Sitting Opposite The Tomb…

Sitting Opposite The Tomb…

Preacher Huijun - 1 December 2018

Sitting Opposite The Tomb... (Matthew 27:57-66)

Scripture References: Luke 23:54-56, Matthew 27:57-66

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Sitting Opposite The Tomb…

No one likes to wait or be in despair. Exactly what is the mood of the women who sat facing the tomb of Jesus? Despite the hopelessness associated with the tomb, what seems to be the dead end of man can actually be the beginning of God’s glory and power. Through the tomb comes the unthinkable miracle of Christ’s resurrection. Sometimes, dark moments in life can bring us to brokenness and new revival. Because God always has His perfect will and He is always victorious, the blessed way to navigate through our despairing moments is to keep trusting and obeying God in spite of the gloom.

Verses To Read: <Mt 27:57-66; Lk 23:54-56>


1. The mood while “sitting opposite the tomb”. <Mt 27:61>

1) All hope is lost.

  • “Tomb”: Defeat, gloom, hopelessness.
  • Grand promise, but devastating disappointment.

2) Do we also have our moments of “sitting opposite the tomb”?


2. Know why the “tomb” is necessary.

  • Tomb >> Victory of Christ (Resurrection and Redemption)
  • The greater the problem, the greater God’s glory and grace.
  • God has His perfect purpose.
  • Moments “opposite the tomb” bring:
    – Repentance / brokenness.
    – The beginning of healing.
    – Deeper appreciation for God.
    – Growth in faith and Christlikeness.
    – Equipping for future service for God.

3. Despite the wait and the gloom, continue to obey God.

  • <Lk 23:56> Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
  • Trust His grace today and His faithfulness tomorrow.
  • God is still working today and He has things for us to obey today too.
  • Our obedience demonstrates that our delight is in the Lord, rather than in other things.
  • Waiting ≠ not doing anything.
  • But while waiting:
    – Meditate on God’s word and promises.
    – Trust God’s promises over our perceptions.
    – Doubt our doubts, not God.
    – Stay close to Christian fellowship.
    – “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” <Col 4:2>
    – Keep serving.
  • During the wait, do not be deceived into doing silly things.

Reflection:

  • What are some moments that feel like “sitting opposite the tomb” for you? How did you or are you dealing with it? Eventually, did you find out what the Lord’s perfect will is for you to go through those moments?
  • How can you sustain your faith and relationship with God even when you are made to wait or when you are in despair?

Preacher Huijun Lin
huijun1910@yahoo.com.sg

Huijun serves as Secretary of The Blessed RUN Ministries. She is also the Preacher at The Life Church and Missions (Singapore). She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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