“Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”Luke 23:56
The silence and sacredness of the Sabbath were observed despite the sobering horror of Jesus’ death the previous day. Surely despair invaded the hearts of those who had put their hope in Him as their Messiah. They must have been confused and bewildered.
When a loved one of ours dies, we have a taste of what that bewilderment in sorrow must have felt like. There is nothing we can say or do to change what has happened. Though we may find some comfort in moving forward with the normal rhythm of everyday life, we know that death comes to all in this world. We must accept it.
To the early Christians in Corinth, Paul addressed the subject of death and knowing it is not final for those who believe in Jesus. “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (15:19). There is nothing so utterly soundless as a being—human or animal—which has died. But after the stunning silence that follows death, the faithful follower of Jesus Christ hears the magnificent shout of glorious eternal life.
“Christ is risen from the dead/ Trampling over death by death/ Come awake, come awake/ Come and rise up from the grave.” (Matt Maher, 2009)
Bible In A Year
- Joshua 9-10
- Psalm 101
- Acts 26