April 26, 2019
Easter is the time of year where Christians around the world gather to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just like Christmas, Easter can become just another Sunday, losing the true magnitude of its importance and power. It’s easy to look at a friend, or even a stranger, and tell them I’m a Christian because Jesus Christ hung on a cross for my sins just because he loves me, but how often do I sit and reflect on the magnitude of that statement?
Pastor Selena preached on ‘Resurrection Power’ and I thought the message resounded so deeply with the true meaning of Easter and why we, as Christians, celebrate it. Philippians 3:10-11 says, “I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.” (MSG) We are called to let go of the earthly matters, to experience Jesus intimately, and to know his suffering. Being a Christian isn’t easy. My life is made more difficult when I try to live out God’s calling under my own power and under my own timing. I am a control freak and a planner. I like to know when, why, where, and how in pretty much every aspect of my life. It has taken some serious commitment in my spiritual disciplines and intimacy spent in the secret place to learn dependency on God; however, the greatest news of all, is when I realized I was never meant to walk out this life under my own power.
God will open what is closed to us. God will raise what is dead. God will use what seems to the world, unusable. I love how Pastor Selena tied the story of the women going to Jesus’ tomb into a lesson of what is possible through the power of God. Luke 24:1-8 tells us of the early morning when Mary Magdalene and some other women went to take spices to anoint the body of Jesus. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, Jesus’ body missing, and two men in gleaming clothes in his place—I can only imagine their confusion! The angels asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” God did exactly as he said he would, in the timing in which He wanted it to occur. The women who arrived at the tomb that morning found a stone weighing several thousand pounds rolled away. The women investigated that tomb and found two angels who assured them their Savior had risen just as He promised. God used women, who society deemed the most unworthy—a woman, who had seven demons cast out of her, as the one to go tell the world Jesus was risen from the dead.
I can struggle and I can fight, and I can argue with God because I think what I want is better, but what he has called me to do is something which can only be done in His power. God will always provide- immeasurably more than I will ever understand. God does not see my brokenness as a hinderance, but instead as a tool to accomplish great things for his Kingdom.
He wants to use you too!
Selena Freeman - April 21, 2019
From Series: "All Messages"
Ronnie is a student at Missouri State University pursuing a degree in Global Studies. She is originally from a small town in Southwest Oklahoma and has lived in Springfield for the last two years. She is a reading, dreaming, movie watching, dog loving, Spongebob quoting, poetry creating, fact learning, Jesus loving, coffee drinking, and parallel structure writing fiend. She looks forward to sharing her perspective with you and sharing the love of Jesus Christ wherever she goes!