Written by: Tim Wood
For me, the strangest day of Jesus’ final week on earth is Saturday. Some people call it “Silent Saturday.” A lot of significant things happened on Friday. The eclipse of the sun, the earthquake and the tearing of the curtain in the Temple. Jesus said seven powerful statements on the cross on Good Friday. There was lots of symbolism and truth on Good Friday.
And then there’s Sunday. Resurrection Sunday. Super Sunday. Up from the grave he arose! It doesn’t get any better than an empty tomb and angels saying, “He is not here. He is risen.” On Sunday tears turn into joy. Confusion turns into wisdom. Doubt turns into confidence. Everything changed on Sunday!
But Saturday, only silence. The hymn says, “Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior. Waiting the coming day.” The coming day is Sunday. If Robert Lowry, the hymn writer is correct, Saturday is about waiting. Saturday is about silence. Saturday is about rest.
On Friday, Jesus said, “It is finished.” On Saturday those words brought grief. It seemed as though it all ended on the cross. Silence has a way of bringing out terrible thoughts. Is God angry? Why doesn’t God do something? Has God left us?
So, what can we learn from silent Saturday? There is a divine rhythm in the final week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He worked six days and rested one. Peter addressed silent Saturday in his sermon, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay” (Acts 2:26-27). What do you do if you’re going through silent Saturday? You wait. You trust God. You do what Jesus did, you rest in God’s care. Jesus knew God would not leave him alone. I need to realize that too. When God seems silent, I need to know He will never leave me alone. God’s silence is never His absence. Nothing can separate me from His eternal love.
Someone said, “If God would have raised Jesus fifteen minutes after he died, would we fully appreciate that miracle?” Likewise, if God solved every one of your problems the second they happen, would you fully appreciate His power? His care? Would you learn anything? Silence can be a great teacher if we listen. Let's do what Jesus did, trust God. Rest in Him. It may be silent Saturday, but Sunday is coming!