The day in between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
What was it all about?
For the disciples it was the culmination of the journey of following Jesus. For each one of them, at some point Jesus said “come follow me” and they had responded, by saying yes and leaving all they had to follow Him.
They had become part of this journey, this movement, that at times seemed so beautiful and powerful and wonderful. They were in awe of all that Jesus was doing, the miracles, and the power. They had seen people healed, demons cast out, food multiplied before their eyes, and just a week earlier a dead man raised back to life. This is an incredible movement of God that they had become part of, and it is on track to change the world!
Then came the tragic turn of events in this last few days. Just earlier this week the people were praising Jesus and welcoming Him into the city. There was great expectation that things were about to change for the better. A whole people group were about to be liberated, set free, their new King had come. As disciples what a joy it must have been to see that scene unfold. The one they had chosen to follow is being recognized as the coming King. It is a great day to be a disciple of Jesus.
But now comes Saturday. It is the day after the crucifixion. They have killed Jesus! How did that happen? This was not what the disciples were expecting, this wasn’t what they had signed up for, they must have been in shock. Did that really just happen? Did all our hopes and expectations just end with the death of Jesus? What do we do now, where do we go? We once confessed there is no where else to turn, no one else holds the truth, there is no other way. Now it looks like there is no way. So, what does this all mean? We can only imagine what they were going through during this silent holy day.
Jesus had actually spoke of this day. In John 16:20-22 He says, “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
Whether they remembered those words on that day or not, we don’t really know. What we do know is His words were true. They were true then and they still ring true today.
So today, this silent Saturday in 2019, we reflect, we have said yes to following Jesus. Yet we recognize there are many times when things seem dark and we’re really not sure what it all means. But again, like the disciples, we have no where else to go, there is no other way, so we stay, we trust, we hang on to the promise. Because the truth is, there is no other way.
There is only one way, The Way, Jesus. We will see Him again, we will rejoice, and no one will take away our joy!
- Bill Bowers