Eternal Hope - Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 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. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
— Luke 24:1-12

There are indeed those moments in life where you look at the present undeniable situation and think to yourself there is no hope. But that is Saturday, before Easter morning comes. When Jesus rose from the dead he secured for us an eternal hope. I want to challenge you this morning to look past the temporary setbacks you experience in life and look to God's sovereignty, and the eternal and big picture hope that is offered to us and to all the world through Christ, and find joy and endurance for today.

Jesus' female disciples seemed to have better encouragement in this passage than his male disciples, who seemed pretty skeptical. Maybe you are a more skeptical or a pessimistic person by nature..."realistic" is what you like to call yourself...others have false hope in the wrong things, but when we are banking on Jesus and God's work in this world for His own glory, we can always be sure that His plan will prevail! No, not everyone is going to be saved, that is not God's plan. He never promises that your aunt will be healed or that you neighbor will be saved...what he does promise is for His own glorious will to be carried out, and in that we rejoice. And in that, the work of God (including raising Jesus from the dead) we find ETERNAL HOPE!

In Prayer Today:

Make it a moment of surrender by saying as Jesus did in the garden, "Not my will, but yours be done." Amen.