Holy Week - Saturday: Silence

The Pain of Disappointment

Matt. 27: 57-66

Saturday. The disciples and followers of Jesus must have been beyond exhaustion and numbed with sorrow and disappointment. What did it all mean? It was the Jewish Sabbath, the day of rest from labor. It was over, they thought. When we experience tragedy, we often relive it repeatedly in our minds, turning it over and over, searching for meaning. They must have been haunted by the memory of Jesus on the cross – the Passover, betrayal in the Garden, the denials, and finally Jesus’ gruesome death. Pilate had posted guards, should anyone come and try to steal His body. The two Marys had stayed with Jesus’ body, watching as Joseph and Nicodemus buried Him. I love those 2 Marys, I love that about them. Despite their pain and disillusionment, they were devoted followers of their Lord. I want to talk to them someday about all of this.

The thoughts and feelings of Jesus’ many disciples were succinctly spoken by two people on the Emmaus road (Luke 24) to their unrecognized Visitor; “We had so hoped that He was the one…” Their tone must have been wistful, pained with disappointment and sorrow. The death of a dream is not an easy one to endure.

Reflect on these words today, which so profoundly express the greatest truth: what can we do except willingly give our life to Him?

“Alas, and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die?

Would He devote that sacred Head for a sinner such as I?

Was it for sins that I have done, He suffered on the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown!

And love beyond degree!

But drops of grief can never repay the debt of love I owe…

Here, Lord…I give myself away,

It’s all that I can do.”


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