Ps 22 – “The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever.”
Easter Saturday is the inbetween day — between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Following the crucifixion, it was a day of uncertainty and grief for the original followers of Jesus; a Sabbath of sadness.
The time between death and resurrection can be equally uncertain and unsettling for us. We believe that hope comes with the dawn, but the night can feel so long. The pain of loss sometimes requires a lengthy Sabbath before life is restored. I’m glad that Jesus didn’t die one hour and rise the next — though He could have.
The inbetween day speaks powerfully to our human experience.
Easter Saturday may be filled with anticipation for some; it is filled with sorrow for others. Easter Saturday pulsates with promise, on the one hand; it also highlights that we should not underestimate the power of sin to kill, on the other hand. Easter Saturday comes upon us with contrasts.
Some of us are ready to celebrate Easter Sunday — resurrection — early. Others of us merely hope it comes, eventually. Some of us can taste the sweet joy of tomorrow even now. Others of us have mouths still filled with the bitter taste of yesterday. Some of us have begun to party already. Others of us remain clothed in sackcloth and ashes.
That’s what Easter Saturday does for us. It’s the inbetween day that declares “God is not done … yet.”
Lent finishes today — Hooray! — but the Journey with Jesus continues.
If your Lenten encounter with Christ exceeded your expectations — wonderful. If it fell short — no problem. Resurrection lies ahead for the doubters as well as the convinced, for the fearful as well as the confident, for the grieving as well as the joyful, for the disappointed as well as the enthusiastic. Our feelings do not and can not alter GOD’s resurrection plan for each of us.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
THANKS for sharing this Lenten Journey with me.
I‘m honored by your company.