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When I think of the power of God, one of the first things that comes to my mind is the scene in Bruce Almighty when Bruce (Jim Carrey) is first given his divine capabilities. He quickly begins experimenting with his newly discovered powers by shooting off a fire hydrant and splitting traffic while turning all of the traffic lights from red to green. The reason I am in awe of such “power” is because I know my own limitations and how often I find myself stuck at a red light…
Scripture brings us to a much different perspective when speaking about the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For 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.” All throughout scripture we see that the death and resurrection of Christ as a demonstration of God’s power. I would even venture to say that the cross of Christ and the resurrection of Christ is the greatest demonstration of God’s power because it redeems our greatest weakness – which is not our need for a fireman to set off a hydrant or the traffic lights that have graced the streets of North Jersey with their presence – our greatest weakness is our sin because of its eternal implications.
On Wednesday, October 29, the Eastern Christian High School student body wrote down words or phrases that are sin or a result of sin on environmentally friendly balloons. In a visual representation of the rest that Christ has purchased for us, and the heavy weaknesses that have been lifted through the power of His death and resurrection, students released the balloons simultaneously. We no longer need to feel the weight of temporary weakness because we know that our eternal victory is secure. As 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 puts it, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”