There’s got to be a morning after
If we can hold on through the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let’s keep on looking for the light
–The Morning After, Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn. Maureen McGovern
Despite the name of this blog, we do not have as many song references as seem warranted. I have always thought that NEO was the best of us for using songs – must be his Lutheran choral heritage.
This song seems appropriate for the Saturday of the Tomb, the time when Jesus was in the spirit world, preaching His victory to the imprisoned Watchers and comforting those in Abraham’s Bosom. In the physical, it was a time of despair for the Disciples. Their Master was dead, and they had no grasp of His resurrection and ascension. One of their own had proved a traitor, eventually taking his own life in a fit of guilty remorse. Peter had denied the Lord whose very status as Messiah he himself had grasp first out of all the Disciples at the Gates of Hell – Bashan, Panias, Caesarea Philippi. It looked as if Baal had won.
Sometimes it still feels like the Saturday (see Tony Campolo’s description of Christians: “Easter Sunday people in a Good Friday world”). We await the resurrection, the restoration of all things. In this world there is much to be unhappy about: sin, environmental disasters, disease, war, mental illness, and spiritual warfare. Remembering Christ’s victory can be difficult at times.
The more I think about the crucifixion, the less I feel I understand it. When I was a teen and came to Christ, I spent my first few years after my conversion reading everything Christian I could get my hands on. I could parrot phrases and could grasp the logic behind various positions. I saw God in my dreams and felt His love. But as I grow older and walk through life, my eyes opening as I have more experiences, I see my faith changing. The Cross takes on deeper significance as a model of obedience to be emulated.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered
No one likes discipline, but it is necessary for all of us. This life in the “valley of tears” is lightened by the presence and comfort of Jesus, but we should not mistake it for the glory of the resurrection. Everyone must go through his Saturday, but Sunday is coming.