Holy Week Day 4 – Too Quiet

Matthew 27:57-62 (ESV)

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. [58] He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. [59] And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud [60] 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. [61] Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. [62] The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate

Reflection

The only reason we read the above verses is to highlight the nothingness that Saturday brought. Friday ends with Jesus being removed from the cross. Friday has been traumatic and epic in so many ways. There has been an unfair trial, a criminal has been released while Jesus was beaten to within an inch of His life and then ultimately led up a hill and crucified between two robbers. Then Joseph of Arimathea removes Jesus’ body which must have seemed to be a symbol of defeat and hopes dashed and lays it in a tomb and covers it with a stone that seems like it is the ending of a story.

Then we hear nothing until the dawn of Sunday which heralded a resurrection and we hear that actually the story isn’t over. We know, because we have the whole picture that Sunday was always part of the story but imagine being the disciples on Saturday morning. The space between.

There is nothing on Saturday. There is not a single verse recording anything about what happens in the emptiness of Saturday between Friday and Sunday.

We all go through times that like in our lives. Times when there is just nothing to report, nothing to write and it is just too quiet. Often it is longer than a day. Often it can last weeks, months and even years. Its that period between death and resurrection. The disciples didn’t know that a resurrection. They just thought they had to live now in the wake of a death.

The thing is though that we have the whole story. We have a Savior that has the power to transform the quietness of a Saturday season into the triumphant praise of a Sunday season when what we thought was dead is resurrected and life is never the same.

Today as we get ready for tomorrow can w encourage you to never give up in the space between. Can we encourage you to never give up when it gets too quiet because when its quiet is often when Jesus is doing His most powerful work and there is a resurrection coming.

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