I wasn't planning on posting a message today, but this has been on my mind.
disciples are very interesting to me for a few reasons. First, they
were Jesus' closest companions. Second, they were around Him all the
time, so you would think they knew more about His teachings than anyone. Finally, scripture tells us they still messed up all the time. They
were very human, just like you or me. They made mistakes, got scared,
and felt hopeless even after everything He had already told them.
On the day we call Good Friday, the day was anything but good for the
disciples. Their entire world was shattered. From their point of
view--on that day--their lives were completely in shambles. Their
teacher, leader, and mentor died. The King had passed, and yes, he would
rise on Sunday, but that event had not happened yet. For the disciples,
the authorities were coming after them, people despised them, and the
one person they needed the most was not with them. For those days
between Jesus' passing and resurrection, the disciples were just a bunch
of scared, hopeless, and completely defeated individuals. They were
trapped in the most desperate situation imaginable, with no foreseeable
their Lord rose again. Life was beautiful and hopeful once again. They
would go out and preach the gospel to the world. Their lives, arguably,
had more meaning than they could have ever believed was possible in
their previous lives. This is why we celebrate Easter. Death, sin, and
the devil himself have been defeated. Our lives are made new, glorious,
and complete through Jesus Christ. This is also the reason the day of
our Lord and Savior's death is called Good.
to the message: Jesus has risen, yet I think a lot of us forget that He
is risen. Many of us--myself included--get so caught up in our own
junk, we live our lives more like the disciples did during those dark
days when their Savior was sitting in a grave. We live in fear, despair,
and hopelessness, unable to see any foreseeable way out of our dire
situations. Our minds go to a dark place for so long that we forget
everything else. Everything we have learned, everything we have been
told, everything we know to be the truth is forgotten. In those moments,
hope is not gone, but hope is so far off of our radar that we can't see it an inch in front of our faces.
is no more. Fear is no more. Death and sin have been defeated. My
prayer is that we all find our way out of the darkness and set our
sights on the hope set before us. We know Jesus is risen. The disciples
had to wait. We know Jesus saves, so there is always reason to have
hope. In our weakness, He makes us strong. Do not lose sight of the
things that are truly important in life. There will always be struggles,
but you can overcome.
me, I know. I spent a giant chunk of my life living in darkness, hating
the world, and hating my life. Today, I am in a completely different
place. Life is amazing; I believe all of our lives are. I pray you never
get so lost in hopelessness that you don't get a chance to see the
miracles just ahead. I pray you know your life has been made new. Today is another opportunity to start fresh. Above all, I pray
you have complete peace, love, and joy in your life from this day
forward. Be blessed, my friends, now and always, in Jesus' name I pray.