Words have power. Unfortunately in our world today, we might immediately think of the negative power of words, such as the hurtful power of hateful words to cut someone down. But words wield a positive power as well, such as the healing power of wholesome words to restore hope to someone on the edge.
No words have power like God’s words. Think of Jesus at the tomb of His friend Lazarus. The unforgiving stench of death had already overtaken his lifeless, decaying body. But what does Jesus do? He speaks a command of life to the dead man – "Lazarus, come out!" (John 11:43) – and life overtakes the dead man! Lazarus emerges from the tomb, made alive by the power of God through the word of Jesus! In the same way the gospel comes to those who are dead in sin; Jesus calls us to life with the word of forgiveness for our sins and deliverance from damnation. THE GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION. (Romans 1:16) This is so much more than a message that is simply informative or inspiring. If I have a disease, I can read about medicines, treatments, and cures and be informed and find hope. But to read of them is one thing; to experience them is another. The gospel message itself is the power of God! God is working – powerfully, dynamically, graciously – He is working right now through this message to create and strengthen and sustain faith that leads to eternal life in Jesus. "He has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." (II Timothy 1:10)
Come visit us at CHRIST OUR REDEEMER for more of this message of God's grace!
Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.