Saturday, a day of shattered hope – or not

Posted on April 19, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Worldview

The Bible tells us little about the day between the crucifixion and the resurrection. Matthew does tells us that a guard was placed around the tomb of Jesus to keep it secure.  The guards succeeded in their task until an earthquake shook the ground Easter morning. Then an angel appeared in brilliant white clothing and rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards responded by going into shock. But Christ was nowhere to be found.


But, I am getting ahead of things. For those who had been with Jesus for the last three years, this particular Saturday was a dark day of broken hope. Just six days before they exalted in Christ’s arrival to the cheering crowds in Jerusalem. Now, all appeared to be lost. But was it really?


We often face dark times when there appears to be no reason to hope. But when we lose hope it is because we forget to remember! Hear what the angels said to women at tomb on Easter morning:


“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. Matthew 28:5-8

When times appear dark it is easy to forget. God has promised to be faithful and to care for us. The pain of life can cause us to forget God’s promise and his commitment. Jesus died and rose again so that you would have hope. 


When times are dark and hope seems lost, have the courage to ask God to help you remember his words. He is our refuge and our strength. Hope is found in remembering.


Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.