It is hard to imagine what the disciples, Mary, and all the other followers of Christ must have felt on that Sabbath day following Christ’s crucifixion. Were they praying for a miracle similar to the one Jesus performed when He raised Lazarus from the dead? Were they praying for protection as they were hiding from the soldiers? Were they remembering the last words He spoke to them at the Last supper (John 13-17)? Were they praying that His promise to rise again would come true? One thing we do know though is that, “they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). While the Jews were hiding in silence behind closed doors continuing to be faithful to God’s commands of the Sabbath, the Romans were not at such peace.
“The next day, which followed the preparation day the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, `Sir we remember that while this deceiver was still alive He said, `After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, `He has been raised form the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first. `You have a guard of soldiers,’ Pilate told them. `Go and make it as secure as you know how.’ Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard” (Matthew 27:62-66)
The priests and Pharisees were still not 100% certain they had eliminated their opponent. While Jesus’ followers were probably trying to remember all the promises Jesus made while He was with them, the priests were remembering all the things Jesus said He was still going to do that would still interfere with their plans!!
My Heart’s Prayer: Lord, may I continue to remember the silence on this day as the world awaited for Sunday morning to come. May I wait with anticipation as You fulfill the promises you made to Your followers while on earth. In Jesus Name, Amen.