Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel.” (Luke 24:21)
Dig Deeper: Luke 23:50-56
The Gospels speak very little of the disciples’ immediate response to Jesus’s death. But before the sunset on Friday a man named Joseph of Arimathea came to Pontius Pilate to request Jesus’s cold, dead body, that it might be properly buried.
After the crowds fled and the slowly muffled screams of the executed ceased—slowly, carefully, Joseph lowered the cross, pulled the large Roman nails from Jesus’s fragile hands and feet, and carried him in his arms. [Imagine] the devastation of pulling those nails and along with them uprooting your greatest dreams and hopes. Years earlier, most likely, Joseph had left behind his life of predictability and safety to follow an unknown Saviour, only to have his vision crushed. Now Joseph held his dead dream in his arms. What a failure. What a waste. But Joseph still showed up.
More of faith than we’d like to admit consists of sitting in the tomb. And while maybe we didn’t anticipate those dark moments of waiting, they are nonetheless holy moments. Faith isn’t just Good Friday and Easter Sunday; faith is Awkward Saturday too. So much is sitting in that tomb with the soon-to-be resurrected Lord. It’s so dark. So damp. So scary. The silence is deafening. But there is hope in there. In the tomb, the darkness is thick. But that’s where God is.
– A. J. Swoboda in A Glorious Dark
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