1 Corinthians 2:2
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
Paul started the church in Corinth and stayed there for about 18 months. A year and a half and the only thing that Paul resolved to know, what he focused on while he was there – Christ crucified. Imagine what it must have been like to live during the time of Jesus. Imagine having been able to see him. To be there: shepherd at the birth with angels singing, being blind since birth and seeing for the first time, a church goer seeing this new teacher waltz into the synagogue and rock it and your church leaders hate him for it, getting water from a well and being told your past history from someone who doesn’t know you at all. You believe that he is the Christ, the Messiah.
Then he dies. Imagine then what it must have been like to see him be crucified, to see him die. How would you feel?
Read Mark 15: 27 – 41
Below is a fictional account of an Egyptian Jewess who traveled to Jerusalem on pilgrimage three years before the death of Jesus. While in Jerusalem she wrote 39 letters to her father back in Egypt telling him all about this man named Jesus. These letters were recorded in a book written in 1875 by Joseph Holt Ingraham entitled: Prince of the House of David.
“Dearest Father: I have only terminated my last letter to take up my pen for the beginning of another; for I find relief, only in writing to you, from the deep affliction which has struck me to the earth. If anything can add to my mortification at the death of the Nazarene, Jesus it is that I should have endeavored so earnestly to make you believe in him also. Forgive me my dear father; your wisdom, your knowledge of the Prophets, your judgment were far above my own. But who could have believed that he was less than he claimed to be – the very Son of Messiah of God. Oh! I shall never have confidence in a human being again; and the more lovely, the more holy, the more heavenly the character of anyone, the wiser and purer their teachings, the more distrustful shall I be of them.”
Those who loved Jesus and believed that he was the one to come, the Messiah, were very disappointed – the ultimate disappointment.
Life has its disappointments; God has his plan. Will I be discouraged and hopeless when disappointment comes? Yes…I will be discouraged; I will be hopeless. But will I have faith and trust? Will I believe that God is doing exactly what he has planned to do? How could those who praised God for Jesus’ coming have faith and trust in God after Jesus had been killed? How can I have faith and trust in God after X? Fill in the blank.
God knows what he is doing.
It’s for your benefit. Believe.