It was going to be a long night. Most of the disciples were probably gathered together. They didn’t know what else to do. They had been together for three and half years. They had been part of something special, or so they thought. Now, they didn’t know what to think.
They sat there saying very little, with only a candle or maybe two to give off a small amount of light in the room. That was fine with them. With a mixture of guilt, grief, and fear in their hearts and on their faces, they had no desire to see or be seen clearly. They didn't know if they'd ever see anything clearly again.The past 24 hours were a blur. There was the chaos in the garden, His arrest and trial, and before they even knew what happened Jesus was being nailed to the cross. Now His cold lifeless body was lying out there in that cold lifeless tomb.
Yes, it’s going to be a long night. Their heads were swimming, even as their hearts were breaking. How could they have gotten this so wrong? Why had the people turned on Jesus? Why had the disciples not been willing to stand with Jesus? What was going to happen to them now? One thing was for sure, sleep wouldn’t come easy tonight.
I guess it’s easy for us to think that the disciples should have realized that this was not the end of the story. They should have remembered Jesus telling them, on multiple occasions, that He was going to be crucified, but on the third day He would arise. That’s where their focus should have been. But, pain, fear, and feelings of absolute despair can create a sort of spiritual amnesia. They forgot, Sunday’s coming.
Perhaps that dark, hopeless Friday night so long ago can teach us a thing or two. In our moments of pain, fear, and feelings of absolute despair, when the world seems dark and the future is anything but clear, you and I would do well to remember, Sunday came.
In the early morning light of that Sunday morning, the light of the world came out of that dark grave to provide a bright future and a certain hope to all who would hope in Him. So, the next time we’re having one of those nights let’s remember, Sunday came and everything is going to be all right. Hallelujah, what a Savior.
Dr. J. Clay Stevens is Lead Pastor of Cross Culture Church in Raleigh, NC. He is author of the book I Get It! Discovering How To Really live In The Promises Of God. His life mission statement is: "To take people from where they are to where God wants them to be."