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Today’s post is written by guest blogger Eddie Mui. Eddie lives in South Windsor with his wife, Fabiola, and young children Joshua & Sarah. He’s the one often playing the funny looking drum-like instrument (it’s called a cajon) on Sundays, and will be leading worship this Sunday.
“A Mighty God, A Mighty Savior”
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)
Imagining or believing that God is all-powerful and mighty isn’t necessarily a hard thing to do. If He was even deserving of being called God with a capital “G”, one would expect that He would be. Otherwise, would He really be God?
Indeed, it’s not a foreign concept that God or a god would be endowed with extraordinary power, might, and authority. Greek and Roman mythology espoused many gods with certain power and authority over various elements of nature and the universe. Zeus was the most powerful and leader of all of gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. Mythology attributes them with respective authority over mankind, the sun, the sea, over war, love and beauty, over Hades and death, etc. To each, they had their jurisdiction, but Zeus was all-powerful above them all.
In a similar fashion, the Hindu concept of the Supreme Being is a balanced composition of Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Shiva (destroyer). Together they form the triune entity that is all-powerful among a great multitude of other deities. In Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in many parts of Asia and Southeast Asia, there is a pantheon of gods and goddesses and buddhas and bodhisattvas who represent power and authority over life and good fortune. They may not necessarily be omnipotent (all-powerful), but they are certainly powerful enough to have many faithful followers offering prayers and petitions for health, healing, and good fortune amongst other things.
So then, what is the significance of when the God of the Bible makes this claim of omnipotence? Beyond affirming that God is indeed all-powerful and in Him, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26), I believe the real significance is clearly revealed in the Gospel message. Simply put: God is God, we are not, but out of His great love for us, He became the Way (John 14:6) to redeem the broken relationship with us and the brokenness in us. His salvation plan- the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world, not only is the greatest expression of His love for us, but it is also the greatest exhibition of His power and might. In His power, He conquered sin and death. In His might, He saved all those who would believe in Him and call upon His name (Rom. 10:9-13). How awesome is that! We have a God who is not only limitless and boundless in His power, but in His delight He demonstrated it by saving us from sin and death (Zeph. 3:17). He is a Mighty God, a Mighty Savior.
Lately, I have been humming and singing the chorus of a song by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan from Hillsong Church in Australia named “Mighty to Save” as I’m preparing to introduce it to our congregation on Sunday. The chorus says:
“Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save, he is mighty to save
Forever, Author of Salvation
He rose and conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave”
I’m constantly reminded again and again of how great and awesome God is, especially in the light of His salvation plan. Certainly, God would still be great and awesome even if He had not saved us because that is inherent in His character and in who He is, but because He did, it is all the sweeter and makes me love Him all the dearer. Amen.
You can check out this video of “Mighty to Save” by clicking here.
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