Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen’
Don’t be afraid!! Wow!! – they look into a tomb, it’s empty. There are earthquakes, angels so bright that guards are frozen in fear. BUT don’t be afraid – yeah right
What has happened – exactly what Jesus says, he has risen. The question for us is have we experienced what that resurrection represents. It is power – death could not hold Jesus down. He claimed he had power over all of life – that he would die, be buried but he would be back. That’s power. That’s power every bit as powerful as creation itself
And it is a power that should impact us – we are his children. He died for us – are we content with life as it is, or are we going to press into the power that is represented by the life of Jesus –
Does Jesus resurrection change us? Are we allowing it to? Do we realise what it means?
Paul wrote this, that we wanted to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. Is that us. Paul wants to know the power of Jesus’ resurrection – BUT in order for him to do that, there’s something he has to do first, he has to know Jesus!!
That’s the first thing – are we longing to know Jesus. To we want to know him intimately – to fall in love with him and then to know and live the power that his resurrection represents!
New life, new hope, transformation.
Are we experiencing his power – is it changing our lives, our perspectives, our priorities?
There is much that will keep us down – but Jesus is alive, he is present
That stone has been rolled away Jesus unleashed – “and the resurrection of Jesus speaks of the total outpouring of the Spirit in the world, the flowing into creation of the immense flood which pours out from the Father in the Son”
And that resurrection power is still at work – is it at work in you?