This day is always a little bizarre, the day between Good Friday and the Easter Sunday. A day of waiting, quietness and anticipation. Good Friday can not be seen with out the hope of Easter. It is hard to imagine the empty desolate hopeless state I imagine the disciples and followers of Christ felt. How can a man who filled the world with colour and excitement be dead. This man, the man they thought to be the true King gone.
For my own personal devotions I had two passages today. The first being 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and Ecclesiastes 5:1-2. How do I see these two passage in the darkness of the cross and before the light of the empty tomb, upon this Saturday that I am sure the disciples where sat in the upper room drowning in grief and doubt.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)
This verse I remember being used a lot whilst I was studying. With that need to find joy in all that we do including writing essays and living in community. This was written in the hope of the living God. I wonder how the disciples felt. I some how doubt that they were rejoicing in the death of Christ, or could summon the will to pray. How about the three that Jesus had asked to pray with him in his final hours before his arrest. Did they feel guilty? Ashamed? Did they cry? Or did they rejoice? Did they think ‘ah it’s Jesus it will all be fine, he will use it to teach us something great’? Or did the sadness the grief consume them?
How today should we act on this quiet day before Easter. Do we sit ashamed? Or with guilt? Are there times when we like Peter have denied Christ? Or have we betrayed his will for our lives? Or are we quietly rejoicing upon this quiet day knowing that there is light in the darkness, that even in the situation of the death of our King we can have hope. Today are we giving thanks, Re we praying for forgiveness, praying in adoration and humble awe of our saviour soon to rise.
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:1, 2 ESV)
These words written long before Christ’s birth. Maybe today is a day just to sit and wait upon the Lord. Not to find words to fill this gap between the two days but to sit and wait for the fresh renewing hope.
Today I consider a quiet hope. One of little words. Of waiting.
Darkness begins to brighten.
Tomorrow we will celebrate the death of darkness and the true risen King.