Luke 23:44-24:12 Easter Sunday
Sunday’s Comin! Luke 23:44-24:12 is the Easter weekend in scripture. It tells us all about the hopes that would have been dashed as Jesus was crucified on Friday. It is silent on Saturday as many people simply went back to their lives or tried to make sense of what had happened the day before. And it tells us of God’s triumph over death on Easter Sunday. It is a day that changed everything. In order to best appreciate Easter Sunday, take a look at the two days that preceded it. Consider deeply Friday and Saturday in the Passion story. It will stir in us a greater appreciation, because we know that “Sunday’s Comin’.”
Luke 23:44-24:12 along with two other resurrection stories, that of Lazarus and Jairus’ daughter, we will look the the days that preceded their Resurrection Day, in hopes to greater appreciate the chief Resurrection Day in Easter Sunday.
- These were dark times. Filled with the pain of loss of life, and greater still the loss of hope, the disciples were utterly deflated after the death of Jesus. This was their greatest hope and the key investment they had made in the last 3 years. Gone. Dead. Buried. Hope deferred had truly made their hearts grow sick. (Proverbs 13:12)
- Like Good Friday, the two other resurrection stories referenced above also have dark times preceding it. For Mary and Martha it was the absence of Jesus that they attributed to the loss of their brother. If only Jesus had arrived earlier, he would not have died. (John 11) And for Jairus, the holding pattern of silence Jesus put him in as he attended to needs of the bleeding woman finally broken by the news of his servant that his daughter had slipped away in death.
- What situations have grown hopeless for you? We all have challenges we’re wrestling with. Where’s Jesus? Is this supposed to be happening? Sunday’s coming!
Luke 23:44-24:12 also shows us that the disciples tried to return to normalcy after the death of Jesus. ‘What do we do now?’ could have been the collective question. The day we often forget of the 3 days Jesus was in the grave is Saturday. What happened on Saturday?
- There isn’t much recorded about the day in between the death of Jesus and His resurrection. It’s most likely because there wasn’t much going on. It was a silent Saturday. The cries of silence can be the most challenging and deafening when dealing with the traumatic.
- To the disciples it appears that death has won and Satan is laughing. Their hope remains in the tomb guarded by soldiers. What now?
- For the other other two resurrection stories there is a gap period that was filled in with wonder and pain, too. The despair of the days Jesus spent away from Mary and Martha as their brother died (John 11:20-21,32,37.) Consider the flurry of worry and anxiety that filled Jarius’ mind as Jesus feverishly slowed to a halt to help the bleeding woman. Silence.
- How do we respond to silence in our challenging times? The unknown situations and complete dependence on the timing of God can be more difficult than an “in your face” situation where, albeit challenging, you know all the details. Many of us, like the disciples, just go back to what we know. We focus on what we can control. We go back to “fishing” like Peter. (John 21) We get angry and find somebody to blame. We look around the analyze how it’s working out for everybody else but us. Or we just flat out give up. Remember, Sunday’s Comin’.
Luke 23:44-24:12 also highlights that when all hope was lost, and the silence of the unknown was deafening, that God had a plan! Sunday has come. The fulfillment of the greatest love story and the grand reversal of death had been accomplished. Tears of pain are now tears of joy. The silence of grief are now shouts of exclamation for a tender and faithful God!
- Psalm 30:5 – “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
- Easter Sunday captures the beauty of God’s ultimate plan and how God treats what we fear most: death. In both Jesus’ resurrection and that of Lazarus and Jairus’ daughter, we see how gently death is overcome.
- Both in John 11:11 and Luke 8:50-56, Jesus treats death as waking them (Lazarus & Jairus’ daughter) up from a summer’s nap.
- Proverbs 13:12 – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
- Let these two stories and Jesus’ resurrection ultimately help us have deep convictions that God can overcome anything! Anything can be made alive again. When we are in the midst of difficulty, tragedy, or silence we must know that hope never is quenched.
- We can now look at the frightful moments in our lives and look forward. We can fill in the silent moments where worry and anxiety can speak loudly with hope and faith in God. Sunday’s Comin’!
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