In church the other day my Preacher mentioned how everyone focuses on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. There are wonderful reasons for that focus but he asked the question, “what about Saturday?” I had never really given Saturday much consideration, it is just kind of glossed over and squeezed in-between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus.
Friday was horrendous and the death of Jesus had to be devastating for believers. They had been told that the day would come when Jesus would die and resurrect but seeing it in person had to shake them to the core. Can you imagine the questions? I know that all these years later that I still have probably the very same questions. Why, Lord, would you let Jesus suffer so horribly? He was beaten. He was spit on and mocked. He was nailed to the cross, his flesh was torn. He was impaled with a sword. This was YOUR son, Lord, why would you LET Him suffer?
Then comes Saturday. Your belief was shattered the day before with the death of Jesus. I can only imagine that Saturday had to be depressing. I know that I would have been still in shock and I think that my head would have been hung low. It had been told that Jesus would come back but they had just witnessed him dying. They had seen the wounds inflicted on him. He was gone! Once you are dead you don’t come back to life.
Waiting is hard. Not knowing is hard. I am sure that many of you have had times in your life when a life-changing event happened. You had to have been in shock and denial. Maybe you or someone you love was diagnosed with an illness, maybe your marriage is crumbling, or maybe someone very close to you died. There is a period of unbelief and then the waiting begins. Waiting for what comes next and waiting to see how this is going to affect you.
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Waiting IS hard but there are times when the outcome is beautiful. The events and the struggles that lead to the outcome might be hard and not at all what you want. But, just like a diamond is made from an incredible amount of pressure, you might be able to shine again one day. The Lord in all of His splendid glory is now shining down on all of us.
HE HAS RISEN!
Have a Blessed Day!!!