Power and Mercy

This morning is Easter, resurrection morning.  Why do we celebrate the resurrection?  Why do we make such a big deal about Jesus rising from the dead?  Because just like my marriage changed me, the resurrection changed the world and human history in beautiful ways that no one other than God fully anticipated!  

Think about it.  It was the resurrection that turned a couple of fishermen and a tax collector into powerful evangelists, pastors, and teachers who turned the world upside down.  It was the resurrection that launched this thing we call the church.  It was the resurrection that caused thousands to believe, be baptized, and boldlyproclaim salvation in Jesus' name.  It was the resurrection that turned fearful followers of Jesus into powerful witnesses for Jesus who were willing to travel the globe, preach the gospel, and die for their faith.  

So what is it about the resurrection that caused all of this?

Power and Mercy