Just as Jesus once slept peacefully in the stern of a boat while his disciples fussed and fretted over the raging storm, He also rested in a tomb as his followers dealt with a storm of confusion, disappointment and fear. A day after his death, these emotions cycled endlessly through their minds. Memories of the time they spent with him, planning and hoping for the new order they expected Him to lead them into played there too. Memories of what it felt like to walk upon a rolling sea, to feed five thousand people with the lunch of one small boy, to see Lazarus’s burial clothes left in the dirt, no longer needed. No doubt they were heartsick with confusion. What had gone wrong?
The disciples feeble faith in their Lord should not surprise us because if we are honest, we see it in ourselves as well. The “of little faith” as he often called them failed to recognize and remember the things He Himself had told them about His path: that He would suffer for their sakes, that He would lay down His life – and take it up again, that he would be absent from them for 3 days. Had His followers held these things as closely to their hearts as they did their dreams of power, that Sabbath might have been an occasion of joyful anticipation rather than sorrow and fear.
At times in our own lives, God may seem absent, but we know that He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). And, unlike those disciples, we will never experience the dark prospect of a failed savior. Still, we often forget the promises of God. In the face of uncertainty we often turn to a Do-It-Yourself kind of Christianity.
Too often we look no farther than our own solutions when what we need is the wonder working power of Christ’s resurrection and an attitude of humble anticipation as we wait on Him. If we have faith in God as a candle, we too can rest through the darkness of night knowing that morning will surely come.
Happy Good Friday and I wish you a blessed Easter weekend.