PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 14:1-12
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“John’s disciples took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.” (Matthew 14:12)
John’s disciples were training to be like him… and then he dies.
With no resurrection that follows, their hopes are dashed; where do they turn?
They went to Jesus, implying that they redirected their hope to Him.
When Jesus died, these disciples would have grieved all over again.
But this time Jesus is resurrected and their hope restored.
In this world we will face suffering and death.
Those we love, lean on, hope in, etc. will all meet the same fate.
But we can go to Jesus too, and find a hope that cannot die.
Suffering and death are not the last word; Jesus is!
For those who suffer, or are persecuted for their faith, there is always Jesus.
He is alive, and not dead, and He is our guarantee that nothing can separate us from God.
John’s death was tragic, as has been the death of many of God’s servants.
Are you struggling, suffering, grieving, despairing – go and tell Jesus.
Your struggle is real, but Jesus is real too; He guarantees life beyond the tears!
Lord, I pray especially today for those who are struggling or suffering. Don’t wait for them to come to You; go to them and give them strengthen, hope in peace that they are secure in Your love!