The Difference a Few Days Can Make . . .
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)
We are a week past Good Friday . . . and five days past Easter. Five to seven days don't seem like that big a deal in the scheme of life, but think about those events around the first Easter.
First, you had Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He was celebrated as the great King He is. Then a few days later, He was arrested, beaten, and killed horribly on the cross. Then on Sunday, He walks out of the tomb, proving He really is the Lord of Lords and our Savior.
That is all really good, but think about the emotional roller coaster Jesus' original followers were on. My goodness, they went from a manic high to the deepest of sorrows in a span of a day or two. And then their joy hit the high mark of their lives!
How are things going with you today? I hope they are going fine. But if they are not, hang in there. You never know when Jesus may show up and turn things around. And you can be sure He is with you . . . and will see you through it. I love Galatians 6:9 (NIV),
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Hang in there, you may be in the midst of a dark Friday, but the Lord is near . . . and He will see His faithful ones through it!
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Author, Bible Prayer Book--"BECOMING A PERSON of PRAYER"--Book Publisher: Xulon Press, 2007
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