Because we are citizens of two kingdoms—the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man—we may very well feel, at times, like we just don’t “fit in.” The reason for this is the fact that both kingdoms operate on totally different value systems; because of this, we can feel like misfits from time to time. This is undoubtedly what the disciples felt when our Lord was crucified. Jesus had warned them:
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. (John 16:20)
Speaking to His disciples in the upper room on the night He was to be betrayed, Jesus told His disciples that He was about to be put to death, and that death would cause two diametrically opposed responses:
The world would rejoice and the disciples would weep and mourn.
The religious leaders rejoiced because they thought they had finally silenced that troublesome voice that many of the people were listening too. They believed God had vindicated their decision to crucify Jesus, because the Old Testament states that everyone hung on a tree is under God’s curse. Even Jesus Himself seemed to confirm this when He cried out from that cruel cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Rome was rejoicing because they had removed a potential rabble-rouser from their midst. But while the world rejoiced, the disciples and all those who loved Jesus wept and mourned. They were the Master’s misfits.
Not much has changed after 2000 years. The world still rejoices at the things that make the people of God weep and mourn. The world rejoices when the name of Jesus is blasphemed. The world rejoices when the Law of God is disregarded. The world rejoices when sin is reduced to simply a matter of personal preference and every man does what is right in his own eyes. But the child of God weeps and mourns.
Yet after telling His disciples that they would grieve, Jesus made them a promise:
You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. (John 16:20)
When Jesus cried “It is finished!” and gave up His spirit, the world thought it had won a victory. But three days later, the grief of the disciples was turned into joy, because a dead man got up and walked out of His grave. Jesus overcame sin, Satan, and death through His crucifixion and resurrection, and it is this truth that will carry us through everything we are going through on this side of the grave. Jesus promised us that we would have trouble in this world, but He also said He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Our Master has overcome this world for His misfits . . . and that includes you and me!
Remember, weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!