It is interesting that the four Gospels detail Jesus’ final week, climaxing to His death on the Cross on Friday, then—total silence. There is no one Scripture verse that says what really occurred on Saturday.
I believe it is deliberate.
Now with hindsight, we know that in spite of an awful Friday when Jesus died, an awesome Sunday was coming when Jesus rose from the dead. But this was not the case with the disciples. In spite of Jesus’ numerous reassuring promises, they were afraid and unsure of what tomorrow might bring.
Are we not like the disciples?
We know God is faithful, but sometimes we are uncertain if He is going to be faithful again.
Most believers understand the significance of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. We can connect to both days. The suffering of “Friday” brings the victory of “Sunday”. In one way, our faith journey echoes both days. Many times, we have seen both “suffering days” and “victorious days”. In our “Fridays” or “Sundays” God still speaks. But it is the “Saturdays” we dislike the most. “Saturdays” are silent days—when there seems to be more contradiction than confirmation of God’s love. “Saturdays” are days when we feel it is most difficult to believe God or trust His faithfulness.
When you think nothing is happening, something is happening.
God’s silence is not absence or apathy. Sometimes silence is a good thing, especially when our lives are surrounded by distracting noises which divert our hearts and minds from the Lord. This was what had happened to the disciples that Saturday. They were filled with fear and trepidation because Jesus was no longer with them, but when Jesus appeared to them on Sunday, His first words were, “Peace to you.” (Luke 24:36)
If you are facing a “Silent Saturday” right now—especially in the midst of a crisis, be encouraged because Jesus is now alive and forevermore. As such, instead of wondering whether God has forgotten you or whether God is disappointed with you, hold on to Jesus’ promise that He will never leave you or forsake you.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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