Yesterday was Good Friday and tomorrow is Easter..so today is the day in the middle. We don’t know much about this day.. it had to be a terribly dificult day for those closest to Him. He was dead and in the tomb.. as far as they knew He was gone and so was their hope.
I can identify with that day in my own life..it reminds me of the many times when I have felt like He was gone. The silence was unbearable..He seemed to have left me ..shouldn’t I know better by now? The truth is.. we all experience times when we cannot feel His presence..when hope seems to have vanished..when the darkness surrounds us.
Is this day God’s way of showing us that there will be times like that? Surely Jesus could have resurrected the morning after..no gap..no waiting..no wondering. But that is not the way the story unfolds. There was a period of uncertainty and grieving. He appeared to be dead..it seemed to be over. Were they hopeful? Did they secretly wonder if He might reappear? We don’t know their thoughts and feelings.. but we do know our own.
There is only one thing that helps me when I am waiting in the darkness..remembering what He said in John 14.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me…I am the way the truth and the life…You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it. so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”