I was thinking about Easter Saturday – expectedly of course. I thought about the followers of Jesus, in shock, cowering in an upper room because their world had been shattered. Their Lord – their friend – had been crucified and buried. Maybe even up to the point where His broken body was taken down from the cross, lifeless, they had had a hope of Him doing some miracle. But now He was dead. They’d seen Him raise people from the dead but He wasn’t here to raise Himself so now what?
We are so blessed, we’re on that day when we are between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, caught between Cross and Resurrection but we know Sunday is coming and that that day was the day of the empty tomb, the empty grave, the power of Resurrection Life destroying death’s power.
People talk about a tension between what is and what will be. We are redeemed but we won’t know the fullness of that until we meet Jesus face-to-face. We are made holy but we won’t be fully holy until that Day. We died and now Christ lives in us but that it becomes truth day by day and again we won’t have the full Truth until we meet Him.
The difference between the first Easter Saturday and today is we KNOW that Resurrection is coming because the first one happened. We are here in this today but we know what tomorrow holds because we have had a sneak preview and that has to change the way we live today. The promises we have from Him aren’t empty or even unsure they are certain and sure because of the tomorrow that happened back then.
So rejoice and live that holy life, live that redeemed life, live as if the same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in you because He does – even if we are waiting for our Easter Sunday.
3 Blessed is God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Because He has raised Jesus the Anointed from death, through His great mercy we have been reborn into a living hope— 4 reborn for an eternal inheritance, held in reserve in heaven, that will never fade or fail.