Holy Saturday

March 30th 2024

Holy Saturday

It’s Saturday, and as we look behind us, on this journey through Holy Week, we are reflecting upon the crucifixion of our Savior, Jesus Christ; and the wrath, which he satisfied on our behalf.

Looking ahead, with the benefit of retrospection, we know that tomorrow our Savior will conquer the grave.

But today is a forgotten day; one that often falls through the proverbial cracks of consideration.

So on this Holy Saturday, as we follow the footsteps of Christ, they lead us to his lifeless body lying in the tomb.

Like the Lord on the 7th Day of creation, it is the Jewish Sabbath, and Christ rests from the work he has completed on our behalf.

Without a doubt, though, there is more here than meets the eye.

Like Peter’s declaration of Jesus preaching to the spiritual prisoners.

But with that mystery unsolved, we turn our attention to the grave and to Christ’s disciples.

Beginning with the tomb, in opposition and apprehension, soldiers are sent to seal and secure it. The body of Jesus would not be kidnapped under their watch.

As for the disciples, it was an altogether different story.

With their Messiah lying lifeless in a tomb, all of their prophetic hopes and dreams had been crushed.

Filled with confusion, uncertainty, and fear, there’s no doubt that the gloom and darkness of Friday continued for them to become the most sorrowful Sabbath of their lives.

But it’s within the weightiness of that tension, against that pitch-black backdrop that the light of Sunday morning shines so brightly

Sunday is coming!

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Dear Lord Jesus, in so many ways, we find ourselves in the tension of Saturday. We’re looking back upon your crucifixion, with confidence in your resurrection, but we’re also longing for your return.

We’re often confused, fearful, and uncertain. But on this Holy Saturday, we can find our rest in You. We know that You are faithful, and it’s upon Your trustworthiness that our souls are anchored.

So, Lord, as we reflect upon this day, may we be reminded of the hope we have in You. May we look with great anticipation to the certain expectation of Your coming.

As we consider the love you’ve demonstrated for us on the cross, may our faith be multiplied. Prepare our hearts to praise You and to celebrate Your great victory over death, hell, and the grave. In Your powerful and triumphant name we pray, Amen.

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Author: Kevin Hay

Kevin Hay serves as one of the pastors of Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert, Arizona. He is a DMin student in Expository Preaching at The Master’s Seminary and is the editor of the book Assurance: Our Confidence in Christ by Thomas Goodwin. Kevin and his wife, Alicia, have eight children: McKenna, Landon, Meela, Madison, Liam, Levi, Mariah, and Maylee.