From the Morning Scriptures

My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city. Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird. They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me; the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish. I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.

—Lamentations 3:49-58

As believers who have the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, it is easy for us to miss the sense of grief, shock, loss, and despair Jesus’ disciples must have felt that first Holy Saturday. Even though Jesus had told them what was going to happen, including his resurrection, they did not know or understand how his death was going to play out. All they knew was that they had buried him and he was dead.

Likewise with us as we live our lives from day to day. We do not know how our lives are going to play out and sometimes we can fall into despair because it feels like we are all alone. We don’t have the benefit of 20-20 hindsight or of knowing our future. But Holy Saturday reminds us that even though we do not know what is in our future, our future is secure because we are God’s children. Come what may, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. We know that the Resurrection is coming tomorrow and by it, God’s promises to us in Jesus Christ are true. We can stake our very lives on it and take hope, even in the midst of our darkness.

Do you have this kind of hope?