Another great post by my son, Daryl Chesser:
The most terrible thing had happened.
Hundreds of Lying, murderous, hateful, thugs, government officials and religious leaders had actually framed an innocent guy who was just trying to help people.
They fixed the trial results by ramping up social media outrage and where necessary, payoffs and threats, so that any “honest” leaders would cower into submission of the mob mentality.
But when the dust settled, the crowds gone home, the media silent, 3 women headed to the site of the tragedy to salvage what dignity they could. Discouraged, afraid, they came to the place…
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body.
Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to each other, “WHO’S GOING TO ROLL THE STONE AWAY FROM TH ENTRANCE FOR US.?”
When they looked up, they saw that THE STONE HAD BEEN ROLLED AWAY.
And it was a very large stone!
Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled.
But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed!
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR JESUS OF NAZARETH, who was crucified.
HE HAS BEEN RAISED.
HE ISN’T HERE.
Look, here’s the place where they laid him.
Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee.
YOU WILL SEE HIM THERE, just as he told you.”
– tragedy, horror, fear.
The worst thing that could happen, had happened.
However, anyone familiar with the last two thousand years knows that this tragedy at the cross, of betrayal, jealousy and hatred, turned out to be the very definition of “opposite”.
This tragedy was the plan from the very foundation of the world by our Heavenly Father. It was his idea that Jesus Christ would come as the Lamb slain for the sins of the world.
It was Jesus’ love and obedience to His father that brought him here, and put him on the path to this very tragedy. He willingly, knowingly, went to that cross…because of love.
This was indeed a tragedy, but not for the ones we would suspect. This was a tragedy for sin, for death and hell, for sickness, disease, poverty and fear.
This was the final solution for the Serpent, the devil and all of the spiritual darkness.
They had walked right into the very tomb they had hoped to inter the Source of Life, Jesus Christ.
Death and hell were now interred in the trap they set for Jesus…the tomb.
The women who approached the tomb that day dejected, alone and terrified after the events of the previous 3 days, asked the question that we all ask after tragedy or loss or despair…”WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE OF DEATH, DESPAIR, LOSS, FEAR, DEBT, DISEASE, AND HOPELESSNESS FOR US?”
They were going to see Jesus, to anoint him or clean him up…that is when they saw it. The stone has already been rolled away. Jesus was not in that tomb. He had risen. And, he had gone on ahead of them.
I said, “catch up”.
Catch up to what?
Catch up to Jesus who has already gone ahead of us into our day, our harvest, our hope, our righteousness, our salvation and our victory.
He is not back at the tomb. He is in your heart and your mouth right now. Believe what you heard, DECLARE WHAT YOU HAVE BELIEVED, THAT HE IS RISEN, HE IS NOT IN THAT TOMB, HE WILL SEE YOU OUTSIDE OF THAT GRAVEYARD.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that God has raised him from the dead, and declare with your mouth that He is Lord, and you and your house will be saved.
No matter the tragedy that darkness has perpetrated on us, we won’t find Jesus in the grave, in the past failures or successes.
No, he is gone ahead of us into the shinning path of the just, of the righteous souls redeemed by his blood, and by his flesh ripped apart for our entrance into the very presence of our Heavenly Father to obtain grace and mercy to help us in the time of need.
Catch up. Run to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ today.
So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.