This END is not THE end.

This is not the end for you.

No matter how big, sudden or broken your situation may be, this is not THE end.

Jesus is the perfect example…

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 NIV)

When Jesus said “It is finished”, many people thought that was the end for Jesus. In the mist of the death of something in our lives, we believe that may be the end for us also. But remember, between Good Friday and Happy Sunday, there was a silent Saturday. After the death of something in our lives, rather it be a person or our dreams, there is always a in-between period of waiting before the miracle takes place.

Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (John 19:31 NKJV)

You see in this scripture after Jesus’ death, preparation is being made for his burial. The word preparation really caught my eye and how it is used to describe the moments after his death. Many times after the dying away of something in our lives, God uses that void to prepare us for bigger and better. While our hearts are being broken down, our faith is being restored. Our lost is never in vain. No pain is ever wasted. As the Roman soldiers were preparing for Jesus’ burial, little did they know that preparation was a pathway to his resurrection.

Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. (John 19:32-33 NKJV)

This passage revealed a lot to me. Even though Jesus was dead, notice his legs were not broken. It is part of scripture, before his death that says “Not one of His bones shall be broken,” so this had to be fulfilled. But God also revealed to me that even though our hearts and our minds may feel broken and dead, His plans for us are not. God has power to restore dead dreams back to life. Your dream may be dead, but your PURPOSE is not broken.

Jesus was dead, but he was not broken.

Don’t give up on the waiting…because just like Jesus, we are never defeated. A miracle is waiting on the other side of your silent Saturday. The happy Sunday is coming in your life! Resurrection is coming in your life! Hold on to Him, the One who conquered the ultimate DEATH. #mostbeautifulself

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV)

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NKJV)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)

I love you and Jesus loves you more.

Regina

*This post was inspired by a devotional found on the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Find this amazing app dedicated to helping women spend the first part of their mornings with God here:

On the App Store for iphone:

https://appsto.re/us/a8_C7.i

On Google Play for Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crowdhub.first5

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