Happy Good Friday everyone!
What are your plans for this weekend? I am thinking about shooting for my first fashion blog post…exciting stuff considering fashion is somewhat of a new territory for me! Haha
Anyway! There’s a lot on my heart today as we remember our Lord Jesus Christ on the day He was crucified, but I want to keep it short and sweet so we can get back to our festivities. 🙂
There was a man named Matthew who wrote a book of 28 chapters documenting Jesus’ ministry here on earth. The 28th chapter discusses Jesus’ major comeback, His resurrection, that’s what I want to focus on today.
Jesus came to earth, did amazing things for the Father’s glory, died on the Cross and rose the third day. We know this, and can celebrate today, because we’ve read the end of the story. It’s only a matter of seconds between reading about His death in chapter 27 and of His resurrection in chapter 28. But for His friends, it was more than 24 hours; imagine the pain His family was living in that moment. Jesus had told them He would come back to life, but that did not take away from them having to endure the tough three days without Him. How can you believe your Brother is going to live again, when others are preparing Him for burial? How can you believe your Best Friend will come back to life, when soldiers have sealed His tomb? How do you believe in life when death seems to have won?
Let’s imagine for a moment that Matthew 28 did not exist. If this would have been the case, then the story of Jesus would have been no different. He would have been remembered as a good man who had performed good deeds and died at a young age. End of story. And, you see, I think that’s the lie the enemy makes us believe sometimes. He works so hard to make us think our difficult situation is the end of the story. He comes and seals the decree of death in our lives; the death of a loved one, the death of your faith, the death of hope and dreams, maybe a health issue or family separation that is sucking all the life from within you. But I am here to tell you that chapter 28 was already written! Although it looks like death has had the final word, LIFE was already predetermined as the end of story.
In chapter 28, we read of the experience a couple of Jesus’ friends had at the tomb. To be honest, I’m not sure why they went. Maybe to mourn, or maybe in hope to witness the resurrection of their Messiah. When they got to the tomb, expectations high, they faced the harsh reality that there was a stone sealing the cave. It was the visible description of the impossible, of trying to conquer something bigger than yourself. They were girls, and no offense to all my ladies who lift, but they were not going to be able to move the stone. Even if there had been men with them, it was a stone way too large for any man to move it, especially after it had been sealed. And so, there they stood, looking at the cave head-on, trying to figure out a solution. Now before I tell you the end of the story, I want you to take a moment and think about that one immovable thing in your life that has always seemed just too impossible to overcome. For some, scarcity, for others, being overweight. Maybe it’s your family that has been destroyed, or the insecurity and fear that dictate your life. That stone, that one thing that wanted to make you believe that your story ended in death, divorce, sickness or lack, is the very thing God can move. Watch this! The Bible says that “an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone, and sat on it.” So not only did God send an angel to move the immovable, but the angel sat on it, which to me, is quite hilarious! I can imagine the angel sitting on the stone; on the immovable, unovercomeable thing, and saying with a smile, “This is what had you so worried? I am more powerful than the stone!”
And so, let’s get hungry for God’s power! He has so much more for you than you think! Consider what needs to be moved in your life. After the angel sat on the stone, the stone was not going to get up and move itself into the mouth of the cave again; once God comes and rolls the stone away, it can no longer taunt you or keep you from living a full life.
Dear friend, in the midst of all the chocolate bunnies and easter egg decorating, take some time to simply talk to God and experience the love of the Cross. He is so crazy about you. His deepest desire is to watch over you and love you like a Father. Whatever situation you are going through, S P R I N G is here! The season to bloom, to be joyful, to sing and be happy! May the resurrecting power of Jesus fill your homes with fresh joy this Easter!
Your friend, Nadia Kay ❤