David Blaine is a famous street magician who does some insane tricks you might have seen on TV. One minute he is levitating on the sidewalk (or at least it seems), the next he is apparently bringing a dead housefly back to life. Mind boggling!
Later we find out Blaine has tricked us. It is revealed that the fly was coated in dry ice. Flies hibernate in cold temperature, which creates the illusion they are dead. The dry ice caused the fly to enter that hibernation state. Blaine picks up the fly that his cameraman subtly placed on a windowsill while Blaine engages his audience. He brings the fly out of hibernation by blowing in his hands and thus warming the fly and thus, back to life. So it seems to his observers.
A lot of Blaine’s tricks amaze us but raising even an insect from the dead would take powers no mortal possesses. His illusions are cool tricks but nothing more than slight of hand or other explainable phenomena we are not privy too at the moment of the trick.
How powerful, on the other hand, is God? That he can take a body exhausted of any sign of life— a body dead not for minutes or even hours, but three days— a body already in initial stages of decomposing— a body long time dead and decaying and breathe new life into it. Now that is mind boggling power! No illusions at work here.
Ponder this. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in our lives. This is no magic trick. This is the real thing. And it is God’s power working in us to completely remove the sinful nature and empower us to live in victory. This same power will one day raise our body from the grave and transform it into a body that is both incorruptible and immortal.
Let’s not find ourselves so easily amazed by the illusion of a dead fly coming back to life and not be in absolute awe by a God who handles resurrecting power.
Believer, I hope you get a chance this Easter Sunday to sing about the power of the resurrection. Sing it unashamedly. I hope you hear about how God’s power raised Christ from the dead and is at work in your life. Embrace it. I hope you are challenged to walk in resurrection power. Live it.
Make Easter more than new neckties and cute dresses topped with a Sunday feast. Make it about the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is worthy of your worship. Exalt His holy name!
All our hope, our future, our very faith, centers around the truth that Jesus has been resurrected by the power of his Heavenly Father. Christ is risen! And that is our hope.
Here are three things I will consider this Easter. Use them if they are helpful to you:
1) I will make the day more about worship than traditions. Nothing wrong with new clothes and family traditions but lifting up name if Christ is your calling as a Christian.
2) I will pray asking God to help me walk in the victory that is mine because of His great power. I can’t walk like Christ on my own.
3) I will ask God to reveal things in my life that hinder me from walking in the joy of The Lord. This takes courage but I want to throw off things that hinder me.
The words of this blog were inspired by several verses of Scripture:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:10-12
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”