A couple of weeks ago believers around the world celebrated Easter. Even with my chapel we had the theme of the resurrection of Christ that Sunday through our worship service and word ministry. We celebrated by having a sunrise service to commemorate the joy we have in a risen Savior who freely gives us salvation, but also to remember at what cost it was given. When we think about Christ’s death and resurrection, we often consider His suffering on the cross, how He was buried, and how He became victorious over sin and death through rising from the dead. One thing that we tend to overlook is how powerful God truly is!
He could have easily sent a legion of angels to destroy His captors before they took Him away to be crucified; He could have even brought Himself down from the cross and saved the thief when he requested. There are so many other ways He could have shown His power to the masses, but He CHOSE not to! He chose not to use any of those methods because He loved us. The only way to truly save mankind and show Himself as God was to suffer to furthest extent at the hands of mankind and still rise victorious! We read from the Bible that there is only remission of sins by the shedding of blood and that it would take a perfect holy sacrifice in order to accomplish that. Christ could only prove His love and His power by showing victory over sin and death at the same time. That is true power! We see Christ explaining this power to His disciples in the following passage –
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” | John 10:11-18
So I was looking through scripture recently about instances where the power of God is mentioned in the New Testament. There are several significant instances in the NT where God’s power is specifically highlighted. One of them is the incarnation of Christ into this world. The virgin birth was through God’s power and the Holy Spirit working through Mary. Another is the miracles that Christ did here on earth. Giving the blind sight, making the lame to walk, healing the sick, and raising the dead were all done through God’s power. Then the second coming of Christ will also be significant in that it will be displayed through all the world and everyone will know that God is all-powerful. There are also other instances of God’s power shown but they actually have a strong correlation with our salvation. They include the forgiveness of our sins, the resurrection of Christ, and the salvation gift that is given to us. We know in one instance when Christ healed the lame man who was lowered through the roof that he first forgives the man of his sin and then heals him. This instance showed that he had the power to forgive sin. With the resurrection from the dead, Christ showed that he had power over death and in turn power over sin since that was the reason that he died in the first place.
Christ’s resurrection is essential in what we believe since it would be completely worthless and insignificant if he had just died but was not victorious over sin and death. By his resurrection we are also counted as victors in him and by our trusting in his work on the cross we receive salvation. That is the whole importance of this passage, it shows us as believers that Christ is all-powerful over death and he can choose to lay it down and take it up again as he pleases. This is the reason we should trust in him, he is proving through the scripture that he is the one true God. If you think about which other religion has a God that has ultimate control over sin and death? No one, only Christianity because of Jesus Christ!