The Bible is pretty quiet about this day.
If we were to put ourselves in the sandals of the early followers of Jesus; I can only imagine what the middle day felt like to them.
They had committed themselves to the teachings of their Messiah. They had devoted themselves to following Him, to living His way.
Now here they were, on what was likely the darkest day of their lives. All they had hoped for and believed in hung on a cross the day prior and now lay quiet, and still, in a tomb.
No doubt an epic battle raged within them between the pain of yesterday and the hope of tomorrow. They were left with the ultimate decision, were they to continue in what they believed, or return to what they used to know in their lives?
In our own situations we may have faced that same battle within our own lives. Between the pain of the past and the hope of the future we wrestle with the choice; do I believe in the hope of tomorrow or do I die to the pain of yesterday?
The beauty of our journey is that history did not stop on this quiet day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.
Hope prevailed. Life won. Jesus conquered the pain of Friday.
Mark 16:6 shares “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”
In our lives we might be stuck in this ‘middle day’; but we can know that in the resurrection of Jesus, God won. We do not have to succumb to the pain of Friday and we can live in the hope…and now reality of Sunday.
He is RISEN!
“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. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-8 (NIV)