Just as the earth begins to shed the dark and cold of winter and moves into the brightness of spring, so we too must have our faith come into the light of God’s grace. As we prepare to enter into Holy Week we may see that much of the focus is on the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. This can be something that brings us down. It is a sad time.
But we must have the attitude that Jesus had throughout those dark days. He knew he was going to go through suffering and pain, but I believe he kept his focus on the ultimate glory that awaited him on the other side of the tomb.
On the cross Jesus spoke the first few words of Psalm 22, words of pain and sorrow. But I believe he wanted everyone to remember the rest of the psalm. What good news is there for the poor? What will the attitude be from all the people? Why will this come about?
As Christ went through the pain and torment of the arrest and crucifixion, we too sometimes go through the struggles of life. We experience hurt and pain. We have times of sorrow and grief and loneliness. We often face times of hopelessness.
But we need to keep our focus on the other side of the tomb. There is glory that awaits us all. Jesus did indeed die, but that death was only temporary. He was raised again and in that resurrection we are given incredible hope and joy.
As believers we need to be people who are in the know. We must be people who are aware that the death of Christ is not the end. There are rich blessings from God that will come our way. We will be satisfied. We will gladly give praise to God because we know that the crucifixion was for our salvation, a gift of God’s grace.
When we begin to feel sad or discouraged we must keep our focus on the glory of God. Dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. Let us rejoice in that knowledge.
DAILY CHALLENGE: How can you keep your faith focused on God’s glory?