New Creation Project
“On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56).
Good Friday is the worst day in human history. Easter Sunday is the best day in human history. But what about Saturday? Saturday is the day in between. The day of rest. The day of waiting. The day of silence. Silent Saturday.
Do you ever feel stuck in Silent Saturday? Most of us have been there. It’s the day after bad news; the day before the good news. The day after what just happened, and the day before what happens next.
It’s the day after the job ended. The day after the relationship was broken. The day after the notice came. The day after the dream died.
Silent Saturday stinks. We hope that good news will come, but we don’t know when. Will it be tomorrow? Next month? Next year? There’s no way to tell. So we wait, hoping there will be a new job, a new career, a new relationship – or restoration of the old, or peaceful resolution, or something. But until then, we’re stuck in Silent Saturday.
The good news is two-fold. The first is this: Sunday’s a-comin’, to put it the way I first heard it from a gifted black preacher years ago. It may seem light years away, but you can count on it: Sunday’s a-comin’. There will be a resolution, a restoration, a resurrection. Saturday will not last forever. Sunday is around the corner.
The resurrection reassures us that no wrong will remain unrighted, no hurt will be left unhealed, no tear will be wasted, and death itself will be defeated. Someday, all will be well. In the midst of our Silent Saturdays, we draw encouragement that fact. It is bedrock, as solid as the stone which was moved on Easter morning.
The second note of encouragement is this: In the midst of our Silent Saturday, Jesus waits with us. We do not face limbo alone. Jesus experienced Saturday himself. He knows what it is to wait.
Why the gap between crucifixion and resurrection? Why wait until the third day? We don’t know for sure. It may be that it was God’s plan for Jesus to die on the sixth day (the day humans were created), rest on the seventh day (the Sabbath day of rest), and rise to new life on the first day (the day of new creation).
If so, it’s a beautiful picture of God’s “New Creation Project.” For on Easter Day, the epic story of God’s Beautifully Broken and Rescued Creation experienced the first down payment and promise of New Creation when Jesus rose victorious from the grave.
We don’t know why Jesus experienced his own Silent Saturday. But whatever the reason, Jesus spent a day in waiting. He can identify with us when we are stuck in Silent Saturday.
Some of us feel trapped in Silent Saturday. We’ve been waiting far too long. Be encouraged. As you wait, Jesus waits with you. And you can count on it. It may be Saturday, but Sunday’s a-comin’!
Lord Jesus, thank you for the reassurance that your resurrection brings me as I experience my own Silent Saturday. Thank you that you wait with me. Help me to rely on your presence, and to to be confident that, now matter what it looks like today, Sunday’s a’comin.