Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” John 20:13
When the flesh is dealt with, the kingdom of God comes in and the church is built up.
The Lord had told them in various occasions that the Son of Man would suffer many things, but that He would resurrect. We serve the God of the resurrection.
Angels: Angels still speak to people today, and they work on the earth on our behalf. Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected on the third day. Martha went and found an empty tomb, but angels greeted her, and their words comforted her. We are not to glorify angels, because they are ministering spirits created by God (Heb. 1:14). They rolled the stone away of Jesus’ tomb granting Him a way out. And in other biblical stories they also helped Lot and his family escape from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and opened doors for the apostles to escape prisons.
Crucifixion: Some things in our lives have to die so that they can be resurrected. The Lord Jesus prayed 3 times for God to pass the bitter cup from Him, it was then that Jesus surrendered and said let your will be done Father and not mine. Our life is a reflection of God’s will. He wants us to be alone for a season so that we may surrender to His will. Jesus had 12 disciples, one betrayed Him, another denied Him and the rest scattered: they all left Jesus alone. They couldn’t even pray for Him during His darkest season! And it was God’s doing: not everybody can be with you when it’s time for your flesh to die. The disciples wouldn’t know how to pray anyhow, and would actually pray against God’s will, and seek to preserve Jesus life. Like many of our friends, would pray for God to have mercy on us, pity us or comfort us- meanwhile God wants us alone.
Resurrection: The disciples saw Jesus be beaten, spit on, imprisoned and killed!Their expectations were shattered, their hope for a king to redeem and restore their land and people was gone. Martha speculated saying, they have taken the Lord’s body to another place. And the disciples did not realize that Jesus had told them what would happen beforehand, and that they were living witnesses in that very moment. In the same way, the people around you will also speculate about your come up. They may even question you as you walk in resurrection power. They may be confused because they saw you fall, they saw you cry, they heard the rumors about you, but God has risen you to walk in resurrection power, with influence and great impact.
- Recognize that it’s God’s doing!
- God knows what He is doing!
- God desires you to surrender to His will: kill your fleshly ways!
- God will bring you back to life!
- God will confound the people around you!
Father God, Lord Jesus, thank you for your word. Thank you for teaching and instructing us as we grow in you. Thank you. We give you praise, glory and honor. I pray today for each of my brothers and sisters who may be going through the surrender battle. May you strengthen us, give us understanding and deeper convictions of your will and our areas which need to be surrendered. Give us the strength to move forward, and to desire your will above our own feelings. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.