From the Well - 1/24/2019

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Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV) 
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. 

There is an old story (not sure of the source) about a man who was threatened with death by a bandit. As the bandit brandished his sword, the man pointed at a nearby tree and said, "Grant my dying wish. Cut off the branch of that tree." The thief swung his sword and the branch fell to the ground. "Now what?" the thief asked.

"Now put it back on again," the man said. "You must be crazy. No one can do that!" The bandit said. "On the contrary. You are crazy to think you are mighty because you can wound and destroy. The mighty know how to create and heal." Because of the man's wisdom the thief decided to spare the man's life.

I realize that it is only a story but there is truth in the fact that the mighty and powerful know how to create and heal. To follow Jesus is to have that kind of power in our heart, hands, and mind. Paul believes in the power of the resurrected Christ. He talks about the power of Christ against the backdrop of Roman power, inhuman cruelty, corruption, and exploitation. Paul believes in a new principle, the power of Christ. It is a power that can ultimately create and heal. What power do you choose? Think about it.

Matthew