Today is black Saturday – can you imagine the confusion, the depression and even the anger that the disciples must have felt because Jesus had died. They had entered Jerusalem a week before with such hope and anticipation. Their king had come and was about to proclaim himself. What they did not expect was that he would proclaim himself by dying on the cross. The shout of the crowd – if you are indeed the Son of God come down and save yourself – must have been their cry too. And on this Saturday they must have hid themselves away asking Why? Why? Why?
But as Tom Grosh asks in his Easter Saturday post Who Do We Trust on this In Between Day? or in fact who do we trust on any of those in between days when we have experienced the death of dreams, loved ones, hopes for the future. That is the time when it is really difficult to believe that not only is God still in control and that what we hoped for will in deed come into being.
Yesterday I was reading an article about the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies and it struck me how incredible the whole process of resurrection is. What emerges is totally different from what is crucified. It is transformed. And usually what emerges is not only totally different from what has died but it is far more beautiful too – in the same way that the dreams and aspirations of the disciples needed to be transformed.
Their hopes for an earthly king who would overcome the power and domination of the Roman empire by force had to die but in its place arose a new and far more beautiful dream of a transformed world in which all God’s creation would be made whole through the power of the risen Christ.
Where is our trust this Easter Saturday? What dreams and hopes have we seen die that God wants to resurrect in a far more beautiful and inspiring form? Are stuck in the past looking at the tomb or are we living in the hope of God’s resurrection power. Do we really believe in a God who is able to take the very worst of all that we have done and transform it into something beautiful for his kingdom?