That first Saturday after Jesus’ crucifixion had to be complete agony for the disciples. The doubt and fear that must have been present in them can only be described as unimaginable.
They had given three years of their lives to follow Jesus. They had invested so much time and effort in learning and practicing everything that Jesus had taught them. They had been looking forward to the fulfillment of everything Jesus had talked about.
But in a moment, their world was turned upside down. In a flash, their hopes had been ripped from them and their faith had been shredded by death.
That first Saturday must have felt like it would never end.
Unlike those first disciples, we know how the story ends!
While they waited, filled with anxiety; on this Saturday we wait with anticipation.
I know that the world had gone mad with fear and anxiety over the global pandemic. But, as a follower of Christ, I find comfort that death is not an end or the end. In Christ, the sting of death has been removed, even though I have to endure the difficulty of dying.
Because I know that there was a resurrection, that Jesus rose on Sunday morning almost two thousand years ago, I can wait on this Saturday. I can live in comfort knowing that in spite of all that may be going wrong in the world, God has made a way for our souls to be made right with Him!
It’s always interesting to me that God makes us wait. Sometimes things just come to us. He’s a good Father that loves to surprise His children, but also like a good Father, He wants to see us grow and mature, but that usually means waiting. But thank God He’s faithful to encourage us and support us, and lead us, and guide us as we’re waiting. Too often, we make the destination the goals and it’s alarming how easy it is to forget how important the relationship along the way is! Praise God for His promises and exceeding good plans for our life!
These are some great observations. It feel that we often miss that a part of God’s goodness is in his training us to live in light of who he is.
Thank you for sharing.