Easter week is upon us. Palm Sunday has past, Good Friday is quickly coming and Easter will be here before we know it. On the way home from church this past Palm Sunday, my grandson was clutching a bag of brightly colored Easter eggs in his hands. Mistakenly, I thought that he had gotten to have an early hunt, however the real story was so much better. He asked if we could stop at our new neighbors house on the way home. The story he was too excited to share coherently began with his bag of brightly colored eggs. Inside his bag there was a card that said ‘You’ve been Egged. I have hidden six candy filled eggs for you to find. Don’t be alarmed if you find that one of the eggs is empty, it represents the empty tomb. Come to church on Sunday to learn more about what the empty tomb represents.’ He quickly scribbled a note at the bottom of the card, enthusiastically hid the eggs, dropped the card on the welcome mat, rang the doorbell and ran away as fast as he could. (Yes, they saw him as he ran away, and we had a great visit with our new neighbors later that same day.)
John 14:1 MSG
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me.“
‘Don’t be alarmed’ was the stand out phrase on the card, just as ‘Don’t let this throw you’ is the stand out sentence in this verse. Just as we are preparing for Easter, Jesus was preparing His disciples for that wonderful day so long ago. The coming days were going to be hard. It is going to get rough, and Friday was going to be particularly hard, but come Sunday everything will be alright. Trust. Jesus was calling for His disciples (and us) to trust Him through the dark days, because Sunday is coming. Trust Jesus even when all seems lost, because He has a plan, and Sunday is coming. Trust Jesus through the rough spots and don’t be alarmed, because come Sunday, it will be alright. If you don’t have a church home, I encourage you to visit one this Sunday and find out more about what the empty tomb represents. Come Sunday, it will be alright.