As we enter into this Holy Saturday and look back on the week that was, we see Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to fulfill his destination.
He has had the Last Supper with his disciples and given them this commandment: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34,35
He has been tried, scourged, and nailed to a cross.
And now He is in the tomb; a tomb that is said to have belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy Jewish follower of Jesus.
And so we wait, because it is not over. The best is yet to come. Happy Saturday.
The question always gets asked, why is it called Good Friday when that’s the day Jesus was nailed to the cross? One can only surmise that trusting the outcome of that dreadful day to be His resurrection three days later made the unbearable less so.
It was also a day of hope for the fulfillment of His promise in Mark 9:31… because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”
In today’s world it seems things just go from bad to worse. The virus appears to ease off just to rear its head again in different parts of the globe. Violence and crime walk hand in hand; peaceful protests turn ugly; rulers bend the rules; fires, floods, ferocious winds and earthquakes ravish the earth. And we, the human race, ask, “Is there any hope?”
Scripture says, “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
The following song keeps me hopeful. Happy Sunday.
Many of us are truly horrified with what’s going on in our world today. Revelation tells us that Jesus has a vision for our world and what it will be like. It may not be in your time or mine, but there is always hope. Happy Sunday.
My scripture reading yesterday was Psalm 80 and within that Psalm was this plea, “Restore us O God; make your face shine upon us that we may be saved.” It was repeated four times referring to the problem of the day. How wonderful that we can make it our prayer today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.Hebrews 13:8 NIV. Happy Saturday.
I know of a few people who have been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, including Alex Trebek, well known host of the TV game show, Jeopardy. This is a very frightening diagnosis and these people need our prayers. An extremely appropriate scripture appeared to me in my quiet time yesterday and I thought of all of these people. As much as it is possible for some, and to all others, happy Sunday.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Today’s blog comes from part of Matthew Ruttan’s post on suffering. This is only a snippet:
There is a lot of suffering in the world. There is personal anguish and anxiety. There is family and relationship stress. There is oppression and violence and war. None of this surprises me because we live in a broken world. But it bothers me. It bothers me because it’s not what God intended.
There are some people I know who are going through difficult problems right now…cancer, depression, severe arthritis, and other maladies. Today Isaiah 40:31 comes to mind when I think and pray for them. In spite of everything, they still will manage to have a…Happy Sunday.
“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Suddenly there seems to be much sad news coming my way. Families of friends are becoming ill, some to the point of no return. In the news people are being randomly killed for no known reason. As one lady I know begins treatment for advancing cancer, she commented, “This too shall pass.”
Which brings me to today’s message…there is always hope.