Jesus was placed in the dark, cold tomb before sundown on Friday evening. The people that loved Him and left Him there had no idea they would be seeing Him again within mere hours.
Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby,
they laid Jesus there.
The disciples who lived through…Friday and Sunday, learned that when God seems most absent, He may be closest of all; when God looks the most powerless, He may be the most powerful; when God looks the most dead, He may be coming back to life. They learned never to count God out.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday are perhaps the most significant days on the entire church calendar, and yet, in a real sense, we live our lives on Saturday, the day in between. Can we trust that God can make something holy and beautiful and good out of a world that includes Bosnia and Rwanda and inner-city ghettos in the richest nation on the earth? Human history grinds on, between the time of promise and fulfillment. It’s Saturday on planet earth; will Sunday ever come?
Perhaps that is why the authors of the Gospels devoted so much space to Jesus’ last week than to the several weeks when he was making resurrection appearances. They knew that the history to follow would often resemble Saturday., the in-between day, more than Sunday, the day of rejoicing. It is a good thing to remember that in the cosmic drama, we live out our days on Saturday, the day with no name.