The Gospels tell us a lot about the week leading up to the crucifixion and they detail what went on that Friday when Jesus was crucified but as to the next day the Bible is silent. All we know is that Jesus was placed in a borrowed tomb sometime before 6:30 on Friday. Then the story picks up around 6:30 Sunday morning as the women find the tomb empty.
This of course is not the first time God’s word has been silent. From the time the last of the prophet, Malachi, was recorded to the coming of Jesus about 400 years passed. Even when it comes to Jesus we have long periods of silence. After Jesus’ birth we are told nothing until Jesus turns twelve then once again we are left in silence until He turns about 30. We can conjecture what Jesus did during those years but we just do not know.
Then we have Saturday. Jesus is dead and the disciples are probably in hiding. At least that is what I would have done. No one would want to go through what Jesus had just done. The Romans were good at many things but they were especially good at handing out death sentences. They made sure the deaths were as gruesome as possible the better to head off any more trouble makers. Peter had already denied knowing Jesus and with the exception of John, the youngest, the rest were nowhere to be found. So they hid and Jesus lay in a cold tomb.
Perhaps one of the reasons we do not know what happened that day is that the writers of the Gospels just found their actions too painful to recount. And really does it matter what happened that day? I can guess the Jewish priests had a good Sabbath day thinking that that trouble maker was now no longer a problem. Things could get back to normal, business as usual. The Romans most likely give the events of Friday little thought. After all what was one more criminals execution when they had executed thousands. Maybe Satan did a little victory dance. After all it sure looked like God’s plan had been derailed.
So the day passed. Slowly for some and quickly for others. The Jews observed the Sabbath the others went about their daily lives and we are left with silence. But oh the next day. That day would change the world. That day God would speak loud and clear. That day would be the birthday of a whole new way of worshiping God and a new way to relate to God. That day heaven would have been alive with the rejoicing of all the angels and all the patriarchs. No silence that day.
Have a blessed day,