There they sat, in silence and grief.
Their friend was gone.
They felt the lost. The emptiness.
The heaviness of the horrific sights of the previous day.
And the one person that could make it all better, comfort them?
There is silence.
No words of wisdom.
No parable tales to explain the events.
No words of comfort.
No looking into the face of God to search for signs of peace around the corners of His eyes.
Just a gaping Jesus-shaped hole in their heart.
Oh, but what they did not know was just because they could not see Him, hear Him, didn’t mean He was quieted.
He was at work behind the scenes; waging war on Death and capturing the keys to the grave.
While they were grieving His passing, unsure of their present, He was securing their eternity.
He was completing the plan He had for them – and for us.
He wasn’t worried about his friends having momentary worry, fear and doubt. He had already prepared them for this. He knew they would feel this way, yet He had spend much time giving them the words they would need to carry them through today.
When the silence of Saturday surrounds our heart and we can’t hear His voice, may we remember that He is still working for our eternal good.
He has prepared us for the days of silence.
We already have His promises.
We already know that Sunday is coming!
With shouts of joy
And tears of gladness
Sunday is coming!
“When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.” Matthew 27:57-61 ESV
“And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.”
Mark 15:42-47 ESV
“Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.”
Luke 23:50-56 ESV
“After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.”
John 19:38-42 ESV