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Resurrection and New Life 11: The Power of God to Resurrect

Resurrection and New Life Day 11 – The Power of God to Resurrect

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5, ESV)

Who is like our God, the One who can completely transform the life of a lost and guilty sinner? There are numerous examples in Scripture of His powerful touch on sinners. Let’s list just a handful of them:

Rahab– a former prostitute, but was rescued from that way of life because of her act of faith in helping the Israelite spies.

David– an adulterer and murderer, but because he repented he was called a man after God’s own heart.

Jonah– swallowed by a fish after his disobedience, but God rescued him after he repented and used him to preach in Nineveh.

Moses– a murderer and a fugitive, but he was transformed by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt. 

Zacchaeus– a dishonest tax collector, but after he met Jesus he promised to give half of his possessions to the poor and repay four times over those he cheated.

Thief on the cross– condemned to death for his crimes, hanging beside the Lord, yet he repented of his sin and went that very day with Jesus to Paradise.

Saul– a hardened persecutor of the Jews, but was saved and became one of the greatest preachers and Bible authors of all time.

These men and women’s lives were completely turned around by the touch of Almighty God upon them. God’s power is far beyond the scope of our understanding, but it’s demonstrated in a way we can understand through the changed lives of His people. Sometimes we think of some people as being “too far gone” and that “they’ll never change.” Yet when we believe someone to be “beyond hope,” it simply exposes our own weak and limited understanding of God. But when we get a grasp of His incredible power, we too can echo this phrase from Scripture: “Is anything too hard for me [the Lord]?” (Jeremiah 32:27).

When we stop to consider His power to breathe new life into the lost, perhaps we are most touched by our own story of redemption. I was lost—desperately and completely without hope—and yet Jesus loved me so much that He paid the price for my rescue. By offering His own body up to torture and death, He became the hope I needed to be freed from sin’s chains. And when I accepted His gift of salvation, He transformed my life. But for the grace of God, I would have lived a life serving myself, satisfying the desires of my flesh, and indulging myself in earthly pleasures. 

How has Jesus changed your life? Is His power evident in the life you live before the lost around you? Do they see His Light in you and wonder what makes you different? When we are touched by the Lord, that touch should be evidenced in our character and actions. Only God can transform us in this way, and when He changes us, people notice!

May we each remember the tremendous power of our God. When we do, we won’t have a limited view of God’s ability to transform lives. Just as He’s changed us, He can do the same for anyone, no matter how hopeless it seems. God is always able and He never turns anyone away who comes to Him for spiritual healing.

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