Easter Saturday Rev Sara Jayne Rettie (Dalreoch UF Church) 3rd April 2021
After the death of Jesus on Good Friday there was little time to bury his body. Joseph of Arimathea wrapped the body of Christ in a linen cloth and placed it in an unused tomb, hastily sealing the entrance.
“The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”
Over the past twelve months many people have suffered the incredible heartache of not only losing a loved one, but of being unable to celebrate their life, and lay them to rest, as they might have wished to do. Many of us, like the women with Jesus, could only watch from a distance, before returning home to be alone with our sorrow.
This Easter, rather than considering today as that ‘nothing’ day, between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; let us remember the suffering of those who had followed Christ; let us remember those who mourn the passing of loved ones; let us remember the loneliness of Jesus himself, separated from the Father. But let us also remember that though today is a day of sorrow and mourning tomorrow is a day of resurrection and hope!