"Let us remember that, like unto The Christ, our betrayals,
our burdens, our sufferings, and even our deaths are, but
'preludes' to the permanence of the resurrection."
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Just a Matter of Time"
Luke 24: 6-8
One of the most tragic of all human
experiences is when we have mistakenly assigned permanence
to that which was only intended to be transient and or temporary.
Some events in life are only meant to be for a moment upon
both the continuum of space and the plain time. This being
the case, we should be mindful that there are those things
that God has deemed to be merely a prelude of seasonal circumstances,
which serve as one among many of the nuances encroached
within our life's story.
Consider if you will the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel
according to St. Luke, verses six through eight, where we
find the post-resurrection narrative. Here, the body of
Jesus Christ cannot be found by those women of God who have
come to take care of our blessed Lord's remains. It was
while they were wondering what had happen to the body of
Christ that two angels appeared to them saying, "He
is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you
when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must
be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified,
and the third day rise again (v. 6-7)." It is only
then that, "they remembered his words (v.8)."
What is of great significance here
is the fact that Jesus Christ had already communicated to
them that His experience of being betrayed, suffering, and
even dying were not experiences that would have permanence
within the scope of His particularity. Rather, He informed
them that His being delivered into the hands of sinful men
and His being crucified where only to be temporary conditions
of His existence. This is clearly conveyed by Christ when
He told them that on the third day He would rise again (v.7).
By declaring that He was destined
to rise again, all other events were rendered as transient
and temporary preludes to the permanence of the resurrection.
Being betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men
was 'prelude.' Being whipped and having a crown of thorns
placed upon His brow was 'prelude.' Being crucified and
dying on Calvary was 'prelude.' He endured the 'prelude'
of betrayal, suffering, and even death on the cross because
He knew that it was just a matter of time before He stepped
into the permanence of the resurrection!
I believe we all would do well
to be advised by the example of The Christ. He shows us
that much of our life's experiences are transient and temporary
'preludes' to the prominence of the resurrection. Let us
remember that, like unto The Christ, our betrayals, our
burdens, our sufferings, and even our deaths are, but 'preludes'
to the permanence of the resurrection. Thus, when you find
yourself being discouraged by the lingering allure of unpleasant
circumstances, remember that they are only temporary; the
permanence of the resurrection is just a few days away.
Don't forget that, for all intents and purposes, "It's
Just a Matter of Time!"
Going Forward On Purpose