Date: Saturday, April 19
Scripture: Mark 15:42-47
Verse: Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. (Mark 15:46)
We know the pain of loss. We have stood over the grave of one who has meant the world to us. We have been in hospital rooms and wondered how we will go on as we watch our loved one’s memory fade. We have stared in disbelief after severing a relationship with one who used to be so close to us. Many of us are all too familiar with grief. We can relate to what the disciples must have been feeling on Saturday.
Technically, today’s passage does not describe the events of Saturday. It merely points to them. On Friday evening, just before sunset and the beginning of the Sabbath (Saturday), Jesus’ body is carried to the tomb and a stone is placed in front of the tomb door. Jesus’ followers, are obedient to Jewish law and go home to do no work on the Sabbath.
Saturday must have been a dark day for Jesus’ first followers. Everything they had worked and hoped for appeared to be over. Jesus has been crucified. His body placed in a tomb. But they don’t know that Sunday is coming!
In our lives we often go through dark, difficult days, days when it seems hope is lost. Those of us who live this side of Easter know something those first followers did not, there is a day to come when hope will be restored. May we be people who lean heavily on that hope.
Prayer: Thank you God, for the hope that is in me even when life is at its most difficult. Amen.
Action: Remember someone you have lost, in the hope you will be restored in the resurrection.
Also, join us for worship tonight at 7:30pm at the crosses on the edge of the parking lot at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church.
Then join us again tomorrow as we celebrate the resurrection with 3 services: Praise Sunrise at 7am, Traditional at 9am & 11am. There will be special children’s worship during the 9 & 11.
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