“And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” — Luke 23:55-56 KJV
The women who were with Jesus at the crucifixion took the time before the Sabbath begin to prepare the spices for embalming him according to the fashion of their time.
This was total commitment to the fact that he was dead, and everything they dreamed of was dead. They were preparing him for burial. While they rested on Holy Saturday, they had everything ready to lay their dreams to rest forever.
What they did not have was any idea that Jesus was going to rise again. He had mentioned it, but it seemed very far-fetched idea.
I understand them very well. I had heard the promises all my life, because when you grow up in the Assemblies of God church, you hear a lot of scripture at every service.
- No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
- All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
- They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
- My God shall supply all your needs out of his infinite riches in Jesus.
- Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
And these are just a few I can reel off, off the top of my head. There are many, many more. But when you find yourself at the end of your dreams, which are so far past ever happening that you have already prepared to embalm them, and you’re just waiting, and resting, until you have the strength to bury them for good, all those promises seem like straw.
That’s where the apostles were on Holy Saturday, and if that’s where you are today, I am sorry for it. I won’t heap more promises on top of the ones that already seem to be broken. I will tell you this. Although the disciples could not see it, and did not believe it, they still had a champion who was preparing for them a different, but so far a better future than they could ever have imagined.
All they could do, and sometimes all you can do, is wait.