encouragement

What happened between Good Friday and Easter.

Saturday’s events are recorded in Matthew 27:62-66, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40.

One of the most significant things that happened was that Pilate was worried there would be an uprising should someone steal the body so he made sure the tomb was made secure. Little did he know that he was reinforcing the story for generations to come and making the miracle even more miraculous.

God certainly works in a mysterious way.

But there were other things going on.

(I should add some believe ascended to hell on this day to finish the atonement for the forgiveness of our sins. I don’t.)

First of all, there was mourning. No one really believed what Christ had taught. As far as they were concerned, it was all over. And that includes the disciples.

They were grieving. They had given up everything to follow Jesus. They loved Him. Just as we grieve, so were they. If you’ve ever lost someone you know what the day after a funeral is like. You were just kind of lost. There was a numbness. That’s how the disciples probably felt, totally discouraged, totally confused and in shock.

I would imagine there was a lot of discussion about how they could have gotten it all wrong. They didn’t understand. They probably discussed the sermons Jesus gave, the miracles, trying to put it all together.

They were also probably afraid. After all, Jesus’s life had caused a lot of controversy. Jesus encouraged allegiance to Himself rather than the Roman government. He caused a lot of trouble and the disciples had been publicly in agreement. There might be retaliation.

For me, I am comforted knowing that God wasn’t silent. He was planning for the biggest event in history. Maybe Jesus returned to heaven today to rejoice with His father, the angels, and all who had gone on before.

Maybe He hovered over Mary Magdalene enveloping her with loving comfort.

When a soft breeze ruffled His mother’s, she did a double-take knowing it was Her son.

Maybe He checked in on the woman caught in adultery so see how she was doing? Had she taken His forgiveness and departed from her old life?

Maybe he reminded Peter through the words of another disciple that He had been forgiven for his denials in case Peter was worried.

We just don’t really know but I believe Saturday was an active day for Jesus.

And just as Triune God was working behind the scenes, so they are working behind the scenes in your own life. They are working to equip and encourage you as you deal with your depression.

We must never assume that when God seems silent, it means He isn’t there. But there are times, He lets us take some steps on our own. Babies all need to learn to walk without mom and dad hanging on to them every minute.

That’s one of the questions I intend to ask.

God bless and have a good day.

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