Written by Shelbi Shutt—High School Girls Associate, Blankenbaker Campus

Trust. For many of us this word is directly tied to something broken or damaged in our lives. We hear this word and almost immediately a flood of memories, names, and faces begin rising to the surface of our hearts and minds. When trust is broken, the rug is pulled out from under our feet, the veil is lifted from our eyes, and we are left with this weighty question—“Where do I go from here?” Our answer to this question has the power to alter the direction of our destiny and the destiny of those who walk next to us on this journey.  

Peter’s last words to Jesus were “I don’t know the man.” Overcome with the fear of people’s perception of him, Peter betrays the very man with whom he’d been walking for the past three years of his life. Jesus is crucified, and it seems as if trust has no hope of being restored. 

Three days after Jesus is crucified, Peter receives word that Jesus’ body is no longer in the tomb. Heartbroken and bewildered over the thought of someone stealing the body of their beloved friend, Peter and the rest of the disciples are left in the tension, confusion, frustration, and sadness of not knowing. Have you ever been there or felt that? The place where trust is broken and you’re longing for it to be restored, but all the components that you need to restore it feel hidden, or worse, lost?

But in a moment when all seemed lost and confusing, Mary sees Him. He says her name, “Mary,”  and she realizes it’s Him—Jesus, the resurrected Jesus. He offers another way—himself.

When hope seemed lost, trust felt broken, and the weight of sin buried the only one who was able to reverse its effect, He rose. Jesus overcame the grave. And as a result, Peter—along with the rest of humanity—was given a way out of sin and into restoration. 

So, where do we go when trust is broken, when the rug is ripped out from under us, and the veil is lifted from our eyes? Jesus invites us to come to Him and remember the cross. As we do, we, like the disciples, are met with the same word He offered them as they sat in a room with the doors locked in fear“Peace be with you” (John 20:19).

Today our students will be challenged to enter into the power of the resurrection by trusting. Trusting that when He said, “It is finished,” He meant it. We want students to hear the good news that Jesus is alive and how that truth ought to affect the way we live every day. Join us in praying that our students, in the face of their circumstances, fears, and confusion, might choose to trust in the one who never breaks His promises. Let us pray that we would all seek to live in the power of the resurrection, walk in dependence upon the Holy Spirit, and offer the hope of the resurrection to those who walk next to us on this journey. 

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