Luke 23:48 ” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.”

For all who had gathered around the Cross at Gethsemane, this was not what they had been expecting.  They wanted Jesus to miraculously come down from that Cross and claim His Kingship over Roman rule.  But instead, He died like any other man would, leaving them stunned and confused.  Raw emotions started spilling out of them.  Sorrow in seeing their Lord die in such a horrible way.  Despair in feeling abandoned and alone.  Regret in following Jesus only to have this happen.  As they turned their backs on the Cross and went away, all these emotions were compounded by fear…fear that the Roman Guard would be coming for them next.  A song by Don Franciso starts with these words, “The gates and doors were barred and all the windows fastened down, I spent the night in sleeplessness and rose at every sound, half in hopeless sorrow half in fear the day would find the soldiers crashing though to drag us all away…”   As the COVID19 virus has us all hunkered down in our homes, admittedly, we are all dealing with these same types of emotions…sorrow, despair, regret, anger, and fear.  But we must also remember what tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday, and with it comes hope…hope for tomorrow through our Lord Jesus!

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