Going Before You

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

God brought so many blessings this past week I don’t even know where to start. From being able to spend time with Joshua, Danielle, Harper and Sutton here in Pampa to seeing Chasity and Amayah for a few minutes to being able to Face Time with others it has been good.

But the real blessing was being able to share the Good News of Easter through Facebook, YouTube and on our website. It is not that the Good News is better because I shared it, but because people were able to hear without having to put themselves in harm’s way.

I know that some churches had a sunrise service but mine was a little different. I stepped out of the house at 7:15 and stood facing the east and just prayed. I prayed that God would use Easter so people would hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. I prayed that Holy Spirit would freely move in the hearts and lives of people in our neighborhood, Pampa, Gray County and across America.

I realize that the times with which we are facing have caused great struggles in the lives of people. There are some that are grieving the loss of a loved one. Some are struggling with the separation from family. Some in the medical field are struggling because of the hours are turning into days as they care for the sick. Some are struggling because of the loss of their job. It is truly tough.

Even though the resurrection calls us to hope that will carry us through times such as this, we must understand that God is always with us. When the angel appeared to the women in Matthew 28, he announced that Jesus had risen. That is the glorious news of the resurrection. But then the angel said, “And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

Now slowly read that again and wrap your mind around what the angel was saying. Not only had Jesus risen from the dead, but He was going before them to their next destination. Jesus had already told them that He would be with them and never forsake them, but now He was going on before them. The road that they were going to travel in the days ahead would be difficult, but Christ was going on ahead.

The pain they would feel was real, but Christ was going to lead each step of the way and be ahead of them. The persecution they would experience would eventually take most of their lives, but Christ HAD gone on ahead. He had walked the road, felt the pain and yes, died.

As I finish writing this it is Monday. It’s the day when we move back into the struggle of the everyday. It is the day when we once again begin the activities that we are called upon to do in our world. It is the day when we get back into the ‘real’ world. We continue to be confronted with separation from friends and family. We continue to see businesses struggling as well as people without their jobs.

But it is also the day that Jesus said He would go before us. Where we are going is filled with uncertainties and unknowns, but in the midst of this time, we find confidence in knowing that Christ goes ahead of us. We find peace in the understanding that He is still with us and will be where we are in the coming days.

As you head to your “Galilee” today, understand that Christ is going ahead of you. Whatever you experience will be covered with His presence and the promise of His direction. Jesus died for our sins and that is wonderful. He rose so that we might have life and that is divine. He lives so that we too might live and that is assuring.

So when the way up ahead gets a little rough, just remember that “He is going on before you.”

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul