Do You Believe in the Power of God?
This Sunday, many people will celebrate Easter — a day that is about so much more than decorating eggs, dressing in pastels, and a giant bunny that leaves baskets of treats and hides eggs for children.
Easter is, in many ways, the defining moment in history. It is the joyful day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after He died on the cross for our sins. The Romans arrested, tried, sentenced, and then crucified Jesus. But just a few days later, God showed us that He is more powerful than any earthly government or human condition.
Can you imagine what that moment was like when his disciples went into the tomb and saw that Christ had risen?
In my faith (Greek Orthodoxy), we sing over and over the triumphant hymn – Christos Anest! – Christ Has Risen! As a young child, I didn’t understand much of what church was about, but that moment gave me chills. It still does to this day.
The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate show of God’s power and of the life that awaits us after we die. And celebrating Easter is the perfect opportunity to reflect on that power, life after our death here on earth, and to reaffirm our faith in Him.
Ephesians 1:19-20, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
As Christians, we know that:
God will always triumph. We live an imperfect existence here on earth. But in the end, God’s plan will always come to fruition and good will always triumph over evil. Always.
An everlasting life with God awaits us after our life on earth ends. If you believe in Him, God will grant you an everlasting life in Heaven. A life better than we, as earthly humans, could ever imagine. As it is written in 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
And, also, in John 11:25-26, Jesus asks, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Do you believe?