Jesus had been their hero, guide, mentor and lord and now he was dead. The disciples must have been distraught as they tried to come to terms with what had happened and we can only imagine how they were feeling. The events surrounding Jesus’ arrest and death had been so traumatic, that there is a good chance that the disciples were in shock.
Jesus had said that he would die but that on the third day that he would come back to life, but that had been some time earlier, did the disciples remember this promise? There is no evidence from the gospels that they expected Jesus to come back to life and so the day after Jesus died must have been a day of absolute despair.
Easter Saturday is a good reminder of where we often are in life,
It was a day in between torment and triumph.
It was a day of sorrow where hope feels far away.
It was a day when it felt like God had failed when in fact he had won his greatest victory.
Jesus’ death opened the way for us to know God! God had won and death was defeated but from the disciples perspective it looked like God had lost.
Sometimes, life feels like this as we look around us at the chaos in the world and wonder where God is and what he is doing.
In these times we need to reach out to God in hope, rather than turning away from him in despair.
Are you living in an Easter Saturday type of period at the moment? If so, I hope that you will remember that Easter Sunday followed and everything changed that day.
God is always at work and he always loves us, so let’s trust in him as we look to him and then forwards to follow in the way he is leading.
One final thought,
It is not God’s priority to make sure that you never get upset or hurt.
The disciples felt pain on that Saturday, but God’s priority was the salvation of the world.
Jesus suffered greatly, but God’s priority was the salvation of the world.
Do you see the pattern, some Christians think that God’s priority is their comfort, when in fact God’s priority is the salvation of the world. It’s the difference between believing that we are the most important person and believing that God loves the whole world. When we become God’s children, God wants us to grow to become the people who he created us to be and this growth in faith and character is often accelerated in the difficult times of life.
When you struggle and feel pain, don’t believe the lie that God has abandoned you, rather be glad that God is with you as you turn to and trust in him.
If you are in an Easter Saturday like period of life, then this is my prayer for you.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15.13)