This Holy Week, I am listening to “Last Words (Tenebrae)” by Andrew Peterson. I like this video for meditating on Jesus’ last words. You will have to click through on the picture above to play it.
I am also pondering the women going to the tomb after Jesus’ death. I think they fully expected to find a dead Jesus. Jesus had told them he was going to rise from the dead, but it hadn’t happened on Friday, or Saturday. I think if they were going to look for a living Jesus, they would have gone to the Temple. No one goes to a cemetery looking for a living body. We expect death and dead bodies in the graveyard.
Easter morning, for us, is about resurrection, hope, joy, relief, expectation, celebration. It wasn’t for those women. I forget that they came to the tomb with no hope. It was the darkest time of their lives. Then the Light of the Son rose and filled their lives with new everything.
But there’s no Easter Sunday without the Friday crucifixion and searing sorrow. Think about that this week as we remember the darkness people go through before they find the Light.
Then you might want to listen to “His Heart Beats.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaU3C5a2VUY