The Bible says all kinds of amazing things about who we are to God and who He is to us. One of the most mind-blowing statements can be found right smack in the middle of the Christmas story.
When speaking to Mary about the child she would carry, the angel Gabriel said, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33)
Imagine being told that you would parent the King of the Universe! (No pressure Mary.)
Jesus wasn’t just any king. He was THE King. The King of kings and the Lord of lords. The kingdom, the power, the authority, and the glory all belonged to Him.
But here’s the awesome part of this story: that baby wouldn’t remain a baby forever. God became a human and grew up just like any other human being. And just like any other human being, He would also die. But that is where the similarities stop.
The One who had the authority and power over death, conquered death and rose to life. He returned to His throne, but He did not take all of His authority and power with Him.
Instead, He bestowed upon us His authority and power that we may continue to reign over death.
Luke 10:19 says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
When we live in submission to the authority of the King, a strange thing happens where, in our submission, He bestows upon us authority and power. But not just any kind of power.
We must remember that Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world. It is different. It is radical. It is upside down and inside out.
God doesn’t “reign over” but rather “comes under.” He does not tower above us on His high throne pointing, commanding, and condemning. He stoops down beside us, picks us up, dusts us off, and says, “Come follow Me.”
There is something supremely more awesome about a King who chooses to exercise His power in the way that God does. God’s power is found on the cross—radical, self-sacrificial love and the desire for us to become one with Him—that is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1 says, “…the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (v. 18 & 25)
Here is the amazing truth: the power of Jesus we see illustrated in the gospels also resides in us, because we have His same Spirit inside us!
But in order to tap into that power, we must do what Jesus did: humble ourselves, lower ourselves, and submit in vulnerability to God the Father our King. To receive power, we must first empty ourselves and become weak in worldly eyes, like Jesus did, for it is in our weakness that His power is made perfect. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
We can’t will this power in our lives. We can’t muster it up. The only way to live in the power for which we were destined is to become vulnerable like Jesus. We must be vulnerable with God and vulnerable with each other. For it is in those moments, when we are the most empty of worldly power, that we can be filled with the power of God.
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