From Grief to Great Joy

I was thinking this morning about how Jesus’s followers must have felt on that day so many years ago when Jesus was crucified.  Many of them had followed Him for three years.  They walked with Him, they served with Him; they believed in Him.  They saw miracles. Now all of a sudden everything had changed and nothing was happening the way they thought it would.

First there came that night when Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and Judas came to betray Him, and He was given over to the Chief priests. They watched as He was mocked and beaten.  Even though there was no wrong found in Him, He was tried and scourged then handed over to be crucified. 

What an awful day as they watched, many from a distance, as Jesus was hung on the cross.  That same man that they had followed, and I daresay loved.  The one they thought would deliver their people. Maybe they hoped for a last minute miracle.  Perhaps they hoped Jesus would be able to deliver Himself and come off the cross. I don’t know what they thought. But I can’t imagine watching someone you care about go through the things Jesus went through that day. And then just like that He was dead.

Can you imagine the grief and sadness?  For those three days they must have felt so lost.  Like sheep without a shepherd.  I can imagine them being afraid. Thinking perhaps they might be next.  Or maybe thinking what are we supposed to do now?  We gave up everything we had to follow Jesus, and now He’s gone.  Where should we go? 

But then came Sunday. Hallelujah the day everything changed.  The reports began to come in of those who had seen Jesus.  First to the women at the tomb.  Then those on the road to Emmaus.  Then the disciples themselves. Could it be?  Dare they believe?

 It makes me think of part of Psalm 30:5 “weeping may endure for a night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. Oh what a glorious morning that must have been.  

  Can you imagine their joy that day? We still celebrate that great joy.  Jesus was dead but now is alive! Jesus gave His all for us. He gave His life that we may have everlasting life with Him.  He took our sicknesses and bore our diseases so we do not have to carry them.  (Isaiah 53:4-5) He defeated death. All these things He did for us.  Three short days that changed things forever.

Lets remember as we gather with friends and family to celebrate Resurrection Sunday who and what we are celebrating.  Praise Him and thank Him for His great love and all He has done for us.  May you have a blessed day and always carry that joy with you.



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