Growing up, my Mother’s Easter table was often graced with this lily. This beautiful flower is also called, “white-robed apostles of hope.” There is symbolism in the white color representing the purity of Christ. The trumpet shape of the flower brings to mind the trumpeting of the message of resurrection. But what impressed me was that all this beauty could come from a dirty unremarkable bulb. For at least three years its bulb stays underground in the dark before bursting forth to flower.
Today’s verse comes from a discussion Jesus had with the Pharisees asking for a sign. Here, Jesus predicts the three days He will spend in the heart of the earth following His death. Those three days were not unlike what Jonah experienced. It was during those three days that despair was so keenly felt by all who had hoped in Christ. It looked as if Satan had won. All who had looked to Jesus to be their deliverer must have felt betrayed and defeated.
What a comfort to know that the darkest days I could ever experience are only a “momentary affliction” compared to the glorious future He has prepared for me! (II Cor. 4:17) Whether it is three dark days, three years or thirty, it is a time of waiting until I burst forth, flowering for an eternity because of His resurrection! How amazing it is that because of His victory over death, I can wait patiently with hope. His resurrection changes me giving me new life, eternal life and life that can be abundant!
Lord, because of You I have hope!