Today is the In-between day.
The day after the day, we remember the death of Jesus. The day before we celebrate his glorious resurrection.
The day between the cross and resurrection of Christ.
The Saturday, we remember as the day hope died for most of the followers of Jesus.
It’s the day after the torturous death of Jesus on a cruel Roman cross.
The depravity was beyond murder. It was shocking, criminal behavior against someone widely known, as ‘going about doing good.’
Have you ever thought about the in-between day? What it was like for those who loved Jesus?
Was it the day that hope died?
Grief was the overcoming emotion of the hours in between the cross and the resurrection.
During this time many forgot or never really understood that he promised to rise again.
They got the dreaded report. A loved one died. Except it was worse, the loved one did not die peacefully. He didn’t die quickly and by accident.
He died by the hands of sick, calculating Roman soldiers who did the unthinkable to a innocent man. They nailed his hands and his feet to a old rugged cross.
In broad daylight.
They weren’t just doing their duty. They spit on him, they mocked him, they did their best to humiliate him. They gambled for his clothes. It was to them a cruel game. It was morally corrupt, indifferent.
It must have been a sad relief for those who loved Jesus, when he took his last breath.
The suffering they felt, as he suffered, must have been beyond their ability to endure. Yet the love that kept him on the cross, kept them under the cross.
Then the next day, the in between day, when the shock is wearing off and the grief is unbearable. When the waiting, the unknowing of ” what happens next,” is the question.
What was that like?
As they waited in between times, when many felt all hope was gone, did they remember what Jesus said?
Did they remember all he did?
Did they remember the death of Lazarus, and the fact Jesus wept but he did not lose hope?
Did they remember how Lazarus came out of the grave?
As I reflect I see it.
It was there, smoldering beneath the surface. The love, the hope, faith.
It was a power instilled in them as they followed him. It was dwelling in each of them, rising, strengthening, empowering them.
It was Jesus with them, pouring love into their hearts. He had taught them faith, he had inspired hope. He had prayed for them. And, though they suffered for awhile, their hope revived.
That is what happened in the in-between day!
We know, because we also will have days of in-between.
The days when the worst happens. We lose loved ones. We experience set back after set backs. Dreams die! Life hurts!
What we can’t forget, is the in-between times are important for us.
We have to remember what God said. What Jesus did! We must know that Biblical hope is powerful! It is founded.
In those days we must remember, that suffering will always bring glorious blessing.
In those in-between days, when things are in between the lines, we may not understand it, we may not recognize it, yet, there is his character built into us!
We have his character, and when we hold on, we will rise again from the ashes!
Suffering is not a waste in the Kingdom of God. Suffering can, does, and will produce.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know it produces perseverance,character; and character, hope. Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he had given us. Romans 5: 3-5
That’s how we get through and rejoice, even when the unthinkable, beyond unbelievable happens.
We have the character of God in us through the suffering of the cross.
Hope in the resurrection does not disappoint us!
We know tomorrow is coming!
We can get through the worst oppression, the worst depression, the hopeless tragedies in our lives through the hope of his Resurrection!
Because he lives we can face today and tomorrow! We can move beyond the pain and wrong, the worst that could ever happen.
Jesus did not stay on the cross! He did not stay in the tomb. He rose again by day 3!
We are third day disciples! We are third day followers!
A lot can happen in 3 days!
From the most excruciating pain on Friday, to the extreme hopelessness of Saturday, to the infinite glory of Sunday!
Sunday! The miracle of all miracles pushed through the veil between heaven and earth! What a glorious day!
The hope of all hope, the king of all kings , the savior of all mankind manifested once again!
He is alive forever more!
He redeemed us! When he came out of the grave, we came out of the grave!
It’s is the greatest story ever told! It’s not just His Story! It’s our story!
It’s the greatest story ever lived!
The cross still stands as a reminder. The in-between time helps to evaluate our hope and faith. The Resurrection is the day we celebrate!
On that day, the miracle of all miracles happened.
The best time to tell your story of redemption is today!