POWER! It’s an amazing thing! Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” Mat 28:18. All power!? Is that really true? When we can’t see or sense the power of God it is easy to be tempted to believe that it really isn’t there. Perhaps it’s just pretend, just like the imagined power of Super Man or Iron Man. Does Jesus’ claim of all power really mean all power?
I don’t assume to have extra special powers but during my sermon I’m going to show you how I can burn steel at 700° and once I’m done it will weigh more than it did when I started. “Impossible!” some of you may say. Or is it? Some have come to believe that it is also impossible for God to give them a new heart, impossible to overcome sin in this life, impossible for them to do miracles, or impossible for them to know the future.
Well, either Jesus was who He claimed to be, and has the power He claims to have, or Christianity needs to be relegated to the world of fiction.
The Apostle John claimed Jesus originally had all power as the Creator of all things (John 1:3). But when He became a man He laid aside that power (John 5:30; Early Writings 157.3). After His resurrection, Jesus claimed that all that power was restored. But look more closely at the power that was restored. It was the power to change our sin stained hearts (Ezekiel 36:26), the power to recreate us into being the sons and daughters of God (John 1:12)!
That was the focus of our sermon for December 12, I hope you’ll take the time to check out ALL POWER.