Just when all hope was lost.
The end of the road was in sight. Any options of a successful outcome were out of my control. I had exhausted my resources. Although it was high noon, and the sun was shining bright, what lay ahead was colored with shades of darkness.
So I thought.
I had begun to prepare myself for the worse. This was to help ease the blow when it came to fruition. Have you ever found yourself in a situation like that? Something in life happened and at first it was ok. You were dealing with it, moving along, going through motion to correct the situation. Then all of a sudden over time you discover none of your solutions were working out, as a matter of fact things were getting worse.
So you thought.
Our verse this week reminded me of a group of men who most likely felt the same way. The end of the road was in sight. Any options of a successful outcome were out of their control. They had exhausted their resources. Although it was high noon, and the sun was shining bright, what lay ahead was colored with shades of darkness.
“Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.” Heb. 6:17-18 HCSB
This group of men were the twelve disciples of Jesus. They had been with Jesus and witnessed His miracles. They saw Him heal, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, feed the multitude, and cast out demons! (Matt., Mk, Lk., Jn.,) Can you imagine being there live and in color? They witnessed, and at times were a part of the miracles!
Jesus was making it clear to them that He is God’s son. Jesus even asks one of his disciples, Peter who does he think Jesus is to which Peter responds.
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Mt. 16:15 NLT
During the few years they spent with Jesus he taught them about life. What is to come, and how to handle things. At the last supper they would all share together Jesus was taught his unchangeable purpose from God the Father. Giving thanks to God he says –
“Take this and eat for it is my body. Take the cup of wine and each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” Mt. 26: 26-28 NLT
The bible tells us that after they all went out singing hymns. Mt. 28:30. Life was good. Until. The words of Jesus began to become a reality, right before their eyes.
In Matthew 26 at the end of the chapter Jesus is arrested. This is after dinner, and singing, mind you. The future is beginning to darken for the disciples. Peter one of Jesus’ disciples denies even knowing him, not once but three times. And thus the future is colored with shades of darkness.
For the disciples it appears to be going downhill, and quickly. After Jesus is arrested he is handed over to be crucified. In other words – beaten beyond recognition. Mt. 27: 15-34.
For the disciples, their resource is exhausted. And any options of a successful outcome is out of their control. But the One that created all is still in control.
“I am the LORD; there is no other God…I am the LORD, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send the good times and bad times. I, the LORD, am the one who does these things.” Isa. 45: 5-7 NLT
Jesus after being beaten, crucified, was then nailed to a cross and hung to die. For you. And for me. (Mt. 27: 35-56)
These men that were with Jesus and knew him personally held a dark future. Just when all hope was lost.
So they thought.
But friends, after three days in the tomb. Jesus rose again!! I just got chills as I typed this, and the song with the lyrics “up from the grave He arose!” rings in my head. The future just got bright again and they did not know it yet. (Mt. 28: 1-7).
“I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.” Mt. 28:5b-7 NLT
Friends! That is our hope!
“we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us” Heb. 6:18b
Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus was placed in the grave. Sunday is the day – HE ROSE AGAIN! It is Easter. Friends let us pray that God will have us fully grasp this wonderful gift he has given. We are the heirs that share in it –
“And this is God’s plan. Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.” Eph. 3:6 NLT
If your road seems dark, and the end is in sight. I encourage you to read all, or any one, of the gospels -Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They all tell the wonderful story of Jesus life, miracles, teachings, death, and resurrection.
As my future looked dark with no plausible outcome in sight that is the moment that Jesus stepped in! Now, instead of shades of darkness, it is shades of light!
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor. 5:17 NLT
Friends, if your future is shaded by darkness turn to the One that holds all power. He rose Jesus from the grave, and He will do the same for you! This weekend is our reminder that God is in control, and He knows the outcome.
From our family at Gentle Whisper Ministries to yours – Have a Happy Easter, and may you experience
“His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise…we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.” Heb. 6:17-18 HCSB
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