Grammy Blick: The Sad Sabbath

It is hard to find a reason for the sabbath today. We cannot go to the temple. We are hated there and we still fear their wrath. To hear the priests speak lightly of His death is more than we could bear right now.
The women quietly weep upstairs, on the roof. They were at the cross yesterday, staying until His body was removed and buried. They did not have time to prepare the sabbath meals before the sun went down, so there is nothing left but a few crusts of bread from Passover. Doesn't matter, we have no appetite.
Remember when He feed the crowds with so few loaves and fish? There are no more crowds, there are no more fishers of men. We'll be lucky if we can put the boats into the lake to fish again. There will be no walking on water in our future.
He raised Lazarus from death. Why does He not return to us? Was all He taught wiped away when He died? Can we even try to tell His story?
Tomorrow the women will go early to the tomb and annoint His body for burial. Remember Judas complaining about that wasted oil? I heard that he's dead, too. He hanged himself after realizing what he had done. His betrayel of Jesus has destroyed us all.
Remember, this writer would have walked beside Christ, Peter, John and (yes) even Judas. This writer would have heard the sermon on the mount, seen the raising of Lazarus and the woman touch the hem of His garment. This writer heard the testimoney recorded in Matthew 12:39 "But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas." Repeated in Matthew 16:4, Luke 11:29-30.
The message to the Ninevites changed -- and saved!! -- their lives. And, it can change and save ours.


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