Text: Luke 24:1-8 NLT
But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.
5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man[b] must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
8 Then they remembered that he had said this.
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus all happened over a period of 3 days.
- Friday was a day of suffering and pain and agony.
- Saturday was a day of doubt and confusion and misery for the followers of Jesus. We can only imagine what they are thinking.
- But Easter, that Sunday was a day of hope and joy and victory.
Here's the fact of life: you will face these 3 days over and over in your lifetime. When you do, you will find yourself asking 3 fundamental questions:
1. What do I do in my days of pain?
2. How do I get through my days of doubt and confusion?
3. How do I get to the days of joy and victory?
The answer is Easter.
What do I do in my days of pain?
Get back to your core, go back to the basics.
Most of here have heard many sermons, lessons, and songs about God, hope, and heaven. The tendency is to drift from those early lessons. We get busy doing life and managing a family and coping with our struggles.
After the Crucifixion, after their season of doubt, fear, and confusion, the followers of Jesus went to the tomb - the last place they knew He had been taken. There is no doubt in my mind that they ventured there out of reverence and respect, but also because the Holy Spirit took them back to where they last saw Him.
How do I get through my days of doubt and confusion?
Remember what Jesus said, "I'll never leave you nor forsake you."
Remember that He said, "Have faith in God. Trust Me. For I tell you all things are possible to him who believes."
Remember the times in the past when He took care of you.
Remember when you lost a loved one, but there was a peace that came, and strength and a comfort you never knew possible.
When filled with doubt and confusion, just remember what He said.
How do I get to the days of joy and victory?
The last two verses of Luke 24 says, “The disciples worshipped Him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. And they spent all their time in the Temple, praising God.”
Wow, from suffering and pain and agony on Friday, and doubt and confusion on Saturday, suddenly they are filled with joy and hope on Sunday.
Friday may have come to your life. You are living it now, the suffering and pain of a bitter life. But Sunday is coming. Sunday is coming for you.
- Saturday may have you down and filled with doubt and confusion and you don’t know where to turn or what to do.
- Listen, Sunday is coming to you!
Sunday – Sunday He rose. Sunday, He walked out of the grave with the keys to death and hell. Sunday, the clouded hearts of the disciples were wiped clean, their spirits revived, their hope renewed. All because there He was – He had risen.
And today, this Easter, He wants to appear to you. Today, this Easter, He wants to live in you and restore your hope and lift your spirit. Will you let Him?
Posted on Sat, April 4, 2015
by Darrell Waller