Sunday, April 5, 2015
The death sentence will be taken away!
John 20:1 – Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.
Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where they laid Christ. The Bible says that it was still dark when she came. Perhaps she came wanting to be near Him. In any event, when she got there, she found the stone taken away and Christ’s body absent. Mary, expecting to find Him there, panicked when she saw the open and empty tomb. She ran to tell the disciples her discovery. They ran to the tomb to find a confirmation of her message; He was no longer there. The Bible says, “Mary began to weep.” She did so because she thought the death sentence was sustainable. She even had a conversation with two angels and also Jesus Himself but didn’t know who He was at first. The Bible says, “She thought He was a gardener.”
Mary’s behavior, in many instances, can mirror our own behavior in processing death sentence in our lives. She thought it was final and therefore expected to see Christ’s body there the next day. The wrong perspective of a death sentence can cause us and others around us to place finality on something God has labeled temporary. Jesus never planned to stay in the decisions others were making for Him concerning His future. In fact, in John 2:19, Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up,” speaking of His death, burial and resurrection.
Understand, my friend, that God has already spoken life to the decisions of death that you might encounter; Jeremiah 29:11 (“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”).
Our responsibility is to simply have the mind of God concerning ourselves so that when we are issued a death sentence we are not surprised when it is taken away. So when you look for Jesus and fail to see Him where He was the last time you looked, keep looking; He’s there and His angelic resources will accompany Him.
Dear friend, the sentence you’ve been given will not last, your situation is changing as you read this devotion. Don’t be empty-tomb minded; the word of God in 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Your mindset must be, “I’m coming out no matter where I am or how long I have been there.” God never intended for you to stay there. The Bible says, in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.
Choose to agree with God and not with your trouble. He is waiting to partner with you. Remember, He never loses!