Acts 4:33 NIV – With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all…
This verse is fascinating in how it describes the ministry of the apostles. The Greek word for great here is “mega.” There was mega-power and mega-grace going on. Notice that the mega-power centered on their testimony of the resurrection. What might be distinctive about this idea “great power”? This term is reminiscent of God’s great power in Exodus and Deuteronomy of delivering Israel from the hands of Egypt. Interestingly, just before this passage in 4:23-31, the church had prayed for God to stretch out his arm to heal and bring signs and wonders, which were also terms used for Israel’s experience in Egypt and in the wilderness. The Lord was now working a new exodus in the church, through the proclamation of the resurrection.
God’s mega-power is at work when we as his church testify to Christ’s resurrection. Our resurrection faith is worked out and expressed in a dying world. The mega-power of God delivers people from the power structures that enslave them. God’s mega-power is at work now delivering a new generation!
Today, let’s remember how the Lord has delivered us by worshiping to the song “Glorious Day” by Passion (Click here).
As you do, pray: “Lord, empower and equip me to testify of the Jesus’ resurrection today. Stretch out your hand of deliverance in the lives of those around me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”