We have a popular saying in the church “Its Friday, but Sunday’s coming.” It comes from a sermon title. It is funny that we are all familiar with the title, but I have no idea who preached it and when it was preached. As we recognize the death of Jesus and the despair this precipitated in His followers, we know that the resurrection is coming. They did not. It made me think of the Saturday in between. It is a day of uncertainty. The crisis of His death is past and the followers were left abandoned and despairing. The resurrection was yet to be discovered.
14 “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also. 4 You know the way to where I am going.”
Prior to His crucifixion, Jesus spent time with His disciples teaching them many things. He covers several subjects giving them a glimpse of things to come. He tells them He is leaving. He leaves these words of comfort. He is going away, but with a purpose. They will eventually follow Him and when they do, He will be there waiting. He will have made things ready for their arrival.
This Coronavirus season seems like Saturday. We are past the shock of the arrival of the pandemic. We are carefully staying home, so that we can be safe and prevent the spread of the illness. We know that lives will be saved if we can prevent others from becoming infected. However, as we enter week 3 of self-quarantine, we are informed that we will have another 4 weeks for confinement. It feels like Saturday. We are stuck between the shock and fear of illness and the reassurance as the crisis passes.
So, we should listen to Him. Let’s not be troubled. We can trust Him and trust that He has everything ready and under control. This current trouble will pass. It will eventually be replaced by other troubles. We eventually will leave this world for the next. Jesus has prepared a place for us. Until then we must remain in Him and abide in Him. Sunday is coming. He has risen from the dead. When we believe, repent of our sin, and accept the price He paid to redeem us, we too are raised to walk in new life. Let’s be comforted and move forward in new life.