It’s Dismay to Astonishment

Have you ever been dismayed?  …… thinking and expecting something only to discover that what transpires is completely different?

Mark 15:42 – 16:7

Jesus Is Buried

42 When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

43 Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

44 Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.

45 And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.

46 Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.

Chapter 16

The Resurrection

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.

2  Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

3  They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”

4  Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

5  Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.

6  And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

7 “But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.’

Astonishment Awaits YOU!

It’s a resurrection encounter –  Be Amazed  and never loose it.

How many times in your life when you thought everything was over have you experienced a resurrection encounter?     Take a moment to call to memory the times God has shown up for you and turned your thinking around.   Every encounter has within it an element of faith, and a call to step forward believing.

And, having entered the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, clothed in a long, stately garment, white. And they were utterly amazed.

They were amazed, let God amaze you today, let Him pour fresh hope into you and reinvigorate your passion and zeal for His kingdom.

Having been amazed they could no longer remain as they were, It was not enough to be spectators; they now had to become ambassadors and carry the word to others.

“Come and see! Go and tell!” is the resurrection responsibility (Matt. 28:6–7).

The product of amazement is come and see go and tell

This was the same outcome for:

Moses, when turning aside to see the bush, come and see go and tell,

the blind man of John 9, I was blind now I see = come and see now go and tell

Paul on Damascus road – come and see go and tell.

Come and see – Go and tell!

“You can see for yourselves that the place is empty.”

Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”

When we have an encounter in the spirit dimension it has an implication in our natural lives.    The astonishment of resurrection has to move to a place of productivity.

We are to go with a message a message of resurrection, life and hope.

Even though for these ladies what they saw in the tomb was a place of emptiness they were to go and speak of fullness and life.    This is where faith is involved, we may have seen something in the spirit realm which at this moment in time does not fully relate to our situation, but we are to go with faith proclaiming what we have seen and speak out , speak into the empty and void places and see resurrection life spring forth in every corner of our globe.

Go and Tell….. you can only go and tell when you are convinced yourself, when faith has arisen within you and you have been transformed by what you have seen.     What we see, what amazes us will transform us, we can not remain the same when we have seen something deeper or greater about the Christ and His kingdom.

Take time today to be amazed by your Father.

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