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Real Power

I grew up in the mountains of New Mexico in a town called Los Alamos. I lived there from about 8 years of age until I left High School. The city, prior to our moving there, was a secret city high up in the mountains and fenced in from prying eyes. The reason for this was it, along with Oak Ridge Tennessee, was the birth place of atomic energy. The bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were both built there and first tested in the desert in the southern part of the state. Today, several countries of the world possess far more powerful weapons than those early days and the reality is these weapons could destroy the world many times over. In the minds of men today this is power. I believe, however, that it takes far more power to build something than it does to destroy it. The power to create life is far greater than the power of one who would take someone’s life. I believe this to be true because this was the power our Lord possessed. Can you imagine the power it took for Jesus to go to the cross to save a lost and dying world which certainly didn’t deserve it? The power it took for him to not strike back when He was insulted, spit upon, and beaten. The power to pray “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” That’s real power. Jesus told Pilate, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” Jesus also told the Jewish leaders, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” You see, the ones who held true power were not those who ended Jesus’ life, but He who came back to life. The greater power is in the One who gives life rather than those who would seek to destroy it. This power was the Holy Spirit in Him. The Hebrew author tells us this as he says, “… who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God…
The scientists who worked on the atomic bombs in Los Alamos thought they would once and for all bring peace to the world. That such powerful weapons would convince humanity that it could not afford to be at war with itself. Sadly, all that power, they later admitted, was powerless in reality but the power that was in Jesus caused the wind and the waves to subside. It caused the blind to see and the lame to walk. Most of all, it empowered Him to endure the cross and its shame on our behalf and it empowered Him to overcome death and its sting. Aren’t you glad that the real power is in the One who gives life, and not just life, but life eternal? It was the Apostle Paul who summarized it so well. “If God be for us, who can be against us?

Kim Beckwith

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