“. . .and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
Today most people feel weak and unable to cope with life’s troubles. Young people wonder how they will make it in a competitive world. Parents struggle to manage the pressures of career, family and finances. Older people wonder if the world they knew no longer exists, and if anyone remembers them. People feel weak.
People even feel physically weak. Athletes suffer an injury and cannot perform as before. Young mothers try to hold a baby while making dinner. Those of mature years feel aches and pains they did not feel before. We are growing older and feel weaker all the time.
Society feels weak as it faces growing hostility, rising crime and threats from hostile nations. We look to ourselves to solve the problems but come up short. We feel very weak.
God’s response to this leads us to the central point of the gospel: Christ died and arose to banish death and all its attendant problems. Every problem mentioned in the lines above gets solved by the resurrection of Christ. He banished death as well as the curse that affects us all (see Revelation 21:4; 22:3). All of these problems cannot be conquered by more weakness. They must be solved by divine power, the very power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Paul knew that at times, we feel weak. But note what he prayed:
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe (emphasis added), according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places. . .” (Ephesians 1:16-20).
We will not succeed with man-made solutions; we are too weak. When left to ourselves, we fail, sometimes miserably. We need divine power, such as raised the Lord Jesus from the dead.
Child of God, do not despair. Remain faithful to God because He is coming soon with His reward (Revelation 22:12). Remember also He will destroy the last enemy, which is death (1 Corinthians 15:26). Your body will be raised incorruptible and you will be guided to your eternal dwelling, Heaven itself. In addition to death, God will ban all sorrow, tears, pain and weakness (Revelation 21:4). You will possess a powerful body, just like Christ’s own body (Philippians 3:21).
Lord, be pleased to grant me strength and power to fulfill Your will each day. Thank you for Your rich and precious promises, including the promise of my future resurrection. Grant wisdom and strength to me so that I will not grieve the Holy Spirit, but instead serve You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, according to Your power.
Posted on Mon, March 28, 2016
by Sam Petitfils