After Christ was crucified and buried, most of the disciples went home feeling very upset and disheartened. Mary Magdalene and perhaps a few other disciples stayed behind near the Calvary site and followed along to see where exactly Christ’s tomb was located before they also returned home.
While spices and other ointments were being prepared to be brought to the burial site after the Sabbath, everyone of Christ’s followers
were thinking, “What now?” “It’s all over for us.”
“Where do we go from here?”
While some of the disciples were planning on going
back to their former ways of making a living, Mary,
with a few of the other women were instead wondering
how they were going to move the huge rock covering
the entrance of Christ’s tomb. Yes, indeed, Mary Magdalene,
who was one of the logistical, background supporters of
Christ and His ministry, maintained her priority of
serving Jesus Christ for what she believed to be her last
Nevertheless, everyone was asking himself what
he or she was going to do next. After seeing Jesus buried,
their hopes and dreams of Christ the Messiah ruling a
kingdom apart from Rome, turned into ashes. Each disciple
was wondering what to do next. All of them were fearing the
Jews. They believed their world was closing in on them. They
were beginning plans to move far away and somehow bring
their lives back to normal the best way possible.
Until Jesus Christ began appearing among them!
I am sure many of you can relate to these disciples in one way or another. Your life was going along smoothly when something, an unexpected event, came forward that changed everything. You then began asking, “Is this really happening to me?” You were shocked. You were dumbfounded. You were confused. At times, you did not even know whether you should laugh or cry.
Then, after some time had passed and reality settled in, you felt a great loss. All of your expectations and all of your hard work had gone down the drain.
Perhaps it was a career you were enjoying that suddenly collapsed.
Maybe it was your health that suddenly took an ominous, emergency course.
A divorce proclamation by your spouse was
thrown to your face.
Maybe a worldwide, economic downturn ruined
The list can go on and on. It is all about what happens to
you and to me in this life.
There are events that come your way that have a way of
turning your whole life upside down.
Many people at these crossroad moments turn to alcohol
or drugs trying to deal with the reality of it all. They feel
an inward pain of depression. They live without a purpose,
without a goal, without a meaning of life.
Are any cataclysmic events happening to you at this
moment? Have you been experiencing pain and turmoil
and feel lost and out of control?
Please wait! There is still hope! There is hope indeed!
Through all of these difficult moments, God has not
left you. In fact, He is now closer to you than ever before!
Trust me on this one!
Before Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, He told His
disciples to stay in Jerusalem the next few days (Acts 1:1-5) . And so they did and experienced, on the day of Pentecost, God’s presence as never before!
So can it be with you. When you are in the midst of an
unsettling, life-altering episode in your life, just
wait on the Lord. Wait a little longer.
Call out His name.
God will sooner or later answer your questions –
especially: “What now?”
What Now My Love [ Et Maintenant] (1961)
lyrics – Pierre Delanoë (Original French)
Carl Sigman (English)
music – Gilbert Bècaud
sung by – Sonny & Cher
genre – Pop, folk rock
side B – “I Look For You”
album – The Wondrous World Of Sonny & Cher
What now my love, now that you’ve left me
How can I live through another day
Watching my dreams turn to ashes
And all my hopes into to bits of clay
Once I could see, once I could feel
Now I am numb, I’ve become unreal
I walk the night, without a goal
Stripped of my heart, stripped of my soul
What now my love, now that it’s over
I feel the world closing in on me
Here come the stars, tumbling around me
And there’s the sky, where the sea should be
What now my love, now that you’re gone
I’d be a fool to go on and on
No one would care, no one would cry
If I should live if I should live or die
What now my love, now there is nothing
Only my last goodbye
Only my last goodbye
Only my last goodbye
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As sung by its French composer, Gilbert Bècaud: