Babies have a tendency to hang onto things that catch their attention. Often those are soft, cuddly, and comforting. Like a small stuffed animal or a blanket.
Kolly carries around the TV remote.
It fits her hand perfectly. Her dad inadvertently left it where she could reach it. When the channels continued to change with no known explanation, Kolly delightedly giggled and laughed as she swung the remote around.
The best choice was to take the power away from her.
They removed the batteries.
She never noticed that it was a little lighter. She kept it in her hands even when they left the house.
The perspective of power is very different across generations.
We all have a sense of the need for power in our lives–the power to choose, to control what’s happening around us, to impact those we want to influence.
True power, however, is not about controlling things or making things happen the way we want. It isn’t even about strength.
True power is seeing life change through love and compassion.
Easter is about that kind of power. The strength of God’s love is what conquers fear, shame, guilt, and ultimately death.
Jesus came to die in our place. He gave up His pure, perfectly lived life to pay the ransom our imperfections necessitated. To be allowed into heaven, which is faultless and flawless, we’d have to be equally impeccable in our actions, attitudes, and words throughout our lives.
Not possible on our own.
Jesus chose to give His life for ours.
He didn’t stay dead.
“Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.” 1 Corinthians 15:3b-6
Many of those who had witnessed Jesus after His resurrection were alive when Paul wrote the book of 1 Corinthians. None of them doubted what they had seen and experienced.
God, who created all life, has given His Son that we might live forever with Him. If we believe.
A remote can’t hold a candle to that power.
No batteries required.
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