Most of us have been there, heading into an experience in life and not knowing exactly what to expect, not knowing how everything will unfold. We all have at least momentary fear when it comes to encountering the unfamiliar.
Those feelings of dread, moments of anxiety, emotions almost beyond control. That’s an uncomfortable place to find yourself. Your back against the wall, not knowing which way to turn.
What do you do?
Where do you go?
Who do you talk to?
Is there anyone you can trust?
That’s exactly where the disciples, those first followers of Jesus, those that had walked away from everything they had known to walk with Him, find themselves.
To find the words to describe what they were experiencing is almost impossible. The depths of darkness they were thrown into. The overwhelming sense of loss and loneliness they were feeling. However, the story doesn’t end there. There is more to the story.
The problem was they were still on the back side of what we know as Easter or Resurrection Sunday. They were on the death side, they had yet to experience the life side of Easter. They were on the dark side, not knowing they were about to experience an eternal light that would illuminate their lives. They were on the side of lingering defeat, not knowing that they were about to experience eternal victory through the Resurrection of Christ on the third day.
On Friday they were on the side of seeing the Lamb of God slain, on the first day of the week they were on the side of seeing the Lion of the tribe of Judah revealed. Christ had conquered! Satan was humiliated. The last enemy known as death has been defeated. The sin debt has been paid in full. No longer overwhelmed but now through Jesus Christ overcomers!
That no only describes those New Testament followers of Jesus, but also describes everyone that puts their faith in the finished work of Christ. You see, we are living on the other side of the tragic events of what is known as Good Friday. We are living on the first day of the week side, on the Sunday side, on the side of Easter where victory is experienced.
1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We at BCOG Regional Ministries want to invite you to join us Sunday, April 21st, 10:45 a.m. for our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Resurrection Sunday, where God’s redeeming love is truly witnessed.