Friday, January 25, 2019

Christ Power

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." 

Picking up snakes with my hands doesn’t appeal.  No thanks.  Drinking deadly poison seems a bit foolish.   Sorry Jesus, but in this case, I do not believe.  So what do you really mean?  If this is your test of faith, then I flunk (condemned?).

This picturesque language suggests that Christians are filled with a power to cope with life that others do not possess.  That power is Christ. 

We have that Christ-power to deal with adversity and recover from whatever fall we may have – such as a fall from grace with family and friends having a hands-off attitude towards us, keeping us at a distance.

Deacon David Pierce

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