John 19: 38-42 (ESV)
38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body.39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
I know what it is like to bury someone whom I love. Usually by the time the funeral comes you have had time to think about them being gone and can grieve. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the ones who buried Jesus. They believed they were burying God. Were they grieving the loss of Him, the absence of His presence? What was it like to be with God then He was gone? The void they felt must have been enormous. They must have been waiting for an answer. Why did He leave us? Why didn’t he get crowned King? He said He was King. I am sure some of them began to doubt him. We have the account of Thomas, but I am sure others were losing faith too.
One of the hardest things to so in our lives as followers of Christ is to wait for God to act. We know He has said He is coming back. He promised that He would, so now we wait.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” John 14:1-3 (ESV)
We can’t allow ourselves to doubt. Just as He rose again that first Easter, He will return again. We must live like it could be today. We must prepare, work for Him and praise Him as we wait.
What are you doing to praise God while you wait?