03 Dec Sitting Opposite The Tomb…
Sitting Opposite The Tomb…
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.
- 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?