Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 27:57-60 (NKJV) Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb and departed.
As far as the disciples were concerned the party was over. Jesus was gone; and with His demise all the hopes and dreams of the disciples died as well. Jesus, their champion, their teacher, their leader, their voice, their friend, their conscience, their Lord, their everything; well He was gone. The disciples gathered together and groveled in their pain and sorrow. Just waiting for the other shoe to fall. If they crucified Jesus, who was the next man up?
It was time to wait. The disciples had just experienced a devastating loss, and honestly, there was nothing else to do. Jesus was dead and buried in a tomb. We all share in the pain of experiences that take our breath away. A death, a reversal of fortune, an unwanted medical diagnosis, the loss of a relationship. Life can be unusually cruel. We want to act—to do something, to do anything that will change the outcome; these are the times when it is wise to wait.
The Prophet Isaiah has words of wisdom for us. Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But, those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The disciples waited. They did not wait in vain, for the Father was still in control, orchestrating the events, making His purposes happen, working everything together for the good of the Disciples. They waited…Easter was coming!
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.