Doubt

‘Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.  This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.’    John 19: 38-42   NIV

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So the disciples went home…and waited…and wondered…what is going to happen to them, and their lives, and their vision of the Messiah…that they had been engaging in…

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What did the Rabbi mean when he had told them, ‘My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.’   John 18:36   NIV

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The disciples witnessed Jesus…walk on water.  They had been there, in real time, when the master had fed over 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.  Christ’s, disillusioned and doubting…and confused followers had personally observed this; ‘Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.’  Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’  So they took away the stone.  And Jesus lifited up his eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.’  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’  The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth.  Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

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So, we are all in our homes and seeking sanctuary from a virulent pandemic, such as not seen in our generations.  Our lives and our plans and our purposes and our vision…have come to a screeching halt.  We did not see our invisible enemy…and we did not have the Coronavirus in our 2020 Day Planner!

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Surety is comforting.  We want to know what is going to happen in the morning…we want to know what is going to happen throughout our year…

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‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and,  going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it…’

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