Yesterday was a confusing day. We had our new flooring all picked out online. But when we went to get it they didn’t have it in the store anymore. We picked out something else at another store and the color we liked is no longer in stock. We moved on to some other things we had planned to buy and it was also a no go. Finally we stopped at a Christian bookstore for Easter goodies. As we paid for our items, the woman checking us out was in a state of confusion. As she explained, “I told my husband I dreaded working today.” Handing out some encouragement in the Lord, we moved on. There was one more item we needed and it needed to be red. After two more stops, we realized there was no such thing as the item we wanted in red. Disappointment again. Remembering words from Bible study long ago, we both smiled and said, “Disappointment – His appointment”. We still had a wonderful time getting away together for a few hours.
Don’t you know that on Saturday all those years ago, the disciples and followers of Christ were confused. They had expected a Savior who would fix their world, not rock it. They had followed Jesus who talked about dying, but they were planning how to live with Him. The women were especially confused. Jesus had given them hope that life was going to be different and now He was gone. The excitement of the His short time on earth was cut to real confusion as they lowered His body from the cross and buried Him in the tomb. Disappointment reigned in their hearts. What were they going to do? How would they live? Everything they’d ever hoped for died and was buried behind a huge stone. Was that all there was to Jesus? Three short years and now death? They couldn’t go back and they weren’t sure they could go forward.
But they hung around and waited for some sign of hope and encouragement. On the third day, their confusion and discouragement was met with an empty tomb and a risen Lord! He conquered their worst fears and fulfilled their hopes beyond their wildest imaginations. “Jesus is Risen!”
Oh beloved, yesterday might have been full of confusion. You may have met with all kinds of disappointment. It might have been as simple as not finding the dress you need. It might be as profound as a diagnosis of sorrow. Whatever you have been going through you can rest assured that because you have met Jesus nothing will ever be the same! He will take your worst disappointment and make it His appointment. He will take your ho hum yesterdays and turn them into Resurrection living. What you can’t hope to accomplish or overcome, He has already done it for you! Your weakest moments were nailed on the cross, put to death at the tomb and your entire life is now resurrected with Him! Just as He walked out of the tomb you too can walk out of the tomb of despair, disappointment, confusion, sorrow, pain, agony, rejection and more. You aren’t the sum of a bad day, a confused outcome or a disappointed series of no’s. You are a redeemed, saved, secured, blessed, anointed, delivered, set free believer in the Risen LORD! No more sting of death for you. Oh no, you are a victorious worshiper of the Most High God! You can face whatever is thrown at you because your life is hidden in Christ! You’re not just hoping for tomorrow to be better, you are living in Holy Spirit filled power that your life is full of joy, love, peace, power, authority, and more!
God loves you and He’s for you! Look to the cross, look to the empty tomb, look to the sky! Live loved, live joyfully and share Jesus with a confused disappointed world. Everything will work out for your good and His glory as you live in the Light of His glory and grace! Your Savior is Risen and His Comforter is with you all the days of your life!
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.
Matthew 28:6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He was lying.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
I Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 16:23 The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.