“And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.”
We all look forward to Sunday when the LORD rose from the grave. We know that the resurrection was a total victory from death and the grave. We understand that the resurrection was a day of victory. However, before there was a resurrection, there was a night in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus prayed in agony all night surrendering His will to the Father’s will. Before there was a resurrection, Jesus endured the darkness that covered the face of the Earth as He paid for the sins of mankind alone. Before the resurrection, there was a Golgotha where Jesus died. Yes, we enjoy the resurrection morning, and we should, but before there was a resurrection, there was a Gethsemane and a Golgotha.
My friend, everyone wants to have the resurrection day when it comes to the trials in their life, but you cannot have this glorious day without a Gethsemane and a Golgotha. Every person would like to bypass the Gethsemane and the Golgotha, but you cannot have a resurrection without these. Jesus would have never had to rise from the dead and have eternal victory over death had he not experienced the Gethsemane and Golgotha. Let me share with you what these places mean to your life and the trials that you face today.
First, don’t expect the victory of resurrection without the loneliness of a Golgotha. While Jesus was praying, the disciples were sleeping. My friend, it often gets lonely when you go through trials, but you don’t give up even though you feel all alone. Nobody may understand the load of your trial, but that is why you need a Golgotha time to pray earnestly for the LORD’s strength.
Second, don’t expect the victory of resurrection without a night of prayer in Golgotha. Trials have a way of driving you to your knees, but being driven to your knees in prayer is where you will find the strength to make it through your trials. So the load you carry seems greater than you can bear, that is good if the load forces you to fall to your knees to get strength through prayer.
Third, don’t expect the victory of resurrection without the surrendering of your will in Golgotha. The most impactful prayer that Jesus prayed was in Golgotha when He prayed, “…nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” You cannot have the victory of the resurrection without total surrender to God’s will for your life. You must be willing to accept God’s will even if it means that your desires must be forsaken. Are you okay with God doing His will, even if it means that it is not what you want? You can’t have a resurrection without a total surrender of your will for God’s.
Fourth, don’t expect the victory of resurrection without the darkness of Golgotha. My friend, it always gets darkest before the resurrection of Sunday. When you experience the darkest hour of your trials, remember that Sunday is just three days away, and Sunday is the resurrection day.
Fifth, don’t expect the victory of resurrection without a crucifixion. Jesus’ death on Golgotha is what led to His resurrection on Sunday, and your death to self is what leads to the power of God working through you to give you a resurrection and new life. My friend, Sunday is coming, but don’t despair and give up before you die to self and see your resurrection day.