Colin’s Wise Wednesday

First picture… Where do we run?

Second picture… What is our cover?

How do you interpret Easter Saturday? Does the silence on Easter Saturday give us the time to take in what happened in the days prior to the crucifixion or does it give us time to reflect what we do after tragedy in our lives. 

Max Lucado in his Book ‘He Chose The Nails’ writes:  John did not know on Good Friday what you and I know now. He did not know that Friday’s tragedy would be Sunday’s triumph. That’s why what he did on Saturday is so important. We don’t know anything about this day; we have no passage to read no knowledge to share.  All we know is this:  when Sunday came, John was still present. When Mary Magdalene came looking for him she found him.

 Reflecting on this I wondered how we deal with our Easter Saturday after a tragedy/hurt in our lives?   Do we run like the disciples did on Friday? Where do we run? Do we run to the bottle to drown our feelings in alcohol? Do we run to work and bury ourselves in business?  Do we cover ourselves in denial or become a recluse and try and “go it alone”?  What is our cover? How can the recounting of Easter Saturday help us?

Think about John. Though he didn’t know that Jesus would rise on Sunday he stayed close to Jesus.  John made a habit of being close to Jesus his Friend, in the upper room, in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the cross when Jesus asked John to look after His mother and finally he was close to the tomb. Did John understand everything that was going on?  I doubt it but the big thing was that he did not leave Jesus, he stayed close to his Friend.

The help that I get from this is that no matter what we are going through we must stay close to Jesus. He will be there for us after a tragedy, sometimes we will not recognize Him like the disciples on their way to Emmaus but that does not mean He is not with us.

There is a lot I don’t understand about the Crucifixion and tragedies and sufferings that are all around us - why it happens,  why some people have so much tragedy and suffering in their lives.

Though I  don’t understand I believe that not understanding is better than not believing. 

Let us pray: Almighty God there is so much that I don’t understand but I do understand that I can join John and spend the rest of my life loving You. I can wait at the foot of the cross for You to arise in my life and show me the way to eternal life. I know that I cannot face the Saturdays after tragedy alone but I know that being close to You will make a big difference as I wait for the triumph of Easter Sunday, Amen. 

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