Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Day Before Jesus Returns!

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There was a man named Joseph, who was from Arimathea in Judea. Joseph was a good and honest man, and he was eager for God’s kingdom to come. He was also a member of the council, but he did not agree with what they had decided.
Joseph went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.  He took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in fine cloth. Then he put it in a tomb that had been cut out of solid rock and had never been used.  It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin.[h]
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and watched how Jesus' body was placed in the tomb.  Then they went to prepare some sweet-smelling spices for his burial. But on the Sabbath they rested, as the Law of Moses commands.
Luke 23:50-56

The morning after Jesus was put in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea our Lord was still there!  Sadness overwhelmed the hearts of the disciples.  That Saturday morning brought no joy with the rising of the sun.  There is no record of anyone waiting and hoping for the resurrection of Jesus on that dreariest of days.  

Things had not gone the way the followers of Jesus expected.  They had seen Jesus heal the sick and even raise the dead, but now Jesus was dead and there was no one able to say "Jesus come forth" from the tomb as Jesus had said to Lazarus!

The day before the Resurrection of Jesus may have been a lot like the day will be before His Return to earth.  His followers were not ready to give up and lose faith in Him, but they had no idea how it was going to work out!

If today were the day before the Return of Jesus, I think we would feel same.  We have seen the spread of His Kingdom around the world and the power of His Word touching the hardest hearts of all.  The spiritually dead are raised to life and the sin sick are healed!  But now it looks very dark on planet earth!

Remember, Jesus rose from the grave and He will Return again!  His Return is sure and certain.  No matter how dark the day before He returns, Jesus will come again!  And then the joy will last forever!

"Lord Jesus, give me the grace to live this day as if it were the day before Your Return!  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

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