But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” - Luke 24:5-6
How do you feel when your expectations aren’t met? Your answer probably isn’t a positive one. I’m almost always disappointed and frustrated when mine aren't met, especially when it’s not within my time frame.
I can’t imagine what Jesus’ followers were thinking or feeling after they witnessed Jesus being crucified and dying. What did they hope and expect to happen from their King and Savior? After all, He was supposed to fix things for them. Make all the wrongs right. But instead, they felt all hope was gone and love had lost.
We can become so fixated on our expectations that we lose sight of the truth that was spoken to us and that stands before us. The lies of doubt, disbelief, fear, confusion, and anger can easily cloud our view. The scope of our vision is limited, whereas God’s is limitless.
If we look closely at the women from Galilee referenced in Luke chapter 23 verses 27, 49, and 55, as well as Luke 24:1, we will notice a consistency among them. It was the women from Galilee that followed Jesus as He walked towards His crucifixion and that watched Him be crucified. It was the women from Galilee that watched as Jesus took His last breath. It was the women from Galilee that watched as Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb. It was the women from Galilee that sought to serve and honor Christ even in His death by preparing spices and perfumes. And, it was the women from Galilee that found Jesus’ tomb empty and then spread the good news of His resurrection.
They never looked away. They consistently kept their eyes fixed on Jesus.
Even when it hurt, even when they didn’t like what they saw, even when grief overwhelmed them and nothing made sense. Even when everything they witnessed made it seem like evil had won, they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be like the women from Galilee. I want to faithfully keep my eyes fixed on Jesus no matter what. I want to have a heart to serve my Savior no matter what.
Unlike the women that were unaware that Christ defeated death until the angels told them, we are fully aware of this truth and we still struggle with keeping our eyes fixed on Him. And while we’re on earth, we always will. But Jesus!! He loves us so much that He took our punishment and unified us so that we can live on earth with the Holy Spirit and eternally in Heaven. We can’t earn the gift of salvation (deliverance from the power and effects of sin.). You are WORTHY not because of anything that you did or will do, but because of what Christ accomplished by dying on the cross for us and rising from the dead. It’s not about us. It’s about HIM.
"He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” - Luke 24:6 (NLT)
Every time I read that verse, I get goosebumps and I hope I always do. VICTORY IN JESUS! I never want the miraculous truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection to become mundane to me. I want to boldly live with the truth of His resurrection surging through my veins, and I desperately want that for you too, sister.
If you’re lacking something in your life, have a void that nothing seems to fill or empty and worthless, Jesus is your answer. He will not only meet but exceed every expectation you’ll ever have. His is the greatest and purest love story you’ll ever know or experience. He will complete you like no man ever could.
If you’re still searching for that something, search no more. Jesus. HE died for YOU. HE took YOUR punishment because HE LOVES you more than anyone ever will and more than you could ever comprehend.
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1. In what ways do you make your life about you rather than Christ?
2. How can you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and live in the truth of His death and resurrection daily?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for loving me so much and saving me from the depths of evil. Please help me to live in the truth and power of Your resurrection daily and boldly share Your good news with others. Help me to fix my eyes on You and serve You more than anything else in this world.
In the name of the only Savior,; Jesus Christ, Amen.
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