Jesus Is: Week 3 - Unlimited Power (Christ’s Power Day 2)
Dear Jesus, forgive my unbelieving nature and transform me into a true disciple of Christ. When I lean on my own understanding and limit your power and authority to only what I can conceive, I need your Holy Spirit to invigorate my faith, as I stand in awe of your power and wonder that is truly limitless.
Read: John 20:19, NIV
19 "On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’”
The setting around Jerusalem after Jesus’ burial and eventual ‘disappearance’ from the tomb was one of great tension and chaos. The Roman soldiers responsible for guarding the tomb were in disbelief that Jesus’ body was gone! There was a frenzy of accusations swirling about…had people bribed the guards and taken the body…had the disciples exhumed the body of Jesus to fool the masses into thinking that he had really risen from the dead? The Disciples, well aware that the Roman and Jewish leaders were looking for them, were gathered together in hiding. The doors to the house they were in were locked, being careful that no one would stumble upon them.
Can you imagine the conversations going on in that room before Jesus walked in? “Someone has taken the Lord’s Body! What will we do?” “The synagogue leaders are looking to apprehend us and put us in prison!” “Did Jesus really mean that he would die and come back to life?” “How will we know that he is alive?” “Will we recognize him?” As with many groups of naysayers, their fears were keeping them from recalling all the teachings that Jesus had shared with them ‘before his death’ to prepare them for what they needed to do next. The plan of God is so perfect, as we see demonstrated by Christ’s entrance into this home.
“With the doors locked…Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” Some commentators proport that Jesus, with his supernatural abilities, opened the locked doors and suddenly appeared…others conceive that he passed through it as a ghost, or ‘through the door.’ However it was done, we know for a fact that it was a supernatural, all-powerful entrance. It is this same powerful Jesus who longs to come into the hearts and lives of all creation today. As we read this verse, does it prompt you to want to have an ‘encounter with Jesus?’ Much like you take your family and loved ones for granted, have you forgotten the all-consuming power of our savior? He did then, and still does today…and will forever, have power and authority over all creation!
Jesus came back to his disciples for the very purpose of being sure they were reminded of the charge he left them…to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, of the son and of the holy spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV). As you consider this passage and the power of Jesus in your life, ask yourself if you live out your faith as if you serve an all-powerful Lord and Savior. Do you pray believing that he is able to deliver you from the enemy? That he will put you into places of influence and opportunities to be a light for him? I pray that your confession will be, “this is the confidence I have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him.” (I John 5:14-15 NIV)
God, fill me with great faith, hope and love today. Grant me your peace and assurance as I go forward in my walk with you today. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to comfort and teach me. Forgive my timid nature and remind me that I am an overcomer “by the blood of the lamb and by the word of my testimony”. (Revelation 12:11, NIV)