God works in stillness
I’ve been thinking a lot today about the Sabbath between the crucifixion and the resurrection. We really don’t know if the Sabbath (recorded in Mark 15:42) was one of the weekly observances or one of the special Sabbath days commanded during the Passover celebration. However, we do know that Jesus was buried the day before a Sabbath and was found to be resurrected on the first day of the week (Sunday).
Sabbath is intended to be a day where we cease from work, from creating, from producing, from labor… Really–a day to TRUST God. Can you imagine what this day was like for those who closely followed Jesus? I really can’t. Did they believe they had been defeated, that it was all over, that the enemy had won? Did they find faith in their stillness or did grief overtake them? All day, I’ve been trying to imagine what this day must have been like.
As I pondered these thoughts I was reminded of one of my favorite Bible Verses.
- “And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, STAND STILL (FIRM), and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.” Exodus 14:13 ESV
Consider this…”death set the Israelites free but learning to live in freedom was a journey.” As they stood at the Red Sea, Israel finds themselves believing the journey is over before it even begins. They were forced to stop with the Sea in front and Egypt behind.
Did the disciples have a moment where they felt like the journey was over? Yet, like Israel, their journey was just getting started.
I love this verse in Exodus 14 because God makes it clear that He is the miracle worker and our part is to rest, stand still, stand unwavering…watch as God rises in victory and crushes the enemy.
The only thing the followers of Christ could do, on that special Sabbath day, was stand still. God was working the greatest miracle of all time! God was making a way for salvation to “go out” to the ends of the earth!
In this moment, where it seems as if the whole world is “standing still” I want you to remember that God works miracles in our stillness! Rest…and know that the same God who parted the Red Sea and the same God that resurrected Jesus Christ, is working in our midst.