Matthew records that on Friday, Jesus was beaten, he was crucified, and He was buried, and then a stone was rolled in front of the tomb. We are told as we heard on Sunday that the Sabbath, on Saturday the Pharisees tried to use the authority of Rome and the strength of soldiers to keep the disciples away from Jesus.
The thing is though that the disciples didn’t need to be kept away by another authority or force. They were subdued because they felt like they were failures. They were kept away by their own sense of performance inadequacy.
Jesus had been deserted by the very people who were supposed to be the closest and most dedicated to Him, and now they were living in the space of their own failure and their biggest disappointment. In their minds, Jesus was dead and the last three years had been a waste.
Yet before Jesus had gone to the cross, He had told them that He would go ahead of them and wait for them.
We heard how Jesus can overcome any authority or strength that stands between us but equally Jesus knows how to get to where we are going when we don’t know who we are or what we are supposed to do anymore.
Luke records how Jesus meets His disciples on the road to Emmaus and then appears to them when they are all gathered together in a room. John tells us how Jesus cooks them breakfast on the side of a lake and speaks specifically to Peter and reinstates him to be an apostle.
Here is the thought for today, Jesus said before a single action had been taken, before anyone had deserted him or denied him that He would go ahead and wait for them.
Sometimes we need the power of Jesus to break through a stronghold or an obstacle but equally sometimes we need the patience and compassion of Jesus that knows even before we have messed up that regardless of how bad we mess up there is place in our future that He has already designated as a catch-up point for us. It doesn’t matter what we have done. Jesus is waiting for us to meet Him again. There is a place where our shame and disappoint will wash away in His presence. Jesus waits for us not because our sin isn’t that bad, but because his grace and his sacrifice is that amazing.
I think Paul understood when he wrote to the Roman church and penned these words:
Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today Perhaps you need a demonstration of His Power, or perhaps you need Jesus to meet you with patience and understanding melting away any shame you may be feeling.
Can I encourage you that the Gospel, the resurrection of Jesus shows us that nothing can keep Jesus from meeting us where we are at.
Ps. Mark Reeves
Liberty Church – Randburg Lead Pastor