” And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” – Matthew 28:18
I know there are many of you who continue to read and show support who are probably scholars of the Bible, or who at least know more than me on certain topics. I admire you for that, and I appreciate you reading along in my journey with the Lord as I strive to grow in Him and get to heaven. I just want to take as many people to heaven with me as possible. Let’s do it together!
The power does not rest in us. Power rests in Christ alone. Notice that He said that all power has been given to Him, both in heaven and in earth. That’s a lot of power. It’s not some power. It’s not no power. It’s all power.
And if Christ has all the power that means that no one else has any. You and I are powerless without the Lord. We can do nothing without Him. That’s why we are to do everything by His authority (or His say-so).
Let’s take a look at how Christ has power over every thing and every one.
- Christ Has Power Over Health and the Human Body.
While He lived on earth in the form of a man, Jesus performed many miracles of healing. He healed two men of their blindness (Matt. 9:27-31). He healed a man’s withered hand (Matt. 12:10-13). Recall how he healed the woman with the issue of blood (Matt. 9: 20-22).
The text says, “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, ‘If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well'” (Matt. 9:20-21).
It is believed that the garment that she touched was worn over the shoulders, maybe like that of a scarf with fringes on the bottom. The woman had been sick for 12 long years with a blood issue, which made her unclean according to the law (Lev. 15:25). Maybe she was embarrassed by being legalistically impure – yet still certain that Jesus could heal – when she got down to the ground and touched the very bottom of the Lord’s clothing.
And she was made well. He noticed that from that seemingly minor touch (Matt. 5:30), power had left from out of Him (Mark 9:30), and the woman was made whole from an illness that she had spent all her money on trying to cure (Mark 5:26). Her faith made her whole again, but the power to be healed came from Christ.
- Christ Has Power Over Nature.
We remember the accounts of Jesus walking on water (Mark 6:48-51), feeding 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread (Matt. 14:15-21), and withering a fig tree that produced no fruit (Matt. 21:8-22).
Recall when He and His disciples were in the boat on the Sea of Tiberias when a storm began to rage. Jesus was asleep and the disciples grew frantic and woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing” (Matt. 8:25)! “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (Matt. 8:26).
So, yes, even the wind and the waves obey the Lord. He has power over them and over the laws of nature.
- Christ Has Power Over Life and Death.
Of His own life Jesus said, “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18). Christ has power over life and death.
Recall Him raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44) and the widow’s son at Nain (Luke 7:11-15). Jesus also raised Jairus’ daughter back to life again (Matt. 9:18-19, 23-25). He was actually on the way to heal her while she was still alive when the woman with the issue of blood of 12 years touched His garment. The 12 year-old girl, who had all of a sudden become ill, was definitely dead by the time Jesus reached her.
The crowds had already begun wailing and playing (probably) melancholic music, as was custom (Matt. 9:23). It’s said that family and friends usually gather around the dying in Eastern cultures to capture the dying breath so they’ll know exactly when to start their mourning period, during which many actually hire mourners to lament over their dead loved ones. So there was no question of the girl being dead; that’s why the people ridiculed Jesus when He said that she was only sleeping (Matt. 9:24). It’s possible they may have been of the Sadducee sect who did not believe in a resurrection, because Jesus obviously knew that the girl had died at that point. Either way, the girl was dead, and Jesus took her by the hand and she rose back to life again (Matt. 9:25).
Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave. Death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Cor. 15:54)!
Whether we are sick with a physical ailment or just have sin-sick souls of 12 long years or have been well for 12 years and are suddenly burdened with illness, Jesus can heal our bodies, and He can heal our sin-sick souls.
Whether tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, or any storms of life have raged in our lives, Christ can calm the storm. He can bring peace in your life in the midst of the chaos of trials and the raging waves of sin. May we always cry out to Him: Lord save us; we are perishing!
And whether you are dead in your sins or living a life that’s not fully dedicated to the Lord, Christ has the power to give you new life. It’s found only in Him. If you will believe that He is Lord, repent of your sins, confess His sweet name, and be baptized, you can have new life. You can’t do it on your own. All power belongs to the Lord.
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