Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
April 18, 2017
Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you had a wonderful Easter as you reflected on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the gift of hope that his victory over death offers the world. Over the weekend, I found myself thinking about the Saturday in between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. That Saturday must have been devastating for those who loved Jesus and believed he was the Messiah for whom they'd been waiting. Saturday provides no answers, no guarantees, no plan for what's next. Saturday is grief, loss and despair. Saturday hurts.
We've all had our Saturdays, those times in our lives when one thing ends and the next thing has not yet begun. Those spaces when there is no clear path, no way out, no thing and no one to fix whatever has been broken.
I've experienced a few Saturdays in my life. Thankfully, I've also made it to Sunday, the day where everything is made new. I have experienced redemption in my story, graciously more than once or twice, and these experiences have strengthened my faith and hope; there will be a Sunday.
Our God has conquered death. He has made all things new. There is nothing that can separate us from his love. He loves us so much that he sent his own Son to save us. Jesus is with us always. He is with us in the death of Good Friday, the despair of Saturday and the joy and hope of Sunday. He is risen indeed!
Grace and Peace,
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:5-6 (New International Version)