Posted by: pastortomvabeach | February 9, 2018

Thought for the Week February 11, 2018

On Sunday we examined what it must have been like for the disciples when Jesus was taken away and crucified. After spending all of their time with Him for three years, after growing to love and trust Him as their teacher and friend, after eventually beginning to believe that He was indeed the Messiah, He is ripped from their company and brutally tortured and put to death.

What kind of despair and discouragement must they have been feeling? How could they go on without their leader? Yet, at the Last Supper Jesus tells them that their sorrow will be turned to joy in “a little while” (see John 16:19-20). They couldn’t have known on that first Good Friday what we know from this side of history. They didn’t know that in just three days the first Easter Sunday would dawn. No one had ever seen someone rise from the dead!

But it happened. Just as Jesus said, He rose from the dead and their sorrow was suddenly overcome and replaced by unmatched joy as they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy (Matthew 28:8).

Jesus does the same thing for us. When we are faced with discouragement, hurt, loss, confusion, even deep despair, remember that He says I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Take heart in the words of Isaiah 43:1-3, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Jesus knows what it is like to go through the fire and the deepest water and He promises to carry you through.

There is nothing that life can throw at you that Jesus cannot overcome. I asked everyone to write “Whatever I’m going through, Jesus will get me through” on an index card and carry it with them this week. Whether you have the card or not, the truth of that statement is real. Will you trust that He will carry you and replace your tears and sadness with joy? Just a thought for you especially if you are going through it this week. Remember, He is with you!


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