Two-thousand years ago Jesus was in a dark tomb, covered in about a hundred pounds of spices (John 19:39) and wrapped in linen wrappings (John 19:40).
Jesus lay in darkness. He was dead.
The disciples were in darkness too. Their rabbi was dead. Their hopes were crushed. Their dreams of a messianic kingdom were dashed (John 14:22, Matthew 20:21). And they were scared. The authorities of the day had come to arrest Jesus. Would they come for them too?
Fear, despair and darkness.
Can you imagine?
They didn’t get God’s plan. They didn’t understand completely that the Messiah had to be God because only God could be sinless (Is 53:9). They didn’t understand that their Messiah had to bleed like the sacrificial Lamb to take away their sins (Is 53:7). They didn’t get that He had to die (Is 53:10).
But He had to die for them to have forgiveness (Heb 9:22). He had to die for them to have life (1 Cor 15:53). He had to die for them to enter the kingdom (Matt 25:34). He had to die for them to see the Messianic Kingdom come to pass (Matt 19:28).
But now death, you see, cannot have the victory. No, no. You see, Jesus name means salvation and victory. And He claimed it. Death loses. Death is not the end for us. Because Sunday is coming. Sunday is coming, and when Sunday comes. . .
Darkness becomes Light, because the Light of the world shines again (John 9:5).
Listen. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. ”
His light would shine.
I told you Jesus was shiny!
I have pondered at great length why God would choose Saturday (the Sabbath) as the day of rest. Yes, God rested on Saturday after He created the world, but why did He pick Saturday? Why not Sunday? Or Friday? Why did He choose Saturday?
You know what I think? I think God knew Jesus would rest on Saturday too. On Friday He was whipped, beaten, crowned with thorns, and crucified. Horrible. Horrible day. Then on Sunday Jesus walked out of the tomb and started working again.
But Saturday? Jesus rested in a dark tomb. He was still.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying we should all go to church on Saturday, but I do want to say, Saturday is special too. Because now I get it. Now I get why God chose Saturday to rest. He knew His son was going to rest too.
So today. Reflect and rest, and wait. . .
. . . for His shine tomorrow!