Scripture Reading: Luke 23:50-56
Yesterday, Jesus was crucified. His disciples were scattered. His ministry seemed to be over. His influence disappeared. His friends were left questioning. His mother was left weeping.
This seemed like anything but a good day.
Imagine being one of the disciples waking up on Saturday morning. When your eyes open, you realize that the evening before, they watched your closest friend hung upon a cross until dead. For a split second, you think it was just a nightmare; only to be disappointed when you see He is nowhere to be found.
Yesterday, you could hear His voice crying out to God while He hung there on the cross, but today His voice is gone. Replaced by a haunting silence.
Yesterday, your hopes and dreams died with your best friend. You followed Jesus because you thought He brought hope. You thought He was going to bring peace. Now, all you can feel is darkness and despair. Your heart keeps crying out, “It wasn’t supposed to be this way!”
and yet, it is.
We all have dark moments in life. While they most often won’t rise to the same level of severity as the disciples, it still hurts. We wake up the next morning and the sound of the birds chirping aren’t as cheerful as they used to be. The sun shining brings pain to our eyes instead of warmth to our soul. But we, like the disciples, don’t know what tomorrow brings.
We cannot see the miracle waiting for us there. We don’t realize resurrection is just around the corner. We feel alone, forgetting that Jesus promised to never leave or forsake us. Like the disciples, we hide in fear. But Jesus didn’t come to leave us afraid. He came so that we may have life to the full.
Let today be a reminder the next time you find yourself trapped in the silence of Saturday — Jesus left the grave, broke the silence, and showed up at your doorstep to declare, “Peace to you.”
- Take some time today to reflect and recognize what Jesus finished on the cross.
- In what way(s) has God broken the silence in your own life? Thank Him for those moments.
*Devotional contributed by Paul Grodell