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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
Expect the Resurrection
by Jenny on March 31st, 2015

"From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead." Matthew 16:21

It's Sunday morning.

During His earthly ministry Jesus plainly explained to His disciples that He would suffer many terrible things, that He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead (Matthew 16:21).

They crucified Jesus on Friday. But it's the morning of the third day.

It's Sunday morning.

Where are the disciples . . . ?

Jesus devoted much of His time on earth to the twelve disciples. The disciples had front-row seats and back-stage explanations to Jesus' miracles. Jesus warned His disciples about the trouble both He and they would face. But the circumstances surrounding Jesus' death far exceeded the disciples' expectations. Rather than aligning seats in a half-circle outside of Jesus' tomb expecting the resurrection, the disciples locked themselves inside a room consumed by hopelessness and despair.

What about you?

Do you, like the disciples, find yourself amidst circumstances that defy what you expected from life? Maybe you, like me, have read a few promises from Scripture but you see no way for those promises to apply to you after all you have endured. Jesus promised that you could have life and have it abundantly. But rather than expecting deliverance into your promised-land, you find yourself hidden from the outside world overcome by hopelessness and despair.

Ten years ago I could quote all of two verses from Scripture--John 3:16 (the ONE verse you'll likely hear if you attend church even just ONE time) and 1 Corinthians 2:9, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him." I can't tell you when that second nugget of Scripture imbedded itself in my brain but those two verses were the extent of my Bible knowledge. I wasn't exactly sure what 1 Corinthians 2:9 meant but to me those words promised a good life, a life of abundance. After the loss of one of our identical-twin daughters, I failed to see how that promise would ever be fulfilled in my life. Rather than placing a chair outside of the tomb expecting God to move and act, I hid myself from the world overcome by hopelessness and despair for nearly two years.

But eventually I tried of the sadness. I desperately wanted more from life. Unsure of His power I approached the author of 1 Corinthians 2:9. I asked God to show me if and how His promise could be fulfilled in my life. I was not sure God would answer. I told Him I understood if that promise simply wasn't meant for me. But I soon discovered that it was. All of God's promises applied to me even when I couldn't see a way. Psalm 77:19 reminds us that God makes a way when there is no way.

What circumstance in your life seems too far gone? What area of your life seems dead? Where do you need a resurrection?

God is in the business of resurrection. Throughout the New Testament God used His Son to resurrect physical ailments (see Luke 5:12-13 and 17-26, Luke 18:35-43 and Mark 7:31-37 to read just a few) as well as spiritual and physical death (see Luke 15:11-24 and John 4:1-26). God desires to use His Son to resurrect your life too.

Ephesians 1:19-20 read, "I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms." The same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is available to those of us who believe Him (notice that Scripture doesn't say those of us who believe IN God, but those of us who believe God).

Think you or your circumstances seem too far gone?

Romans 8:35 & 37 read, "Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Because of Christ's victory over sin and death, victory is ours for the taking. Overwhelming victory in every circumstance.

What do you need resurrected? Do not throw your arms up in despair like the disciples did. Jesus promised a resurrection.

Expect it.


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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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