And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth - Matthew 28:18
Jesus spake these words to His disciples as a part of what we call the Great Commission. But as I read these verses this week I was also thinking about His resurrection. How can Jesus claim to have all power? What power is it? What can this power do? I will list some that I can think of.
He has power over death. He has triumphed over death. 1 Corinthians 15:54 says death is swallowed up in victory. This is the resurrection. We do not need to fear death because Jesus has conquered it for us. He also has power to change our lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, and all things are become new. He can take the sin and despair in our lives and give us a life of joy and hope. We do not need to be slaves to Satan and sin. Since Jesus has conquered sin and death in His resurrection we have power to stop drinking, smoking, lusting, lying, stealing, and the list could go on. He also gives power to His followers to go and teach His Gospel. This is found in the Great Commission. We have do not need to fear as we take His teachings in to enemy territory. He has ALL power. He finishes a few verses later saying that He is with us always. Are you(am I) scared to proclaim the good news of His resurrection? Take hold of His power! The last thing I have for here is He has the power to judge us. We will all stand before Him some day to receive of the good or evil that we have done. He has the power to allow us in to heaven or to cast us in to everlasting fire(Matthew 25:32, 33). The same power that brought Him back to life will give eternal life to those who believe and obey Him, and will also condemn those who reject Him.
Has Christ's almighty power touched your life? Has it changed your life? If you have not received this power, believe in His name, and He will transform your life, into all things new.