Resurrection Power

 

Tomorrow nightresurrectionpower we celebrate Passover.  Last week as I was preparing in my heart for the holiday, this Scripture kept coming to mind. “And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead is living in you, then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit living in you.”  Romans 8.11

Tomorrow night we will celebrate Adonai’s great deliverance of our Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.  We will also celebrate Yeshua the Messiah who gave His life, like the Passover lamb, to deliver us from the bondage of sin.  But it didn’t end with his death on the tree of sacrifice and it didn’t end with his burial in the tomb.  When we receive the Afikomen towards the end of the seder, we are remembering that Yeshua rose from the grave and that His resurrection is what our faith is based on.  Without the resurrection, there is no basis for our faith.  As Rav Shaul said, “If the Messiah has not been raised, then what we have proclaimed is in vain; also your faith is in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15.14) We rejoice that our salvation was made complete through the resurrection of the Messiah.

This verse in Romans encourages us that the same resurrection power that raised Yeshua from the dead is available to us.  The context of this verse is telling us that in the same way Yeshua was raised from the dead, so too will our bodies one day experience resurrection power at the second coming of the Messiah.  It is also telling us that this resurrection power is available to us now enabling us to walk in victory over our old sinful natures because the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) lives within us.  It is also available to us to confirm the preaching of the Good News with signs and wonders. Unfortunately, many of us are not living up to that potential!  The Spirit that raised Yeshua from the dead lives in us, but we are not activating or accessing that resurrection power!

When we read the book of Acts, we see the first century believers walking in the power of the Spirit.  That should be the reality for our lives.  Michael reminded me of a sermon I preached years ago where I encouraged the congregation that many of us are walking around on the ground like a chicken when we were meant to soar through the sky like the eagle.  Acts 1.8 makes this promise, “But you WILL receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!”  Unfortunately, we are often anemic in our faith, but that is not how it should be.  Rav Shaul encourages us that we do not want to fall into the trap of being those who “have a form of godliness but deny its power.” (2 Timothy 3.5)

Michael and my hearts and spirits have been stirred up in regards to seeing the presence and power of G-d manifested more in our lives.  We want to see what we read about in the book of Acts a reality in our lives personally and in the community of faith.  G-d is the same G-d.  He has not changed.  From Beresheet to Revelation we see Him manifesting His presence and His power working signs, wonders, healing, and miracles.  I believe Adonai wants to be the same G-d in our lives that He was in that first century congregation.

What is the key?  In part, I think it is tied to our desires and priorities in life.  It is easy to get caught up in the day to day responsibilities we each have and often the kingdom of G-d is squeezed in as just another one of our activities instead of it being our passion and our lives.  We marginalize G-d and His kingdom to fit into our busy schedules.  We love Him but don’t want to be inconvenienced too much.  I think that needs to change.  We need to be focused on things that have eternal value.  That doesn’t mean other areas of our lives stop – it’s more a matter of priority.  Yeshua said when we seek Him and His kingdom first, everything else – all the other areas of our lives – will fall into place. That is a pretty awesome promise.  However, it requires us to order our lives with the right priority.

Personally, we have been challenged at this time to begin fasting more regularly.  Yeshua did tell his talmidim that some things require fasting and prayer.  As a family we are seeking G-d more diligently and purposefully.  We are crying out for a break through and release not only in our personal lives but for the congregation and your lives that would impact the community around us. The body of Messiah desperately needs the presence and power of G-d to once again be manifested so that the world will see Adonai’s glory and be drawn to Him where they will encounter the life-giving and life-changing G-d who alone is able to redeem them.

As you enter into this Passover season, I challenge you to not just go through the motions of celebrating Passover but take time to reflect on the resurrection power of G-d that raised Yeshua from the dead.   Join us as we seek G-d more diligently that the power which is in us would be fully realized and manifested in our lives so that the world around us would be impacted for the kingdom of G-d.

Brachot,

Rabbi Carol



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