This is day 21 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.
Matthew 27:59-60 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, (60) and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Today is the last day of our devotion. Yesterday we remembered the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We have the good fortune of knowing that the resurrection comes tomorrow but those saints didn’t have any idea what was coming. All they knew what what they saw before them.
Their messiah was dead. Their movement was scattered. The folks that killed their leader were sure to come after them next.
I start to freak out when tax day is coming. I don’t know what I would do when the tax collectors were out to kill me!
If they thought about it they might have figured out that something was up.
Jesus always had a plan. I know he was lead by the Spirit and only did what he saw his Father doing, but he was constantly telling the disciples how to prepare.
If the whole thing was over, he would have told them. If the plan was going to fail, he would have let them know. When Joseph passed he gave clear instructions what to do with his body.
Jesus left no such instructions because he had no intention of staying in that grave. That’s why he borrowed one, he was not going to need it for long.
Have you ever cried out to God and demanded to know why he lead you down a road that was going to fail? Or why he left you helpless? Or why he didn’t tell you things would not work out? You probably didn’t get an answer from him because it’s still Saturday. Sunday is coming.
The resurrection of Jesus changed everything. It marked time. It marked God’s relationship with man. It marked what God has promised to us.
There are no failures with God. There are only Saturdays.
In every dry area of your life decide that today, the day before the resurrection, you will rejoice that death has no power over God’s plans. They may be in a grave but the grave is borrowed. You won’t be needing it for long.