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If Good Friday brings with it a sense of darkness and defeat, the day that follows can only be a day where that sense is amplified.  After being awake through much of the night that precedes Jesus’ crucifixion, the apostles have watched in horror as the teacher suffers the death of a criminal.  The sun has set.  And at some point fitful sleep comes.

But the dawn of the new day - the day following the crucifixion of Jesus - had to be a day of great despair and hopelessness for the disciples.  The events of Good Friday, unfolding with a rapid and senselessness, would have been difficult to process in the moment.  But now, as the rooster crows and the sun rises, the unimaginable truth takes hold.

Jesus is dead.  God’s promise is left unfulfilled.  And if we can’t move forward with Jesus, then I guess we have to go back to the old life we knew before he arrived on the scene.

And the questions.  How many questions must they have asked of themselves? 

‘Were we duped for three years by the man we thought to be the One sent from the Father?’

‘How could we have been so foolish?’

‘So how did he do all those miracles?’

How dark the darkness must have seemed on that first day following the crucifixion of our Lord.  How inexplicable.  How foolish those followers must have felt on this day so long ago.

And just what did Jesus mean when he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life”?  Surely a parable of some kind, but the meaning of which, we’ll never now come to know….

Today, for someone out there, you are waiting for God’s deliverance in your life.  God knows the struggle.  But maybe you are questioning, “Does he really care?  And if so is He able?”

My friend let me tell you today:  Jesus cares.  And he is more than able.  But for reasons that are hard to explain, God sometimes waits.

And so today - Easter Saturday -  remember that the first disciples of Jesus Christ have known darkness and uncertainty.  They have known that sometimes, all we can do is wait.  And hope.  And even in the darkest hour… believe. 

And while weeping may last for a night, joy comes in the morning.  Stand in the truth.  And see the deliverance the Lord has for you.

For at the end of every cross borne in the Name of Jesus,…

…there is an empty tomb.  Just wait. 

 

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