Many of us have heard, watched, or read Easter devotionals and social media posts with the phrase, “but Sunday’s coming.” It’s Saturday… but Sunday’s coming. Reflecting on the history of today, I ponder what those who believed Jesus was their Messiah must have been thinking after Jesus was pronounced dead.
I am sure they felt all hope was lost; their Messiah, who was to save them from all oppression, had just been defeated by death. Their cries of Hosanna obliterated.
Imagine the somber tone that must have filled Jerusalem and the surrounding areas as the darkness lingered and the veil was torn in two. Something terrible had just happened and they knew their world was now forever changed. There appeared to be no hope. Did they spend Saturday stunned as we often do in our acute stage of grief?
I imagine many had doubts as to whether they had been wrong about who Jesus really was. Their Messiah was supposed to be unconquerable. They looked around and could only see devastation with no solution, no hope, nowhere to turn, and no Messiah to save them. A fate sealed in a tomb.
God always has a plan, even when we can’t see it.
But if only… if only they knew what God knew that day! If only they knew that Sunday was coming. Oh what hope they would have had if they could have only known God’s plan. They would have known the evil they witnessed during the crucifixion would be used for the greatest good of all time! If only they could have known what God had known since the beginning of time.
God tells us what we need to know, we only need to listen with open ears and open hearts.
However, God did leave a way to know in His Word. Genesis through Malachi points to those exact things they had just witnessed. If that were not enough, Jesus’ words of “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” pointed them directly to Psalm 22. I don’t believe for a second that God had abandoned Him but rather in his agony on the cross, Jesus was still pointing us to the truth to save souls. If only they had been listening with ears wanting to hear. If only they had gone to Psalm 22 with ears to hear at His prompting they may have understood His message.
How are we living in this lack of understanding now? What messages are we not hearing? God has a purpose and a plan for our current circumstances, just as he has demonstrated throughout scripture time and time again. We may not know what His plan is but we do know it is better than any plan we could ever come up with on our own. We also know our Heavenly Father hears our cries just as he heard those of His Son and does not turn away.
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but was heard, when he cried to him.Psalm 22:24 ESV
We may feel we are living in a time of darkness but God’s Word reminds us the darkness can never overcome the light. If the light of Jesus shines within us, we can illuminate the darkness.
Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12 ESV
May we use this example to trust in God’s plan during these uncertain times.
Submitting to God’s will in this current time of loneliness and separation has come with several challenges. However, it has not come without hope. The same unknown hope that existed in the pain and darkness throughout Jerusalem the Friday and Saturday before the resurrection is now the known hope that lives in us today. The same power that resurrected Jesus will resurrect us daily as a new creation.
We may not know the why, how, or when answers to our current circumstance, but let us hold on to hope trusting in the One who holds such knowledge. The One who holds all power and works all things for good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 ESV