I wonder what Christ’s followers were thinking the morning after his crucifixion. While they were together, did they pray? Did they sing? Did they feel overcome with fear? Did they discuss what might befall them next? Did Christ’s final words to them (John 14-17) echo through their memories?
“Whatever befall” is a mystery, but it is one that my Savior knows already. “Whatever befall” may try to serve me evil, but He has worked it out for good. “Whatever befall” may overwhelm me, but He has mastered it. “Heart of my own heart, whatever befall. Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls…” 1 Peter 1:3-9