On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her flight companion, Lieutenant Commander Fred Noonan, vanished near Howland Island in the South Pacific. They were attempting a round the world flight in a twin-engine Lockheed aircraft. In her last radio contact with a United States naval vessel, Miss Earhart transmitted this terse message: ''Position Doubtful.'' She was not sure where they were, and when you are not sure where you are, it's hard to get to where you want to go or need to go.
On that Friday afternoon, and all day Saturday and part of Sunday morning after what was not a Good Friday then, but a bad Friday. Remember, Good Friday only became Good Friday after the Resurrection of Christ. The disciples and faithful followers were doubtful that weekend. Their position was doubtful; their purpose was doubtful, and their path in life was doubtful.
It was going to be hard for them to get where they had hoped to go because they were now doubtful about the path. It was going to difficult to be the branches because the vine had been cut off. It was going to be hard to be servants because they were not sure about this Savior.
They even had a disciple that was doubtful and his name was Thomas. He missed the appearance of Christ that Sunday afternoon, and for seven days he was doubtful. And it's always counterproductive to have a disciple who is doubtful.
Their hopes had been dashed, their dream about this Galilean charismatic preacher and his movement were now nightmares. Their future and their faith were in chaos and conflict. They were suspended between discouragement, doubt, death, and despair. The disciples had retreated into that Upper Room probably where they had shared with Christ the Passover meal; Luke tells us that two disciples on that Sunday afternoon were on their way back to their village on the Emmaus Road with more speculation than surety.
Rumors were all over Jerusalem about the tomb being empty ...
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