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Saturday and Sunday’s Scripture –April 11-12, 2020

John 1:5, John 20:1

Reflection

It was into chaotic darkness that God created the world. God pushed back the darkness, ordered it, and commanded it to only go so far, to only last so long.

And then sin poked a hole in God’s perfect world and darkness started spilling back in.

It was into dim darkness that Christ came to us as The Light of the World. “His life was the light of all people. This light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

And then sin extinguished The Light with a cross.

If there’s any day of the Church calendar when it feels like the darkness has overcome the light, it’s Holy Saturday. Where do we turn when the very source of life is snuffed out? What are we to do when the Light of the World dies?

There’s no escaping the darkness on this day. We must acknowledge the darkness that exists in our world. Let’s face it- the darkness that exists in us. We can’t pass blame like Adam and Eve; it was our sin that nailed Christ to the cross.

Even still: “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.”

While it was still dark in our world, God came to us in the person of Jesus. And Jesus, while it was still dark in that tomb, rose from the dead and rolled away the stone.

It should be a great comfort to us that Jesus rose from the dead while it was still dark. All the world is either sleeping or mourning, but God is still at work– making all things new, lighting up the darkness, winning victory over evil, making a way where there was no way, bringing dead things back to life. It’s what God does. It’s who God is.

If Holy Saturday is our darkest day as the Church, then Easter is as brilliant and bright as it gets.

Happy Easter, Church.

 

Questions:

  • What feels so dark to you today, right now? Why?
  • Where do you see evidence that the darkness has not overcome the light today?
  • Where are the places that God is still working in you? Even while it’s dark and you may be sleeping and/or mourning?

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