Read: Matthew 27:57-66
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:57-60, NIV)
What do you do when the person you believed to be the Messiah dies? What do you do when that person’s death is not accidental or the result of an epic battle, but is an execution endured without defense? What do you do when it seems the world is against you? What do you do?
Jesus’ first followers quickly scurried away, allowing another to claim and bury his lifeless body. They, then, hid behind closed doors, locking themselves away. They did not know what to do. The day after his death was Sabbath, they would wait until the morning of the first day of the week to determine what they should do next.
This day has been referred to as Silent Saturday. Jesus’ disciples chose to lay low. Were the authorities going to come after them. Were their names on a Grand Jury warrant? Were they going to suffer the same end as Jesus, hanging on a Roman Cross? At the least, it was over. Three years had been spent and wasted following this itinerant preacher. SILENCE! What could they say to friends and family?
Those were the questions they could not answer, so they chose to wait. One of them, or another, said, “Remember what he said about three days”? They were not sure what he meant, but they were willing to wait. Sometimes, things do not work out the way we expected. There are times when God’s answer is TRUST ME, and WAIT! Are we willing to wait for God to work in his time and in his way?
God, I believe… Help my unbelief!