Over the course of history, we’ve observed nations rise among nations, countries crumble, people groups slowly wither away, crowds demonstrate animosity toward one another, and rulers ruthlessly seek to gain more power.
In each of these cases, it has appeared to make the world tainted, dismal, and dark. And sadly, it has caused a restlessness in our hearts, mourning what has been lost and growing concerned for what is to come.
Our current state of affairs proves our world is groaning for peace. However, as long as we live in broken bodies in a messy world riddled with war, crime, and famine, we are going to encounter unsettling times. But take heart. All is not lost. Let’s find hope together!
If we flip through the Gospel of John, also known as “the disciple Jesus loved,” we see this beautiful imagery of Jesus.
We see Jesus’ ministry and, in essence, the “heart” of the Bible — Jesus is the Son of God and the way to everlasting life. There within lies our hope. If we continue, it leads us to the story of Easter.
Start with Friday. Good Friday. The Friday where the world shattered and fell apart as an innocent man was ridiculed, beaten, and chastised.
A humble man that carried a rugged dogwood cross upon His back, all the while knowing His fate. Why was this day good? Because we know the history. We know what is coming — Sunday!
From the moment Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to the Last Supper that He shared with His disciples, we begin to see the love story for all humanity. It is beautifully foreshadowed here. Yet, during these times, the people were lost, broken, and in desperate need of peace.
Sound familiar? They doubted, denied, and didn’t even recognize their own Savior. One disciple, you probably already know his name, betrayed Jesus with a single kiss. Yes, Good Friday didn’t seem so “good,” but, it was still filled with promise!
Isn’t that just how Jesus works? To bring hope in the midst of sorrow. To shed light in the darkness. To declare Truth over lies. To bring redemption, sanctification, forgiveness, and a pathway to unfailing love through the darkest day in history.
When Sunday arrived and ended up being a fulfillment of prophecy and a gracious gift of salvation to all mankind, the people of that time were completely unaware.
Yes, even Jesus’ own disciples. When Mary Magdalene saw the tomb was empty and then recognized her “teacher,” she ran to tell the disciples.