Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Passion Week - Saturday

We are continuing our study in this time of year that we Christians celebrate the Passion of the Christ. The Gospel accounts give attention to this important event. Of the 89 chapters in the Gospels, only 4 record the first 30 years of His life. Yet, they give almost 1/4 of the chapters to the final week to His resurrection. Obviously, this is vital and important for us. Over the next few days (until Easter Sunday), we are going to walk with the Master. Using the timeline as developed by Dr. Harold Willmington, let us remember and be ministered to also.

On this day of the week over 2000 years ago, a group of followers of this Rabbi were in deep mourning. They were restricted by the Sabbath rules. They were afraid of the Cheif Priests and Romans. They were in shock, their beloved Rabbi, the One they were sure was the Promised Messiah was dead. He was in the tomb. The Romans had sealed the grave - it could not be opened under the threat of death. Everything they had hoped, all their time, all they had seen, all they had learned, all they....... gone!

In the quiet of that day, they thought how they had seen their hopes and dreams put to death. What future did they now have? Where would they go? Was it all a sham? But it seemed so true. He had power and authority as no other person ever had. Yet, gone.

We often can find ourselves in the same position. We had been sure that God was telling us to do a certain thing, to go to a certain place, to trust Him for the answer to our prayer, to - well, you fill in your own blank. And, just when it seemed that it was about to be the perfect timing - gone. Gone. The answer didn't come, or at least not the way I thought it would. What I thought was God's leading lead into a dead end. The promises disappeared in smoke. I am left sitting and wondering, mourning the loss.

We know today, that that Saturday that the Disciples mourned was not the end of the story. You see, just when we think God has ended the storyline, He writes another chapter. Where they only saw defeat and conclusion, God was about to write the most glorious and beautiful chapter yet! While they were pining away in the Upper Room, Jesus was preparing the most majestic display of the Love of God yet! 

If your life seems to have come to an end, if it seems like God has deserted you, if all your hopes and dreams are dashed, remember, God is about to write the next chapter.

Prayer: While I can't see the future, God, You have already planned the storyline. I may feel that it is all over, but You have not displayed Your full Power yet. Give me the strength to hold on and wait for Your glorious conclusion. Whatever I might think it is, You will show me that Your way is more glorious, more majestic, more wonderful than I could ever imagine. Amen.

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