Dan Entwistle is Resurrection’s Managing Executive Director for Programs and Ministries.
Today doesn’t get much attention. It is a troubling day, a moment stuck between one reality and another. On one side we have Good Friday. Not “good” in the way we typically use the word, but in a deeper way—a pained, brutal and literally excruciating day when we enter into the agony of the cross.
The song Were You There When They Crucified My Lord places us right at the foot of the cross on Friday, gazing up toward the death of our Lord. In his death, we taste the loss his contemporary followers would have felt. We have seemingly lost direction and hope. We’ve experienced this reality in John’s gospel as we’ve been taken to the foot of cross. And with the hymn writer, sometimes it does cause me to tremble. That’s Friday and it is very real.
But we can also hear the call of Easter rising before us. He is risen. He is RISEN INDEED! Tomorrow we will be bold in triumph, victory, hope, and yes, life! Tomorrow we’ll have a foretaste of life that begins here and now and will reach its climax in heaven. Tomorrow we’ll sing Christ the Lord is Risen Today! And we’ll know that it is the greatest, truest reality of our lives.
But this is Saturday. No, it isn’t Friday, but it isn’t quite Easter either. Jesus rests in the grave today. The time for victory and exuberance is unseen, around another corner. And today we are meant to develop a longing for it.
We live here on Saturday sometimes, don’t we? Maybe we feel it for a day. But for some, Holy Saturday may seem to settle in for a season or even a year. Some of us, on some days, may not feel certain when, or if, we will once again turn the corner toward the evidence of the hope. Easter feels more than a day away.
So with Jesus’ first followers, today we taste just how dark this world can be. We feel the tension and we cling tightly, with anticipation, knowing that this can’t possibly be the death of hope. Jesus will rise from the grave, and with him we will have life. Easter is just around the corner.
If you know someone who has been living in Saturday, it isn’t too late to offer an invitation to turn the corner and catch a glimpse of Easter hope. If they live in Kansas City, you can find information at www.cor.org/easter. If not, invite them to worship with our online community at 11am or 5pm Central tomorrow at www.rezonline.
Return to the GPS Guide to read today’s scripture and reflection questions.