(The Faith Forum Series – Batch 3)
I could only imagine the pain of Peter and the disciple that Jesus loved, when they ran to the sepulchre that early Sunday morning after Jesus had been crucified and saw for themselves that the mighty stone had been rolled away and his body was not in the tomb. I could only imagine how their grief was deepened: First, Jesus was taken away suddenly from them, betrayed by one that they had loved and trusted, crucified in a gruesome way and now his body was missing? (John 20:1-10; 16:20 & 22)
How much pain could one bear? Who did it? Why did they? Where did they carry him? For what purpose? Hadn’t they caused pain enough? What was going on? Who had taken the body of their Lord?
I could only imagine, how they left that tomb that morning with a sorrow so deep, it may have been indescribable. Not only had their Lord been crucified viciously but now, his body was missing.
Yet Jesus had foretold these events, although they had not quite processed what he had been saying at the time. In contemplation of the deep pain, sorrow and maybe even depression they would feel at all that had happened over those few days, he had told them: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”
And in one of the world’s greatest words of comfort ever spoken and to the ones he loved so dearly, Jesus concluded: “And ye now therefore have sorrow; BUT I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN and your heart SHALL rejoice and your joy no man taketh from you.”
Wow! Those words resonate in my spirit. They make everything alright, even when all seems wrong in this crazy world. In six simple words, Jesus completely flips the script.
“…BUT I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN…” Amen and Amen and AMEN!
Thank you Jesus, my LORD AND MY GOD!
Of course, he kept his word (as he always does) and appeared to the shocked disciples, after he had risen from the dead. In short, they did see him again!
In addition to this promise which Jesus fulfilled, he made another promise to all who believe that he is Lord over all. In John 14: 2-3, he prophesied of the time when, after he had risen from the dead and appeared to many, he would leave this earth and go back to God the Father. He said to his disciples and to all who would later become his disciples throughout the world: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Do you believe him? You should.
Jesus has a track record of meaning what he says and saying what he means. He is this world’s only hope and he is coming again, just like he said, to judge this world of sin and to take only those that believe on him, to their eternal home in heaven.
Those that do not believe on him, cannot go there because wherever Jesus is, unbelief CANNOT come.
Why not make your calling and election sure? If you have not already, why not trust in Jesus today? Call on the name of Jesus, tell him that you believe that he rose from the dead on the third day and confess that he is Lord. Then, ask him to come into your heart, to forgive you of all of your sins and to save you from the damnation to come. Ask him to take over your life completely and to change it as he pleases.
Jesus does not refuse anybody who comes to him genuinely in faith. You can make the best decision of your life, right here, right this moment, today. If you did and you meant what you prayed to Jesus from the heart, then thank the Lord Jesus for his saving grace, say out loud that you are turning your back on all sin and the devil and that you are now a new creation, under the complete management and Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have given your heart to Christ by speaking to Jesus genuinely as I have suggested above, why not send me a message and let me know, so that I can pray for you?
Jesus loves you and just as he promised, HE IS COMING AGAIN!
(Written on 16th April, 2017)