During the season of Lent leading up to the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, it is important to realize the magnitude of what God has done through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
As John 3:16 informs us that he loved us so, that he gave his only begotten son to demonstrate the greatness of his love for us. Because God is sovereign, he could have demonstrated this by any means, but so that we could grasp this, (for who among us would sacrifice his son), he chose to give his son to suffer the agonizing death of the cross, for you and I. It is imperative that we understand and tap into the power that is available to us because of these divinely orchestrated events.
Paul, a former persecutor of the followers of Christ, those that believed that he had indeed risen, until his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. It was this meeting and the events that followed that prompted Paul to write in his letter to the Philippians where he makes this declaration (Phil. 3:10) he taunts his credentials, his zeal, his heredity, but he would count it all loss to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.
Everyone of us before we can know and experience the power of the resurrection, we must have our own personal Damascus Road experience. We must meet Christ at some point in our lives, for how can we say we know him if we have not met him. It was who Saul had become that made Paul a believable witness and a demonstration of the power of the resurrection. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to us in every situation of our lives. (Read Philippians 3.)
It was Paul, also who said in that same letter in (Chapter 4, verse 13), “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The power of the resurrection empowers us to walk in the spirit so that we will not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Gal 5:16) (Read Galatians 5.)
We are exhorted to holiness, obedience to God’s word. “Be ye holy for I am holy,” the Lord God commands in Leviticus 20:7. John, speaking of the sudden and abrupt return of Christ declares that “the time is at hand, he that is unjust, let him be unjust still, he that is filthy, let him be filthy still, and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still, and behold I come quickly and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22: 10-12. (Read Chapter 22)
God has demonstrated his love for us through the Cross of Calvary. He has also demonstrated his awesome power by raising Christ from the dead, and because he lives we know that we too will live again. It is this knowledge that should be the driving force for our obedience to his word, to some day be with him to live forever in that place he has prepared for us. So brothers and sisters, the POWER OF THE RESURRECTION is readily available to us, to let our light shine. Let Him be seen in you.
What is the conclusion of the matter? Fear God and keep his commandments. Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
The Rev. Kenneth E. Harris is associate pastor at Indiana Street Baptist Church.
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