Tonight we looked at the story of The cross and The journey leading up to it.
The disciples followed Jesus for three years. He knew them inside and out. They were closer than brothers.
They watched Him do incredible things; things that can hardly be fathomed:
Heal the blind, raise the dead…
They knew He was capable of performing miracles-they’d Seen it a thousand times.
So, when he laid on the cross, lifeless, you can imagine they were probably astounded. They were probably confused.
They were probably uncertain of just how powerful this God Was…because if he was So powerful, why didn’t he save Himself from that cross?
We talked about the reality of Day 2.
Day 1…disciples were in shock; denial, even. They watched as their beloved friend and teacher was mistreated and killed for claiming to be the messiah…for claiming to be Who they Knew He was…but they left the scene. They went home and they waited. Because, surely, He wasn’t really dead.
Day 2: but he was dead. No pulse. Wrapped in linens. Placed behind a stone. He was gone.
Everything they’d believed for the past 3 years was now in shambles. All of their eggs In a cracked basket.
Day 2 was a pit of confusion…doubt… ..desperation. They’d waited on Him to work a miracle and He’d let them down.
They hadn’t yet reached day 3-the resurrection.
We celebrate Easter and the victory we have in Jesus but that’s because in hindsight we know that even though He died, he would soon rise and conquer the grave.
But the disciples had to live through Day 2-the tragedy and loneliness. The grief. The disappointment, abandonment and confusion. They didn’t have a point of reference to look back on and Know he would conquer the grave-they just struggled in the moment.
Tonight we asked our students which day they find themselves resonating with currently-
Here are only a few of ther responses:
“For 3 years I rejected God because I felt as if He wasn’t doing right in my life but recently I went back to Him as I started to see that I wasn’t seeing the little things he was doing in my life. I went on OneLife and a school retreat and I can honestly say I feel that I am on day 3. I’ve never been happier in my life until now and it is all because of God.”
“I walk in day 3 but sometimes feel like it’s day 2. “
“Day 2: I lost a friend/brother and I ask God why. Why does he take the people close to me away and not me?”
“I’ve been a Christian my whole life but I’ve been somewhat doubtful recently”
“day 3: Acceptance & victory. I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus!”
“Days 2&3: some days I feel like I’m alone but some days by His miracles, I believe.”
“Honestly, one day I’m on day 1 and then day 2, then day 3. I know and accept that Hes always with me. But sometimes bad things happen in my life that I don’t believe I deserve those things. But At the end of the day, I love Him and all things happen for a reason.”
“Day 2: because I’ve been asking and praying everyday for my depression to get better but it doesn’t feel like it is”
“Well, right now I don’t believe in anything anymore. I guess you could call me an atheist. I worship myself.”
“I am at day 3 because I have come to realize that if someone dies they are with God.”
As you can see, we are all on different ends of the spectrum but there is one thing we have in common: though we may find ourselves at day 1 or 2, Day 3 is coming. It is promised to those who believe in Jesus.
Jesus died but He didn’t stay dead and even though somedays we may think our “day 3” is great, it pales in comparison to eternity and the place we’ve been chosen for in Heaven.
This weekend as you celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and savior, dwell in remembrance of what it may have looked like on Days 1 &2. But don’t stay stuck there because Day 3 is coming.