Being In Between

“… do you not know? Even Angels long to look into these things.” 1 Peter, 1:12

Consider what it must have been like for the generation who walked with Jesus.  Those who listened for the very first time to his message of hope and freedom, and who watched him do miracles only to see him lost on the hillside at Golgotha, buried, and still in the tomb on Saturday morning.

How empty a feeling it is to have had a common manageable life, been given tremendous new hope, and then have it taken from you violently with nothing to take its place?

Hope is such a powerful energy that when we are counseling people who have filled their own void of need for hope with a codependent relationship, alcoholism, drug addiction, whatever the source of false hope may be … we don’t take that hope away without carefully replacing it with a better hope – a real hope.  Always give hope.  To take away a person’s hope and not replace it with something else that is more real, and more effective is actually, just plain mean.  

Any system of justice that is only punitive is not in the business of giving hope.  It is the same in any relationship.

This is the Saturday, in between.  After the long wondering and uneasy reconciliation that Messiah might come someday, he did come.  Then he gave them hope.  Then he was killed, and for many, their hope was called into serious doubt.  That is what Saturday was like.  In between hoping beyond hope and floundering because the life line had been cut.

And yet, wisdom always has a reason.  The last act is yet to come. And the most poignant renewal of hope the world has ever seen will be unfurled against the background of generations of scholars, priests, prophets and even the angels longed to learn the secrets of the plan for the deliverance of the world.  

Our job on Saturday is both TO KNOW the truth because we have the luxury of history behind us.  And, to REMEMBER the fear of what it must have been like to not know.

Struggle with it.  Be unsettled by it.  But never lose your hope.  Easter is coming.

Peace, courage and much joy!

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