Good morning, Friend,
By now, you have already celebrated Easter (Resurrection Day) last month. I hope you had a wonderful day. While in Europe during recent years, it has been my privilege to preach Easter Sundays twice a year, because the Western Christian churches and the Eastern Orthodox churches usually celebrate it on different Sundays, separated by only a week or two. Even better than that, I have experienced the disciplined reality of celebrating Easter NOT ONLY ON EASTER DAY but endeavoring to also celebrate it on the following days, weeks, and months. This is definitely the teaching of the New Testament. Whereas we celebrate the event on Easter Sunday, we are to live the Easter reality every day.
Paul in Philippians 3:10 said, "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection." Paul makes that point emphatically, and quite dynamically, in an extended prayer that he offered for Christians, in Ephesians 1:18-20: "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."
Please note that the six boldface words in the preceding paragraph are all "power" words in the Greek language. Paul is using these various power words and piling them up to teach us one of the greatest truths in the Bible. He also amplifies this truth by using an adjective (great) and an adverb (incomparably) to further emphasize the truth. It seems that there aren't enough words to convey his truth about God's power. Paul wants you and me to grasp this exceedingly significant truth about RESURRECTION POWER. That's right . . . RESURRECTION POWER. He is telling us that the very power that God used in raising Jesus from the grave is now available to you and me. It is exactly the very same power. It is RESURRECTION POWER. Ponder that. Grasp it. Believe it. Use it.
RESURRECTION POWER is available to us in our tough times . . . in our moments of temptation . . . in our feelings of uselessness . . . in all of our times.
It is power for us when we need it . . . even as in the past, so now . . . today and tomorrow.
- When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses said, "I can't do that."
- When God called me to be a preacher. I'll never forget the day when I was home alone, sitting at my parents' table, and He called me. I said, "I can't do that." I took a pen in hand and wrote down reasons why I couldn't do it. But I am so glad that He prevailed. It's been a wonderful life.
- When the bottom falls out of our plans and we say we can no longer go on. Can you identify with this?
- When Jesus faced the coming reality of the cross and He asked the Father to deliver Him from the cross.
- Now . . . whatever difficulty comes knocking at your door. Is it relevant in your life, right now?
Paul asked God to give him the experience and the reality of Resurrection Power. Paul discovered it and later wrote, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13, NKJV). That was a very real personal declaration. Paul also wrote to the rest of us these similar statements: "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being" (Ephesians 3:16). And again, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20).
In this post-resurrection month of the year, I wish you God's best as you endeavor to live and move in God's amazing RESURRECTION POWER. Again I say, as I did midway through this letter: Ponder it. Grasp it. Believe it. Use it.
Founder, Senior Associate