Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23 NLT
Can You Imagine?
Can you imagine what it must have been like to be one of Jesus’ disciples on the day after He was crucified? I actually thought about it this past weekend on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I thought about them waking up (if they had slept at all) and pondering the events that had unfolded over the last 48 hours. They must have wondered and worried, hoped and despaired. Yet those who persevered got to enjoy Christ’s victory as He triumphed over the grave.
It’s the Same for Us
It is the same for us today. Like the early disciples, we, too, are in the darkness of waiting. Christ has promised to return, yet His return is not marked out by 3 days or any other set period of time. All through the centuries His disciples have wondered and worried, hoped and despaired. But those who endure to the end will one day experience the fullness of His salvation.
Eyes on the Promise
During this interim period, we must keep our eyes on the promise of the King’s return. We must remain unwavering in our hope. This alone will keep us from despair while the world around us seems to be going to hell in a hand basket. This alone will keep us from falling by the wayside on our journey. This is what will cause us to be beacons of hope to those sitting in the darkness of despair, opening the way for them to step forward into the light of hope. Hope is the forward, expectant gaze of those who are living in the Reign.