“Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”” Matthew 27:64
Matthew 27:45-50 & 62-66
Jesus died on a Friday, but He had promised a Sunday morning resurrection, but what happens on Saturday? How do we handle that place of mourning a loss, yet anticipating a resurrection or restoration? How do you cope when you are in-between a promise and its fulfillment? How do you live through the Saturdays of life, the in-between place?
The in-between place is a place where you are not where you were, but also not where you hope to be; it is a place of silence and a place of waiting. For Jesus’ disciples, it was a place of mourning and confusion. Everything was at a standstill, their Hero laid in the grave, disappointment filled their hearts, yet a faint hope lingered within.
That Saturday, while the disciples mourned, Satan and his demons gloated, Pilate rejoiced and boasted of a tight security around the tomb, to prevent Jesus’ ‘escape.’ Hell must have thrown a party that day; they had put the ‘final nail to the coffin,’ the ‘Jesus-problem’ was finally dealt with. However, the clock was ticking in heaven and when the next day came Jesus gallantly arose from the dead.
In the in-between place, everything seems to collapse and cave in around you. Life seems formless, void and dark and things just seem to work against you. It is a season when meaning is lost, when things just remain monotonously the same. Life may have put you in a ‘Saturday,’ where everything appears to be at a standstill. Worse still, the enemy may have plotted to keep you securely in this place so there won’t be any opportunity for you to come out of the bad situation. But, the clock is ticking…Sunday is coming!
Mordecai must have been in an in-between place when Haman plotted to execute him and destroy the entire Jewish race. However, on the day when Haman planned to carry out his evil intentions, the tables turned in Mordecai’s favor (See Esther 5:9-14, & 6:1-12). God will be on time to deliver you and take you to your place of rich satisfaction. It’s only a matter of time – the clock is ticking. Tick, tock, tick, tock…
Weeping may have endured for the night in your life; but God’s divine intervention will wipe away every tear. In just one day and with one move, He will reverse everything the devil has done in your life. You will not remain in an in-between place for the rest of your life. Jesus died and rose from the dead so you can also rise again. Hold on! You will have the last laugh!
Dear Lord, You left the grave behind so I am also leaving every grave situation behind me. Like Lazarus, I am coming out! Weeping has endured in my life, but this is MY TIME of rejoicing, because You have reversed the evil occurrences and brought me to my place of settlement in Jesus’ name.