The Big Disappointment
05 Apr 2014 Service – Mark Conner
19 “What things?” Jesus asked.
“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.
Lk 24:19-21 NLT
We had hoped.. Can you feel their disappointment?
At Jerusalem 30 AD.. Rome..
V25-26: 25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” … Suffer all these things before entering his glory.
No one saw suffering before glory… They didn’t understand at first. But once they saw it from a new perspective, their sorrows turned into joy!
We begin our relationship with God with recognition and awareness.
Then we start to follow him and become a disciple.
Then we start to find a calling. We are saved but we are also called! We start to serve.
Then somewhere along the way we hit trials and tribulations. Crisis, disappointments.. We then come to a place of fresh surrender and embrace God’s grace and mercy.
We may not understand it but we come to a place where we simply trust God, even if we don’t understand the “whys”. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts.
1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Isa 43:1-3 NLT …….THROUGH. Not over. Not around. But through also means you will come out to the other side eventually.
The promise is not that you will not go through trials, but He will be with you when you do. It doesn’t say weapons against us will not be formed, but weapons will not be prospered.
Sometimes the trials you go through is there to teach you something that you can experience no other way.
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Rom 8:28 NLT …. it doesn’t say all good things. But ALL things.
Just like making a Thai curry, there are some ingredients which you won’t want to eat on its own, eg fish oil or chilli powder. But when you mix all of them up, an amazing flavour emerges.
Similarly, some of your experiences may feel painful or bitter or discouraging. But when mixed altogether, it moulds you into the person that God had intended you to be!
Sometimes all the stuff that life throws at us, is exactly the stuff which helps us get to our destiny.
Our mess sometimes become our message. Our test becomes our testimony.
When we go through storms in our lives….
Pour out your heart to Jesus
Invite Jesus in and confide in him, trust in him. Not run away from him
Open your ears and listen
Maybe God will help you understand the story in a way you’ve not seen before
Open your eyes
Sometimes we wonder God where are You? The point is that He has never left us, He was always there. We just needed to have greater awareness of Him. We need to see in ways we have not seen Him before.
Learn to trust God, because God is a good God, and His plans will prevail.