was feeling tired and decided he would lie down in the back of the hearse and take a nap. The guy who was driving the hearse pulled into a gas station, and as the attendant was filling the tank, he jumped when he saw a body laying in the back. Just then the sleeper work from his nap, tapped on the window and waved at the attendant. John’s friend never saw anybody run so fast in his whole life! Death carries such power!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ reveals God’s power over death. Matthew 28 reports what happened after Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a sealed tomb:
“At dawn Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to look at the tomb… An angel of the Lord rolled the stone away from the entrance. Then he sat on the stone. He was shining as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here. He has risen from the dead as he said he would…”
HERE’S WHY THE RESURRECTION MATTERS SO MUCH
The cross reveals God’s love, but the resurrection reveals His power.
The death of Jesus on a cross reveals God’s GREAT LOVE. Jesus loved us enough to die for our sins. Why did He have to die? He paid the penalty for our sins so we wouldn’t have to pay with our lives.
This is the gospel:
You are more sinful than you ever thought.
You are more loved than you ever dreamed.
God has more power than you ever imagined.
The resurrection reveals God’s GREAT POWER. He arose, breaking the power of death. This gave Jesus the authority to bring everyone into His kind of life - eternal life, life GREATER than death!
If you were in some dark remote prison, and someone who loved you came to rescue you, but died trying, you’d be grateful, but you’d still be in chains. If Christ had died to save us, but had not risen again, we’d still be subject to the prison of death. Apart from the resurrection, He would only have proven His love. But He HAS defeated death and promises…
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” John 11:25-26 (NLT)
Happy Resurrection Sunday everyone. And let’s remember…No matter what we’re facing in life, God’s power is greater.