…“for He was teaching His disciples, saying to them, The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him,. And when He is killed, after three days, He will rise.” Mark 9:31
All hope seemed lost. Jesus had breathed His last. The earth became dark for three hours, in the middle of the day. The light of the world had been extinguished. Even the disciples had forgotten Jesus’ words. “In three days, I will rise again!” Had He ever broken a promise to them? The Lord’s words had paled in the darkness; during the hours of the crucifixion. It’s hard to remember crucial words; when you are experiencing the pain of the moment.
Three days before my mom died, she uttered the words, “Straighten my covers, it’s all going to be over on Saturday.” It was Easter season, and my mom was trying to prepare us for her soon coming death. She actually sat up, said a few words and ate a few bites of food on that Thursday. I thought she was turning the corner. My Mom was my spiritual mentor and the prayer warrior in my life. I just knew God was going to heal her; for the sake of those who loved her and felt she needed to stay on earth a while longer. The Lord healed her by taking her to heaven. Instead of wearing her new Easter dress to church, she wore it in her casket. Although I was gazing at her lifeless body; her spirit was forever with the Lord. I knew she was in heaven but I missed her life already.
The disciples probably felt the same way. Jesus had said , “If I go away, I will come again and receive you to Myself.”Three days later, Jesus arose from his borrowed tomb. Hallelujah! He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Death is not the end for any believer in Christ. It is only the passage way to eternal life in heaven. Keep on living when your loved ones depart in death. Go and do what Jesus has given you to do; the work of your hands and the work of your ministry.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, when I am discouraged; help me to remember Your promises, straight out of the Bible. They are yes and amen. You never go back on what You have spoken. I love you Jesus! It’s in Your Name; I offer up this prayer. Amen