Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
When Jesus shows himself alive in this particular passage it is making a reference to the resurrection. The greatest display of power that has ever taking place was exemplified on that third day in Jerusalem when Jesus rose from the dead and showed himself alive. The thing that released this powerful event is found in the phrase “after his passion”. It was after his passion that he showed himself alive.
When I think about the resurrection and the things that were apart of the resurrection, one of the things that stands out to me is the removing of those grave clothes. I believe that Jesus refuses to be resurrected and stay in grave clothes. What Jesus proved that day was that he was uncomfortable with the trappings of death. When Jesus took off the grave clothes he sends us a message, “I don’t want to bound up”. It’s never been his will for his body (which is the church) to be bound. He wants his body to be free.
It’s basically what he said to Lazarus, “Loose him and let him go!” He’s been resurrected so now loose him. I’m thinking that this is a great ideal for the 21st century church. We truly need to loose God to be what he desires to be in our congregations and lives. If we’ll loose him, he’ll defend himself.
After his passion he showed himself alive or showed his power. If we get a hold of this we’ll never lack his power to help and deliver. The golden key and secret that releases the power of God is: Power follows passion. This alone is the key. Wherever he finds passion he releases power. All God is calling us to do is demonstrate a passion and following closely behind that is his power.