The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
The gap that separates chapter 23 and chapter 24 of Luke speaks volumes to me. It speaks of a steadfast faith amidst seemingly hopeless circumstances. On the day of preparation, the women who followed Jesus–who loved Jesus–who trusted Jesus to be the One who would save them–watched Jesus die an excruciating death on the cross. I won’t even try to speculate the anguish that must have been overwhelming them at the sight of the man they loved and believed to be God’s anointed one dying on a cross alongside common criminals.
Yet they kept going.
They didn’t stay and stare at the empty cross and mourn the loss of the one they loved. They followed Joseph of Arimathea to the tomb to see where Jesus was laid.
Yet they didn’t stay at the tomb. They didn’t sit outside the tomb and wonder why they were alive outside and their beloved Savior was lifeless on the other side.
They kept going.
They returned home and prepared the spices and ointments needed to anoint their savior’s lifeless body. They chose to honor the one they loved by giving Him the traditional burial He deserved.
Yet here is the amazing part. After they watched Jesus die. After they followed Joseph to the tomb. After they went home to prepare the spices…
They rested according to the commandment.
Wow. Even in the midst of turmoil. Even when faced with a lifelong dream being shattered before their eyes, they obeyed. They kept serving. The women continued to worship God according to the commandment as they were walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Even though it appeared God had failed them; they obeyed Him still.
They honored the Sabbath.
Then, after resting for a full day and trusting God was still God even when they could not understand His plan…
They kept going.
They went back to the tomb to honor Jesus with a proper burial anointing. They continued to serve.
And of course we know what they found: the empty tomb. Because JESUS IS ALIVE!
I repeat: Jesus is alive!
So I ask you today. What does your life look like right now? Is everything falling into place? Are your dreams coming true? Is your Savior making His presence known to you in amazing ways? Then praise Jesus! Keep going. Keep believing. Keep obeying and serving your Savior. Keep thanking Him for all the great things He has done.
Or is your life falling apart? You lost the job of your dreams. You lost the love of your life. You are sick, tired, confused, and wondering what happened. Then I encourage you, my friend….
Keep doing what you know God has called you to do. Follow Him. Serve Him. Obey Him. Rest in Him. Trust in Him that one day as you are walking the road of obedience, you will walk to the tomb and find it empty. You won’t find a dead man buried in a tomb. You will find a living God who never has and never will leave you alone.
God’s got a plan for your life, my friend. Even though you may not understand it at this moment, you can trust it. You can trust Him.
Who you will love and where you will go, it is all predetermined for you not to know.
God has a plan and at times it will seem on a course of its own and opposed to your dreams.
Have faith in the path and the purpose it holds and when it is painful just know it unfolds.
God has a plan, in the end you will see. It all comes together; it was all meant to be.