Ephesians 1

19…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power? 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power we have available to us. The power that puts Jesus, human like us now, in charge of the universe from the heavenly dimension- that kind of power. This doesn’t mean we can become magicians, a bunch of Harry Potters running around performing spectacular tricks to impress people. In fact, many of the things which God’s power achieves in us remain hidden from the world, even from other Christians. Things like taking on a life of prayer, putting secret sins to death, or forgiving someone who has deeply harmed us in the past. Resurrection power ought not be taken lightly.

But, here’s the thing. We aren’t all able to recognize this power. Remember, what Paul is saying when he prays we be able to see what people don’t normally see? This takes opening our spirit to the Spirit of the Lord. When we realize we are sons and daughters of the ruler of all, and when his dreams for his creation become our dreams, then he works through us to make it a reality.

ME

If Christians have resurrection power available, why isn’t it used that often?

Friday April 1- This Is Not a Movie

Mark 15

They went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Here is another strange thing. The best manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark end just this way. Abruptly.

This is it. The women see the angel, the empty tomb and then they freak out.

The end…

It is no wonder there are other endings to the Gospel added. Like alternative endings you find in DVD’s of popular movies, there are two other endings recorded in Mark.

So, is this all just a story? A screenplay? Hardly.

The best evidence is that the last pages of Mark are lost. Seriously, just torn out or ruined. The later translators add endings that match what is already in the other Gospels. But, I like to think of Mark’s ending just like this.

And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Doesn’t that sound like most Christians?

Afraid to talk about our faith because we don’t want to offend anyone. Afraid to talk about Jesus because we don’t want to be asked any hard theological questions. Afraid to share the good news because that means we actually have to live like someone who acts like Jesus. Loving and caring, especially to people we might not want to hang with at all.

It’s as if we are trying to keep Jesus in the tomb. That’s right. He is risen, but we don’t let him out.

If we would simply share the unbelievable joy we receive from Jesus with those around us, the world will change. If we will simply share the story of Jesus with those who are receptive to hearing it, our lives will be overflowing with blessing no matter what is happening around us.

What does it mean to you that Jesus is alive and he rules the world with love and forgiveness? What does it mean to follow a God who says don’t take vengeance, forgive those who wrong you, and help those in need?

This is not a fairy tale. It is the most reasonable and loving thing you can possible do. Share Jesus with others.

Me

Who do you know who could really use Jesus in their life right now? Start praying for them daily and see what happens.