“On that beautiful Easter Monday morning, I noticed the old flower lady sitting in her usual place inside a small archway.  At her feet corsages and boutonnieres were parading on top of an out spread newspaper.  The flower lady was smiling, her wrinkled old face alive with some inner joy; on impulse, I said to her, “My, you look happy this morning.” “Why not?” she answered, “Everything is good.” She was dressed so shabbily and seemed so very old that I couldn’t help saying, “Don’t you have any troubles?”
“You can’t reach my age and not have troubles,” she replied, “Only it’s like Jesus and Good Friday.  When Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, that was the worst day for the whole world.  When I get troubles, I remember that, and also what happened only three days later, Easter and our Lord’s resurrection.  So when things go wrong, I have learned to give God a chance.  I’ve learned to wait three days knowing things somehow will get better.”   And she smiled goodby.
But whenever I have troubles, her words still follow me: “Give God a chance.  Wait three days.”     By Pat Barnes – The fishing Line

George Tyrrell spoke this truth when he said,  “Again and again I have been tempted to give up the struggle but always the figure of that strange Man hanging upon the Cross has sent me back to my task again.”

We must understand that there can be no crown without the cross.  This we can see in the life and death of Jesus, that you cannot obtain the crown unless you have first conquered the cross.  Seeming disaster and defeat had to come to the life of Jesus before victory and triumph followed.  The cross was difficult for Jesus but it was a means to an end. Christ did not just bear the cross, He used it.  When life threw a cross at Jesus, He took hold of that worst thing that could happen to Him and made it into the best thing that could happen for all mankind.  It was hate and He turned it into a revelation of Love.  God turned the darkest day into the brightest day and it only took three days.

The power of God as exhibited in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead affords the hope for the confused, weary, sin sick world today.  The same divine power that conquered sin and death is available to each one of us.  CHRIST IN US, THE HOPE OF GLORY.


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