Summary: People seek Power, but God’s power of salvation is revealed according to his sovereign will.
“I’m in the know – are you?”
Gladstone Baptist Church – 6/8/06 pm
S1 - Many people have sought to find power in the past – but many have looked for it in the wrong place (sought the wrong god) – OOPS
Over history many, many people have sought to get power – power to change their lives and others around them. Some have gone on a quest for an artefact which would give them power.
Many people for example have sought after the philosopher’s stone. This was a legendary substance that supposedly could turn inexpensive metals into gold and/or create an elixir that would make humans younger, thus delaying death. It was also believed that the Philosopher’s stone was able to allow humans to perform human transmutation (creating a human body with a soul attached). This meant that alchemists could possibly bring humans back to life after death, and also create whole new humans through alchemy. Needless to say, no such stone has ever been discovered.
Some have turned to magic spells or rites to gain power over others of over nature. Some have sought positional or political power to achieve their ends only to end up disillusioned
Alexander the Great, so completely conquered the nations of earth that he wept because there were no more to conquer. Eventually he died at age 33 with no heir or future.
There was Hannibal, the great Carthaginian general who ravaged Italy, who filled three baskets with gold rings taken from the hands of slaughtered knights, finally committed suicide by poisoning himself.
Julius Caesar conquered 800 cities and dyed his garments with the blood of a million of his foes, but was finally stabbed by his best friend, in the court where had been his greatest triumph.
Many dictators believed that they could have ultimate power in themselves. They thought they were the equivalent of a god and that people should worship them. Hitler believed he would be the saviour of the world by creating a super Arian race.
But unfortunately, many people have looked for power in the wrong place and have not ended up getting the power that they sought, but rather a cheap imitation.
S2 - However, Jesus says that power isn’t the be all and end all – it is whether we have salvation – UGH
Jesus says that power isn’t the be all and end all of life. Although many, many people seek for power, Jesus, says – it is not the most important thing!!!!
Last week if you were with us, we spoke about a time when Jesus sent 72 followers out to minister for him. They went through all the towns and cities in the region preparing the way for Jesus. They were to be an extension to his ministry by reaching out to others – healing them and telling them that the Kingdom of God was near.
Well you might remember that when the 72 followers returned to Jesus, they were pretty excited. They came back feeling like supermen. If you’ve got your bibles there, open them up to
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”