December 24, 2019: SOAP #3673:  John 19-21 Scripture:  John (NIV) 19:18 Here they crucified him, and with him two others"one on each side and Jesus in the middle. John (NIV) 20:1  Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone […]

December 24, 2019: SOAP #3673:  John 19-21

Scripture:  John (NIV) 19:18 Here they crucified him, andwith him two others"one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
John (NIV) 20:1  Early on the first dayof the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and sawthat the stone had been removed from the entrance. 8 Finally the otherdisciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw andbelieved.

Observation:  Thedarkest moment in the history of the earth when created man rose up to kill theircreator, God the Son!   The greatest momentin the history of the earth when God the Son finished the defeat of sin anddeath by rising from the dead!  The firstrecorded in John 19 and the second in John 20. And they are separated by only three days! 

Application:  It may appear that our defeat is total.  Our future seems hopeless.  It is over. It is the end.  Of what use ishope when the end is so final! 

The only hope available through the world's economy is hope that might lastuntil death.  But there is a HOPE thatreaches past the grave!   It is a hope thatbeing absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!!! (2Corinthians 5:8)That does not even take three days!!!  

God's hope reaches beyond the seeming finality of failure.  Failure only sets us free to startagain!   

Prayer:   HeavenlyFather, indeed you are the God of hope (Romans15:13).  Thank you for hope that reaches beyond thegrave.  Thank you for hope that reachesbeyond my failure.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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