Even when there was no possible way that Jesus would prevail, he still did. That gives us hope even at the most desperate moments. All of the seasons of life that seem to go on and on and on and never stop, and never cease are exactly that, seasons. Christ has already risen from the grave and hope and love have prevailed.
Silent Saturday…it was an entire day where everyone who followed Jesus during his ministry thought he was dead. Friday came and the unthinkable happened and then Saturday dawned and it wasn’t just a dream. It was real. For an entire day these people went about their lives trying to piece together everything they had believed, everything that may or may not be true. Their realities were shattered. They had placed their hope, their trust, their very faith in Jesus. The wrapped their identities around his message, and now all that was lost. Everything that they had hoped for and everything that they had sought after for the last several years of their lives had proved to be false, at least as far as they could tell.
Some of them were probably fearful that the arrests and deaths wouldn’t end with just Jesus. Some of them more fearful about having to get back to life without Jesus.
“What am I going to tell my friends? How am I going to admit that I was wrong? How do I get back to life the way I new it a few years ago?”
For an entire day there worlds were shattered. For an entire day there was no hope. And that’s exactly what we lean on. We can see a group of people that are distraught, they were broken to the very core and yet there was still hope even when they couldn’t see it. Even when there was no possible way that Jesus would prevail, he still did. That gives us hope even at the most desperate moments. All of the seasons of life that seem to go on and on and on and never stop, and never cease are exactly that, seasons. Christ has already risen from the grave and hope and love have prevailed.
That fact doesn’t make our world perfect but it does make our world and our lives hopeful.
The disciples had no clue what was about to happen in their lives because of coming resurrection of Christ. Their lives were about to change. At times we feel desperate, lost, hopeless. In that moment we feel that our realities are shattered and life as we know it is falling to pieces, and yet there is still hope. In the first century Christ rose when the darkness appeared to have triumphed. Incur darkest moments we know that God is not silent, he is moving and working even when we can’t see it. Even when we don’t understand it.
Hopelessness doesn’t prevail.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.“ 1 Peter 1:3-4a