The Power of the Resurrection

by Jay Fannin on April 19, 2022

Have you ever taken the time to think about everything that surrounded the resurrection of Jesus Christ?  The Gospels speak of an earthquake, a massive stone rolled away, and Jesus was brought back to life. Each one of those takes a lot of power to make happen. Earthquakes can shake the ground and surrounding areas causing great damage. They are often spoken of by the power they had and the damage they create. The earthquake mentioned in the Gospels coincided with the resurrection of Jesus. This earthquake was the earth recognizing that the brokenness of the world was being reconciled by God. The earth was announcing the defeat of sin, hell, and death. The stone being rolled away is often overlooked as to the magnitude and power it took to make this happen. The experts estimate that this stone weighed somewhere around two tons. That about 4,000lbs! The women bringing spices were concerned about getting the stone moved. The Roman soldiers were there to guard the grave. God in his power rolled the stone away, and we probably do not give that a second thought. The resurrection of Jesus is what we celebrate each Easter. I have seen a lot of cool things in my lifetime, but I have never seen some dead made alive physically. God did this to show that He has the ultimate victory over death, and that sin was defeated. All these miraculous events show the power of God on display.
            All throughout scripture, God’s power is displayed in many other amazing ways. Scripture also tells us that the same power is available to us as believers in Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 3:20, Paul reminds us, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”. The “him” in this passage is God, and He can do far more abundantly than all we ask or think! All that we ask is a lot, but when all we think is added to that, now we are talking about far more than a lot. My imagination is pretty big, and God can do far more than I can imagine. Again, this just reminds of the amazingness of our God. If we did not read the rest of the verse, we would be missing something very important. That power is accomplished by God’s power working in us! God’s all-powerfulness is working in us. The power of the resurrection is available to us each and every day of our lives. The question is, “Do you live like that?” We are either stuck thinking like it is still that first Good Friday, and all we can think about is, I guess God isn’t going to come through, or we are living each day believing that God’s power is available in us everywhere we go. The power on display at the resurrection of Jesus should compel us to live our lives like that power is in us. The longer I live and serve the Lord, the more I want to live in the power of the resurrection daily. How about you?

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