11 April 2020

Today is Holy Saturday, and it is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. It commemorates the day that Jesus' body lay in the tomb. 

The New Testament is very scant on details of what happened this day. Luke states that the Apostles rested as it was the Sabbath. However, this statement probably disguises the fact that the Apostles were likely to be meeting together behind closed doors, feeling let down by what had happend and were scared for their lives. The Apostles hadn’t understood Jesus’ predictions about suffering and dying before the crucifixion took place, and it would not be until Jesus appeared amongst them the following day as the conqueror of death that they would begin to understand. Matthew gives a bit of detail outside the Apostles perspective: 

"The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’  Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.”

It is likely therefore that the tomb was secured so no one could "steal him away" and now Matthew sets up his narrative perfectly for what is to ensue on Easter Sunday.
Whilst we pray today, let's hold close our faith in Christ and the Resurrection. 
Let us pray...

Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus before His death, though He was suffering and in excruciating pain, asked You to forgive His mockers and murderers.

What great love must the Lord have. Though they spat, mocked, stripped and whipped Him and crucified Him to death, he asked for them to be forgiven.



Written by Matthew Betts