DayBreaks for 4/19/14 – The Sound of Silence
This is the forgotten day of the Easter story. It is easy to skip from Friday to Sunday. But this day was as real as those two days and perhaps it was the darkest of them all.
Inside the tomb there is no light – it has been blocked by the massive stone at the entrance. It is silent. There is no sound. There is no movement of the air. There is only a dead body lying still, growing ever colder and more stiff with each passing hour. It is the body of the man called Jesus.
The body is wrapped, but due to the lateness of the hour, the final actions were not able to be completed before the Sabbath. Even in death it seems that time had run out.
During the long day, the disciples must have hidden themselves from prying eyes, stunned into silence themselves by the events of the previous 24 hours. Slowly, surely, the reality set in: Jesus, the One they had thought could be the Messiah, the one that had called them from their fishing boats and tax collection booths, was encased in a stone tomb, wrapped in darkness and silence.
How could life go on? What were they to do now?
As the sun sank in the sky and darkness grew deeper on this night, it was not just the body of Jesus that was a mess…the disciples were a mess, too, as they had to wrestle with their own cowardice and betrayal. They needed time to come to grips with all that had happened.
And all the while on this day, inside the tomb it was like every other tomb in ancient Jerusalem: dead, black, silent, filled with the scent of decaying flesh. A God-forsaken place bereft of hope.
And the world waited….for nothing.
PRAYER: Jesus, it should not have happened to you! It should have happened to me instead! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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