Never give up. Never say it’s over even when it looks like it is. For Christ is with you.
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.” (Matthew 27 v 65-66)
God put himself in a dark tight room and allowed them to seal it shut.
The light of the world was entombed in darkness.
God allowed man to do his worst. Nothing is blacker than a grave or more permanent than a tomb.
But remember who was behind the stone, the Living Stone.
“He will be … a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” Isaiah 8:14
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Isaiah 28:16
“(Jesus), the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him.” (1 Peter 2:4)
The costly new tomb was given for a costly life.
The rock that was cut held the solid rock.
The big stone sealed the Living Stone.
Now let us remind ourselves … we are people of tomorrow!
On the 3rd day God substituted Abraham’s son Isaac for a ram and rewarded his obedience.
On the 3rd day Moses was called to Mt Sinai to receive the commandments.
On the 3rd day God promised Hezekiah he would be healed and live a further 15 years.
On the 3rd day Esther went before the king on behalf of the Jews.
On the 3rd day Hosea says God will restore us so that we may live in His presence.
You may know the 1st day of pain.
You may know a 2nd day of nothing.
But we are people of Hope.
We are people of the 3rd day.
We are people of tomorrow.
Whatever is in front of you is not as secure as it makes out when the Living Stone is within you.