Easter Power

Imagine going to one of the malls, gathering a group of people, and asking them what comes to mind when they hear the word Easter? You can guess the one word answers you would get. Bunny. Lily. Parade. Bonnet. Holiday. Chocolate.  Someone might even say church or worship. But there’s one word nobody in your little group would offer and that’s the word Power.

People don’t connect Easter with power.  The culture has chosen to portray Easter as incredibly weak. Easter’s mascot is a bunny. Can you think of a weaker animal? No college team in the country has a rabbit for it’s mascot! The world has branded Easter as weak. But in the Bible, and in the Christian faith, Easter is sheer power. The old creed put it, “Jesus Christ is risen, by the power of God!”

This same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us, right here, right now. Easter is God’s invitation for you and me to plug into God’s amazing power. (See Ephesians 1:19-20.)

Honestly, it seems to me that churches generally do a poor job of presenting this message of Easter Power. Maybe the reason is because the power of God looks so different from the world’s pictures of power. In the world power is a warship or a skyscraper or a MegaMillions jackpot.

The power of God looks like an empty tomb. It’s a scratch your head and turn your mind inside out notion of power. But Easter is the amazing, world-altering power of God.

There is at least one church that has figured out what to do with Easter, and I’ve linked to their story in the next sentence. When I read about New Church Austin’s Easter Worship and how people in other churches responded, I knew in my depths that what they have done is authentic Easter worship. Their take on Easter unleashes God’s power in an empty tomb kind of way. Check out the links to Jen Hatmaker’s blogs and see what you think.

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