Made it to Easter Monday! After “Good-Grief Friday”, “Holy Moly What Happened Saturday”, Resurrection Sunday…
I appreciated my Easter power nap after not a sugar rush but 2 church services (Easter sunrise an hour drive away and later that morning closer to home) and before I had to pick up my daughter from the train station for Easter dinner. I needed that nap. And I had prepped the day before for achieving efficient work for our dinnertime Easter, so I had the window of opportunity to nap, be still and be quiet. I had pre-processed the blessings of my day, the execution to pull it off too. (3 days work for 20 minutes of a meal? Yup Jesus understands that).
I needed the nap, but my conflicted thoughts kept me on the edge of napping, saying both I need to rest but could not command myself to sleep on cue. Well eventually I did sleep 30 minutes, I think, and it WAS sufficient. JUST before the alarm sounded, I got up, I continued, ham into oven, mental clock checked, God’s timing gifted. Great dinner and oh how I love to be with my grown children. Cat was happy too.
I wonder, in our conjectures of WHY Jesus spent the time he did in the tomb, or at least out of public view, of what did Jesus do? This is a relevant question and also NOT so relevant of a question when you think about how God made time and thus time holds no meaning and lots of meaning at the same time. In truth, Jesus likely gave that downtime for us. (Of course, why wouldn’t He? GOD MADE TIME TO LOVE HIS CHILDREN AND FOR HIS CHILDREN TO LOVE HIM). Jesus honored not just his followers with mental processing time but his foes as well, on that “Good-Grief” Friday night and “Holy Moly what happened Saturday” – which they all needed. AND Jesus and God’s timing also came with a time of rest. Jesus not rising (or at least not showing His Risen self) until Sunday, gave all the gathered followers (or foes) to have at least one night rest or one collapsed rest… Think about where the people were gathered, feast or fear-held, think about honoring the Sabbath rest too. Jesus “rested” on the Sabbath as example of God’s rest on the 7th day during creation and the people rested. However, Jesus always still “worked” on the Sabbath doing “God’s work” raising the dead and healing the flock because why wouldn’t He?… It was not “work” but “works” of extending LOVE. LOVE allowed Him, God’s son and One with God, to heal. And by giving the middle whole “Sleep-needed Saturday” of rest, Jesus’s disciples spoke together of what happened and this formulated in their words and worlds understanding which later would be major teachings for them to others, carrying out the fulfillment of Jesus’s walk. They lived the Word that was both heard and walked. Jesus DID live on that in-between day because He was spoken of and His life was discussed and explained. He never did NOT live as God, and therefore His gift of processing and rest (power naps or otherwise), ensured the work of the disciples to continue.
In other words, Jesus worked the Word in rest too.
Did I need that power nap on Easter? Maybe I would have functioned ok without it, but there would come a time when I would collapse with exhaustion without it. And I wanted the afternoon joy. So, I commanded my rest time, in order to go on more joyfully for the rest of my day, with my children. That’s a gift, Jesus rest and Jesus walk and Jesus joy to see God’s children come together and speak of Him.
Jesus is alive in the Word and Walk. And Jesus wants to be shared because He gives life. He gives us of Our Father’s time to keep living, and we are able to find joy.
Happy Easter Monday, after more rest, let us Keep Walking the Word.
Keep resting so that you can keep walking.
Jesus said: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
God’s Chosen Servant
Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out; till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”