Beyond the Doom and Gloom of the Tomb
I can hear the soulful music playing down below as I sit on my 24th floor terrace. It is beautiful, and yet, there is a sense of mourning and loss. As we look ahead to the Easter celebration of our resurrected Lord (tomorrow), today (the Saturday before), we pause in somber remembrance of his death. Over 2,000 years ago, on this day of the Church calendar, Jesus was in the tomb. His followers and family members could do nothing but mourn. Their Lord was dead. I imagine they were riddled with confusion and doubt, wondering in the quiet of their own hearts: God, why didn’t you rescue your Son from a horrendous death on the cross? Why didn’t you prove you were God? Where are you in this pitiful portrait of human death?
Today, we remember our Lord Jesus who was crucified on the cross. All we can see is the doom and gloom of the tomb.
This serves as a sobering reminder to us, that just as we observed with the disciples, our faith will also be tested. In the “death” of broken marriages, failed health, lost jobs and sufferings of all kinds, we mourn on this day. But that is not all. We also wait, knowing the darkness of the tomb is not the end of the story. When all we see is the doom and gloom of the “tombs” in our lives, it is a call to persevere… in hope:
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12
How is your faith being tested today? What trials are challenging your ability to trust and hope in God? Whatever “doom and gloom” you are facing, be encouraged that today — on the eve of Easter — as we gaze upon the tomb of our Lord, it is in our sadness, confusion and grief, that we can also stand firm in the fact that resurrection is coming. Light is coming. Life is coming. Hope is coming. Freedom is coming. Rescue is coming. Joy is coming. Healing is coming. Restoration is coming. Reconciliation is coming. Renewal is coming. Easter, yes, the celebration of our risen Lord, is coming!!!! That, we know, is a fact. So Today, as we are tempted to despair in the midst of our darkened tombs, may we remember:
“HIM who endured such opposition…so that YOU will not grow weary or lose heart.”- James 12:3
Today, we rightly gaze upon the doom and gloom of the tomb of our Lord. But may we be determined not to grow weary or lose heart. Resurrection is coming. It is coming indeed!