Christianity was founded on power and has thrived thereafter through the display of God’s power (Gen.1:1-3). Hebrews 1:3 states that God upholds all things by the word of his power. On this Easter Sunday, it is very appropriate we reflect on the place of God’s power in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why is this necessary that we remember that Jesus was raised from the dead?
One, remembrance strengthens our faith. At communion we remember his death (1 Cor.11:23-26). In Matthew 28:6, when Christ rose from the dead, an angel testified to the women who came to the tomb thus, “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:6 NKJV). This means there was evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. When we remember his resurrection we are celebrating the power that raised him from the dead.
Two, remembrance gives us hope. Remembrance reminds us of the victory of Calvary. 1 Corinthians:2:8 reads, “which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (I Corinthians 2:8 NKJV). The death and resurrection of Jesus gave birth to the Church and its two billion adherents today. His resurrection brought unquantifiable blessings to the Church and the world.
Four, his resurrection reminds us that he was raised by the Spirit of the Father, and that same Spirit dwells in us and would give life to our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11).
This Easter Sunday, we cannot but reflect on the mystery behind the power that raised Jesus from the dead. That power is the same today and forever, it has not lost its power. Let us consider some of the outworking of this power over time.
God challenged Abraham to believe in his power to give him a son from his wife Sarai. God eventually gave Abraham a son even when they had passed the age of childbearing (Gen.18:13-14; Jeremiah.32:17).
God delivered Israel from Egypt by his awesome power (Exodus 7:3-5; 14:31; Psalm 78:42-50.).
God demonstrated His power to Israel in the wilderness through supernatural provisions (Numbers.11:21-23).
God displayed his power at the conception of Jesus (Luke.1:34-35)
Jesus grew up demonstrating the power of God through signs and wonders (Acts 10:38; Matt.11:4-6).
The resurrection of Jesus was the greatest display of God’s power (Mt.12:38-40; Rom.1:4).
The list of God’s power on display down the ages is endless.