Friday is good and Sunday is Coming, but we still have to live through Saturday
In the last few weeks I have been perplexed by 1 Corinthians 15:54b-56 which says “‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I started studying and praying, because maybe I was misunderstanding. Right now I feel the sting of death. Jane, my baby, is gone and her death causes a searing pain. Is my faith less than? Do I not understand the victory in Christ?
No, we feel the sting of death in our home right now because we live in a sinful and broken world. My thoughts have gone to the followers of Jesus, to Mary the mother of Jesus. I can’t imagine the shock and utter despair that Friday brought. We, in hindsight, can call it good. But why do we rush to Sunday? Mary couldn’t and neither could the others that loved Christ.
I don’t want to diminish what is coming, but instead understand it’s worth.
Why don’t we talk about Saturday? We don’t like to dwell on hurt. Our human nature rushes to avoid suffering and discomfort. I’m so thankful that I know what came on Sunday and the hope of His resurrection. I don’t want to diminish what is coming, but instead understand it’s worth. I want to learn to face suffering and understand the beauty of lament. I can say Friday is good and rejoice that Sunday is coming, but I still have to live through Saturday. This is hope. Not avoiding the present, but living through the pain knowing what is to come.