Power takes many forms. When I think of power I think of the bulging biceps of Donnie Thompson. The USA powerlifter can hoist 1235 pounds. That’s the power of the human body! I think of Miss Budweiser, the 2650 horsepower hydroplane capable of traveling over 225 MPH on water. That’s the power of technology! I think of our efforts to land a man on the moon back in the 1960’s. That’s the power of vision!
I would like you to think of another kind of power, the power of Jesus on the night of his crucifixion. John writes about it. Look closely. If you don’t you will miss it.
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground. (John 18:1-6 ESV)
Did you see the power? It wasn’t the harnessed hate in Judas’ heart or the collective clout of the Roman battalion. It was the three words Jesus spoke: “I am he!” Literally, Jesus said, “I am.” The force of his words knocked over his pursuers like they were bowling pins. In the moment when Jesus looked utterly powerless he let it be known that he was in complete control.
Seeing Jesus display that kind of power should make me jump to my feet. Like the Old Testament Psalmist I should be cheering, “God you are incredible!” At the same time that power should drive me to my knees. Here’s why: Jesus uses his power to help us! Think about it. If Jesus went to the cross for you, wouldn’t he be willing to help you? (Ephesians 1:19-20) So where do you need power? Your marriage? Overcoming temptation? Wrestling a fear to the ground? Raising a child? Making an important business decision? Overcoming depression?
Jesus went to the cross for you. He is willing to help you! So stand on your feet and praise him and then drop to your knees and ask him for help. God has all the power you need.
FOCAL POINT: Jot down a problem you are struggling with. Write over top of that problem: “God has all the power I need.” Make it big and bold!