Know Jesus. Know the Power of His Resurrection. (audio)
Phil. 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Easter Sunday has passed, but resurrection power is still here!
The Apostle Paul expressed his desire to know Jesus AND to know the power of His resurrection. He highlighted the failure of his own attempts at self-righteousness and revealed the victory of following Jesus. Paul showed that resurrection is not only a past event, but a present power. Death, and its related forces, is the most formidable of all challenges to life. Jesus alone defeated death and the forces of misery, defeat, and lack of purpose.
Jesus' resurrection offers some very powerful and exciting concepts. We all live by concepts, both good and bad. A concept is: An idea of how something is, or how something should be done.
Here is one of those concepts summarized in Romans 8:11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Isn’t that amazing! For a follower of Jesus, the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us and gives God’s life to our mortal bodies through the Holy Spirit. This is the source of our healing, strength and breakthrough in times of crisis. Because God loves everyone, His mercy through Christ is present, which accounts for the preservation of those who do not serve God.
Don’t think if Easter Sunday as a once-a-year-go-to-church experience. Think of Easter as a reminder of the beginning of our personal salvation and power for daily living through Jesus’ Resurrection!
Listen to my Resurrection Sunday Message, "Know Jesus. Know the Power of His Resurrection," on the Firm Foundation Podcast on iTunes and Podbean.