1. Every true prophecy must come to pass, no matter how long. For example, in 700 BC, Isaiah prophesied in 62:11that the King of Zion is coming sitting on a donkey. That happened in Matt.21:1-11. But the tying of the colt/donkey can have two connotations: one, obstacles can happen, but the Word of God will dismiss them; two, there must be a divine act to bring the prophecy to pass like the tying of the donkey, otherwise there would have been a spate of search to find the colt (remember the ram that substituted for Isaac? It was caught in a thicket!)
2. The event of Easter was a manifestation of an accomplished work. Rev.13:8 referred to Jesus as the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world. It was at the foundation of the world that Adam and Eve were created. They sinned and were thrown out of the Eden, but not until after God had made tunics of skin to cloth them (Gen.3:21). Where did the tunic come from? There is no animal skin without the killing of the animal! The recovery of Adam and Eve from their nakedness is a type for our salvation from sin and its consequences. Therefore, when God says He has an expected end in His thought/plan for us (Jer.29:11), it cannot be His fault but oursif we fall short of this.
3. An unconquered weakness will eventually berth a tragedy. InJohn 12:4-6, we see that Judas has been stealing from the treasury before betraying his master. Little wonder that in Matt.26:14-16; 27:3-5, he betrayed his master for 30 pieces of silver and later hanged himself.
4. Don’t ever feel surprised or breakdown if your closest ally denies you at your critical moments. It happened to Jesus. Peter first distanced himself (Matt.26:58) before denying Him (27:69-75). Before then, Jesus had told the disciples at the critical moment to pray, but at three different times that He checked on them, they were sleeping (Matt.26:36-46). Have you paid a prophet to pray for you over a matter? You better go back to ask for your money.
5. What is the major differentiating factor between how Judas ended and how Peter ended? A: Satan entered into Judas (Luke 22:3) whereas Jesus prayed for Peter (Luke 22:31-32). When last did you ask God to pray for you?
6. Watch those prayer points: those that are contrary to the scriptures may receive no answers! In Matt.26:53-54, Jesus spoke against those that were trying to protect Him from His accusers/arresters, saying He could pray to God for more than twelve legions of angels to deliver Him, but He didn’t in deference to the fulfilment of the Scriptures. Paul had a similar experience in 2 Cor.12;7-9. Beloved, instead of praying that the current end-time perils be stopped, pray that the Lord keep you from them.
7. Where you start is not as important as where you finish. Imagine the thief on the right side (Luke 23:39-43). That accords withEze.33:12-16. You can repent of your sins today: tomorrow may be too late.
8. Where was God in all of Jesus’ suffering? He turned His eyes away from Him because His eyes are too holy/pure to behold iniquity (Hab.1:13) and at this time, Jesus was carrying the sins of the whole world on His head (2 Cor.5:21; John 1:29 – the Lamb of God which takes away…..). Remember Isa.59:1-2. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not answer us.
9. The stone that was rolled back (Matt.28:2) was not to allow Jesus to rise, but to allow the people to see the empty tomb. Nothing can block our miracles if God is involved. An empty grave was there to prove that Jesus lives!
10. The first bearer of the good news were women – they followed to the end, even when the men have withdrawn. Let no one despise you because of your gender or your past. Mary Magdalene, the champion of the women was once possessed by seven devils (Mark 16:9). Your story will end well, no matter how it started.
— Pastor Adeniyi