For two days we had no hope.
For two days we had no Savior.
For two days our king was gone and the kingdom He promised with Him.
For two days the healer was dead.
For two days there was confusion, weeping, and mourning.
For two days sinners in need of salvation were devastated and lost.
For two days believers hid in fear and quaked with uncertainty.
For two days evil laughed, mocked, and taunted.
For two days our Messiah and Lord was a man in a tomb.
Can you imagine the range of emotions? Witnessing miracles, hearing stories, laying eyes on this man who is so different. The heart tugs, the stomach produces butterflies, and you just can’t shake the urge to follow this man. What He claims is absurd, but what He accomplishes is even crazier. The dead are rising, the sick are healed, and the powers of the world want to stop Him. It all lines up and you start to believe. Not just that He can open blind eyes or get rid of a nasty cough… but that He is who He says He is.
Can you imagine Letting go of logic and letting your heart take over to what you know to be true? To allow yourself to feel the freedom of FINALLY receiving a just and kind king? He isn’t corrupt, He isn’t selfish, He isn’t greedy. He doesn’t desire power and He doesn’t want wealth… your wealth. Unlike any ruler before Him. As this becomes your new truth you envision life with grace, peace, and happiness. You don’t know fully how it will all work out, but you have seen His power.
Who could stop a man that raises the dead? Who would want to? You have backed the wrong horse before, but not this time… not with this man. You sell possessions, you get the family together, you make life changing decisions because that is what followers are called to do. And just when everything couldn’t be better… it all falls apart. How could someone with that much power die? Just like that, He is gone. For two days, He is dead and buried and in the eyes of man, all that He promised is buried in the dirt with a man, who was either going to be as great as He claimed, but killed before He could do so… or He was just a fraud.
Either way, now your life is in shambles. You put everything into the promises of this man. You put your faith and hope in this man. And you watched them bury this man. I can’t comprehend the thoughts racing through their minds. We know they mourned. We know some were scared and hid. But how do they come back from that? He WAS their hope. Now they have none.
I catch myself living life like this. Grumpy in traffic, angry at online interactions, furious with horrible customer service. Bad days at work, kids make bad choices, food tastes bad. I can choose to make life as frustrating, horrible sounding, and pointless as I want to. Some days I feel lonely, sad, and like everything in the world is out to get me. I covet parts of my past while abhorring other parts of it. I fall in ruts, or sometimes cannonball into them with steadfast determination. And at the end of the day I just sit back and feel sorry for myself. Like I have no choice. Like I have no hope.
On the third day, something happened. For us, we know the story, but they hadn’t documented it quite yet. It started as a rustling of guards. I’m sure there was finger pointing and great defenses laid out as to why it wasn’t their fault. Then rumors started spreading and dreary eyes started to open. Rumors turned to sightings and wobbly legs began to stand. When all the pieces were put together and the full story told there was praise, worship, rejoicing. Hallelujah! He arose! It was all true. It IS all true. It will all be true. Now there is hope again.
From the third day on, there will always be hope.
From the third day on, we have a Savior.
From the third day on, we have a King, a kingdom to look forward to, and salvation to complete the story.
Lets be third day on, Christians. The evil one celebrated for two days… lets not give him any more than that. When the lies start to spread and you begin to feel tired, burdened, sad, alone, empty… remember day three. The stone was rolled away. The tomb was empty. The tomb is empty. The throne is not. Praise God for day three, let us never again live like our ancestors did in days one and two. We have the hope. We have a Savior. He is coming back.