Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:7-11
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” (Philippians 3:10)
Our focus this week is on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection message brings us life and hope and joy and peace. The Apostle Paul had one great desire — “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.” Paul desired intimate knowledge and fellowship with His Savior. He knew Jesus by faith, but he desired a deeper relationship with Him.
During these troubling days, I have found myself longing for a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus. I have found great comfort when I talk to Him in prayer. I’ve prayed more spontaneous prayers in the last few weeks than I ever have. Talking to Jesus helps relieve my fears and anxieties. When I talk to Him, I realize how close He is to me. I know that I am not alone. Jesus is my Friend who sticks closer than a brother. He promised me that He would never leave nor forsake me.
Like Paul, I also want to know the power of Christ’s resurrection. Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote in a sermon — “The resurrection of the Lord Jesus was in itself a marvelous display of power. To raise the dead body of our Lord from the tomb was as great a work as the creation.” Can you imagine the power that was necessary to create this universe? Spurgeon says that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead took the same amount of power.
It gives me great comfort when I reflect upon the power of the resurrection. Nothing is too difficult for our Lord. He is all powerful and all wise. Think of it, we can live a life of power because Jesus lives in us. This power enables us to change. We can change our perspective and our outlook about things, including the current crisis we are experiencing. We do not have to be filled with fear and anxiety, for Jesus Christ in the power of His resurrection is in control.
Let’s make our focus this week to know Jesus more intimately and to know the power of His resurrection experientially. When we get down, let’s talk to Jesus. When we become fearful and anxious, let’s remember the power of His resurrection and rely upon that power to change our outlook. As we approach Easter Sunday, let’s remember that Jesus Christ is alive and all is well.
Lord Jesus, I long for a deeper fellowship with You. When I sense Your presence, I find great peace and joy. Let me know the power of Your resurrection. Grant me power to keep the faith and not to be overcome with fear and anxiety. I know that You are alive and all is well!
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