The King is Buried

Tomorrow is Easter. For us, it’s a day when we remember that Jesus came back to life. We know what happened after Jesus died on the cross, he rose on the third day. However for the disciples, Jesus was still dead on this Saturday. Their teacher, best friend, their King is dead and buried in a tomb.

Today is Saturday of Holy Week, the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day that God instituted for the world to rest. In Genesis 1, God creates everything in six days, and on the seventh day he rested. He didn’t rest because he was tired, God doesn’t get tired. He rested so that we can find rest in him. In Jesus’ time, the Sabbath was a huge deal. The Sabbath was usually spent with physical rest, as well as finding spiritual rest with God through thanksgiving and worship.

This Sabbath is very different for the disciples and followers of Jesus. There isn’t any peace in their hearts. They’re still in shock from watching their friend be beaten and ripped apart. No matter what they do, they can’t get the sound of the whip from their ears. Every time they close their eyes they see his bloody body on the cross. They’re tormented, worn down, and have no idea what’s going on. There’s silence in the room as they force themselves to eat and try to find sleep. They doze off, but are met with nightmares and wake up sweating.

They’re afraid. Will the Pharisees come for them next? Was Jesus really the Messiah? What’s going on? Where is Jesus?

It’s Saturday, the Sabbath, and The King is still in the tomb. As far as the disciples know,The King has been silenced. Along with Jesus, all their hopes and dreams are dead and buried.

To them, Sunday was just going to be another day… but although the King is dead and buried, he isn’t finished and his story is far from over. He is just getting started, and the best is yet to come.

The King is saving his best work for last.

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