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    « Beyond Belief | Main | "I've been thinking..." »
    Monday
    Oct302017

    In Between

     

    My dear theologians,

     

    The Apostle John: “Have any plans for the weekend?”

     

    Simon Peter: “Not really. I’m just going to wait around for Sunday to see what happens.”

     

    We’ve read the accounts in all four of the Gospels (or at least we know where to find the accounts in each of the Gospels – near the end!). We know what happened on Friday. We know what happened on Sunday. But what about the day after this and the day before that? The day after a prayer gets prayed but no answer is on the way. The after a soul gets crushed way down but there’s no promise of ever getting up. It’s a strange day, I think, this in-between day. In between despair and joy. In between confusion and clarity. In between bad news and good news. In between darkness and light.

     

    The two days on either side of Saturday are heavily discussed. Some of the brightest minds in the world have devoted themselves primarily to those two days; they have been across the centuries maybe the two most studied days in history. The Bible is full of what happened the day before – the day Jesus was killed. And Sunday is the day of the most death-defying, grave-defeating, fear-destroying, hope-inspiring day in the history of mankind.

     

    But Saturday? Even in the Bible – outside of one detail about guards being posted to watch the tomb – we’re told nothing about Saturday. Saturday is the day with no name, the day when nothing happened.

     

    So, why in the wide, wide world of calendars and miracles is there a Saturday? It doesn’t seem to further the story line at all. I’m thinking that if Jesus was going to be crucified and then resurrected, God would just get on with it. It seems strange to me for God to spread two events over three days.

     

    In its own way, perhaps Saturday should mark the world as much as Friday and Sunday. Maybe it wasn’t a day on which “nothing happened.”

     

    Set your clocks back an hour this Saturday and look forward to exploring ‘that’ Saturday this Sunday.

     

    In Your Debt,

     

    R                              A                           L                          P                     H

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