Wake Up Everybody!

  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:19-20

In the created order, there is no greater display of power than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No, not even the Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki would qualify as such a great display of power. Bombs destroy everything within their blast zone, but resurrection creates life to infinity. In the resurrected life, there will never be another need unmet for all eternity. Let that sink in for a moment.

St. Paul knew that if the Philippian church could grasp the truths of the power of the resurrection, then they would fulfill their place in the kingdom. They would be the light of the resurrected Christ shining in the darkness. They would be supremely content no matter what happened in this life, because they would have the same mind as that of Christ Jesus. Such a witness would not be denied in their world – nor will it in ours.

The gift of resurrection power is yours and mine, and for all who have been re-born into faith in Jesus Christ. We need only wake up to them. We must wake up each day giving glory to God our Father for whatever comes our way, for nothing takes Him by surprise. In all things He will bring His good to us if we face this life and all its trials with confidence in the greatest power available – resurrection!

There are two billion Christians in the world. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all lived with such confidence? In his 1975 hit song “Wake Up Everybody”, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes asked the world to wake up to the possibilities of a world where we work together for change. (Listen to the song here) While I don’t know if Harold saw Jesus Christ as that change, he definitely called us preachers to wake up and preach the truth. All it takes for this world to be better is for Christians like you and me to wake up and live in the power of the resurrection.

So wake up everybody, Christ is risen…and so are we!

Grace & Peace,

+Pastor Brad

Prayer

Wonderful, Merciful Father, thank you for sharing the power of the resurrection with me. Help me to wake up to all that you want me to be, and all you want to do through me for your glory. Amen. Alleluia!

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