2,020 years ago it looked hopeless for all mankind. Kind of how it feels today.
The disciples, Mary, and Jesus’ followers all thought their work and faith had proved to be useless. Why did Jesus come if He was now lying dead in a grave and nothing seemed to have changed?
I bet those three days after Jesus’ death on that rugged cross were the longest three days in history. Can you imagine what the disciples felt during that time? They literally devoted their entire lives to a man who claimed to change everything, but was now gone, leaving everyone confused and hurt.
The Romans probably had the time of their lives laughing and criticizing Jesus’ followers… probably saying, “Where is your God now? I thought He could do anything He wanted? Now He’s dead and buried just like the criminals he hung next to.”
Oh, but three days later!!!
You see, there will always be situations in your life that will look hopeless and lost. You will feel like the disciples felt those many years ago. But oh how things changed three days later. Not only did Jesus break free from the chains of the grave, He also took back the keys to Hell, defeated death itself, and offered life and salvation to all.
Those three days of sadness, pain, and heartache had to take place for everything in the universe to change. It had to look hopeless in order for Jesus to offer true hope to all. The struggle had to happen before the celebration could come.
Our world looks very hopeless at times. Our lives may become broken, dark, and feel useless. We all hit what feels like rock bottom at some point in our lives.
Whatever you are going through today, I’m here to tell you that celebration will come. Hope is on the horizon. It is not over and it won’t ever be over until Jesus returns and Satan is bound to the depths of Hell.
Your mistakes, choices, heartaches, and life situation don’t define you. Death couldn’t define Jesus. Jesus defines you and has your destiny in the palm of His hand. Even death can’t separate you from the love of God.
Your “three days later” is coming and it’s better than you could ever imagine. God will not waste the pain or the waiting in your life. He can use anything for His glory and for your good. You have to have faith that you will come out on the other side.
God says it is impossible to please Him without faith. He tells us to walk by faith and not by sight. A lot of times if we relied on what we saw in this world, we would remain terrified. But we don’t put our faith in worldly leaders or morals. We serve a God who conquered the grave itself. We stand before the Lord just as Jesus did.
Jesus stood in the gap for us. He made a way when it literally looked impossible. He proved to the world that nothing could stop His miraculous, life-giving power. People mocked, ridiculed, and even beat Him to death, but Jesus had the final say.
Your three days are coming and it will be so glorious that you can’t contain it. Don’t let go, don’t give up hope, don’t give in to what you may see or hear the devil and the world telling you. Remind Satan he has already been defeated and his time is coming when he will no longer have a say in this world or your life.
It may appear so hopeless and dark, but keep holding on and keep running back to Jesus…because your miracle is coming.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:38-39
Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is an accomplished individual who has experienced a lot of life in her 29 years.
At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.
Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.
She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.
To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”