It is Saturday and the walls of the city stood in silence. The stone was set in place and the guards stood strong against any intruders.
The Followers of Jesus mourned and sought desperately to understand everything they had witnessed while mustering up the hope to believe there was a better tomorrow.
The Pharisees woke up to the feeling of a job well done, but yet in the deepest part of their soul, a gnawing sense of doubt began its ugly haunt.
In both camps, the truth of who Jesus really was brought forth very different emotions.
The Pharisees knew the truth and feared. The Followers knew the truth and rested.
When silence enters our world, what will we hear?
When the path of our dreams coming true is blocked, what will we think?
When our vision is blurred, what will we see?
When disappointment comes our way, how will we respond?
When we find ourselves hurt by those we love, how will we feel?
When loss is the order of our day, our week, our month, our year, how will we live?
So when our day of silence comes, we do have a choice. Will we be like the Pharisees and bow down to crippling fear or will we be like the Followers – and find beautiful rest in what we know to be true?
It is the Gospel that is true and it was Jesus, who even in the silence of the grave changed everything!
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests, and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day… Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.