Summary: We all have plans for our life. The best thing that we can do is forget our plans and seek "God's Great Plan For Our Life"
God’s Great Plan For Your Life
In June of 2008 I was a supply preacher who was preaching in a different church and many times a different county each week. I received a call from one of the deacons here at our church. Their pastor had resigned and they wanted me to come and fill in for a few weeks. I was very excited to have the opportunity to be in the same church on a regular basis for a while. Going into this new assignment I was expecting to be here for several weeks or a couple of months at the most. Now almost two years later I realize that I got more than I expected. I did not come here to be the pastor; In fact at first I never really thought that it was possible. I was just here to preach. God had a greater plan for my life.
Today is resurrection Sunday. We have a full house. Many of you haven’t been here in months and some of you won’t be back until this time next year. You may be here because a family member of a friend asked you to come, some of the younger people are here because their parents made them come, and some of you came today because that is part of your Easter routine.
Many of you came expecting to sing a few songs, listen to a cantata hear a message and go home. Some of you may get exactly what you were expecting.
But there are some who came looking for one thing but you are going to leave with much more that you expected. Why because of “God’s Great Plan For Your Life!”
This was the case for the three women we have read about in out text. Join me as we consider the thought – “God’s Great Plan For Your Life!
Background: In the preceding days these women had seen their master betrayed, denied, arrested, falsely accused, tried and wrongfully convicted, scourged, nailed to a cross and crucified. They were present as Jesus died.
Praise God for a few faithful followers! Notice with me what these women encountered on that resurrection morning.
I. The Passion That Was Exhibited v1-2
v1 ¶And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
To understand the passion that they had for their master we must look to chapter 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
These precious ladies were the last to leave the cross and the first to arrive at the tomb.
Notice their passion after His death - Luke 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. They did not just go home and grieve; they took the time to prepare the spices to anoint His body!
Their passion early in the morning - v1 ¶And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
It was the custom in that day to anoint the deceased bodies with sweet spices. This would cover the stench of a decaying body. This event shows their devotion to Jesus!
Now, I want you to ask yourself this question: “Why am I here today?”
What these ladies were doing was in fact a custom but that is not why they were present on this day. They were there out of devotion to their Lord.
Has church become a custom to you? Do you just do it out of habit or tradition?
I am not just talking to those who only come every so often; I am talking to the every service church member! If you will notice there are some people very conspicuous by their absence in this story. Where are the disciples?
The disciples had forsaken everything they had to follow Jesus but now they are missing in action. There are so many people who were once in church but now they are missing in action. There are many who are here every service that are still missing in action.
I thank the Lord for the faithful few! These women had plans and they were noble plans but God had a greater plan. We have seen The Passion That Was Exhibited but now I want to see The Problem That Was Experienced