Read: Luke 24:1-12
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words. Luke 12:6-8
Have you ever heard the admonition, “Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light”? I have no idea where it originated, but wow – it has changed my perspective in many difficult circumstances.
In today’s reading a group of women including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Joanna had arrived at Jesus’ tomb intending to anoint Jesus’ decaying body, only to find the tomb empty. The grieving women didn’t know what to think. Where is the body of their Lord? All of a sudden 2 angels appear and remind them that if they really thought about it, they would know exactly what had happened.
Let’s take a look back and remember a day full of hope and miracles and excitement. The disciples had already witnessed Jesus perform powerful miracles like the feeding of the 5,000 and when Jesus asked them who people were saying that He was, the disciples responded in Luke 9:19, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” Morale was high, things were looking good. Then in Luke 9:22 Jesus tells the disciples this: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
Jesus told the disciples what was going to happen. It should have come as no surprise to them that the tomb was empty, that He had risen from the dead. But the events of the previous few days had clouded their vision. All they could see was their Lord was dead and they were in complete and utter darkness. They felt shattered and hopeless. They doubted on that dark day what the Lord had told them on a brighter day.
Have you ever felt like that? Like God has given you a vision or a dream or a promise and then the “dark day” comes and in the midst of the circumstances you find yourself doubting what He said. I have. When I’ve experienced a “dark day” in my life, I’ve been so quick to doubt, to only see the circumstances from my very human perspective like the women at the tomb who were preparing to anoint Jesus’ dead body.
Sometimes our circumstances look really dark, really hopeless. But we have to remember that our hope is not in the vision, the dream or the promise, but in the Giver of the vision, the dream, the promise. Our hope is in the One who overcame death so in any circumstance we can say, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are not a God who is distant or silent, that in the darkest of circumstances we are not lost. Thank You that You have a plan and have it all under control. I trust in You and it’s in Jesus’ name that I pray, amen.