Charlyne Cares for Kids

Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

That Saturday

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.”  John 16:20-22 (NLT)

I was taking one of my grandchildren home after a two-day visit with me. I love the one-on-one time with each of them because they like to share about things going on in their life, what is happening at school, their new favorite song. It was the Saturday before Resurrection Sunday. After a bit of silence, a question was posed. “What did the disciples do on Saturday? How did they feel?”

Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how to answer. Very little is recorded in the Bible about that day. I did know it was a Sabbath day, so the disciples were not doing their regular work. I imagine they were full of grief and heartache. Their beloved Teacher, whom they had spent nearly every day with for the last three years, had been crucified. He had told them this ahead of time.

He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.” They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.  Mark 9:31-32 (NLT)

I also imagine they were disappointed and maybe even doubting. They didn’t think Jesus would ever be crucified so how could they believe what He had told them about His resurrection? Perhaps it seemed to them like Jesus had not been honest with them. That the promise of His kingdom would not come true. How could it now? Jesus was dead. Their doubts spoke louder than their faith. They had lost sight of His promise to rise again.

Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.  Mark 8:31 (NLT)

Little did the disciples know, but their sorrow and heartache were about to turn to joy. That Saturday may have been one of the darkest days in their lives. But Jesus was asking them to wait, to hold on to the hope, to have faith and trust in Him, to look beyond the darkness and despair of that day. To know that soon they would once again see the light of Jesus in their lives.

Maybe right now You’re feeling like the disciples did that Saturday. Full of doubt, heartache, and disappointment. Feeling that the dream is dead; that there is no hope; that things will never be right again. But Jesus is asking you to hold on to the hope, grab hold of your faith, and believe. He is telling you to look beyond the darkness, to pump up your faith, and to know that, in His time, you will see the light of His love. And You will rejoice.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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