The End? 4/11/20

“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.” (John 19:41-42)

Jesus was laid in a tomb, and a great stone was rolled across the entrance. In the tomb also lay the hopes and dreams of His disciples and followers. I’m sure they remembered the many personal moments they had experienced with Him. They remembered His miracles: the healings, the feeding of the multitudes, the raising of Lazarus from the dead. They remembered His teaching, that He spoke with wisdom, insight, and authority. When Jesus asked the twelve if they would leave as His other disciples had left, it was Peter who replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Jesus had promised so much. They expected to see Him bring in the kingdom of God. They expected Him to teach them more and more. They expected to see Him glorified and honored. But now, He was dead. He had been beaten and scourged and nailed to a cross. He had been ridiculed and mocked. And now He was gone.

Where was God? If Jesus was the Son of God, how could His life have ended this way? Nothing made sense. They wept in the emptiness of their hearts, in that place that Jesus once had filled. Gone was the joy and love that only Jesus could bring. The light was gone; the darkness had come.

But God’s voice was ready to ring out, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

In the darkness of that moment, God’s light was still shining; His plan was still in place; and His end would blow away the wisdom of man and the fears of man. Sunday was coming. The glory of the Lord would blaze across the world and the hearts of man forever and ever. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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