The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:5-6
Two days ago, we celebrated Easter … albeit on a very low key. Easter marked a glorious ending to a very terrible weekend for the disciples of Jesus. Easter was a triumph. Easter was resurrection; with everything coming back to life again, not just Jesus.
At such a time of global catastrophe like we’re presently experiencing now, it is easy to get so overwhelmed and depressed with the lockdown. I’m very sure the disciples of Jesus felt like that after their master and benefactor was arrested and crucified. There was such a lull in their lives, so much hopelessness. A statement credited to some of them sum it up:
“But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” Luke 24:21
You could feel the disappointment in their voice, the hopelessness. Are you feeling like that already? Are you feeling overwhelmed by this Covid-19 pandemic? Are you frustrated with the losses and the silence that has pervaded everywhere? Are you tired of the social distancing and all the restrictions that have been placed over our lives because of the virus?
One thing is this: You’re not alone. Everyone feels the same. But here’s the good news: It will pass! This pandemic will pass. Sunday is coming! Resurrection is around the corner.
One man was asked how many scriptures he knew off heart and he replied two. He said one is, “And it shall come to pass” and the other is: “And it came to pass.” Friend, whatever the world is going through now is actually going; it’s going to pass!
At times like this, it’s good to know that there have been times like this. The list of global tragedies is a long one. And certainly, this will not be the last. Look into your own life. I’m sure there have been some moments when you thought you wouldn’t make it. But here you are today; still going, still kicking.
When Friday came for Jesus, he was so overwhelmed. He agonized so much in the place of prayer that he was sweating blood. This is not to talk of the pain of the disciples. But then Sunday came.
Friend, Sunday is coming! This evil will soon pass. We will get our life back. Take heart; this too will pass. It came … to pass, not to stay.