Jesus Is: Week 3 - Do You Believe? (Christ’s Power Day 1)

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, let me be reminded of your power and your glory which you demonstrated through your resurrection and victory over death…let me never neglect to seek you for every need and struggle I confront in my life, so that I can echo as Paul did, “He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness, therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (II Cor 12:9 NIV).

 

Read: John 20:16, NIV

16 "Jesus said to her, ’Mary.’ She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means teacher).”

 

Reflect:   

The scene is dark and sorrowful. All the followers of this man ‘Jesus’ have watched their leader be arrested, beaten, and crucified, only to die on a cross between two thieves. This was not the way they had envisioned this “king” to be taking his rightful place of authority. They were lost without Jesus.  If only they could have turned to the scriptures to be reminded of God’s plan. In Isaiah 53:6 (NIV) – “We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.” In this moment of despair, searching, and wandering, Mary runs to the tomb to see if Jesus is still there. Was she going to mourn? Did she imagine the body would be gone? Did she cling to the promise of Jesus that he would rise again? For whatever reason she went there, and she found the tomb empty! This set her heart to racing and her feet to running to tell the others that Jesus’ body was gone! The tomb was empty! Shortly after this discovery, it happens…Jesus appears to her! Her savior is alive! He has risen, just like he said! This isn’t just a simple greeting. This is the most heartfelt, whole-hearted, joyful exclamation imaginable! Jesus is victorious, he has defeated death and has been resurrected and is now standing before her very eyes! Mary marveled at the power of Jesus and his power over sin and death!

Now go with me to the Old Testament. Imagine for a moment the faces of King Nebuchadnezzar’s court and the Babylonians surrounding the fiery furnace when the three Hebrews were thrown into the excruciating hot cauldron, only to see the three of them ‘alive’ inside the furnace, along with the Son of Man (Jesus)! Picture the look of astonishment on their faces! I believe they all “marveled” at the power of Jesus over death! He is not just a prophet or teacher, he is the king of kings and the Lord of Lords!

An old Easter musical expresses it so perfectly, “Lord, you’re marvelous in our eyes, while we were yet sinners, you came and died, yes you’re marvelous in our eyes, a more excellent savior than words can describe, no longer rejected, now you’re glorified, Lord, you’re marvelous, marvelous in our eyes”

 

Apply: 

Have you ever been posed the question: “How big is your God?” While the disciples and followers of Christ were “lost” without him during the time following his death until his resurrection, we as believers today are often no different than they were. You may face life-altering decisions or life- ending diseases. You may be struggling to live above the poverty line. You may be aching in pain over children running hard in all the wrong directions, headed down the road of destruction…but his word is still true. You can declare his name and believe in the power of his resurrection: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Eph 3:20, NIV). He has power over sin and death. As you marvel over his amazing love and power, trust him with every struggle and every pain, because he…is…more than able.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord may my prayers, my life, my resources and everything in me, exhibit ultimate trust in you to deliver me from any situation I face. You defeated death and you hold the key to every difficulty I go through. Your power can heal me, deliver me, provide for me and make me whole. Lord you’re marvelous in our eyes. Amen.

Terry Schneider