The Saturday, the Sabbath, between Good Friday and Easter Sunday must have been a Sabbath like none other for the first followers of Jesus. I imagine them living that day in stunned horror, wondering how they could have celebrated the Passover meal with Jesus on Thursday night and buried him on Friday.
Or did they live that Saturday in faith?
Jesus had told them exactly what would happen. He had said that he would be killed, and that he would rise to life again.
Did they dare to believe him on Saturday?
In a way, we live our lives on “Saturday,” between the completed work of Christ on the cross and the consummation of human history. When Jesus returns, those who lived and died in Christ on this earth will live eternally on a new heaven and a new earth.
Jesus told us what will happen.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea…He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, ‘write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’…Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 21:1, 5; 22:12-13
Do we dare to believe him?