As we understand from the Scriptures, the week of the Passion of Christ, Jesus died on the cross for us on Friday, that we now traditionally call Good Friday. We also know that on the third day he rose from the dead. Resurrection Sunday or Easter Sunday, now traditionally called. But what about that in-between day? Saturday. What a dark day that must have been.
The disciples had scattered, denied, wept, and may have lost hope. over three years that had been with Jesus. He was not just the promised Messiah to them, he was their friend, their close friend and now he was gone. In Matthew we see on Saturday that Pilate sent guard to secure the tomb as they recall that Jesus said “After three days I will rise.” I smile a little that even they believed this was a possibility. But on Saturday, the second day, he was not there. Psalms 16, tells us that on Saturday Christ went to the place of the dead. I believe Christ was busy on that dark day. descending to the place of death to free and liberate, and smash the gates of hell, the gates of death. the tombs of hopelessness (See 1 Peter 3.18-20, Psalm 16.10; Acts 2.31; 1 Peter 4.5).
What a dark day for the followers and believers of Christ. They must have felt so hopeless, confused, abandoned. But even though they could not see or know what Jesus was up to, he was working on their behalf. In their darkness they may have had trouble remembering the truths that Jesus taught. That he would rise, that this was the plan of the Father, that he must die, and he would sit in glory. The darkness of their present state, diluted all they knew to be true. The present “facts” of the moment, upstaged the “faith” of what was really going on.
Life can seem very dark at times and Jesus can seem far away. We can wonder why things are not going very well. We don’t see the Lord working. Your present situations envelope you in a reality of hopelessness that is not real. You encounter shattered dream, broken relationships, disappointments, difficult times and this dark present chases away the truths we know to be true.
That Saturday the disciples did not know what Christ was doing but He was working on their behalf. They could not see with their eyes, but He was going to keep His promises. On that quiet and painful Sabbath, Jesus was preparing to shock and shake all of humanity, all of history, and change all of eternity. They just had to get through that dark Saturday.
May I encourage you. Should you be living through a “dark Saturday.” Remember, Christ is working on your behalf even though you do not see Him doing what you thought He should be. His presence escapes you as you become enveloped in what seems to be suffocating sadness, and overwhelming loneliness, or unending hopelessness, but He is working, and even though you don’t know the future or His plans, you can know they are going to be best as your life is in His hands.
On the dark Saturday, don’t decide much, just wait, as His work in your life is going to spring forth,and remember, waiting is part following, and trust is part of believing. The dark Saturday will past and the Sunday will come. Just do not give up because you can’t see what he is up to. Trust what he has said. Trust in His Words, trust in His sovereignty, and trust your life with Him. The dark Saturday will not last forever, it’s fleeing even now as you read. Faith, trust, hope, and belief in a Father who has the best for you, and is working, even though you feel like He is not because you can’t see him. -Peace, Pastor Nate
God’s Words for Faith and Hope
Psalms 34.17, 18 The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 42.5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and 6 my God!
Psalm 66.17-20 For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
Psalm 146.5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel* as their helper,
whose hope is in the LORD their God.