Holy Saturday The Final Word

I trust you are enjoying God’s grace as you prepare to remember Christ’s death and celebrate his resurrection this weekend.

There is a tension “Holy Saturday invites us into a place of tension and is, in many ways, a picture of our entire life with God. We live between the agony of the cross and the hope of resurrection”1.

1Dwell. Inhabit: A Lenten Devotional (p. 104). Kindle Edition.

Scripture reading for meditation:

Job 14:1-14; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66

In countless ways, we rush through life, quickly moving from one event to the next, rarely pausing long enough to allow the full significance and weight of the moment to sink into our hearts and minds. As we journey through Holy Week, arriving today at Holy Saturday, we must be keenly aware of this temptation. It is easy to collapse the time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday and rush immediately from the cross to the empty tomb, failing to see the invitation before us to wait in the silence and stillness of this day.

Holy Saturday invites us into a place of tension and is, in many ways, a picture of our entire life with God. We live between the agony of the cross and the hope of resurrection. New life is promised to us through the victory of God in Jesus, yet we feel the weight of the world and the agony of sin every day. As we see today in Job 14, though there is hope that new life will sprout again, we are so often aware that our world is like a tree cut down and in need of restoration and regrowth (Job 14:7).

Resist the urge to resolve this tension. In so many ways, growth into the likeness of Christ is found in the space in-between, the days in which agony and hope intermingle and co-exist in the everyday realities of life. It is here, with Christ on Holy Saturday, that we bring our fears and doubts, as well as our hopes and dreams, trusting that we are a part of a story in which death is defeated and life has the final word.

“Now You are hidden like the setting sun beneath the earth and covered by the night of death: but, O Savior, rise in brighter dawn.” -Prayer from Matins for Holy Saturday

Prayer for Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflective Practice

As best you can, in the spirit of silence and solitude, use your words sparingly and keep your commitments to a minimum. Live today in prayerful anticipation, allowing the hope and longing for resurrection life to grow within you.

1Dwell. Inhabit: A Lenten Devotional (pp. 104-105). Kindle Edition.

Published by Benjamin

Servant of all I meet through the power of Jesus, Husband of one, Sandra, father of three and grateful to express my faith. Because like the apostle Paul I was once one of the worst of sinners, but through grace, mercy and peace from God now I am saved eternally.

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