Saturday, March 22, 2008
I was just thinking of that first Saturday after the Crucifixion. I wonder what the disciples thought as they woke from this horrible nightmare....
This can't be real.
We really thought he was the Messiah.
What do we do now?
The cross and its results spelled defeat to everyone. It was clear that Jesus was not the Messiah because he was dead. Now what do they do? Where do they go? Who can they trust? Should they hide?
This day began with great clarity- DEFEATED! I was thinking about these 11 men who had given their lives to follow Jesus for those 3 years. They saw him raise the dead, feed thousands, do miracles...they believed in him. But now he's dead....how could they have been so wrong? Who can they trust now? What do they do? They gave their lives to this man and his message....all hope is crushed.
How often in our own lives will we wake up to a day like this that introduces itself with great clarity- DEFEATED! Everything has gone wrong. It seems that God has failed us. All hope is gone. Where do we go now? What do we do now that failure has clearly declared its victory?
I can't imagine the disciples thoughts, their confusion, their utter hopelessness....everything had turned sour, all hope was gone. It was over. Now what do they do?
What they don't know yet is that God isn't finished. This is all part of the plan. He meant for this to happen. Just wait....just wait until morning. Tomorrow you will see. Tomorrow your hope will find new fuel to ignite it. Tomorrow will change everything. Wait until tomorrow. Just wait....you won't believe what God will do.
Your day of greatest defeat will find its greatest victory in what God will do in the morning...just wait. God isn't done yet. Just wait......