We know all about Good Friday, and Jesus being nailed to a Roman Cross.  We know all about Sunday morning – when Christ is Risen!!  What about Saturday??   What were Jesus’ disciples feeling on Saturday?  His mother?  Actually, we all know this “Saturday” feeling.  The feeling of mourning, grief, and lost hope.   The feeling we all get when, even though we know in our heads that Jesus did indeed rise from the grave on Sunday morning, we lose hope in that power of resurrection for our own lives.  We forget that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is there working in our own lives.  We forget that in order to to get to Sunday, we are just going to have to go through our own Friday.   I don’t have an answer for why God allows suffering and pain in this world, but I do know this – he did not leave us here to suffer through it in our own.  He did not stay detached from his creation, always knowing we would suffer, but never knowing what it was to feel that suffering.  He came and joined his creation in the man of Jesus Christ and suffered with us.  Not only that, but He suffered FOR us.  So while we will never know “why” on this side of eternity, we can certainly know that we are not going through anything God himself has not directly felt.  Physical pain of torture, beating, and crucifixion.  Emotional pain of betrayal and desertion.  He KNOWS what we go through.  He gave us the power of His Holy Spirit to go with us.  And He gives us the same power that raised Him from the dead on that Sunday morning.  That same power can get us through our Saturday’s, our times of feeling abandoned, our times of suffering, our times when our soul feels tortured.  I found this in Zechariah, I think it looks forward to that Saturday between the crucifix and the resurrection.  All the families of the royal line of David are specified here.  But all of us, being Gods children, are included in this.  We will all mourn.  We will all suffer.  But we are not left alone, no matter how alone we feel.   During those times, I hope I can remember this from the apostle Paul – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.”
‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭12:10-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬


 

John Lewis
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