Saturday, April 4, 2015

An Empty Day

Have you ever thought about what it would have been like the day after the crucifixion?

Many of us have experienced a day filled with pain and loss.  For some, the days after seem empty, hopeless, meaningless, and there is no longer purpose.  These days are also filled with regret and discouragement, and while life goes on for everyone else it seems to stand still for those who experience this grief.  

Imagine those true followers of Christ going through the same thing the days before the resurrection. In their case, it wasn't just a person that they were missing, but a loss of hope for past, present, and future generations.  Everything that had been promised by the Messiah Himself would have been put to death with Christ.  Imagine yourself in their shoes.  For me, I imagine a complete and utter emptiness.  What do we do now?  Where do we go from here?  I have just built an entire life around this Mans teaching and proclamations and now He is gone.  

And while I might have been there struggling through all the emotions, tears, and discouragement there would have been a battle raging on my behalf. He was conquering death and the grave for the whole entire world and those to come.  Just because they could not see what was going on does not mean Christ wasn't working.  

Have you ever thought that  in our darkest hours Christ is fighting on our behalf, and I am not just meaning on that dark day so long ago.  When Christ's body died His Spirit did not.  At the point of death, His Spirit went to fight for our future hope in Christ, conquering death once and for all.  Today, Christ is sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us.  This may seem small and not at all like a battle, but prayer is the battle.  Praying is one of the hardest battles we face in life, but Christ who is perfect and knows perfectly what to pray is interceding on our behalf 24/7.  On our empty days, He is battling in prayer.  

There are some awesome truths that we can remember on our empty days.

1.  Christ conquers our empty days by fighting for us in prayer.  Even though, we may not feel it or even care at that moment it is a powerful truth that we aren't fighting alone.  Christ is fighting on our behalf if we are a child of His.  Romans 8:34

2.  There is hope for the future.  Because of the resurrection of Christ there is now hope for all eternity.  If there was no resurrection there would be no hope, but now there is glorious hope and life in Christ.  There will still be empty and hard days just like there was the days leading up to the resurrection, but there is hope knowing that life will begin again.  1 Peter 1:3

3.  Christ cares what we are going through.  The day of the resurrection, He appeared to those who needed Him most.  He did not forget about His followers and He will not forget about us now.  He loves us and wants to take care of our needs.  

Today as we mark the empty day in the Easter weekend I hope we can see and apply these truths of emptiness.  Empty days will come, but Christ is fighting and working all things out for His good and His glory.

With Christ, there is hope for our future!

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