The Bible is strangely silent about what happened the day after the crucifixion.
But, I can imagine.
It seems clear that none of the disciples understood that Jesus would be crucified, even though He told them several times. And they definitely were not expecting Him to come back to life. None of them anticipated the resurrection; not one.
When Mary found the tomb empty she was distraught and confused, wondering where the body had gone. It was not her first instinct to be “hopeful.” After she had seen the resurrected Christ, she ran back and told the disciples but, they literally did not believe her.
What was happening was nothing like what they thought the plan was. They thought that Jesus was going to be a powerful political leader. They thought He was going to lead them to freedom from Roman oppression. They thought He was going to lead the charge to restore the Kingdom of Israel. For three and a half years they followed Him with these hopes in the back of their minds, many of them giving up everything in the process.
Now imagine having everything you’ve dedicated your life to ripped out from underneath you’re your plan for the future falling apart right before your eyes. Imagine your hopes being crushed with no backup plan. On top of that, imagine the heartache and devastation of recognizing your own failure and regret running through your mind. Imagine the confusion and the pain.
Then, imagine … the silence.
Where was God in all of this? Why wasn’t He speaking? Where was the reassurance that things would “work for my good”?
Why didn’t things go the way I thought they would? Why was the one thing I put my confidence in destroyed? What am I supposed to do now?
Why is God silent in the midst of my pain? Why is He not speaking in the middle of my confusion? Why can I not see Him through the calamity?
There are times when God may seem silent, still, or unattentive to my cries and pleas. We can be left with the impression that He does not care or that He has abandoned us. But the truth is, He has done none of those things.
He is merely up to something we cannot understand.
Not seeing Him, not hearing Him, not feeling Him does not mean … He is not there.
In fact, none of the doubts, questions, fears, failures, regrets of the disciples, nor the seeming silence of God, changed the fact that there was a plan, that His plan would be fulfilled, and that resurrection was only a day away.
I know many of my friends and family are going through very difficult and confusing times …right now. Maybe you’re wondering what God is up to. Maybe what’s happening doesn’t make sense. And maybe, maybe God seems silent.
But, maybe that’s why the scripture does tell us this one thing: “and they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment” (Lk23:56).
Maybe we should do the same.
I’m asking the Lord to help us do the same.
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