Hopelessness. Despair. Doubt. There’s no question in my mind that the disciples must have felt these emotions as they watched Jesus being brutally crucified. What was going on? They gave up everything to follow this man and believed He was the Son of God – the promised Messiah!
Just days earlier, the people of Jerusalem lined the streets while
shouting, "Hosanna!" with palm branches and shouts of joy as Jesus made
His triumphant entry! But now, there He was, dying a humiliating and
horrifying death on the cross. Some of those same people who had earlier
hailed Him were now cursing Him and spitting on Him. Some were, along
with the disciples, weeping over Him as they still had hope He might be
their salvation, their King.
The disciples could not understand at that moment that all was well.
They could not understand that the plan was going just as God designed
from the beginning of time. At that moment, things looked so dark and
discouraging to them…. but resurrection was coming. Hope was around the
corner! If only they had a glimpse of that coming glory!
Friends, if life seems hopeless, overwhelming or confusing, please
hold on. There must always be a death for a resurrection to come! Death
of a dream, death of a relationship, death of a habit that you feel you
can never break or even death of our foolish pride – these are types of
deaths we all experience in our lives every day. If only we could have a
glimpse of the coming glory!
Maybe we cannot understand at those moments that all is well, that
things are going just as God designed from the beginning of time. Things
may look dark, difficult and discouraging…but resurrection is coming!
Jesus’ death and resurrection bring us hope and give us courage to
live through the difficult times. He has experienced the horror of
death, the rejection of man, the temptations from the enemy and the pain
of man’s brutality. If you are watching The Bible Miniseries
produced by Roma Downy and Mark Burnett, you might be able to picture
the emotions and fears the disciples felt a little more. It’s really
helped me to picture it since I’m a visual learner. I’m looking forward
to this week’s episode where I can actually envision His resurrection –
the moment in time that made it possible for me to have a restored
relationship with God! The moment in time that made it possible for me
to hold on.
Yes, things looked hopeless the day Jesus took His last breath. But
resurrection came. And resurrection is coming for you, too. Hold on!