Key Text: Mark 16:19-20
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
It’s a staggering idea really – that Jesus of Nazareth, after being killed, then raised from the dead, then ascending to heaven, “sat at the right hand of God.” Equally staggering an idea, that after doing so, he somehow miraculously “worked with them” from heaven and “confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”
Do we, 2000 years later, really comprehend and appreciate that the same staggering, miraculous power is available to us for our own work in the kingdom of God?
So often I think we think that we must somehow take what God has said and figure out how to do miraculous work in His name on our own.
Truer to the promise of Scripture, I believe, is the idea that through our prayerful connection with the Divine – the Divine still works with us to “confirm” His word “by the signs” that accompany it.
Perhaps that confirmation will come in a way that is very dramatic – perhaps in much more subtle ways – but I believe it can and will come.
So let us be in prayer:
- Not as some exercise in religious piety alone
- Not as a way to show others how “holy” we are compared to them
- Not as a sort of religious “self-talk” to motivate ourselves to action but as
- The tapping into the very real, and very available spiritual power we have in being followers of the One who “was taken up into heaven” and still sits, even now, at the right hand of God.”
What might we accomplish then?