Saturday, April 07 2012
"And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.” "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them."
Luke 23: 44 – 24:1
The Rest of the Story
It is Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter. None of the Gospel writers tell us anything about that day. It was the Jewish Sabbath and nothing much was happening.
But can you imagine what that day must have been like for Jesus’ friends and family? The Bible tells us the disciples were in hiding and a few of the women were preparing for their trip to the tomb on Sunday to care for the body. Can you imagine the things they must have thought and felt: the shock, the pain, the grief, the fear, the confusion, the isolation, the despair?
We probably don’t think about it very much because we know the rest of the story.
Many of us have shared that “day between Good Friday and Easter” experience in our own lives. We have known personal loss and grief over the death of someone we love. We may even know the extra level of pain that comes with a death that is sudden, unexpected, and caused by trauma. If you have been through this, you may have some idea what it was like for Jesus’ followers on that day, before they knew the rest of the story. We are connected to them by faith, by experience, and by the promise of Jesus Christ.
Whenever we are in that place of loneliness and pain and despair, it is important to remember that for us – like the disciples in hiding on that Saturday – the story does not end there. There is Easter and with it comes hope and the promise of eternal joy.
Father in heaven, you surrounded your Son with people who loved Him and who grieved for Him before they learned the incredible rest of the story! We ask that You be with us as we prepare to share their joy in the Resurrection tomorrow and that You sustain us in that joy through all the days of our lives.