when we don’t have a word

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John 20:1-9

John 20:1 On the first of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw the stone having been removed from the tomb.

John 20:2 So she went running to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one Jesus cared for, and said to them, “They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve laid him down!”

John 20:3 At that, Peter and the other disciple exited, heading for the tomb.

John 20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first.

John 20:5 Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.

John 20:6 Then, following him, Simon Peter also came. He entered the tomb and experienced the linen cloths lying there.

John 20:7 The wrapping that had been on his head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself.

John 20:8 The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, then also went in, saw, and trusted.

John 20:9 Because they did not yet know the Scripture that he must rise from the dead.

when we don’t have a word

The disciples had not been paying attention when Jesus taught them about his resurrection. It happened, and they could not understand it. They just had to trust, because they had not discovered that the resurrection was necessary in order for Jesus to fulfill the scriptures.

I wish I could say that everything has now been revealed, and we will not have to take some things on face value, and trust that God knows what he is doing. I cannot say that. There are still a number of things that will happen that we have no “chapter and verse” for. Many of these are actually predicted in the Bible, but – like the disciples here – we will not recognize that they are the Lord’s doing when they happen.

So, life as a disciple is walk, trust, walk and trust.

Lord, give us the courage to walk according to your word, and walk trusting when we do not know the word.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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