But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
On the day we call “Good Friday,” Jesus never failed to offer words of love and forgiveness. His pain and injustice were unbearable, but His compassion and concern for others never wavered. In God’s perfect timing, when all was complete regarding His mission on earth, He gave up His Spirit to the Father. But now His body needed to be dressed for burial and placed to rest.
The women who loved Him wanted to make Jesus’ resting place worthy of a King, worthy of this gentle, loving God. But because of the Sabbath, they also needed to rest before they could provide Him with the spices and the cloths needed for His proper burial. Joseph of Arimathea had donated a tomb; the soldiers covered it with a large stone. And yet, the women had to rest and wait. But forgotten to them, Easter was coming!
During our time of waiting, our rest, we can be assured that Easter is coming. May we daily view Christ’s resurrection as exciting and joyful as we remember that our final Easter resurrection is coming soon as well.
Dear Jesus, may I never lose sight of the resurrection You granted me through my Baptism. May I live in this hope every day. Amen.