Bible Text: Matt. 27:57-66
So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard – vs 66
The old expression that says, “when it rains, it pours” is often a part of the Christian life. It is often in the darkest hour, where we think nothing else could go worse than it is, that something does go worse. In our reading today, the scene was set to seal the fate of Jesus, to keep him buried and out of view. When we are in our trials, the enemy of our very soul desires to have you see Jesus in this manner. Buried, dead and unable to come to us, we start to make decisions that are in our own power. Desperation and despair are the twins of agony that simulate the defeat of a Christian just before a huge victory.
The disciples were suffering from the shock of losing their teacher, master, and friend. What is your first reaction after a shocking or debilitating defeat or failure? The life of a Christian is a journey and the failures we experience are not always in our own power, and we have a merciful, loving God who knows our weaknesses. Some Christians live by a mantra of “God will never give us more than we can handle”, but this verse in 1 Corinthians 10:3 does not say that at all. This verse simply talks about temptation and nothing else. Yes, God will give us more than we can handle all the time. If we were only given what we can handle we would have no need for what was about to happen in that sealed tomb.
We must be dependent on the Holy Spirit daily. It is too easy to put our guard down in times of blessing, and then muster up our faith when trial hits. Unfortunately, this pattern is exhausting and will cause Christians to burnout, or worse yet, to walk away defeated. Your circumstances may be bleak, your situation at the darkest, but the tomb is about to be empty.
The Real Truth: God will give you MORE than You can handle.