On Holy Saturday
Ok, so this day is Holy Saturday, the day between the cross and the resurrection. Yesterday, I attended Good Friday service at my church, seven different preachers preached on the meaning of The Seven Words From The Cross. All of the mini-sermons were powerful and inspired. After each Word was expounded on someone, sometimes more than one someone hammered a nail to large wooden cross. This was only the second Good Friday service I attended and this years’ service was better than last. The more I learn what a Christian is and should be the more I know I need a savior and the more thankful for the savior we have in Jesus Christ.
Holy Saturday rests between the cross and the resurrection. We remember the time when the first followers of Jesus thought that all was lost and that they might be next. They huddled alone and together in darkness hoping for escape. They didn’t know what to make of what happened. Their leader, their teacher and friend had just been brutally killed in such a harsh, awful, final way that it literally seemed to be the end of the world. All good turned sour. All hope was lost. All Joy turned to sadness. All light darkened. All love vanquished. All faith destroyed.
Just take a moment and contemplate how the first followers of Jesus felt, how lost, defeated, hopeless, sad, and dejected they felt that day.
They didn’t know what we know. They didn’t get that Jesus would rise again. They didn’t know that the following morning the tomb would be empty. That they would be running to an empty tomb. We know this, so too often we can miss the full impact of this day we find ourselves in, we miss the full weight of the crucifixion because we know how the story turns out. We know Jesus rose on the third day.
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (Heb. 12:1-2, 1 Peter 1:3-4)
We are momentary. Jesus is eternal. We are broken. Jesus is the healer, the redeemer. Jesus, mighty to save is the love song we sing forever and ever, bowing to and blessing His name. Jesus eternal, everlasting, reigning on high calls unto us to come to Him and accept the free and awesome gift of grace He offers to all. To all he offers Eternal Life through his saving death on the cross.
If you are currently going through your own personal Holy (Black) Saturday just now that a new day will dawn bright and early, you will be a new person with a new life part of a new creation. The universe is in birth pangs birthing a new order of things in which God will wipe away every tear and all the bad will turned to blessing, love will have the final word and the word after that. When we are going through darkness, sadness, and despair, we need to have faith in the hopeful expectation that light of God’s joy will shine bright and early.
The tomb is empty.
It waits for us to discover the good news.
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