Only God Can Do It
Written by: Blair Lane
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From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day
he would be raised from the dead.
- Matthew 16:21
Jesus made many promises to His disciples, and He kept all of them. He promised them a place in Heaven if they believed in Him, He promised them the Holy Spirit after He returned to Heaven, and many many more, but the most important promise He made was His resurrection from the dead.
In order to atone (or pay) for the sins of the world, the Messiah had to become the ultimate sacrifice. However, in order to triumph over sin and death, He couldn’t stay in the grave.
“But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. ‘Heaven forbid, Lord,’ he said. ‘This will never happen to you!’” (Matthew 16:22).
Jesus reminded His disciples that He would have to die, and this upset them. They didn’t want to lose their Master, Teacher, and Friend. He continued to tell them that He wouldn’t stay dead, but they never seemed to remember that part.
It’s understandable though. Resurrection from the dead is an idea far beyond an ordinary man’s understanding. Only God can do it, and only God can fully understand it. It takes a huge amount of faith to believe in it.
Sometimes we are put into difficult situations with no possible way out. But our God is bigger than what we think is “possible.”
He warned us about the pain and sorrow and hardship of this life. He told us it would come, but sometimes we are still surprised that such things could even happen to us.
Despite their protests and attempts to fight it, the disciples couldn’t stop the plan God had set in motion. Jesus still died on the cross. They mourned His death and feared that the religious leaders would eventually come after them as well.
No one thought of the promise Jesus had made: He would rise again in three days.
And that’s what He did. God rolled the stone in front of the tomb away, and Jesus walked out of the grave, three days later.
“After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered He had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said” (John 2:22).
This miraculous and spectacular show of God’s power opened the eyes of the disciples and increased their faith. They then believed that if He had the power to raise Himself from the dead, He could certainly keep all of the other promises that He had made to them.
I’m so glad that God keeps all of the promises that He makes to us—even if we don’t remember them. Even when we’re distracted by the troubles of this world, He never forgets. We can continue to look back on other times when He has kept those promises and use them as encouragement for the trials ahead.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
He promised that there will be trouble and hardship in this life, but He also promised that He will be with us through it to the other side. Our Savior who overcame death to keep His promise to the disciples (and ultimately to us, too) will always and forever keep His promises to us, just sometimes in ways that our human minds can’t understand.
1. Which of Jesus’s many promises might He be trying to show you in your life today?
2. How can you continue to look for the promises He has kept every day?
Thank You for always keeping Your promises. Your promise of salvation gives me hope I can’t find anywhere else. Reveal new promises to me every day and remind me to claim them in my own life. Thank You for being faithful to keep every single promise You have ever made, even when I am too distracted to remember. Amen.
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