The power of his resurrection
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.
2 Timothy 2:8, enjoins us to remember that Jesus was raised from the dead. 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.
Three, remembering the resurrection of Christ gives us hope that we shall be raised with him in future even after our death. Paul wrote, “knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you” (II Corinthians 4:14; 1 Cor.6:14; 1 Cor.15:20)
Four, his resurrection reminds us that he was raised by the Spirit of the Father, and that same Spirit dwell 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 outworkings of this power over time.
God displayed his power at creation, and the whole of creation attest to the power of God (Gen. 1:1-3; Romans 1:20).
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 child-bearing (Gen.18:13-14; Jere.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 (Num.11:21-23).
God displayed his power at the conception of Jesus (Lk.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.
We are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ at a time when the world is being ravaged by COVID-19. At present, close to two million people are in their hospital beds bedridden by this deadly virus. While thousands have died, millions of others are living in fear. Many would be asking, what is the relevance of Christ’s resurrection power to my condition? Others, in subdued tones would wonder, can the resurrection power heal me? The answer is, yes his resurrection power can heal.