Isaiah 42:16 NIV ” I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Today is Resurrection Sunday, a focal point for global celebration of our King, but I invite you to ponder Saturday instead.
I ponder what it must have been like for the apostles. They hoped against all evidence that at the last moment Jesus would jump down off the cross. Instead he died, unmistakably, with all the horrors of a crucifixion.
So their dream had crashed and burned. What do they do now? Go home. Struggle with the “why” questions. How do they put the miracles along side of the death? What do they tell their friends and their enemies? How do they live a mundane life after three years in the presence of such an uncommon man?
Saturday for the apostles had to be brutal emotionally.
Meanwhile, Jesus was not agonizing over the past or the future. He knew the future would be messy, but would be triumphant.
What a stunning difference in perspective between the apostles and Jesus, when both were looking at the same data – a dead Christ!
So in the face of excruciating facts on any “Saturday” of my life, I remind myself that my King is not trapped and is not agonizing over the facts that are tormenting me and that resurrections follow crucifixions and burials.
For me, the phrase that sings is Paul’s statement in Philippians 3:10. “I want to know the power of his resurrection . . . ” NIV And in Hebrews 7 and 8 it speaks of our having a “better covenant.”
So Resurrection Sunday is for me the opening of a grand new chapter of the story where Christ delights in releasing wisdom and power (1 Corinthians 1:24).
This week I am asking you to pray with me for both, for three situations where I lack wisdom and power.
1) I am stuck with Fred and Sally. They have a situation that is quite different than anything I have worked with before. I have walked with them for a while and initially we had great revelation, addressed issues with power and saw movement. Now we can see nothing, and there is no authority. Will you join me in asking God to “turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth” for them?
2) I am stuck with Sally the Singer. She is facing a major threat from the enemy. If she dares to make the next move toward freedom, the consequences from his hand will be awful. His threats are credible. Will you join me in asking God to “turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth” for her?
3) I am stuck with Fred the Fighter. He has been fighting a particular problem for quite some time, with negligible progress. He asked the Lord what else he needed to do, and God’s answer was “Fight harder and smarter.” Harder he knows how to do. Smarter is a challenge. Will you join me in asking God to “turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth” for him?
The resurrection of Christ was not the high water mark of Christianity. It was the turning of the tide, unleashing the opportunities for the light of Christ to rout the darkness of the enemy. Let’s fight!
Copyright April 2014 by Arthur Burk
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