“When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.” – Matthew 27:57-60
What are you doing, today?
Today, is the Saturday before Easter. It doesn’t really have a special name like Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday or Easter. It’s just Saturday or Holy Saturday.
This is a day of waiting. Sometimes we wait while praying in a Easter Vigil. Sometimes we just wait.
In some ways this is hardest of the days of Holy Week. We don’t really have anything to do but wait and this isn’t something we’re very good at anymore. We like everything right away, but now we have to wait.
A Different Kind of Waiting
The disciples were waiting, too. They had quickly wrapped Jesus and put Him in a tomb, but there was more that needed to be done. However, this was the Sabbath. So, they had to wait.
We wait, but we wait with hope and expectation. We know what the disciples hadn’t understood, yet. We know that Jesus won’t remain in the tomb. We know that Easter is coming and Jesus will be raised from the dead!
In some ways, this reminds us of another waiting we do. We await the return of our Savior. He’s coming again in Glory, but for now we wait. Similarly, we wait in hopeful anticipation. We know what’s coming will be awesome.
Tomorrow, Easter, will be great. The Last Day to come will be greater! So, keep the oil in your lamps (Matthew 25:1-13) and let your light shine brightly (Matthew 5:14-15) and wait with hopeful expectation.
Give us patience as we wait. Preserve us in the faith and help us to endure. May we wait with hopeful anticipation and an urgent sense of Christ’s return that we would share the light of Christ with others.
In Christ’s Service,