Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


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Promises, Promises

My thoughts often slip back to the valley in between the crucifixion and the resurrection, especially on this day. The disciples had to have been in an emotional abyss: the deepest of sorrow having lost their Teacher and Friend; the greatest of fear having seen the gruesome scourging and crucifixion, believing they were likely targets as well; the darkest of despair having lost their hopes and dreams of Jesus, the conquering King, and riding on His coattails to lofty positions of grandeur… all dashed to pieces and the power of the Romans and the Pharisees was not only unabated, but seemed to be even larger now and overwhelming as they hid themselves, filled with terror.

The phrase “promises, promises” has become an idiom of sarcasm, used when one disbelieves the assurances given by another. If it had been available to the disciples, one could imagine them sitting huddled in a corner somewhere on this Saturday and hearing one of them mumble it with an air of gloom and pessimism, “promises, promises” and slowly shaking his head with sadness.

And, to hear some of us today, you would think we, too, were caught in the same valley. And not without reason, for it seems as if the world around us is losing its mind. Crazy things. Things unheard of. Things so disconcerting that we hear the whisper of the enemy, “You’ve lost! Give up! The powers around you are overwhelming!

Of course, it’s a lie. Just like the disciples were hearing, no doubt.

Ah, but then came the Morning! The grave shattered. Death defeated. Promises kept!

Arise, brothers and sisters! Do not listen to the whispers of the dead. The promises of God are yea and yea. Our hope in not in horses or chariots; it is not in flesh and blood; it is not tossed to and fro by the circumstances of life nor the blustering and trash talk of the world around us.

We serve the Risen Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. 

He is alive! 

Let us act like it.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Eph 1:18-21

It may be good, in these days, to go back through the 40 days of pondering the resurrection.

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  • Jerry Bostick

    Jerry Bostick

    My wife (Diane) of 60 years went to be with our Lord in February. 6 days later I went to the hospital with COVID, pneumonia and a brain aneurysm from a fall. BUT He was there, is there and will be there. Thanks for your words of encouragement.
  • Regina Brown

    Regina Brown

    Del, I've often thought of those days for the disciples, somewhat in the same light as I've thought of the Israelites in the wilderness.....why didn't they believe, why didn't they trust? In the case of Jesus he told them he would rise on the third day and the Israelites kept building history upon history of his faithfulness. Yet, every time I wander down that road I hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit, "what about you?" Even typing that realization brings tears to my eyes. One of the shows I've seen, I think it was Risen, showed the disciples scared and hiding, full of doubt, but not Mary. She kept saying, "He will rise", possible as only a mother could. Be like Mary. Believe.
  • Vi Avedisian

    Vi Avedisian

    I appreciate this so much. It seems so dark in the world right now and the crazy things that are going on just add chaos to the darkness. But I remember what we learned in The Truth Project, light always overcomes the darkness. God’s promises are true and that’s what we need to keep our focus on.
  • James  Culp

    James Culp

    Something that we can easily overlook is in the simple fact that the disciples were all Jewish and for all their lives and their parents lives they were convinced that when Messiah comes Israel will be restored to all its glory like it was with King David and Solomon. But God had another plan. Today isn't much different. Many people were looking for America to be made great again. But God has another plan and our objective should be focused on Col. 3:2 Keep our thoughts on things above and not on things of this world. Yes it looks as if we are in this valley of despair, but morning will come!
  • Coburn Ingram

    Coburn Ingram

    It might be worthwhile to think about all the things God does in our life as a result of promises. Here's a short list: Forgiveness. Turning away from doing wrong. Accepting the Holy Spirit into your life. Loving people. Praying. Doing things you believe God wants you to do, even when there’s an element of risk. Seeing yourself differently. Holding on even when it hurts. Dying in hope of heaven.
  • Eric Kolber

    Eric Kolber

    I don't come on this site often enough but I am blessed by yours and your readers insights. Keep the remnant fed. Don't be like the lemmings that go over the cliff just because the one in front of them did.

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