This is a Holy weekend. One that is full of reflection of what our Savior has done for his people and acknowledgement that His work is continuing through His Spirit. Most years as we approach this weekend I find myself rushing from Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday, often overlooking the Saturday between. But in this different space we’ve been in, I have found myself reflecting on what this day would have been like for the disciples. It had to have been a dark day. Not only were they mourning the loss of their friend, but it seemed as if all they had put their faith and life into for years was taken on that cross. There had to have been great confusion as to what had happened, surely the cross couldn’t have been the plan. What uncertainty did they face as to what was to come next. Did they return to their jobs and families that they had been called out of? There had to have been so many questions. I’m sure some of them were facing the guilt of their actions of the night before, of abandoning and denying Jesus. It looked like the end of the story.
And yet we know that it wasn’t.
We know the resurrection is coming in the morning. We know that the cross wasn’t a moment of defeat but of saving grace. But we still have to sit in Saturday. Sometimes it feels as if we are in a season of “Saturday’s” in which there is great uncertainty as to what comes next, perhaps confusion over what God is doing. Maybe we are facing great loss. May this be a day of stillness that recognizes the story is not yet over. Even as we celebrate the Resurrection, we know that God is continuing to do His work through His people. When it looks as though darkness has won, the light has not been overcome (John 1:5).
May we celebrate this Holy weekend with that confidence.