Pastor’s Blog – April 3rd
Dear Family of Christ,
Saturday of Holy Week is a bit strange in the scriptures. Nothing happens in the Gospels. Jesus is laid in the tomb before sundown on Friday and nobody goes to the tomb on the Sabbath day of Saturday. The day in the Old Testament started at sundown and went until the next sundown. It is not until Sunday morning when everything in life and the world begins to change. That is like life very often where incredible things happen and in between life is very quiet. The great thing about this week is the day of great sorrow is ultimately followed by great joy in the resurrection and with the Lord’s presence without having to wait too long.
While the scriptures don’t mention anything happening with the disciples in Jerusalem, I have tried to imagine what they were thinking? I am sure they were crushed, disappointed, and even angry. For three years they have followed Jesus and then the cross happens. That is the attitude we find with Thomas when he does not see Jesus on Easter Sunday and he has a hard time believing. Only as they reread the scriptures in light of the cross were they able to see and understand God’s plans and His will of doing something amazing. Psalm 22, that we talked about at last night’s service, was not the expectation that they had for Jesus, the King of kings, and the Son of God.
We also as people have days and seasons like this in life. Something happens and we cannot understand why. We are tempted to ask God for immediate answers. If we do not get them, sometimes we become angry with God. Sometimes doubt creeps in but ultimately Jesus did speak with Thomas. In times like this we all need the fruit of the Spirit, Patience. As the Psalm says, “Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Often our tough times are longer that a day but remember Joy comes as Jesus comes to you. Here is to looking forward with Jesus.
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 64:5)
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave