DAY 33 - Worship = Power! - Tom Pauquette

Worship = Power!
Tom Pauquette

Luke 5.17: One day as [Jesus] was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.

Interesting. In his account of this passage, Luke felt compelled to point out that the power of the Lord was present for [Jesus] to heal the sick. Wasn�t the power of the Lord always present? Was the surrender of His divine attributes so complete (see Philippians 2.5-11) that Jesus was dependent upon certain circumstances in order to be able to demonstrate His full power?

The opening verses of Mark 6 are a record of Jesus in His own home town. I think we all know how hard it can be to go home. The Bible says that Jesus took His disciples back home and on the Sabbath stood up in the synagogue and began to teach. You can kind of feel the tension mounting, can't you? The passage says that a few were amazed at what Jesus was saying. That's good since amazement is often the beginning of faith. But more people, it seemed, were actually offended that "little Jesus" was lecturing them. They knew Him as the son of Joseph and Mary, not the Son of God. They knew Him as the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon, not the Chief Shepherd of all the brothers of the Church. They knew him as the kid who played Little League baseball and sold candy bars to go on a school field trip. When He stood up to bring them the Living Word of the God, the Bible says that "they took offense at him." As a result of their choice to be offended, verse 5 says that Jesus could not do any miracles there. Not that He would not, but that he simply could not.

A thousand questions about God, the nature of Jesus, and other things may be racing through your mind. Under what possible circumstances is Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, simply not able to express His full power? The climate that simply prevents the Lord from expressing His power is simple: rejection. His own people simply rejected Him for who He really was. When the full nature of Jesus Christ is somehow limited and ultimately rejected by the Church, then the power of the Lord will not be displayed. When our concepts of the Risen and Ascended Jesus are reduced in any fashion from being fully divine, then we should not expect to see His power, and thus His glory, revealed.

The opposite of rejection is, obviously acceptance. The ultimate expression of acceptance is worship. When we choose to humbly, authentically, and exuberantly worship the Lord for all that we understand Him to be, then we should expect to see His power readily displayed among us. As the Church, the present expression of the Body of Jesus Christ in the world today, we must set aside every thought and teaching that would cause us to see Jesus Christ as anything but the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God, The Incarnate One now Glorified. In so recognizing Jesus Christ in the fullness of His nature then we must worship Him. And we must worship Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Nothing more is possible, and nothing less will do. When we worship the Lord in the full expression of His revealed nature, then the power of the Lord [will be] present for him to heal the sick.

Have a power day!

Tom Pauquette is the Senior Pastor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grove City