Text:- On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb…. when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus (Luke 24:1-3)
From time immemorial, a lot of people have been basing their confidence on their wisdom, influence and military strength. The Bible is replete with their stories and how they ended disastrously. David in order to show his military prowess embarked on national census. He was restrained by God with a plague that nearly consumed him (2 Samuel 24). King Nebuchadnezzar was brought down from his imperial height and made to live in the wild as a beast for seven years when he became too proud (Daniel 4). King Herod the Great thought that with his military strength he could have his way in everything. His attempt to eliminate the infant Jesus failed. He only succeeded in killing innocent children (Matthew 2:7-17). The enemies of Christ schemed and had him crucified. He was buried after his death, but the grave could not hold him; As he predicted, he rose from the grave on the third day. The efforts of the Jewish leaders to hush up Christ’s resurrection failed despite the fact that they deployed all their available resources to the effect (Matthew 28). The Jewish leaders’ attempt to cow down the apostles from preaching in the name of Christ and his resurrection failed woefully. The more they tried the more their efforts proved futile.
God is sovereign. He created everything in heaven and on the earth, visible and invisible. It is by His power that they are sustained,
God’s power is immense. No one can withstand it. Those who tried it in the past did so to their ruin like pharaoh, the Egyptian king who refused to set the children of Israel free from his bondage.
As God is supreme with everything in His control, with no human or military power that can challenge Him, all that we can do as people created by Him, is to humbly put ourselves under His Lordship, obey His commandments and serve Him (Eccl. 12:13).
To do otherwise is an invitation to His wrath which is fearful (Hebrew. 10:27)
Let us be mindful of the fact that it is not by power or might, but rather the Spirit of God (Zech. 4:6) that anything in life, great or small, can be achieved.
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D