|Noun||1.||desperation – a state in which all hope is lost or absent; “in the depths of despair”; “they were rescued from despair at the last minute”; “courage born of desperation”|
It was the first day after the crucifixion of Jesus the Christ. Many of the followers, in fact, most of them had deserted Him. One actually called curses down from heaven as he denied knowing Him. It seems as if the same people who filled the streets with palm leaves for His entrance into the city, had only a few days later cried, “crucify Him.”
The movement that had seen blind eyes opened, the deaf hear, the lame to leap and the lepers to be cleansed had been stricken right at the heart; the itinerant preacher who had taught them so much, and who had stood up to corrupt authorities, was now lain in the tomb of Joseph.
I guess there is not a more compelling picture of what desperation really is.
It’s easy to see why so many in today’s world feel the desperation that leads them to depression and suicide. To them, the only hope for mankind has been marginalized, demonized and denied by the educational system, and the sophistry of modernity.
Yet, I have news for you today…yes, He was crucified, yes He was laid in a borrowed tomb…but on the third day He arose!