“It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:54-56 ESV, italics added).
We either mourn or are mourned. It is how the living and the dead meet and part ways. Jesus’ death took his followers to a different intersection, however. His death took them to Sabbath.
On Sabbath, Israel celebrated God the creator of heaven and earth. On Sabbath, they praised God for saving his people from the bondage of slavery. This Sabbath set in as Jesus breathed his last.
Mourn or Sabbath?
The women took the latter. They rested. More precisely, quieted their souls. Death is silenced at the command of God, and mourning ceases as we rest in his promises.
“It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations 3:26ESV).