Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” ~CSB
Last Saturday, (April 3rd) was the day after Good Friday. I couldn’t help but wonder, “On this day many years ago, what were the believers thinking?” Think about it and compare it with today. The news would be spreading on TV, internet, social media, “Jesus Christ has been crucified!” Believers everywhere listening and reading the news at the details of how Jesus died. The pain of what the Messiah went through alone is too much to bear.
But the real test here is faith. Last Saturday being the ‘day-after’ I wonder what was the mood? Because it is the mood that can take faith away or make it stronger. Knowing the scriptures, believers had the Word seeded in them that ‘yesterday’ happened because the Messiah would rise from the dead, (John 20:9). During the period of grief, did they give up hope? Did they doubt the teachings, or did they just not understand at the time?
Jesus knew everything He was about to go through. He also knew that most would not understand until after everything was fulfilled. Saturday was the ‘crunch’ time! This day between death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb. Here is where faith is tested in its believers.
We will encounter many ‘crunch’ times in our lives. How will we respond to it? Will we allow our moods to hinder or strengthen us? Times like a death of a loved one as the result of non-natural causes. Will we question our father about our pain, or will we allow our faith that ‘He is in control’ to strengthen us?
We may have financial problems that may cause us to lose sleep, worry, stress and shorten our life span. What will our mood be then? Will we fall to our knees and give up our homes, our investments, all that has come from above, or will we ‘stick and stay’, continuing to walk in the name of Jesus believing that we are here for a reason.
All in all, believers must remember our history, God has always come through for us, no matter the situation. He has blessed us by using us, by providing for us and healing us. We must trust that he will do the same today as He did yesterday and will do tomorrow.
Just like that Saturday long ago, we must keep the faith. They may have wanted to question God when believers witnessed the arrest and beatings that Jesus took. Witnesses did not know it at the time that He did it for our transgressions. It may have been painful for believers to watch our Savior being crucified but it was in the plan to pay a debt we owe but could never pay.
But like the birth of a newborn baby after a woman has been in labor, that pain is surpassed by something greater, because on that third day, early Sunday morning, He got up! With all power in His hands! You see Jesus prepared us for this. Believers just had to keep the faith in His mission. We must do the same in our everyday trails and frustrations. We must keep strong faith despite our mood about what’s going on around us daily.
I will always pray for the Lord to keep you safe, protected and in continuous healing as you walk in Jesus’ name.
Authors Billy & Yolanda
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