This was not my plan for Good Friday. And this was definitely not my plan for Easter.
How many of us are saying this right now? We wish we could go to church, buy a new Easter dress, and have dinner with family and friends. Egg hunts are cancelled and many of us are left in a daze. Is this really happening?
When the corona virus first hit my state, my husband and I just arrived home from vacation. We thought we were returning to normal, but in fact, everything had changed.
I started working from home and Owen’s classes moved to an online format. We went from visiting with family and friends often to physically distancing ourselves in order to protect them.
I can’t complain though, as we are blessed. I still have my job and we live in a nice apartment with plenty of food. We can still call and video chat with loved ones, and thankfully our family is healthy.
As I ponder the death and resurrection of Jesus, I feel a connection to His disciples that I’ve never truly experienced before. Although the Bible shows us the magnitude of the cross and the empty tomb, we tend to forget about Saturday.
It was this Sabbath day that Jesus’s followers rested in grief. They must have wondered, what now? What will God do to redeem this?
Where’s our Savior?
Isn’t this the current state of our world? We’re all asking, what now? We are all wondering where our Savior is, who will conquer this virus and heal our land.
As Christians, it feels like we are in a state of limbo, waiting much like the disciples for an answer. Some of us may fall away or shrink back. Others will boldly keep preaching the hope of Christ.
Why do we have this hope?
Because even though Jesus suffered the most cruel death with the weight of humanity’s sin on His shoulders, we know where our Savior is.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”Matthew 28:5-7 NIV
Our God is not dead, and He is certainly not absent in this time of great trial. Jesus is risen, and He goes before us to prepare a place for us in His Heavenly Kingdom (John 14:3).
All of us will see the Lord one day, whether it be in death or at His second coming. But like the women who discovered the empty tomb, I want to see and experience Jesus in this life too!
I want to see Him moving in my life and the life of others. I want intimacy with the Holy Spirit, to have communion with my King.
Though our lives are being shaken and darkness fills the earth, just remember that is exactly what the scene of the cross looked like. Out of the darkest moment in history came the brightest light for all eternity.
This is the power of the cross.
Our victory is not in what we can see now, but in the empty grave that has no hold on heaven. Our Savior is not in some far away place. If we choose to trust in Jesus, He is at home in our hearts.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…Ephesians 3:16-17 NIV
We know where our Savior is because we know who He is. But what are we doing with Jesus Christ in this time of panic and despair? Are we reacting in fear, just like the rest of the world?
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Or are we choosing faith and courage as we fill ourselves up with the Holy Spirit? Are we choosing to be wise while we love and serve those around us?
The choice is always up to us. Our plans for Easter may be thwarted, but perhaps God is setting the stage for one of the greatest revivals the world has ever seen.
I hope you have a safe and Happy Easter! Got any prayer requests? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂
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