“We had hoped that He was the One to redeem Israel.  And it is now the third day since these things happened.” (Luke 24:21)

Three years with Jesus.  You’ve seen Him heal.  You’ve seen him change weather patterns.  You’ve seen Him feed thousands of people with a little boy’s lunch.  Now it’s gone.  Jesus is dead, and Jesus had made a lot of promises to you about His kingdom & that He was the One God had sent.  He even told you He was going to die & rise again.

Yet, now He’s dead.  Now He’s gone—3 DAYS!! How could you have been so foolish to trust this man who obviously had some supernatural power.  Your hope has now broken down & lies like shards of glass on the ground.  He’s gone.  All your hopes placed upon Him.  How could you have been wrong about all of that?  Can you ever trust anyone again?

He made these promises to us!  “I don’t even know which way is up right now,” you say.  You hope & you hope & you hope & believe & see proof & witness majestic resurrection power from this man who claimed to be God.

This is an utter disappointment.  Darkness envelopes you & the meaninglessness of life covers you like a shroud.

HOPE. CHANGE.  That is what we were promised from this Jesus, & now 3 days later you’ve got the CHANGE part.  Your hope has changed. It has shifted, rather slid, down a hill because the foundation proved to be faulty, you now believe.  3 days—3 years of PROOF is swallowed up by 3 days of doubt & impossibility…

All the while, in your doubt, in your depression, amidst the frayed ends of sanity, you cannot see that this GOD is walking right beside you in your unbelief.  In your despair, the LORD of GLORY travels the road of hopelessness with you, and though you can’t recognize him or even feel His presence, His promise beckons you to believe:

 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

(Isaiah 43:2)

And though you can’t feel this truth, your God LIVES today.

(Read Luke 24:13-35 for the whole story)