The day before ‘the Day.’
Saturday of the Passion Week lies between the day Jesus died and the day He rose from the dead. It was a day of quiet contemplation, a day of confusion, and a day of extreme sadness for those who had followed Him. Jesus’ disciples literally locked themselves in hiding for fear of what was next (John 20:19). They had no expectation or hope of Jesus coming back to life. Though they had once hoped Jesus would be their conquering king, now they were frozen in disbelief from what had just occurred. In fact, none of the disciples were even around to take care of Jesus’ lifeless body. Look at what John tells us:
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Today we know the rest of the Easter story. We know that on Sunday Jesus would rise from the dead. If there was a way we could have traveled back in time to tell those followers of Jesus that news, we could have given them hope. Obviously, that could not and did not happen. However, on this Saturday more than 2000 years later we have the opportunity to deliver this great news—this story of hope—to those around us. For the disciples, the Saturday before the resurrection was a day of sadness and grief, but today it’s a day of expectation and anticipation.
Who do you know today that is struggling? Who do you know today that is frozen in the circumstances of life? Let them know that Easter Sunday is coming! Let them know that Jesus wants to provide the rescue they are searching for. Take the opportunity to invite them to celebrate Easter Sunday and bring them with you to Journey tomorrow morning. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!