|The crucifixion is God’s greatest demonstration of love. The resurrection is his most awesome demonstration of power. This power vindicated Jesus’ innocence and validated the substitutionary nature of his death.
Ephesians contains a beautiful prayer Paul prayed for believers:
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come (Eph. 1:18-21).
As Christians we need to realize that the power God uses in transforming our lives is like what he used when he raised Jesus. As the old hymn notes, the attempt to prevent Jesus’ departure from the grave was vain—“Death cannot keep his prey…He tore the bars away!” Just as surely as the resurrection happened, God is able to accomplish his purposes in our lives.
Christianity is not a “self-help” program. God has entered our affairs with supernatural power. It was exhibited most forcefully in the garden tomb, but it continues to be shown when every believer experiences a new birth. God’s power shines daily as he empowers us to walk by faith. It is no wonder that Paul affirmed that nothing can separate us from the love of God. There is no power greater than God’s power.
Does your walk testify to God’s power? Are there areas where others see God molding and shaping your life? External forces are not preventing it from happening. Only your refusal to allow God to work in your life can stand in the way. The issue is never impotence. God is able. Are you willing?
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! Celebrate God’s desire to work in such a powerful way in your life. We don’t have to muster the strength. We are called to surrender to his power. Have you? Are you?
John Kenneth King