When Jesus was betrayed in the Garden, Scripture tells us “…everyone deserted Him and fled” (Mark 14:50). After that, we hear only of Peter who straggled along during Christ’s trials, and of John being near the cross as Jesus was crucified. Beyond that, the disciples’ whereabouts are not described.
Common speculation is that out of confusion and great fear, they went into hiding. We know on that first Resurrection Sunday, Jesus found them locked away in the Upper Room hiding from the Jews. Who could really blame them? They’d seen the man they wanted to be king brutally killed and placed in a borrowed tomb. I can imagine them huddled together on that “in between day” – the day after His death, but before His resurrection. How confused and bewildered they must have been.
Things were not going at all the way they had pictured. Their leader was dead and buried. What would become of them now? Where could they turn? Who would protect them from the Jews? Was Jesus a fraud? Were they wrong to have placed their trust and hope in Him to begin with? Was it all a hoax? They’d left their homes, families and jobs – could they return? In other words, they had tons of questions but very few answers as they waited in the dark.
Perhaps you can relate to the dark days of confusion, broken dreams, fear, and the loss of hope. In many ways, our life on Earth could be described as “in between days.” Days of not knowing all earthly outcomes, but waiting for the time when we ourselves will leave the grave and enter the presence of God
How can focusing on your future above help you endure the remainder of your in between days? –Dave
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