Silence

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Silence

  1. The next day, the one after Preparation Day,
    the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.
    ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we remember that while he was still alive
    that deceiver said, “After three days I will rise again.”
    So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day.
    Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body
    and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead.
    This last deception will be worse than the first.’
    ‘Take a guard,’ Pilate answered.
    ‘Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.’
    So they went and made the tomb secure
    by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
    – Matthew 27:62-66

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