It’s Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Today is also known as Black Saturday or the Great Sabbath because Jesus is still at rest. On Holy Saturday the tomb is silent, still undisturbed. Death is not conquered yet. The price has been paid for sins, but Death still reigns until Resurrection.
How do we live the tension between Good Friday and Easter Sunday? There is a staggering amount of silence on the day in between. Historically, Christ followers are at a loss as to what to do on this day. Celebrate? Mourn? Act like nothing happened?
The day after Jesus dies, the disciples are scattered throughout Jerusalem. They don’t know what to do or where to go. Their Rabbi is not there to give them direction. They do the only thing they know: the disciples gather together. They get back to their roots as disciples of Jesus. The community they formed is what they desperately need in an uncertain time.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were clearly following God’s direction only to have something happen that made you question everything? Confidence gets replaced with insecurity. That’s what the disciples went through, despite the fact that Jesus tried to make it plain as day what was going to happen to Him.
The disciples got back to their roots after the devastation hit. That’s what we need to do when the crap hits the fan: get back to the roots of our faith. The promises God gives us are what we cling to together when we are in times of uncertainty. That is what we hope in when doubt, insecurity, and feelings of helplessness seep into or flood our souls.
Here’s the hope we have on Holy Saturday, when the grave seems to have won.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” (Isaiah 11:1)
“To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.” (Jonah 2:6)
Resurrection is coming.
When the grave taunts us with its silence, we still need to hope. We still need to trust, even when God doesn’t seem to be moving.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Resurrection is coming!