In recent weeks, the news has been filled with many stories that may cause us to ask, “What’s next?”.
The Mueller Report on the activities of the President has been released. Depending on your point of view, the President did nothing wrong or he should be impeached. The question is, “What’s next?”.
Notre Dame Cathedral had a major fire and millions were pledged to help restore it and then protests started over money being spent for the Cathedral instead of helping the needy. Once again, we ask, “What’s next?”.
Over Easter weekend almost 300 people were killed in suicide bombings in Sri Lanka and a few weeks earlier churches were set on fire in the United States. These were acts of hatred and we’re left with the question, “What’s next?”.
The answer to these questions and many of the situations we face is we don’t know. We do know that we live in a fallen, sinful world. We do know that it may seem as if Satan is in complete control. If we’re not careful, we can grow discouraged and want to throw in the towel.
Then we think about the day we just celebrated. Easter tells us that what comes next is victory over the forces of darkness and evil. Those who crucified Jesus felt that they’d rid themselves of someone who was causing them problems. They felt they’d won when Jesus cried out “It is finished” and died. While they were rejoicing in their apparent win, the followers of Jesus were in despair because they also felt the wrong side had won. Many of the followers of Jesus had literally obeyed Him when He told them to give up everything and follow Him. Now they were without the material possessions of this world and without the Messiah they expected Jesus to be. I’m sure the followers of Jesus wouldn’t have called the day Jesus was crucified “Good Friday”. To them, it would have been horrible Friday.
We often forget that when the women went to the tomb of Jesus on the first day of the week, they weren’t going to look for an empty tomb, they were going to finish preparing the body of Jesus for burial. The main question in their mind wasn’t “I wonder if Jesus is going to be there?” but it was “Who will roll the stone away so we can get into the tomb?”. In Luke Chapter 24, we read about 2 disciples who’d heard about the women finding an empty tomb and how other disciples had also seen the empty tomb but were still wondering what was next. When Jesus rose from the dead, He proved that He had authority over every power of evil. While we may not know when or how, we do know that Jesus will one day destroy all evil on this earth. We read in Revelation Ch.11:17-18, “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Knowing that Jesus is alive and will one day triumph, we don’t have to ask what’s next. Our question should be “How long?”. There’s a song that many people sang on Easter Sunday that says, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living, just because He lives.” Remember that no matter what happens next, life is still worth living because Jesus Christ is alive and will be victorious.