Week 4, Day 1: When “Justice” Fails

Our Faith is Worth Fighting For

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. Luke 24: 1-12

Strong faith is worth fighting for.

Recently a jogger went running in Colorado. He heard a noise, turned, and shouted in fear! A young mountain lion pounced on him, biting his face. His only option was to fight. As the lion clawed, kicked, and bit him, he kept his foot on the 40-pound big cat’s throat. Only one of them could live through this attack. At the end of the long struggle, the mountain lion lay still and the jogger walked away, looking for help with his injuries.

When Jesus was crucified, the disciples were unprepared for the assault upon their faith, and unbelief mauled their soul. When they should have been fighting against the temptations that would attack them, they slept. When they should have turned to fight against despair and fear, they cowered in corners. When they should have remembered Jesus’ promises to rise from the dead, they were clouded by forgetfulness. When they should have rejoiced over the reports from the women at the tomb of the Lord’s resurrection, they cast the reports aside as an “idle tale.”

Unbelief will attack us when we least expect it. We are right to be prepared to fight against it with all our powers. We fight through prayer, remaining confident in the Father and doubtful about our own strength. We fight through remembering God’s promises to us. We fight through hope in the resurrection of Jesus. We fight through a growing love for Christ.

The disciples lost all of these for a time. God in his grace restored them. But the disciples remain an example of our need to fight against unbelief if we are to hold on to hope in God in our dark trials. May we grow strong today in our faith in our Lord and Savior!

Application Questions

  • Why is your faith a precious treasure worth protecting?
  • How is the enemy currently attacking your faith?
  • What can you do when your faith is under attack?
  • What might you do to prepare for an attack on your faith?

Memory Verse:

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18