During this Easter season, we have been commemorating Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. At Christmas we celebrated His birth, but during this season we remember that He was sent to become our sacrifice.
Matthew 21 tells of the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which occurred only a week prior to the crucifixion. Verse10 states, “And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ‘Who is this?'” (NKJV).
Just prior to the triumphant entry, Jesus had left Jericho and was making His way up the mountain to Jerusalem. It was during this part of the journey that He encountered two blind men sitting at the roadside and crying out, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” (Matt. 20:30).
Those surrounding the two blind men tried to quiet them, but they cried out all the more. Jesus then asked them what they wanted Him to do for them. Of course, their desire was to have their eyes opened so they could see. Jesus had compassion on them and touched them, and immediately they could see.
Following that demonstration of power, Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and the city was “moved.” In the original language, the word translated “moved” is the word from which we get our word “seismic.” The city was shaken as Jesus, Son of God, rode into Jerusalem. The Messiah who had been sent to save them had arrived.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Is God’s power real?” Those two blind men on the road outside of Jericho could certainly tell us of the reality of Jesus’ power. And so could Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead just days earlier.
It is obvious that Jesus had tremendous power in His day, and we can be confident that He retains that same power today. The author of Hebrews made it very clear that He does not change (Heb. 13:8).
Jesus’ resurrection, which we are celebrating, is the most powerful verification of the fact that His power is still very real. And it is in His resurrection power that we have been sent forth to “move” the cities and people to whom we have been sent.
Jesus is both able and willing to meet every need that you and those you lead face today—sickness, loss, financial issues, relational crises. Nothing is beyond His power. He is more than able to bring healing and wholeness. As we are sent forth in His name, let’s believe together for a release of God’s power in our lives, homes and churches.
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