Between the Cross and Easter

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The disciples of Jesus had a horrible day the Saturday after the crucifixion. We see it as the period between the cross and Easter, but they didn’t see it that way or understand what we know in hindsight.

The Jewish Sabbath was typically a day of rest, but this Sabbath was a time of gut-wrenching heartache. The disciples’ teacher, Rabbi, Lord, and closest friend was lying dead in a cold tomb. Their dream of a Messianic-led rebirth of Israel was crushed. All hope of a Jewish revival was now completely shattered and abandoned.

The disciples feared for their own lives as they cowered in an upper room somewhere in the city of Jerusalem. Overnight they had become religious outcasts among the very people who once sang the praises of Jesus and his motley crew.

These men and women who loved Jesus experienced a dreadfully dark and demoralizing day. In their minds, he was gone forever.

The Friday of His crucifixion, they ran, they denied, they watched from a distance in horror, and they wept in agony. The next day, they lived in shock, in dread, and in dark corners of deafening silence.

Remember, they did not understand the promise of Easter or the hope of the resurrection.

Not yet.

Not on that Saturday.

It was the second worst day of their lives, and from their limited perspective, they would never have a good day again.

I wonder how many of you are in a similar place?

Something, or maybe even someone, has died. You’ve lost a dream, a relationship, a job or a friend, and you’re exhausted. In fact, you’re an emotional and physical wreck. Numbness covers your heart, mind, and soul like a dense winter fog. You can’t even think about the future. The misery of yesterday and the emptiness of today have stolen from you any joy and hope for a better tomorrow.

If that’s you, please listen to these words: God knows where you’ve been, where you’re at, and where he will take you. He understands the crushing anguish of the cross, but he also knows (far better than you do), Sunday is coming, and it’s a brand new day. A sunrise of hope for your future is on the horizon.

So hold on.

Stay true.

Don’t despair.

Sunday is just around the corner.

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“I am the resurrection and the life.

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

John 11:25-26 (NIV)

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4 Responses to Between the Cross and Easter

  1. How refreshing to read your blog. I thanked my Lord this morning and always do for giving his life for me a sinner. I can rest knowing that I have a place in his Kingdom when I am called home. Just thinking of him on the cross broke my heart and made me cry. I am so thankful that we have a Father who cares, and loves so much that he gave his son for us. Praise God.

  2. Thank you for your posts Pastor Kurt I so value them and also the sermons that I can listen to online they have helped me through some sleepless nights and are so appreciated. We are fortunate to see hinesight. The darkness before the light. My greatest character changes and life changes have come through hanging in on that seemingly stale Saturday. I’m not a lover this day but have come to cherish it because the next day is Sunday!! Light peace energy and renewal. God is forever good ! And Jesus is continually revered for he was the only worthy to take the cup and he willingly chose. My heart is humbled and my life eternally His.

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