We serve a sovereign God who is very much in control of salvation and relationships and who loves us right where we are. The only prerequisite to having the power of God is that you have to believe. We all need the power of the Holy Spirit.
If it’s not God’s power, then it’s the wrong power. If you are not in Christ, then you are lost. The very same power that resurrected Jesus from the tomb is the same power that can, say, help you fight addiction or bring you out of depression.
1. The authority for all we have is solely rooted in the resurrection. In the book of Acts, there were many nationalities represented, and thousands were saved as a result of preaching the spectacular truth of the resurrection. He rose again for our justification. The gospel is incomplete without the resurrection.
Not only was Jesus suffering the physical torment of the crucifixion, but He was also taunted by the devil and demons.
The stone wasn’t rolled away so Christ could get out. He left the tomb before the stone was rolled away. The stone was rolled away so witnesses could get in and see the empty tomb.
There were some 500 witnesses who saw the risen Savior. That Jesus Christ is still alive is what separates Christianity from all other religions.
The resurrection has more theological significance than the creation story.
Jesus is even now seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us.
The devil has some power but Christ is above all earthly powers. God has allowed the devil control of this earthly system. Jesus’ name is above all other names. Even the most powerful individuals on earth will one day bow before Christ.
There is something that made the resurrection necessary: the crucifixion.
2. Humiliation always leads to exaltation. Christ had to become the servant of mankind in order to be crucified and then resurrected. You have to go through the process to get the power.
God will humble you before He ever blesses you. You will not be truly blessed until God breaks you first. Even Jesus personified this principle. If Jesus had to submit to this process, you’d better believe we will have to.
The church is His body. There are no insignificant members in the body.
Outside of the gospel (death, burial, resurrection), the greatest emphasis of the New Testament is on the local church. After all, after the 4 gospels, the New Testament consists of letters written to local churches. As the body, we complete the gospel.
3. The church is God’s fullness. We must consider it a priority of faithfulness. We get our fellowship at our local church. Do not forsake the assembly. The closer we get to Christ’s return, the more fellowship we need.
One of the greatest reasons to go to church is that you have something someone else needs. This is being faithful to the body.
People come in and then leave because they don’t use their gifts. God has equipped us to see that His house grows. When you show up at church, let God use you. When you miss church, you ought miss being in church. Faithfulness to the house of God is what gives us passion for the community.