The Power of God

When talking about the power of God, we also have to talk about the “weakness of God” (1 Cor. 1.25) –Simon Tugwell. His great a mighty power is manifest in the image of the blessed baby in a manger, of the man who contained every power available in the universe, but yet had no place to rest his head. The same man resisted temptation, not by his own strength, but only by what was given from the Spirit. In fact, he did not come to be served, as would have been totally appropriate, but to serve the will of the one who sent him. It was he who said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2.17).

It is rare, I believe, for us to see our God, for understanding that in every way God is Jesus and Jesus God. Perhaps, we might be right in saying that his power is summed up in his humility. Humility, or right relation to God, is Jesus praying in the garden, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” He prayed this three times. The power of God is that love is the only force capable of saving the world. And this love he has is tender, gentle, and strong. Ultimately, his power is not what we expect. It is not power of this world, but power of the Kingdom of Heaven. How blessed are those who know his love, who stand in the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth, who sit in contentment with his grace, and who walk according to his will.

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