• My Girls

  • My Sermons

  • Get GM4Missions

    (More Info & Sample)

    "This book is something. Buy it; read it; pray it; and commend it to a friend." (David J. Hesselgrave)

  • Get GM4Men

    (More Info & Sample)

    "Devotional material of this quality for men is extremely hard to come by." (Phil Johnson)

    "This little book is gospel gold." (Milton Vincent)

  • My Hymn Site

  • The Gospel

      A 25-minute mp3 explaining how sinful people can be right with God.

  • My Tweets

    • So I shelved a Sinclair Ferguson book beside a Charles Finney book. I expect to find Finney on the floor w/ both covers torn off. #dagonjoke 3 days ago
    • "Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy." (Isaac Newton) 3 weeks ago
    • "Why does God have to punish sin? Because he's so good. Why does God want to forgive sin? Because he's so good." (Tim Keller) @timkellernyc 3 weeks ago
    • The Christian life is commenced, continued, and completed by grace. #grace 4 weeks ago
    • Everyone treats superiors well. How you treat those under you (a waiter, an employee, an underclassmen, an outcast) reveals your character. 1 month ago
  • Subscribe to MTC

  • My Twitter

Utter Despair, Then Utter Triumph!

We who know the glories of Resurrection Sunday are prone to underestimate the utter despair that preceded it some 2000 years ago. As far as I can tell, while Christ’s lifeless body lay in the grave there wasn’t a single person on earth who anticipated his resurrection. As far as humanity was concerned, Christ’s life was a disappointment, a complete failure.

  • The crowds that once cheered Him had turned on Him and demanded His death.
  • His own disciples abandoned Him. One betrayed him to His enemies; all others forsook Him and ran for cover; their “class president” denied Him three times.
  • He had become a public spectacle—mocked, spit upon, brutally beaten, then crucified, probably unclothed.
  • His enemies had won a compelling victory, obtaining His death, then gloating at the foot of His cross.
  • He died, and His disciples mourned, most in hiding. The few who remain gave Him a hasty though respectful burial.
  • Finally, there were two days of despair, during which the only mention of His prophesied resurrection was made by unbelieving but suspicious Jews. (Matt 27:62-63) Even the most faithful of his followers came to the tomb early Sunday morning expecting to embalm Him, not embrace Him. (Mark 16:1-3)

You can hear the disappointment and “what-if’s” in the despondent words of the travelers walking toward Emmaus in Luke 24:17-21:

“We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” In other words, “We hoped, but we were wrong. He failed. He’s dead. It’s over, and we’re going home.”

No one believed. No one. All were hopeless. And yet…

Christ arose—just as He and the Old Testament prophets before Him had promised! And in so doing, He conquered death and sin and hell and despair. Absolute and complete triumph! And although his followers had been faithless, in the words of James Stalker, the “the alleged resurrection of Christ was accompanied by the indisputable resurrection of Christianity.” Peter, the denier and doubter, would preach less than two months hence that “It was not possible that death could hold Him.” (Acts 2:24) I love that: “IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE!”

He is risen indeed, friends, and He liveth forevermore. Hallelujah!

My Jesus, strong, shall come to reign,
To reign in majesty—
The Lamb arose, and death is slain.
Lord, come in victory!

(My Jesus Fair)

Advertisements

One Response

  1. Many of those that were in the jeering crowd turned to Christ (Acts 2) not too long after Christ’s Ascension!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: