And it was Saturday

Friday’s brutal murder was still fresh and too real. The disciples have scattered and are hiding. I wonder what was going through their minds as they contemplated the events of the last three years. Were Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, John the beloved disciple, and James the brother of Jesus consoling each other? Did the words of the prophets ring in the ears of the dispersed? Did Peter replay his denial over and over and did his bitter tears still flow hot over his cheeks?
We tend to gloss over this day. No earthly miracles happened. No teaching in the synagogue, now in shambles and filled with confusion. The religious leaders, having studied the sacred Scriptures, in upheaval at the possibility that Jesus was exactly who they had been looking for but had crucified. Question upon question that we don’t have answers to. But, we do know this, Jesus, was at work. He was marching triumphant into hell. Death had met its match in the source of life. Satan had played the best hand he could but the created could not overcome the Creator.
This leads to another question, did Satan, knowing he was defeated willing hand to Jesus the keys of death, hell and the grave? Does evil know its limits? Did his avarice and malice leave him seething at the sight of Jesus? It’s not like he didn’t see it coming. He was told in the garden of Eden this was going to happen. Maybe bringing humanity to that place we are at now was Satan’s plan B. Even though God is the author and marker of time and events, Satan might have thought he could twist this plan.
Almost 2000 years removed from a tear filled agonizing Saturday, we are very much like our brothers in the faith. No, we did not witness first hand the vile and tortuous death of Jesus. But we go through “Saturday’s”. That space between death and resurrection. We are left to recount our betrayal, denial, unforgiving attitudes, reckless conduct, gossiping, fault finding, pride, and so on and so on. There are no miracles we can see and Jesus seems far away. But, He is doing work. Paul captured this Saturday moment in Romans 8:28… We know that He is working all things for our good, we that are chosen and called according to His purpose. Friday was wicked, Saturday was tortuous, but Sunday is coming!

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