Today’s Guest Post was written by my dad for Easter Saturday last year… but it’s so good we’re reposting it again this year!
The “In-between” Day
Hazel and I always like to prepare for Easter by reading through the Gospel accounts which talk about what Jesus did, taught, who He was with, and so on, during the last days and weeks of His life leading up to the first Easter.
The last week of all is of course the most moving : the controversy with the religious leaders, His teaching about His second coming and the final judgment, the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, the interrogation by Caiaphas, Peter’s denial that he even knows Jesus, the trial and condemnation of Jesus, the torment, crucifixion and burial of Jesus. It is all so deeply moving.
And then, on the Sunday comes the greatest joy of all – the resurrection!
“In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” (John 16.16)
But on the Saturday, Hazel and I have always found ourselves asking, “What do we do today?” There is a kind of emotional “hangover” after the week before, and after the Friday. And then comes The Saturday, which always seems like a “nothing day”, what I have come to call the “in-between day”.
We all have “in-between days”, wondering what to do with ourselves before the excitement of what is to come.
And then, what about the disciples on that Saturday? Full of anguish and grief at what had happened. He was gone – for ever! Or so they thought! They hadn’t got the message about His rising from the dead on the third day, so their Saturday, and all their days from now on, would be empty and hopeless! Or so they thought! “What do we do today?”
“In-between days” are just what it says on the tin : yesterday is gone, tomorrow is on its way… but now what?
“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy!” (John 16.20)
But wait!…. For the disciples, their world, which yesterday had turned intensely dark, was about to be filled with an even brighter light than before, and life would never be the same again! – But in an infinitely better way than that which they had expected! Because the wonderful message would ring out loud and clear for all the world to hear: “JESUS HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!” All that He had said would be fulfilled, and they would finally understand and believe!
So where does that leave us on this “in-between day”?
We can remember the incredible sacrifice on the Cross that sets us free from the tyranny of sin, and look forward to celebrating with great joy the reality that Jesus is risen from the dead!
So, as Christian believers, let’s use every day as an “in-between day”: to remember the Cross with gratitude, and to celebrate the new and eternal life Jesus gives us when we put our trust in Him! HAPPY EASTER!
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint!” (Isaiah 40.29-31)