We often focus mainly on Friday and Sunday of this week - His death and His resurrection - but let’s not forget about Saturday.
Jesus previously told his disciples that He would be killed and would rise from the dead three days later.
Friday comes and goes.
Now, it’s Saturday.
Jesus is dead.
He is in the grave.
Can you imagine what the disciples are feeling at this point?
The disciples are probably really confused.
They are hurt.
They are doubting.
Their minds are in a fog.
Everything they had left their life for is now gone.
They don’t remember what He told them until the next day when He explains it to them.
They fled when these events started happening the day before.
They had expected Jesus to reign as king.
But He’s in the grave.
It is a day of darkness for them.
They go back to their normal lives.
The grave is empty!
Jesus is risen!
Jesus appears to them!
"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe." - 1 Cor. 1:21
Since moving to Raleigh, I’ve run into quite a few Christians from different churches and different denominations. It can be a very beautiful thing to meet with someone who has come from a Pentecostal church or meet with someone who has come from a Baptist church. Because of this, I’ve met many who differ on how exactly we are to “preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Some say you must preach on the streets. Some say you shouldn’t mention the word predestination until they come up from the baptismal water. There are many different ways genuine believers have gone about preaching the Gospel. I don’t entirely agree with all of them but some of them have proven effective. But then there was one particular method that struck my heart with some pain and agony that I lost sleep for quite some time. It was the method known as “loving people into the Kingdom.”
Brrrooo!!!! hahaha!!! Love the response!
Seriously though… that’s pretty close to how I felt yesterday afternoon. ha
Reconciliation is so refreshing.