As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, I have a few thoughts I would like to share.
Have you ever considered what it must have been like for the disciples of Christ? The day after he was crucified. The fear… the uncertainty, and loneliness in the days that followed.
On Good Friday some 2,000 years ago, the picture of our Lord, in the garden of Gethsemane, while praying for the heavenly Father’s will to be done; and the stress upon his mind and body was so GREAT, that He exhibited a rare medical condition called (hematidrosis)...This condition causes capillaries under the skin to burst and blood excretes through the skin.
Later that night, our Lord was beaten beyond recognition, and his beard plucked. The next morning, He was whipped so badly the flesh was ripped from His back. There was a mock up trial and he was brought before the mob. The crowd shouted and cried out, “Crucify Him! Let His blood be on our hands.” He then took the walk of shame, which is the way called, via Dolorosa(Way of Sorrows). As He was made to carry His own cross as people spat on Him and cursed at Him.
From his followers’ perspective, imagine the horror of watching the man you followed and loved for three years, nailed to a wooden cross, hoisted in the air and hanging in agony.
Imagine the fear that would take hold, forcing you to consider hiding in your house before the Roman soldiers came to give you the same treatment.
Imagine the overwhelming feeling of defeat and thinking that all your hopes and dreams died with Jesus on that tree.
That Saturday, between the Cross and the Resurrection, must have been an incredibly terrifying time for the followers of Jesus. Hiding in fear and wondering who might be next.
But what promise we have to know the rest of the story.
The disciples found Glory on Sunday morning!
We have more in common with Christ’s Followers today than any generation
Although our world is suffering a different type of terror, and while our dreaded consequence may not result in us hanging on a cross, the fear of death is very real and debilitating for many.
For others, the mandated stay at home orders because of COVID-19, may be allowing a bitter root to set in; leaving many believers implanted in fear and dismay over the current circumstances.
But let me assure you, just as Sunday morning came, nearly 2 thousand years ago, it will come again tomorrow.
Our Lord is ALIVE!
And God is with us. AMEN!
This Easter, perhaps more than any Easter before, we have an opportunity to witness in a way that has never been done before in our lifetime.
People today, with everything going on, are looking for Hope. They are searching for a way to escape all the negative media hype, and to find Peace.
And that my friend, is what Easter is all about!
Hope, Peace and Deliverance from this world’s crushing burdens.
Roughly 2,000 years ago, at a Passover dinner, our Lord gave us a new commandment, “love one another as I have loved you.”
During this time of trials, sitting in confinement with looming uncertainty, it would be easy to let anxiety or fear take hold; but we know
“Fear Is A Liar” -Hebrews 2:15 &
“We Are To Be Anxious For Nothing” -Philippians 4:6
I encourage you to keep your eyes on Jesus our Savior -- the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Tomorrow is Easter, the day God fulfilled His promise and sealed a New Covenant.
The covenant that covers us as believers with The Saving Grace and Soul Cleansing Blood Of Christ Jesus. A covenant that defeats Satan and takes away the sting of death and covers all the sins of this fallen world. A covenant that offers all who believe and have Faith in Jesus as being God’s only Son and the only way to have an eternal place in God’s Holy Kingdom!
I want to encourage you to take the time this week to pray for our nation.
Pray for the weak, the hurting, the exhausted, the sick and those infected by this virus.
Pray for those who are fearful. Pray for our leaders, that they would know and show the love of Christ in the decisions they make.
Pray for protection over your family and pray for strength to endure this trial and know that joy still comes in the morning!
Praise the Lord! Joy comes in the morning; and may His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.