Elijah was fantastic. By his word, he stopped the rain for three-and-a-half years. This brought the kingdom of wicked Ahab to its knees. Elijah also brought down fire from heaven and purged Israel of 850 false prophets. He raised a dead man, anointed Elisha, and was taken up to heaven "in a chariot with fiery horses" (Sir 48:9).
Elisha was fantastic too. He was "filled with a twofold portion" of Elijah's spirit (Sir 48:12). "Nothing was beyond his power; beneath him flesh was brought back into life. In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds" (Sir 48:13-14).
Christians are even more fantastic than Elijah and Elisha, for the least born into the kingdom of God is greater than they (Mt 11:11). Despite our weakness, we are greater than Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, David, Judith, Esther, et al, because we are in Jesus. In fact, although we are definitely not greater than Jesus, He promised us that we can do greater by far than He did (Jn 14:12) because He is interceding for us at the right hand of the Father and we are living the life in the Spirit.
You are holy, royal, and priestly (1 Pt 2:9). You are a child of God, redeemed by the blood of His Son, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are fantastic in Christ Jesus.
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†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 29, 2009.