Philippians 3:10 records one of the Apostle Paul’s most well-known and beloved quotations:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the single most powerful event in all of human history, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It staggers the imagination to realize that Jesus Christ was so powerful that death had absolutely no power over Him. As mortal humans, we think of death as the absolute end of a person’s life here on the earth. But when Jesus died, He was able to treat death as though it were nothing. Though He was dead, He proved that He could rise from the dead.
In Philippians 3:10, Paul said that he wanted to know the “power of his resurrection.” Of course, because Jesus was God in the flesh, none of us can ever be all the He was. But Paul correctly longed to live a Christian life that had power. He wanted to be able to win spiritual battles, not lose them. And he knew if he won anything in his spiritual life, he would only be able to win through the power of the resurrection.
Most every human on earth views death as a problem, but Jesus had the power to conquer that problem. And our only hope for conquering any other problem we have is to rely on the power of the risen Christ.
Some people struggle terribly with controlling their words. They feel compelled to “speak their mind” constantly, always telling their point of view. But when we access the power of the risen Christ, the Lord can give us the grace to control what we say and how we say it. Some people struggle with serious addictions, yet many people have been freed from the chains of addiction only when they were able to personally connect with the power of Christ. Whether it is a seemingly “little” thing like saying the wrong thing or an apparently “big” thing like a serious addiction, we can find victory when we find the power of Christ.
During this Easter season, I pray that you will take time to reflect on the true meaning of our risen Lord. When we begin to grasp the power of His resurrection, we can begin to understand the fullness of joy that Christ intended for us to have.
by Dr. Mike Zachary