Guest Post--Waiting: Hope and Expectation

2 Corinthians 4:6

For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Saturday after Good Friday is known by many as a day of waiting.  What are we waiting for exactly?  2 Corinthians 4:6 sums it up.  We are waiting for the light of Salvation for all mankind to shine out of the death and darkness of the tomb!

As we go through life there are many times of waiting.  Waiting can be a time of great expectation and joy or it can be a time of sorrow, confusion and pain.

As we reflect on the death of Jesus, we see a time of waiting between His horrific death on the cross and the joyous moment of time when He rose from the tomb!

Scripture tells us very little of what took place on that day.  We do know that in Matt 27 scripture tells us that the Pharisees and Sadducees had great concern that Jesus’s body would be “stolen” from the tomb so they came before Pilate and requested a guard. Their biggest concern was that others would deceive them.  Perhaps they were also a little concerned that what Jesus claimed about rising from the grave would take place.  As though they could stop God.

In their waiting they were strivers.  Strivers try to make things happen or prevent things from happening in those periods of waiting.

The disciples were likely a mixed group with folks filled with doubt, confusion, sorrow and even faith.

Doubters second guess and question everything that they have seen and heard during this period of waiting. 

The confused didn’t know what to believe or think.  They would be easily swayed by any of these groups.

The sorrowful had little to no hope.  They couldn’t see past their own grief and sorrow.

What these three groups have in common is that they were distracted and in their present state were at best ineffective to the worst scenario of useless to God’s mission.  How often in our periods of waiting do we become useless for a season?  So overcome by our circumstances that we can’t do anything else.

These disciples didn’t yet have the resurrection to look back at to give them hope, it was still many hours away.  So they waited.  Some waited well and some didn’t.

Our last group of those who waited were those who waited in faith. Faith that Jesus would rise again as He said He would.  Perhaps they didn’t understand when or how, but they had faith that He would.  Even in their grief, sorrow and confusion there was still a foundation of faith that came from believing the truths and promises Jesus shared when He was among them.  They believed and had hope.  They were effective in their waiting.  Even through their tears and sorrow they were able to do what needed to be done. 

Looking at Matt. 28, while we can’t be certain we can surmise that Mary Magdalene and those with her had this type of faith. They may not have known Jesus would rise that morning nor how He would fulfil His promises, but they had enough faith to rise up early that morning and take action by going to prepare Jesus body as the custom of their day dictated they should.

Which type of waiting best describes you?

As we spend time waiting and reflecting on Jesus death and the coming resurrection let’s be the type of people who wait with hope and expectation knowing and trustingthe promises of our risen Savior!