By: Debra Weiss
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." - John 14:18 (KJV)
I love the Easter story. Easter is that triumphant morning when Jesus rose again. But rewind the story three nights ago and you’d see anything but triumph.
You’d see once courageous men running scared. You’d hear the regretful sobs of a man broken by his betrayal. You’d smell the mix of blood and vinegar.
And as the sky blackened, you’d know what everyone else did, too. The Light of the world had just been extinguished.
As I look to the Cross that night, I want to ask one question: Why go through it? I find the answer tucked away in a short verse in John 14.
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."
The Light of the world couldn’t bear to see us live in darkness so He came. He came to bring life and light. He came to comfort us.
When the storm is fiercest, when the windows howl, and the thunder roars, you have not been abandoned. Jesus died so you would never be alone. He died so He could wrap His arms around you on those lonely nights.
As you celebrate this Easter week, remember that God never abandons His girls. He sent His Son so we could always know His comfort and loving care.
Dear God, I thank You for the miracle of Easter! Thank You that we can live triumphantly knowing that You cared enough to come. Please comfort the hearts of the girls hurting this Easter. Please surround them with Your love. Let the Resurrection be a reminder to them of Your great care. In Your Precious Name, Amen.
Mark 16:5-7, “When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”
Is there someone you could comfort this week by sharing the Good News of Christ’s resurrection?
John 18 - 20 - The story of Jesus' death and resurrection
How has God comforted you when you were hurting?