A Day of Sadness

I can only imagine what people were feeling on this day.  Every morsel of hope went to the tomb with Jesus.  He was their Messiah.  He had come to change the world – for the better.  He was to overthrow the Roman authority and free people from their oppression.  He was going to rescue them.

Instead, Judas is dead, taking his own life after betraying Jesus.  Peter is remembering and replaying the scenario over and over again in his head, overcome with guilt because of his denial – the one that Jesus had predicted.  Mary had witnessed the brutal death of her son.  Everyone who had been found, once again, felt lost.

I can only imagine that this was a day of overwhelming sadness.  A sadness like they had never experienced before.  The kind that makes you unable to eat, unable to think. A sadness that feeds anger, fear and hopelessness.  One that you believe will never get better.

We know how the story ends.  We know that tomorrow we are going to celebrate a risen Savior.  We know that because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven, we have been made a new creation, and we are now citizens of the Kingdom of God.

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself the chief cornerstone.”  Ephesians 3:19-20.

Today, as you think about what happened yesterday, think about what your life would be like without Jesus.  What were the things you were doing before you knew Him?  How was that working for you?  How are you better now that He has found you and you have chosen to follow Him?

A terrible thing is happening all around the world.  In the midst of this terrible thing, we have been given a gift.  A gift of hope.  That hope comes from knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Let’s not waste a minute trying to get through this on our own strength. 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the thrown of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:1-3

We are going to come back to normal.  Maybe it will be a new normal.  In many ways, I hope our lives are being changed through this.  I hope we are reevaluating what is important and throwing off with all of our might the things that hinder us and slow us down from the race that truly matters.  Let us remember to turn to Him, to put Him back as the number one, and to do everything we can to keep Him the most important thing in our lives.

Have a very blessed Easter.

Pastor Stef

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