Can you imagine what the disciples felt the day after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? All of their hopes and expectations for who Jesus was to be, seemingly vanished in the tomb along with him. All of that time following him, and what they had not only received but what they had given up in order to follow, now seemed for naught. How could this happen? The feeling of tension and waiting and disappointment and loss must have been paralyzing.
We know the end of the story and so it’s hard to put ourselves in the place of the disciples, but perhaps we can feel a measure of what they felt in our own “time between times” of Christ’s first coming and his much anticipated second coming. Where is God? How can the evil that still continues to ravage our world be permitted to carry on? When will God finally return and set all things right?
You see, we long for the sad things of this earthly life, even now, to come untrue, the same way the disciples would have longed for the sadness of Good Friday to come untrue. We long to be reunited with our Lord Jesus, the same way they would have longed to be reunited with him that confusing and agonizing Saturday. And, we, like the disciples would have, long for Jesus Christ to reappear and in his reappearance mend our broken hearts and bring his promise to never leave us or forsake us to pass, once and for all.
Personal Reflection Questions:
How can you use this Holy Week to check what you really long for?
Do you long for a name, reputation, and worldly success more than you long to be reunited with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
How can you cultivate such waiting into a life of greater holiness and devotion?