There’s only one day that separates Friday from Sunday.
For most of us it’s that day in between that we spend the majority of our week thinking about.
We get to sleep in. Eat breakfast late. Live beyond the schedule. It’s the day we take to recreate and renew.
But there is one weekend every year that migrates throughout the spring months where Friday and Sunday tend to take our focus away from that day in between.
Easter weekend is primarily about two things: on Good Friday millions mourn the memory of the man crucified, and on Sunday they rejoice in the hope of his return. But it’s that one day in between that no one really talks about.
Jesus, the one they called the Messiah, died on Friday taking with him the hopes of an oppressed nation who thought he might be their deliverer. And on Sunday he returned — savior of the world.
One day was all it took to take a thief accused and sentenced to death to come back a king. A savior.
But something happened on that day in between.
More than the sacrifice or the impending salvation that it represented, Jesus’ death restored.
It was not just the key to salvation but the hope that God’s plan would once again be allowed to play out.
It’s kind of hard to even comprehend what that means.
Christ’s death and resurrection goes far beyond a chance for a ticket to eternity — it’s the defining moment for every person that has ever lived when God said, “I’m not finished with you yet.”
He put it all on the line to say, “We will make all that is wrong right again.”
And he did.
It’s in Jesus that grace and justice are finally realized and forever bound together.
God’s kingdom finally trumped the kingdoms of earth providing hope for those who lived in desperation and justice for those rendered voiceless.
Even while we were still broken he set things right once and for all.
And it all happened on one Saturday.
It only took one day for everything that was broken to be fixed. All that was wrong to be made right. All that was dead to be made new.
In the death of Jesus we see God’s willingness to take us in spite of all that is messed up about us.
But in his resurrection we realize it is so much greater.
Jesus came not just to save but to renew. He came not only to restore us to our Creator, but to reconcile creation. In him all is being set as it was intended to be.
He is making all things new.
SARAH NELSON KATZENBERGER, Dispatch staff writer, is a graduate of William Jessup University with a bachelor’s of science in Bible and Theology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5879.