Resurrection Hope

Resurrection Hope

The Space In Between

WRITTEN BY: Teresa Lyn Barton

Have you ever found yourself in the space in between hopeful expectation and a reality that seeks to pry your fingers loose from the tentative hold they have on to hope? Maybe that promotion at work you anticipated getting was awarded to another, and now you are left to sit in bitter disillusionment. Or a relationship that you’ve invested so much in is falling apart. The addiction that no matter how hard you fight to rise above just keeps pulling you under. That miracle you’ve been praying for years for feels like it is falling on deaf ears, and as you wait, your hopeful expectancy is dwindling in the exasperating silence.

I’m sure we have all been there at one time or another in our lives—I know I have.

As Easter Sunday approaches, I find myself reflecting on this space in between. And I wonder if Jesus’ disciples found themselves there too that grim night when Jesus was arrested and then crucified the next day. All their hopeful expectations that they’d had in Jesus died with him when he breathed his last on that cross. They found themselves in the space in between where devastating grief caused them to forget things promised—resurrection. Resurrection seemed not only improbable—after all, they’d seen him die—but impossible.

Grief and devastation.

The Disciples

Let’s go back in time just a bit.

For a little over three years, the disciples spent every day with Jesus. They ate with him, traveled with him, and heard each parable and lesson. They witnessed all his miracles—the healing of lepers, blind men receiving their sight, the lame walking, and a dead man being raised to life1. They were there when he turned the water to wine2, watched him walk on water3 and calm the storm4. They served the 50005 and the 40006, plus women and children, out of the abundance Jesus miraculously created from just five loaves of bread and two fish and then seven loaves and a few small fish with leftovers each time. They knew him more intimately than anyone else, yet, they still didn’t fully understand who Jesus was.

I am the bread of life.

When they were walking high on the mountaintop in the glory of his miracles, they thought they knew who Jesus was, but when they were plummeted into the valley where the shadows stretch long, they lost sight of truth— the same way we can—and found themselves in the space in between hopeful expectation and grim reality. Fear superseded faith, so when Jesus was arrested, they ran.

So this begs the question; also, we must ask ourselves the same; Was their faith—and is ours—in who Jesus is, or is it in what he can do?

Who Is Jesus?

After Jesus’ horrific death by crucifixion, the disciples sat together, filled with terror, behind locked doors for two long, restless, and sleepless nights. Maybe you, like me, can relate to the disciples here in this moment when in their devastation and grief, everything Jesus had told them about who he was—how he had to suffer and die for the forgiveness of sins7 and that he would be raised to life after three days defeating death once and for all for all who follow him8—they forgot.

Until hope dawned on the third day.

Empty tomb. Hope dawn on the third day.

“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.’” (Matthew 28:1-7 NLT)

The Good News

Jesus is alive, and his resurrection ensures that we have hope and we don’t have to stay in the space in between!

Will we still face setbacks? Yes. Will we still deal with grief? Yes. Trials? Guaranteed. But, we can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is greater than any disappointment, setback, addiction, or disease! Because of Jesus, the space in between doesn’t have to be filled with hopelessness. Instead, allow it to draw you nearer to the One who seeks to give you resurrection hope. And there, we can meet any challenge that comes our way with our faith firmly rooted in who Jesus is.

Jesus is:

And so much more… As Easter Sunday approaches, I encourage you to read through the book of John throughout this week. A great way to start is just by clicking the links provided in this post!

Want to learn more about who Jesus is? Check out The Journey’s series Jesus Who?

Teresa Lyn Barton/Blog & Devotional Area Coordinator 

Teresa Lyn Barton is a wife, mother, and grandmother of two! She loves her family and friends and strives to seek moments to treasure with them each day in some small way! Teresa loves serving on the Communications team and enjoys connecting with her J-Groups. Inspiring and encouraging others with the written word is Teresa’s passion.

Blog originally posted on Moments To Treasure by Teresa Lyn Barton

Scripture References
  1.  John 11:1-44
  2. John 2:1-11
  3. Mark 6:45-52 
  4. Matthew 8:23-27
  5. John 6:1-14 
  6. Matthew 15:32-39
  7. Matthew 26:27-29
  8. John 14:19-21
  • Rachelle Carmenucci
    Posted at 19:09h, 03 April Reply

    Such a gifted writer you are Teresa…That was amazing…thanks so much for sharing this!

    • The Journey
      Posted at 13:38h, 04 April Reply

      Awww thank you Rachelle! I am glad you thought it was a good read:))

  • Alfred R Ceaser
    Posted at 09:17h, 04 April Reply

    Teresa, your blog posting inspres us to live in the hope that we have in Jesus! God bless you!

    • The Journey
      Posted at 13:40h, 04 April Reply

      Alfred, It is an honor to know you were inspired to live in Resurrection Hope by this blog! Many blessings to you too, my friend!

  • Tanya Brock
    Posted at 10:58h, 04 April Reply

    Thank you for this post. Very encouraging for me. I will definitely read John this week.

    • The Journey
      Posted at 13:44h, 04 April Reply

      Hi Tanya, I’m glad that this post encouraged you and that you are going to be reading the Book of John this week!

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