One of the things that stick out to me in the resurrection of Jesus is the distinct difference between fatal and final. While the process of His crucifixion was tragically fatal it also most certainly and magnificently wasn’t final, as Sunday morning gave way to the declaration of the risen Lord! While everyone around Jesus that Friday afternoon equated the two together, both fatal and final, both Father God and Jesus, because of His trust in Father God, knew there was a distinct difference between the two. Luke explains the faith of Jesus this way in Acts 2:26-28 No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. 27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave. 28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’ NLT
David prophesied about the resurrection of Christ many years prior to His death taking place. Jesus believed what the Father said about Him, knowing that the events leading up to His crucifixion were fatal but not even remotely final.
So the question is, do I believe what the Father says about me? Do you believe what the Father says about you? Or do we allow circumstances, failures and disappointments to hold us back from truly walking in the victory that the Lord declared is ours. Just because we did something that may seem fatal today does not make it final for tomorrow. That mistake, misjudgment, wrong decision, or miscalculation that seemingly brought an end to the vision, dream, or future possibility is not the last chapter. While my decision, miscalculation, or misjudgment may indeed be fatal to the dream or vision, my faith that believes that what the Lord says is possible for those who believe keeps it from become “final”. It is it really only final to those who no longer believe or have given up hope. I will not count myself among them. There are many last chapters that are waiting to be written. It only becomes final when you stop writing. So pick up your pen (faith) and begin to write in spite of the “fatal” to prove that it wasn’t “final”. And remember, it is He who gets the glory because He was the one who set the standard. Believe!!