God’s intervention is always thorough and complete
TEXT: MATT 27: 62-66; 28:1-4
Matt 27:63: Sir, they said, we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ (NIV).
While Jesus was yet in the world (living among men), He gave prophetic utterances regarding His death, rise and ascension to heaven. These declarations were beyond the understanding of the chief priests and the Pharisees and they couldn’t bring themselves to believing Him on the one hand. So they called him “that deceiver.” On the other hand Jesus’ words were threats to them. They therefore ensured His tomb was secured which would signify that they indeed believed His words but to keep their status in the society intact, they openly ridiculed Him and tried to weaken people’s resolve to trust Him. Don’t we all face similar treatments from people every now and then? Here are four things we can learn from Jesus’ experience to help us face our own challenges:
- Enemies will always gather to plan and to plot.
It is a fact of life that enemies will always gather against those who are good (Isaiah 54:15). However, there is an assurance that they will fall for our sakes. Believers should always trust in the promises of God for their lives in every situation, rather than carry the fear of the gathering of enemies. Jesus, in spite of being aware of the plot of His enemies, was not discouraged but kept declaring the promise, always saying, “I will rise.” Let us all learn to hold on to the promises of God instead of fearing the plots of the enemy.
- The best of the enemy’s weapon is not good enough to stop God.
You need to know that the best attempt by the enemy at keeping you at bay is not strong enough to deter God from doing what He wants to do in your life. They were determined to keep Jesus in the grave employing both advanced Engineering Technology (sealing of the tomb) and Military might. But none of these measures was able to stop the Angel from rolling away the stone for Christ’s emergence from the grave. The best that the enemy has to offer cannot withstand the move of the Lord except He decides not to move. Rest, assured that, against all odds, God will always have His way in your life.
- God has many weapons in His arsenal to devastate the kingdom of darkness.
God always deploys the most appropriate weapon for each situation. In the case of the resurrection, the earthquake was deployed to herald the arrival of the Angel and its accompanying effect was such that the guards guarding the tomb – as recorded by the bible – ‘were like dead men.’ There is nothing God hasn’t used before to fight against the enemies of His people. He has used hailstones and killer angels to decimate the enemies of His people before. He will send everything necessary to fight on your behalf against everyone that gathers and plots against you. There is therefore no need to fear. Victory is assured in Christ.
- God’s intervention is always thorough and complete (permanent solution).
The word ‘perfect’ means ‘complete’. God never offers half measures. The Bible says “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). When the angel rolled the stone away from the tomb, he sat on it. This signified permanence. Whatever God does, He completes.
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- God will not deliver you to the will of your enemies.
- The best that the enemy has to offer cannot withstand the move of the Lord.
- God will send everything necessary to fight on your behalf to ensure that you are victorious.
- God never offers half measures.
ACTION POINT: Only trust in the promises of God for your life in every situation rather than carry the fear of the enemy in your heart.
Prayer Point: Pray that it is only what God wills for you that will happen; not what the enemies wish for you. Amen.
May 21, 2015