Today is Saturday of Holy Week and it’s an interesting time in scripture. We don’t have a ton of scripture or story to read through, but what we do have says a lot! Here it is… Luke 23:54-56 says “54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”
So the women accompany Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus to the tomb and help get him “buried” in the tomb, and then head home to observe the sabbath preparing spices and perfumes to bring back to the tomb of Jesus.
They are resting, yet thinking about Jesus. They are resting and worshipping God on the Sabbath and have Jesus at the forefront of their mind.
Can you picture this? They have watched their Lord and friend brutally crucified and hung on a cross… As they mourn this loss, they are at home waiting expectantly to return to the feet of Jesus. This time they plan to pour spices and perfumes on his body, but the expectation of returning to see him has got to be thick in their preparation.
They mourn, they are excited, they share stories, they wonder what life will be like from now on.
The last 2-3 years have been LIFE CHANGING, and the future is uncertain. As they think on Jesus, they become anxious to see Jesus!
So this brings me to examine myself. How much anticipation do I have on a regular basis to sit at the feet of Jesus? Today, I’m encouraged to follow in the footsteps of these women thinking on Jesus The Christ and eagerly wait to return to the feet of Jesus.
He never leaves… I’m the one who leaves!
Today is a day of expectation for followers of Jesus. Tomorrow we celebrate the resurrection, but today we wait with expectation of returning to the feet of Jesus. We know that the resurrection happened, but maybe that’t the problem. Maybe this knowledge has actually made the anticipation we should be experiencing about the resurrection vanish into obscurity. Maybe our knowledge has actually caused our hearts to lose the expectations we should be experiencing as we walk into the doors of our churches on Easter Sunday.
May today be a day of waiting and expectation for you.
May today be a day that you eagerly wait to return to the feet of Jesus and find once again that He has been resurrected, and may that realization bring a new sense of awe and wonder into our hearts.
May we all stand in awe and wonder of Jesus tomorrow as we celebrate the resurrection of the one who lived, died, and came back to life so that people would be redeemed and saved from their sin!