Scripture Reading — Matthew 28:1-10
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. — Matthew 28:6
Today we return our thoughts to the Easter story. For the past several days we have focused on the joy that Jesus’ resurrection brings into our lives. And now for the next several days we will focus on God’s power displayed through the resurrection and what it means to live in that power.
Think about this for a minute.
God raised Jesus back to life from the dead.
It’s almost unfathomable—so beyond normal that some people just cannot accept it.
But if we do accept it, if we have faith in the God who promises salvation and brings resurrection, as he said, and if we have entered into relationship with this God—then amazing power unfolds before us!
Amid all the chaos of the world around us, we cannot always see or understand how God is at work in our world. Claiming the resurrection power of God gives us confidence to know that God has things under control and continues to work all things for his glory and for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). The power of the resurrection offers us the assurance and conviction that God is always faithful and keeps his promises with those who cling to him.
What a mighty God we serve!
God, your power is great and awesome. There is no one like you! Make our faith strong and our conviction sure as we seek to live in your power. In the risen Christ we pray. Amen.