Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

I wonder, what are the most destructive forces on the earth? The most destructive storms include a super typhoon in the Philippines in 2013. The winds reached 220 mph and caused at least one 10-foot water surge. Category 5 Hurricane Camille slammed into Mississippi in 1969 killing 259. That storm surge reached 24 feet and caused $1.41 billion in damages.

What about the most powerful weapons in history? The B53 bomber carried 9 megaton TNT bombs, staking their claim as the most powerful warhead ever. And then, there was the self-powered Maxim Machine Gun. It could fire 600 rounds per minute.

What about the most evil tyrants in history? Josef Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1953, was responsible for the deaths of 20 to 60 million people during his reign of terror. His counter-part Adolph Hitler is accredited with the deaths of 50 million or more.

These have been the most destructive forces on the planet. However, there is a common power behind all of them that gives them, and all others, their power—death. Death is, by far, the most destructive force in life and God did not create it or desire it.

While these destructive forces ended the lives of millions of people, death has ended the life of every person who has ever lived with the exception of three. “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24) “…Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (II Kings 2:11)

Obviously, the third was Jesus. He died, but He arose. And, His resurrection is absolutely the most powerful force in history. For, whatever force overcomes the previously most powerful force, it becomes the most powerful—and it still is “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (I Corinthians 15:54-55)