Today, before the rising of hope on Sunday, I always think about the women who observed the Sabbath after making spices to anoint Jesus.
“Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But, by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as the law required.” Luke 23:56.
My first thoughts are: “How can you rest at a time like this? Break the law. Go anoint Jesus. Come hell or high water, but go! That’s the messiah. ”
Yet, they followed a perfect order.
They obeyed the law and the promise was carried out anyway.
Jesus didn’t need the anointing made for him on earth because he was already anointed by the Father in heaven.
Friends, sometimes I want to take matters into my own hands, but I must remember that God has a perfect plan.
I can’t tell you that if Jesus told me he’d be back on Sunday, that I wouldn’t be a hot mess the Saturday after his crucifixion. It would take and did take mountains upon mountains of faith. Faith. What great courage to obey the law and what great faith to believe hope was coming.
Today, I pray for faith that abounds. I pray for rest that fulfills. I pray for hope when we have absolutely none. Today, we rest. And pray in the waiting. Amen.
Hope is near.