Power of the Resurrection

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:21-22)

Resurrection isn’t only about our destination at the end. It is about our destiny NOW.

Live in Resurrection power.

Death no longer has power

For this he shall live hated, be blasphemed,
Seised on by force, judged, and to death condemned
A shameful and accursed, nailed to the cross
By his own nation; slain for bringing life:
But to the cross he nails thy enemies,
The law that is against thee, and the sins
Of all mankind, with him there crucified,
Never to hurt them more who rightly trust
In this his satisfaction; so he dies,
But soon revives; Death over him no power
Shall long usurp; ere the third dawning light
Return, the stars of morn shall see him rise
Out of his grave, fresh as the dawning light,
Thy ransom paid, which Man from death redeems,
His death for Man, as many as offered life
Neglect not, and the benefit embrace
By faith not void of works:
This God-like act
Annuls thy doom, the death thou shouldest have died,
In sin for ever lost from life; this act
Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength,
Defeating Sin and Death, his two main arms;
And fix far deeper in his head their stings
Than temporal death shall bruise the victor’s heel,
Or theirs whom he redeems; a death, like sleep,
A gentle wafting to immortal life. — John Milton, Paradise Lost (Book 12)

It is Resurrection

Lord, you are RISEN.

Let us not be bored with the resurrection. Let us not yawn our way through another service, nodding off because we just don’t think the service is exciting enough.

Forgive us for not thinking resurrection is meaningful!

Resurrect us in faith. To know we can pray to a risen Savior and he hears.

Resurrect us in service. To know you call us to SERVE and not just “lead.”

Resurrect us in going. You called us to serve other, serve this world, and proclaim a risen Savior to those around us.

Do not let us be silent about resurrection! Not today. Not ever again.

You are risen indeed.

Permanently dead?

Our life in Christ is powerful. We too often take Lent and think on our miserable failures without realizing the glorious power of the Savior.

Today’s reading in Romans gives us the glimpse of power we need.

Our present activity is VITAL. It should powerfully reflect God’s will in our lives, if we are truly dead to our sin and alive to Christ. Live in the eternal life granted to us now in Christ!

 

Resurrection and Pentecost

The call to Christianity is the call to community. It is not a community we get to pick. It is the Kingdom of God. We WANT to pick it, and therein lies the rub. It is probably why we are all so divided all the time. We want to PICK our “neighbors” and the Kingdom of God just doesn’t play that way.

Eugene Peterson in his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places reminds us of community and the need for the power of the Spirit. The power of the Spirit is the result of the resurrection. The same Spirit which raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. With resurrection power comes the power of the Spirit. In that we also find community.
Peterson says this:
“We live the Christian life out of a rich tradition of formation-by-resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection provides the energy and conditions by which we ‘walk before the Lord in the land of the living (Ps. 116:9). The resurrection of Jesus creates and makes available the reality in which we are formed as new creatures in Christ by the Holy Spirit. The do-it-yourself, self-help culture of North America has so thoroughly permeated our imaginations that we don’t give much sustained attention to the biggest thing of all, resurrection. And the reason we don’t give much attention to it is because the resurrection is not something we can use or manipulate or control or improve on. It is interesting the world has had very little success in commercializing Easter, the way it has Christmas. If we can’t say, as we say, ‘get a handle on it’ and use it, we soon lose interest. But resurrection is not available for our use; it is exclusively God’s operation.”

That Day When We See Him Face to Face

Through this weekend I have had a couple of situations bring me to the thought of the full presence of God. These songs have been the rhythm of my weekend:

  • I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
  • And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
  • And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
  • If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

 

  • In mansions of glory and endless delight,
  • I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
  • I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,
  • If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

 

And this one:

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

I think of a great pastor who went to be with the Lord a few weeks ago. One of his sayings was this: “I’m homesick for a place I’ve never been.”

O, I want to see him.