Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Day In Between

Today is the day that falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The day that falls in between despair and hope, between sin and redemption, between the crucifixion and the resurrection.

The day when this "Jesus" who claimed to be The King of the Jews, The Messiah, now lay lifeless.

This is the day when the taste of victory still laid sweet on the tongues of those who hated and reviled him.

Just yesterday, The Messiah,The Son of God had been crucified in the worst form of torture and humiliation known to man. Just yesterday, He had been beaten, tortured, disfigured beyond recognition and mocked on the cross as His own Father ignored His cries of "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?"

As the nails were driven through His hands and feet, and His blood began to flow, all his revilers could think of was that now at last there would be an end to this madness, this talk of a new kingdom, this talk of a Savior who came into the world to save us from our sins; and that now at last Jesus's followers would disperse eliminating any future threats to their worldly "kingdom."

Today is also the day when the agony and suffering that Jesus endured just yesterday still laid heavily on the hearts of those who dearly loved and followed Jesus as their Messiah.

Today is the day when Mary, the Mother of Jesus was experiencing grief upon grief. Yesterday, she saw her baby boy suffer more agony that any human being should, and more than any mother ever wants to watch. Instead of waking up to new mercies, she awoke to the harsh reality of her son'death.  Her heart must have overflowed with more pain than any heart could possibly contain.

Today is the day when the The Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world, your sin and my sin', now lay lifeless in a cold dark tomb just hours after uttering the words "It is finishedfrom the cross while drawing in His last breaths.

Today is the day when armed guards were still standing watch at the tomb, in order to insure no one could steal Jesus's body.

Today is the day where no words of comfort or faith were spoken, and deep grief, doubts and questions gripped the disciples hearts and minds.Today is the day Jesus's followers saw their faith crushed, their hope of victory gone and an uncertain future before them. Today is the day before the First Easter, the Day of Jesus's Resurrection. Only none of them knew the First Easter was coming. Oh, they had been told, but they had not understood. And now that their Jesus was dead how could the promises He had given them possibly come to pass? It was all over now. Utter despair filled their hearts.

But today is indeed the Day before Easter. The Day before the Resurrection. The Day before the stone was rolled away from the tomb and only an empty space was found because the grave could not hold Him.

Today is the Day before Easter - A day where Christians will gather from all over the world to celebrate THE RESURRECTION of Jesus - who for the joy set before him willingly went to the cross to pay the debt for our sins. He suffered, died and was buried.  BUT on the third day He rose from the dead.

Easter is the day where Jesus proved He was who He said He was - The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." Your sin and mine.

And He Shall Come Again in Glory. Just as He says He Will!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

What Are You Waiting For?

Sometimes the Lord is whispering "Wait" to us.  Usually that is in a season when we are trying to push ahead in our own timing. Other times He is waiting on us to "Step Forward" in faith, but we are lagging seriously claiming that we are "waiting" on Him.

What exactly are we waiting on? Are we waiting for the perfect time, the perfect place, the perfect circumstances? None of these will ever come.  I know, because I have been guilty so many times of waiting for these same things. And they never came.

It always seemed that the best opportunities came at the worst time. A time when things felt messy, a time when they were messy, a time when I didn't feel ready, a time when I indeed wasn't ready; or at least didn't think I was.

BUT GOD.....How many times have we heard that? How many times do we say it ourselves? How often I have given God excuses when he was pushing me forward and I wasn't ready to go! I have proclaimed that I was "waiting" on God when He was actually "waiting" on me!

Before He ever asks me to step forward in Faith, he has long prepared me, trained me and equipped me for the time and season He is calling me to. Those times of preparation actually occurred when I was in a season of "waiting" for Him. A season when I was begging Him to change my circumstances, but instead He chose to change me!

I recently took such a step of Faith. It was something I had been praying for, preparing for and working towards. Yet, when the opportunity came, I hesitated. Well, no I didn't actually hesitate, I froze! In that moment of time, a war was waging between Fear and Faith. By God's grace, I did step forward in faith, and an opportunity far better than the one I was seeing, one I couldn't have ever seen coming, was there waiting for me, just as He had planned in His perfect timing!

It is often difficult to discern the nuances of the seasons; when the Lord is whispering "wait" and when he is calling us to step forward in faith. However, we can be assured that He is indeed working behind the scenes in both seasons for our good and His glory.

Are you in a season or "waiting" for God or is He waiting on you?