They didn't know that it had been a "good" Friday...the beginning of freedom from the chains of sin. It just looked like the end of all their hopes and dreams. They didn't know that in one more day their world would be turned completely right side up, that they would burst with a joy that could not be contained, that all of history would shift on its axis, that a revolution would be launched.
There's been a theme running through my posts of late about the waiting time between the promise and the fulfilment.
It's the not knowing that can become our undoing. Not knowing when/if the waiting will ever end.
The disciples didn't know what we know...
The ability to hold on comes from remembering what we know.
While you wait...for the long hard things...when your faith is absolutely stretched...peer into the empty tomb. Gaze at the neatly folded cloth that wrapped His head. Breathe deeply of the sweet scents that anointed Him. His is risen!! Death did not and cannot prevail. Darkness has never and will never overcome Light.
Remember the empty tomb!
The Spirit of God,
who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead,
he will give life to your mortal bodies
by this same Spirit living within you.