In this Eastertide, we thought last week about the women, but what of the men?
We know John was at the cross because Jesus spoke directly to him, asking John to care for his mother. We know that Peter made it to the courtyard of Caiaphas after the arrest but sadly denied knowing him three times before the cock crew. Otherwise, the men all seemed to scatter from the Garden of Gethsemane after the arrest of Jesus.
As far as we can tell. the disciples retreated, dare we even say, fled back to the upper room. Wouldn’t we like to know what they said, what they did the rest of that Friday? Perhaps John came back to give a report and collapsed himself after that strenuous day with no sleep the night before.
Then there was Saturday. Silence. What did they talk about? The master they followed for some three years had experienced a devastating death. What were they to do now? Did even one of them remember what Jesus had told them, that he must suffer, die, and would be raised again? It is mentioned at least three times in Matthew.
The last time Jesus told them this was when they were making their final trek to Jerusalem. He said,
” . . . the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day, he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:18-19
Can it be any more clear than that?
Evidently the women had heard this before as well. For when the angel spoke to them at the tomb, he reminded them,
“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. Matthew 24:6-8
Before we shake our heads and look down on these men and women, perhaps we need to think about words we have been told through Scripture.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray . . . then I will hear from heaven . . . and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31
Trust in the Lord. Lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Do not worry about your life. Matthew 6:25
Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. Matthew 6:1
When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father. Matthew 6:6
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:7
Words of our heavenly Father and his Son are important to remember.
~ Joyce ~