Something Greater Is Coming (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 86)
John 19:41-42 (NLT)
The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. …Since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
After Jesus’ earth-shattering death on the cross, it’s hard not to think of what was going through the minds of those closest to Jesus during His life. He had warned them ahead of time that He was going to die. But, since they were so used to His miracles, they at least had an inkling of hope and anticipation that His death was not the end.
While Jesus lay in the tomb that Saturday after Good Friday many years ago, He wasn’t laying still. Behind the door closed shut with a large stone, He was preparing to make the greatest comeback that ever was made. The darkness would soon give way to a brilliant light. The feeling of death would soon be overcome by the strength and power of resurrection.
You see, sometimes in life, the worst comes before the best. If the best came first, we would never learn how to have faith, how to keep trusting, and how to keep believing even though the path in front of us is dark and dim. Most of the time, we’re not going to be able to see anything or feel anything, but we must be committed to believing that in spite of what we can’t see, or feel, or even understand, God is working everything out behind the scenes for our good.
Learn to live in expectation. Let yourself embrace hope. Choose to believe that something greater is just ahead of you. Now is not the time to give up because Jesus didn’t give up for you and me. Where you are now, however difficult it is, is preparing you for where you are going in the future. Keep your head up. Keep your eyes on Jesus. One day the stones will be rolled away and the light of hope, joy, peace, and change will fill your path.
“The tomb of Christ is famous because of what it DOES NOT CONTAIN.”
— Sam Morris