Easter Saturday: The Wait
Katrina writes for us on the ultimate 'wait' - and how we know that God has already won. It might be Saturday - but Sunday is coming...
Easter Saturday is suspended between two worlds: the utter hopelessness of Friday and the blinding hope of Sunday.
Easter Saturday isn’t usually a key mention in the story of Jesus. Whether it is in our own lives or even the Gospels, the significance of this day is frankly overshadowed by the days either side. But I am increasingly convinced that we live most of our Christian lives in ‘Saturday’ and we have a lot to learn from this part of the Easter story.
Consider the first Holy Saturday from the perspective of a disciple. You have watched Jesus die and despite his words, you have absolutely no way to know if he will return. The gospels tell us very little about this Saturday. We know that, as is Jewish custom, Saturday marks the Sabbath. Great effort ensured that the burial of Jesus had been carefully completed by sundown on Friday, and then Jesus’ friends returned home to rest on the Sabbath (Luke 23:50-56).
I don’t know about you, but the act of passively waiting for an entire day is almost painful for me to think about. There was nothing for Jesus’ followers to do but reside in grief filled darkness and wait to see what happened next.
As Christians, we largely live in ‘Saturday’. Between the great dramas of life, there will always be a period of waiting.
Whether we consider the bigger picture of waiting for Jesus to finally return or we are simply waiting for the next step in our life, we are waiting all the same.
Whilst the first Holy Saturday involved waiting defined by pain, hopelessness and passivity, this is not the case for us. Jesus’ followers did not know the story as we do; because we know what happens on Sunday, our Saturday comes alive.
Any waiting we now do can be done with excitement, anticipation and hope for what is to come.
Until Jesus returns we will continue to wait and I won’t tell you that waiting will always be easy, but unlike the first Easter Saturday we are no longer waiting on the unknown. We live in the sure and certain promise that Jesus will rise again as King and that Sunday will come. Jesus walks our paths before us and knows what will happen tomorrow. Even if you feel you are in the deepest darkness, you can hold fast to God’s promise that the Light of the World will return.
This Easter Saturday, allow yourself to patiently wait in the knowledge of what will happen tomorrow. Encourage one another with the good news that it is not over yet! We can have hope for the days to come because God’s promises have been fulfilled to us.
‘Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings… Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’ (Hebrews 10:22-25)
Katrina is in her final year studying Sport and Exercise at Durham. She works on the More Precious team in Content and Partnerships, loves being outdoors and is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.