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Silence, then Victory

Saturday. Disciples were in Hiding, Jesus was in the tomb. It seemed hopeless. God in human flesh, Jesus Christ,, sighed and stated "It is finished," giving up His breath, and fulfilling the Covenant between God and Israel. And on that 7th, Sabbath day, God, in the tomb, rested. Consider, if you will, the ramifications of that. Those followers of Jesus expected something different, even though Jesus said this was to happen. They wanted a King who would reign on an earthly throne, they got a sacrifice to atone for their sins. And God rested. The silence must have been deafening. What seemed to begin a week of such hope, ended with heartache, tragedy, and confusion. And God rested.

We know how the story ends, but on that Saturday before the resurrection, they did not. All too often, we try to make our own path to victory. We don't like the silence of God. We think our situation hopeless, or we're fighting to keep alive something that is dead. When God does not speak to us in ways we expect, we throw our hands up in despair. Yet, just like that Saturday so long ago, victory follows the Silence. Things happen in God's timing, not ours. It is not our lot to "Make it happen," but to wait on God's timing. Saturday was full of despair, Sunday's dawn brought victory. Do you easily forget the hope of Easter? Be still, and know He is God, for Victory is coming. Be Silent. Experience the Victory that comes in waiting on the Lord. He is always faithful, and He is still resurrecting lives and bringing life from death. Romans 5:1-21 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[e] because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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