Resurrection Power

Pastor Charlie Wilfong – Lead Pastor, cwilfong@pumc.org

They are everywhere. Batteries make so many of our devices work. It’s portable power. They power our phones, music players, computers, and even some cars. You can replace some batteries. Others just receive a fresh charge of power and are ready to go again! Delivering the power that makes things happen.

Easter is about power.

Easter is a celebration of God’s power that brought the crucified Jesus back alive from the dead—from the grave. That’s some enormous, spectacular, supernatural power! The resurrection of Jesus was no simple resuscitation after a brief time of no heartbeat or breathing. It wasn’t a few minutes of CPR. Two Roman coroners signed Jesus’ death certificate. Their punishment for getting that wrong would have been their own crucifixion and the death of their families. The dead Jesus was laid in a tomb. Then, the third day after his death, he emerged fully alive. He spoke, ate, and received the touch of his followers. The resurrected Jesus appeared to hundreds of people. He kept on loving, teaching, and giving the Holy Spirit of peace to people.
When you conquer death, is there anything you can’t do? With power like that, you could change the world.

We have that power.

After coming alive from the dead, Jesus is still generous. He did it all for us. And we are blessed with his grace, peace, hope, love, and . . . power.
In Ephesians 1:19-20, the Apostle Paul writes, “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.”
The power of the resurrection is at work in us. Me and you. It makes things happen. It changes the world. It brings God’s love to fruition in our lives. The work of Jesus Christ can be summarized like this, “Bethlehem was God with us; Calvary was God for us; Pentecost is God in us.”
Pentecost is about God’s power in us.
Sunday, June 5, is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit in each of us. Resurrection power is at work in us. It’s the Birthday of the Church. The followers of Jesus continue his work of bringing God’s love to the world.
That Sunday morning, our Superintendent, The Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, will bring the message to all adult worship services at PUMC. She has been a blessing to this congregation as we have faced some significant decisions in recent years. We look forward to her presence and message that day.

Receive God’s power.

The Gospel accounts take us there. The story explains what happened. The details testify to God’s grace and love at every turn. Acknowledge God’s presence in your life. Cherish God’s love for you through the cross of Christ. Receive God’s power in your life. It will keep you going. It will make you a bright beacon to the presence and love of God in Jesus Christ.

Go in peace. Go with God. And be well.

Shalom,

Charlie

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