“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Easter is fast approaching and churches are gearing up for Good Friday and Easter services. In fact, Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads will have a special Good Friday service in the Student Center while Crossroads Church has a service in the main auditorium. Either way, there is a service for you to attend.
Have you ever wondered about Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday? I was asked about that a few years ago and I admit I never thought anything of it. Jesus lay dead in his tomb and the big day doesn’t arrive until Sunday. I can only imagine how devastated His followers were and how relieved the Pharisees must have felt.
In John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man, he talks about Saturday. It is a wonderful historical book about the impact Jesus has had on the world then and today, and the last three chapters in the book are titled: “Friday,” “Saturday,” and “Sunday.” According to Ortberg, there are biblical and scriptural connections to three day events, the biggest being Jesus’ death and resurrection. But there are other events throughout the bible, as well. Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Joseph and his brothers, Rahab hiding Israelite spies, and Esther going to the King to save her people; all events came to some significant resolution or impact on the third day. So what happened between the first and the third day in any of these events? I really don’t know, but it got me to thinking about the middle day in my life.
What happens to me on my “Saturdays”—from the time I am made aware of something significant to taking action on it. There are conflicts and challenges I may jump on right away or delay. Many times, I will take some time to figure out a next move or decision. I see the value of “sleeping on it overnight” and turning it over to God. There have been events that I acted on too quickly and some that I acted on too late. But one thing I am learning, God is active in the waiting—in the “Saturdays” of our lives. There is work being done in the heavenly realm and wisdom is gained in those times when all we can do is wait because that is what we are supposed to do. “Saturdays” remind me of the beginning of the Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4
God loves you; Jesus died for you; His Spirit lives in you! Say “yes” to Jesus and live Love!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
April 15-21, 2019
Friday, April 19: Good Friday Service (Crossroads Student Center)
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dessert for you. Please join us for dessert and fellowship.
- 6:30pm: Please join us for an hour of worship and a special Good Friday message.
- 7:30pm: Open Share Groups.
- 8:30pm: Solid Rock Café