Contemplating Jesus’ execution today, the day His body would be lying in a grave no more than a cold corpse, is heart-breaking. Ultimately His death is life-giving, but if we were among His followers at the scene of the tragedy, we would respond in like mourning.
I say this with certainty that because there were not any exceptions in response to Jesus’ death. Nobody had a “Countdown 3-2-1 resurrection party” planned. Nobody was shaking cow bells and cheering that they were witnessing the single moment in time that would alter history forever.
That’s how many feel even today.
Jesus was clear to His followers, and He repeated Himself in many ways so His message of hope would not be missed.
“ For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40
”He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31
He was so clear that the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to place a guard at the tome citing Christ’s words, “After three days I will rise.” Matthew 27:63
Yet, every one of them missed His hopeful message. Watching the torture and suffering of Jesus would be significantly distracting, perhaps that is why He repeated the hopeful message so many times? He was aware of what was to come and what His followers would need. He is aware of what we will face and what we need.
Today, thousands of years later, many are…
…polarized by life’s uncertainty.
…numb to the leading of Christ.
…captured solely in thought about spiritual matters.
We sit idly with bibles that recount story after story of God’s faithfulness, that demonstrate God’s enduring love, His magnificent power, His promises to care for us…and we mourn no different from those at the cross and the grave. Caught in the thick of the moment all is quickly forgotten.
The tragic day our Savior was hung on a tree and laid dead in a grave is our day to reflect on who God is. It is likely that you are waiting on something in a “grave”; a job, spouse, finances…In these critical waiting moments we need to recall the repeated words of hope from the bible.
Our God does not fail and He will fulfill all of His promises; we need to remember them! Will you choose to be different than the mourners at the cross and grave by recalling and living out the hope Jesus gives?
The Son WILL come out, tomorrow! Hallelujah!