The Dark Saturday Before the Bright Sunday
The Bible doesn’t say much about the day between Good Friday and Easter.  The Gospel of Luke provides the lengthiest comment – half a verse – simply stating, “On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (23:56b).  Nevertheless there are helpful lessons to be found in considering that dark and forgotten day.

1. Pain and confusion are temporary for Christ’s disciples.  Though it was only one day, it probably felt like an eternity.  All the disciples had hoped Jesus would be and do looked lost.  They probably were filled with feelings of confusion, fear, and disappointment.  In the light of Easter Sunday, that Saturday would make sense, but until Sunday arrived, Saturday made no sense.  Much of life is like that.  In the moment, it’s painful and confusing, but in the light of Jesus rising on Easter Sunday, we recognize that these “light momentary afflictions” are actually “preparing for us an eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

2. God has told us what we need to know, if we are willing to listen.  It’s not as if Jesus hadn’t warned them that this day would come.  He had on several occasions, but they did not understand Him (Luke 9:21-22, 43-45; 18:31-34).  And, it seems, this was partly due to their preconceived notions and expectations, which they could not harmonize with His revelation (Matthew 16:22).  God has warned us too in advance that hard times will come (John 16:33; 2 Timothy 3:12; Acts 14:22).  But we need to be careful that our presuppositions and expectations don’t render us deaf and blind to what God is saying and doing (especially) in the painful times of life.  Even if we don’t know how our dark Saturday will give way to the promised bright Sunday, we do know that in Christ God has “granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) and in His word He has granted to us the instruction necessary to become “competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).

3. Consequently, resting in God according to His commands and promises is always the best course.
  What were the disciples to do during that long Saturday of pain and confusion?  Luke tells us what they did do – “they rested according to the commandment.”  The fact that they didn’t yet understood God’s bigger plan didn’t change the relevance of the commands He had already given.  When it looks like everything is falling apart around us, it is tempting to freak out and launch off on our own course.  But, we are reminded here that the best course it always to trust God and walk in His commands.  Instead of filling our minds with speculations about things we don’t understand, we should rest in God by trustingly obeying Him in the little we do understand.  By this means, God will keep us on course and walking in the path that leads ultimately to that Final Brighter Day (Philippians 3:8-21).
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