The Silence of Saturday
It is good for us to feel the weight and the cost of Good Friday. It would do us good to look long at the cross. We mourn and we feel how much it cost God to be close to us. However in our rush to celebrate resurrection we often move too quickly between the days. In the context of the crucifixion and the death of our Lord there was the silence of Saturday, the silence of a tomb that still contained the broken body of our Savior. There was the looming and ominous pressure of dreams unfulfilled, of hopes dampened by death, of the passionate purpose of a young life quenched by the cross’ cruel course.
We know, because we have heard the story so many times, that Sunday is coming. It’s almost like watching a movie; we can say, “oh it all turns out well in the end.” But it is good for us to linger in the silence of Saturday. The disciples, these brokenhearted followers, could not fast forward to Sunday. They had to live out their lives in the silence of apparent unfulfillment. It is so hard to wait in the silence when we have been promised so much. And this is the place where we often find ourselves in life. It would be so tremendous to live in the place of celebration. Thank God for these seasons and times of celebratory expression. Much of life, however, is lived out in the tension between what has been promised and fulfillment.
We must remember that our union with Christ was not only for His punishment upon the cross. This union wasn’t absolved at His death. When Christ was in the grave, humanity lay with Him in the stillness of death. When we are in the periods of waiting in our life, Christ waits with us. Just as we know Sunday came for Christ and He rose in glorious victory. Sunday comes for all of us, not only in the resurrection but in the glorious fulfillment of all that God has promised us in His Word.
We must not misunderstand God’s perspective. We mustn’t think that our silence is our sentence to a life of denial. It is a season – a season between what is promised and our standing in the fulfillment of what has been promised. God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). The same power that rose Christ from the grave dwells in us (Romans 8:11). This power works in reality to bring us into all that God has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10)!! Beloved, don’t lose heart in the silence! God is faithful and as surely has He has promised He will bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24)!
Father, thank you for the reminder that I am not alone in my silence, You are always with me, ever strengthening me and always lifting my heart. Help me to hear You in my silence. I rest in Your presence today knowing my Sunday is coming.