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A Day of Mourning

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The day between the day of Christ’s death on the Cross and the day of His resurrection was a day of mourning.  A day of no hope.  As the Holy Spirit had yet to quicken the minds and hearts of the disciples – not yet Apostles – they were unable to comprehend all that Jesus had foretold about His death and resurrection.

They mourned.

On a day set aside for the total devotion of one’s self to God, His glory, His sovereign work in the world, the disciples sat, most likely, befuddled and in hiding rather than in the Temple.

We take Saturday for granted.  We’ve heard for years that Sunday’s Coming.  Did you even remember that the famous sermon was preached by Tony Campolo, often maligned by conservatives for “liberality?”

Never mind that.  It’s off the point.

The disciples spent their day of worship ignorant of the Lord’s plans and thus in fear of assault.  They didn’t realize that in just over a month they would stand before Jerusalem with people gathered from the wide world and proclaim, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom YOU crucified, is both Lord and Christ.”  Emphasis mine, though I strongly suspect that is pretty much how Peter proclaimed it.  Moreover, they had no idea that all of them, save John, would willingly partake of the martyr’s death because they proclaimed this message to the wide world after it departed Jerusalem.

By virtue of our perspective, we are granted a day of celebration on Saturday.  Good Friday and the memories of the crucifixion are past us, celebration of the resurrection is before us.  Saturday is a day of ease for us.

Not for all of us, though.  As time goes by, our lives get harder.  Getting old isn’t for sissies.  You’ve probably heard that said.  Just past 41 now, I’m getting glimpses.  As life goes on, I begin to long more and more for my resurrection day.

My good friend, CB Scott has written a post that tells of his being caught between this life and the next, and of his lovely wife Karen, who struggles against MS.

I encourage you to read it.

This is a day of being caught between life and death.  For me, the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter is a day of introspection.  Caught between life and death and eternal life, I consider all that God has done and what He is doing.  I look to the day of His ultimate accomplishment in me, when He relieves me of my bent to sin and releases me to life before Him alone.

It is a good day.  I pray it is meaningful to you.

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6 Responses to “A Day of Mourning”

  1. Debbie Kaufman
    on Mar 22nd, 2008
    @ 8:39 pm

    This is the second post today that has blessed me Art. I never want to forget the day of my salvation. Never. I also never want to forget what Christ paid to ensure it, it’s why I with deep groanings want the world to know and have Christ.

  2. art rogers
    on Mar 23rd, 2008
    @ 3:25 pm

    Thanks, Debbie.

    I pray that you and your family had a wonderful Resurrection Day.

  3. Sheila Rogers
    on Mar 23rd, 2008
    @ 3:29 pm

    I just want to say Thank You! This is the first Easter that I have not been in Texas with my mom, and I was feeling a little sad about it, I’m not any more. I felt as though I were with family today and I am so grateful. I know God sent me to our church for a reason, maybe more than one reason, and that fills my heart with joy.
    It was so nice to see all the new faces today. John said at lunch that he was touched by the video and what the guy had to say. We have faced a lot of difficulties in the last two months and I know that you and the church have been a comfort to him. I happened to be watching Joel Osteen one night and he was saying that the enemy is not attacking you because of where you are, but because of where you are going. I feel that way not only for us, but for our church. The enemy is aware of what is happening now and he is worried about where SDBC is going in the future.
    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much today meant to me. We usually don’t go to church when we are at my parent’s for Easter, so I know that there was a benefit to not going this year. We were meant to be at our church home to celebrate this day.
    Thanks again,

  4. art rogers
    on Mar 23rd, 2008
    @ 3:41 pm


    I’m so glad you were blessed at worship today – and John as well.

    I am thrilled to see God at work in your life and his. I think you are right about the enemy’s particular attention to our church right now. Just remember, the forces of darkness are under the sovereign authority of Jesus Christ. They can go no further than they are allowed by Him.

    We are to be faithful to Him and to one another.

    Blessings on you and your house.


  5. Quinn Hooks
    on Mar 23rd, 2008
    @ 7:26 pm

    Thank you, Art, for this post. I have wondered who originally preached the sermon, “Sunday’s Coming.”

  6. Pregador27
    on Mar 24th, 2008
    @ 3:23 am

    That was an interesting post. Good food for thought. Today is the Monday after the Resurrection Celebration, but the focus on what Saturday should have meant was profitable none the less. God bless you.

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