Waiting for Dawn

“The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:55-56).

Following the burial of Jesus, His followers were at a loss as to what to do next. Some lingered, some helped with spices and ointments. All of them must have pondered the events of the last few days. But deep inside, they also recalled those hopeful words Jesus spoke, that He would rise again. At this point, they could not put sense to it, so they waited. It was a time of lingering, a time of watching, and a time of waiting. They longed for a resolution, but had to wait. They rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

In a way, we ourselves wait for the dawn. We live as pilgrims in a sometimes inhospitable world. We read the thrilling passages in the Bible that speak of our certain triumph, but must wait in anticipation for God to deliver us. We indeed look forward to our glorious future:

“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).

We must wait for Christ, and we long to be with Him. He gave us a glorious promise over two thousand years ago:

“In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

Unlike those who stood by the cross, our waiting differs in that God gave us specific commands as to how to wait.

“Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come’ ” (Luke 19:13).

We are to “occupy” or “engage in business” until He returns. We need to eagerly serve Him with an expectant heart. Jesus will return again and bring His reward with Him (Revelation 22:12). Until then, we need to worship and serve Him until that time He calls us home. As the old hymn goes, “It will be worth it all.” Keep watching and waiting, the Lord will not tarry long. Until that day, He will provide strength for the day, and hope for tomorrow.

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