He’s dead and the tomb is sealed.
So many questions.
What would happen next?
Why did He have to die this way?
The cross – the crown of thorns
His blood pierced side.
No simple answers.
A moment of complete chaos
Yet the most significant moment in history
The world feels darker
It’s a dark night for the soul
A world more desperate than ever before.
And now we wait.
This day – the sabbath!
This day – a day of rest.
The in-between place of wonder and disillusionment
God rested from all of the work of creation.
Maybe, He was resting in the grave?
Resting from all the work of recreation.
Can you imagine this moment in history?
The shock – the horror!
This moment when every conversation He had with His disciples about the Kingdom of God was preparing them for this day.
His death. His burial.
Can you imagine the smell of all of those spices, the balm, the perfumes prepared for Him. The tears, the anguish, the pain, the sorrow and the heart felt lose of the one who had shown them so much. Who had loved them like no other. His grace for them and compassion that won their hearts and following devotion.
The one who fathered them and talked for endless hours about His Kingdom around the table. The one who broke bread, poured wine and ate with them. Can you imagine those times together, those conversations?
On this day every conversation must have felt hushed. Words brought no comfort. The smell of those spices seemed to fill the entire earth. The smell of death, the grave and even despair. It was everywhere. Every word you wished you had shared. But now it’s too late. Even to say “I love you”.
But wait. The resurrection? What about that?
It’s not over – it’s not finished. He said He would rise again.
Weeping only comes for a moment.
Then – there comes a miracle.
The stone is rolled away! He’s no longer there. The shock and the wonder about what has happened.
This moment of the in-between becomes the greatest test of their lives.
The moment of waiting in- between. The time between the cross and the resurrection. Filled with so many questions, doubts, fears and a sense of abandonment.
Yet the most significant moment of their lives.
Resurrection is coming! A new day is dawning!
Up from the grave He rose- from His place of rest.
Death could not hold Him. He conquered death. His death – our death. His resurrection – now our resurrection and the story continues from generation to generation.
He is making all things new and one day soon everything will be made new.