Lamentations 3:1-9; Matthew 27:62-66; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Lamentations 3:19-24 (read online ⧉)
Imagine the heartache Mary and the remaining disciples. Imagine the heartache and disappointment that Jesus wasn’t really the Messiah (he died after all). Imagine the relief of the leaders, as the troublemaker was taken care of.
Before the previous sunset (Good Friday), per Jewish custom, a dead body needed to be taken care of, as the sunset was the beginning of the Sabbath when no work could be done. Quickly done. The desire and drive to properly care for Jesus’ body would have to be postponed.
Mourning for the death, and guilt for not properly preparing Jesus’ body. What an emotional state to remain in.
The disciples were a shepherdless flock, and one of their number betrayed everyone and was now dead. Shock and dismay.
Loss. This is the day of loss. As it was the Sabbath, there was truly nothing they could do, but sit in their loss.
Did they go to the temple or synagogue? Did they manage to praise God? Did they eat, or did they fast?
We want to skip to the good part…Easter. We really should sit with the disciples and Mary.
Let’s hurry up…and wait.
1. Waiting for God takes on new significance on Holy Saturday. Are you willing to wait for God?