Jesus’s last words on the cross were “It is finished”. The Bible says that darkness covered the earth. Take a moment to let that soak in. The Light of the World literally went out. Beyond sad, for His followers it must have been terrifying. Can you imagine a world without Jesus in it?
As Jesus remained in the tomb, I imagine the disciples were anxious and afraid. Surely they were asking each other, “what do we do now”? We don’t like to wait, especially if we’re fearful of the outcome. Waiting can be maddening, stressful and fear-inducing. “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Ps. 30:5b)
Even in the grieving, the unknown, heartache and pain, Jesus seems to be calling from the tomb: “Find your rest and hope in me”. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Is. 40:31)
But Jesus did not stay in the tomb. He conquered death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) The story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told. Because He died and rose again, there is hope for the world.
- Bible Gateway
- Mornings with Jesus 2017