16 "A LIttle while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see
Life doesn't always go as we expect it to. We see this every day in others' lives and sometimes in our own, Life takes a drastic turn in an instant. It could be a school shooting, and automobile accident, a suicide, or an unexpected diagnosis at the doctor. You know that we live in a dangerous and volatile world. As I reflect on this fact and I think about the situations people are going through, I am reminded of the cross. The cross is a wonderful example of expectations gone awry. The disciples had been living with and experiencing the awesome power of the Messiah. They each had their own ideas about how Jesus would set up his kingdom. They even jockeyed for position in this new kingdom. They failed to realize what Jesus was explaining to them. They just didn't get the fact that Jesus was going to be taken and beaten beyond recognition. He would be mocked and humiliated. He would be nailed to a cross for everybody to see- this "King of the Jews". Then Jesus died. Jesus DIED! How could this happen? It doesn't make sense; it doesn't fit the storyline the disciples had in mind. How can Jesus really be the Savior and King if he is dead? Get the picture? The cross is the reality of the sacrifice Jesus taught about. The cross is the necessary evil that would usher in Jesus's eternal kingdom. The disciples just didn't comprehend Jesus's teaching, and we are like the disciples in so many ways. When life takes an unexpected turn we too become shaken and rattled. We scurry looking for answers to help us make sense of what we are experiencing. We cry out, "It isn't supposed to be this way" and "This isn't supposed to happen". Yes, we are so much like the disciples. Then Sunday came. There was more to the story. Jesus would overcome death! He would rise to victory just as he said he would. Jesus remained faithful to his word. The resurrection of Jesus brought hope to the disciples, and it should bring hope to us. Jesus is faithful to his word and his plans. When life throws you unexpected troubles turn to King Jesus. Each of us
The old testament prophet Habakkuk had it right when he wrote: Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls --Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation, The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, He will make me walk on my high hills.
Remember the sacrifice on the cross and celebrate the Savior - His name is JESUS!