Anticipation on this Joyous Saturday

Anticipation can be one of the best or worst things in life. Today is a reminder of both sides of that experience.

Today is the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Different traditions refer to it by various names, including the Great Sabbath, Black Saturday, Holy Saturday or Easter Eve, and some use the term “Joyous Saturday.” And it certainly is exactly that. For we know what comes next.

But as we review the last few chapters of the Gospels at this time of year with Easter Sunday mere hours away, it always sticks out to me that Saturday is almost entirely skipped. Part of this is the fact it was Sabbath and the Jewish followers of Jesus likely spent the day behind closed doors observing the Sabbath, particularly as part of the Passover celebration. But it must have been anything but a joyous Saturday.

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