Earlier in the year I read Pete Greig's excellent book God on Mute. In it he looks at prayer - in particular unanswered prayer - by taking us through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. In a way that I've not really read before he brings out the utter hopelessness of that first Saturday when all hope had been lost and no-one (who had trusted in Jesus) knew where to turn.
And so today we reach Saturday, and despite the hopelessness that would have pervaded that first Saturday after Jesus died there is definite hope on the horizon. And this hope is not just because we know what happened - that He did rise and does live - but it is the hope of two young lives becoming one as my brother and his fiancee marry later today. Although they are not yet Christians I take great hope at such a time as this because as they join together in marriage they do that which God invented - not quite in the way the bible teaches (before somebody comments that the white wedding was a far later development!). But as they leave their families and become united with one another we not only rejoice with them, but in the reminder they give us of that future hope that we look forward to when our risen Lord (yes, He is risen!) will return and be united with His church.
So, on a day in which we remember the despair of the first disciples we also share in the hope of countless disciples who, since them and with them, have lived each day as a resurrection people, living in light of His hope and sharing it with a needy world.