Saturday – Jesus died yesterday, he’s been buried in a borrowed tomb and sealed in with a huge stone. The disciples are scared, their leader has been killed, has everything he said and done been for nothing. What’s the next step for them? Whatever it is to be they are hiding behind locked doors
To the naked eye the Saturday in the Holy Week seems to be a little quiet. Physically dead in the grave He is in the middle of defeat and victory, between death and new life, between shame and glory. If Jesus did not rise from the dead then his life would have been for nothing, there would be no hope for us to be made right with God!
We read that it was during this time the Chief priests had recalled something that Jesus said. When they were trying to build a case against Jesus an accusation was that he had said he would destroy this temple and raise it up again in three days. They had used it and taken it literally when presenting their evidence, but now with this same statement they went to the Romans and asked for a guard to be put on the tomb!
Jesus’ work on the cross was finished, He declared it as such before he gave up his spirit. Although Jesus body rested in the tomb, the Bible is clear that Jesus descended to a place called Sheol (the place of the dead, sometimes translated as Hell, but different) to be with those faithful who had died. (Eph 4:8-10, 1 Peter 3:18-20)
This is the day of The ONE MAN who stood in the middle, between death and life, leading the captive faithful from sheol to heaven. Jesus was the ultimate One Man in the middle, when he died he stood in our place, taking the punishment that was meant for us, He was separated from the other members of the trinity, he was between death and new life, the promise and the fulfilment.
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:17-19
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