Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. —Matthew 28:18
True spiritual power does not reside in the ancient cross but in the victory of the mighty, resurrected Lord of Glory who could pronounce after spoiling death: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). Of this we need to be thoroughly convinced. Our power as Christians does not lie in the manger at Bethlehem or in the relics of Golgotha’s cross. Our power lies in the Eternal Christ who triumphed over death.
When Jesus died on the cross, He died in weakness. When Jesus arose from the grave, He arose in power. If we forget or deny the truth and glory of Jesus’ resurrection and His present place at God’s right hand, we lose all the significance of Christianity!…
Jesus died for us—true—but ever since the hour of resurrection, He has been the mighty Jesus, the mighty Christ, the mighty Lord! Authority does not lie with a Babe in a manger. Authority does not lie with a Man nailed helplessly to a cross. Authority lies with the resurrected Man who was once in that manger, who hung on that cross but who, after He gave His life, arose on the third day, later ascending to the right hand of the Father. In Him lies all authority.
Thank You, Lord, that my power for living and serving today lies not in the events of history but in the resurrected and ascended Christ. Amen.