When the followers of Jesus watched Jesus die, they felt all hope was lost. They immediately scattered, and then began to huddle in secret. They were sure that Jesus would establish a political/religous kingdom in Jerusalem. Their association with Him would guarantee them a prominent position in the inner circle. Now all that was gone. Confusion, fear, and despair were setting in.
But not for Jesus. Although He was buried, He was not finished. And apparently He was not buried for long. In Peter's first letter we read that He "went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison" (1 Peter 3:19).
Here's the point: While the disciples were mourning, Jesus was up and working. The victory was won long before the disciples knew it. God does alot without telling us. He is securing victory long before we are clued in. On Easter morning, the disciples were amazed and overjoyed--and rightly so. But Easter was not the day of victory. I'm thinking that Jesus shed those grave clothes as soon as the tomb was locked behind Him.
God is still at work. Your day may be dark. You may have lost hope. It may seem that God is dead. Take heart because in your day of despair, Jesus is alive and well...working in ways you've never even thought about. You see, God wins the victory long "before you know it."
I'd be interested in your thoughts.