Anticipating Something More
I’ve often wondered what happened on the day after Good Friday. Of course, we know Jesus lay in the tomb on this day. But after all the events of the previous day, it is hard not to think of the questions that may have run through the minds of Mary, John, and even the other disciples. For these people who had followed Jesus all the way to the cross, I am sure they felt deep down in the recesses of their soul, that this could not be it, this could not be the end.
Jesus lay in a tomb, sealed by an enormous stone that sources say weighed over a ton. It was a dark day, a cold day, and a sad day. Jesus was dead and buried. Certainly, all of hell thought He was over and done with for good. But Jesus was in that tomb, sealed between the darkness of the cold walls, wrapped in clean linen from head to foot, preparing to make the greatest comeback of His life.
We have to realize that the worst almost always comes before the best. Saturday had to come before Sunday. The darkness had to cast a eery feeling before the light could shine through. Saturday wasn’t a dead. God Himself was setting things in motion for Jesus to be resurrected and for us to have the hope of experiencing new life.
Oftentimes in life we may feel like darkness surrounds us. When things are bad enough, they seem to get even worse. When the pathway of our journey is dimly lit and we feel like there is no more hope, at that point, we must anticipate something great is about to happen. The people who believed in Jesus had hope on the inside that something absolutely wonderful, out of this world, amazing was about to happen.
Don’t give up on the dark days. Don’t quit on the tough days. Darkness always turns to light. Valleys always turn into mountains. Rough spots get smoother and tough times get easier. Anticipate something more than your current situation. Expect something better. Where you are now is preparing you for where you need to go. Yes, Jesus was in the tomb, but while He was in the tomb, He was preparing for the Resurrection.