Matthew 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen.
By raising His Son from the grave, our God delivered us from Desperation Saturday. Human life will never again need to feel the desperation, the despair, or the anguish that Jesus’ disciples felt on the Saturday between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. On Saturday, the disciples were sure it was over for them. The hope instilled in them by the words and actions of Christ was dashed by the death of Jesus. But on Sunday hope returned when they were told, “Fear not…he is risen.”
Before I came to Christ I was deeply troubled, frustrated, sad, and angry about the pointlessness of human life. You might say I was stuck on Desperation Saturday. Jesus was dead to me. Then I accepted the living Jesus as my Lord, Savior, and Purpose-Giver. I personally experienced the transformation from Desperation Saturday to Resurrection Sunday.
Since that glorious Sunday when Jesus got up from death, the most momentous Sunday in the history of the world, there has been little need to fret again. What in this short life is worth being desperate about? Jesus said “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
If we are to be desperate about anything it would be our desperate desire for others to join us in the faith that Jesus is alive and loves them and stands ready to save them from eternal death.
Oh, Lord, may we always remember that there is very little in this world to be desperate about since You have conquered death. Help us lead others out of their personal Desperation Saturdays by the power of Your resurrection.