“…but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel”
With heads hanging low, tearful eyes looking towards the ground, they walked the dark road of despair. Quietly discussing the events of the past few days, the deep feelings of confusion and disappointment combined in the depths of their souls.
They had believed so strongly. They had hoped so steadily. They had waited all their lives for this. They had invested everything in this One, this one who would save them. And now He was gone. The one who had promised to be their Way, their Truth and their Life. He was now dead. And their every dream died along side of Him. There was nothing left to hope.
To many of us, the disappointment and despair of these women is a familiar and dull pain. Many of us can understand the feelings of walking aimlessly, teary-eyed, with nothing left to hope. Giving our all to believe, to hope, to dream. Finding ourselves trusting in this One, and hoping that he will come through as he said he would; investing our hearts, our time, and our very lives. And then the moments come where hope is destroyed. Every dream is buried. Every wish and expectation shattered. There is nothing left to hope.
Death wins. Rejection is familiar. Disappointment echoes. Fear Reigns. Depression sinks in. Worry abounds. Guilt destroys. Anger grows. Hopelessness encompasses. Sorrow walks along side.
And then we hear a familiar voice that challenges everything we thought and takes away all that we had feared:
“How foolish you are, how slow of heart to believe…
The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name…to all nations”
All along, Hope was walking beside them. When they thought they were traveling alone. He had shattered their death and declared their acceptance; wiped away their tears as he Himself felt the agony of their pain. He had gone to the depths of Hell, in order to offer them Heaven, and in the midst of their hopelessness, He came to embody their Hope once more.
Life is victorious. Joy is familiar. Acceptance echoes. Confidence reigns. Peace sinks in. Love abounds. Power grows. Strength encompasses. Hope walks along side.
Thank you, Lord, that you are our Hope.