What is Holy Saturday? Officially it is the day during Holy Week that falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It’s the last day of Lent. It represents the full day that Jesus was dead and his body was in the tomb. (His body was actually entombed for parts of three days.
Holy Saturday reminds us that the silence of God doesn’t mean the absence of God. God is working even when we are unaware of what He is doing.
However, too many people spend too much time in the apparent hopelessness between the Cross and the Resurrection — stuck in defeat, discouragement, and depression in Holy Saturday. The dead, entombed Jesus left His disciples feeling hopeless and will do the same for you. Follow the living, resurrected Jesus instead! Until you begin to daily experience the resurrected Jesus as real, Christianity (for you) will have little appeal and no thrill or zeal.
To Jesus’ first disciples, Holy Saturday was their darkest day. ‘There in the ground His body lay. Light of the world by darkness slain.’ It’s okay to occasionally feel the darkness of despair, but don’t get stuck there. Move on to Resurrection Day and daily submit to and interact with the living Jesus!” The human heart works best, not when it entombs a dead Jesus, but when it enthrones and obeys the living Jesus.
When they left Jesus’ shattered body in the tomb, everything seemed lost, but soon . . . Boom! Everything changed!
Even during Holy Week, many people want to have just a tiny bit of Jesus, like a discreet lapel pin to wear unnoticed by others; but few want Him as their absolute and controlling Master (Lord).
Some people put, Gone but not forgotten, on their tombstone. However, for Jesus it’s often the opposite. He’s Forgotten but not gone. (Others may forget or ignore Him, but you don’t have to.)
Sometimes we all experience “Good Friday” events in our lives. Those are happenings that seem (and feel) bad when they occur, but later on, we realize that they worked out for our good!
If you think you have no sin, then there was no need for Jesus to die for you and you didn’t need Good Friday. However, for me: When I had no merit God gave me mercy! (If I was a good person, it would be easy to do good & hard to do bad. I find it just the opposite.)
Here’s an interesting Holy Saturday question to ponder: If Jesus had been born 33 years ago, instead of about 2,000 years ago, would He have been received any better?
Will power soon wilts away. Resurrection power releases radically transforming results!
Too many people self-identify themselves using high-sound titles, rather than letting their life speak for itself. Holy Saturday shows that in the long run, human titles mean nothing!
Here is a fun little poem I wrote to give you hope during your personal Holy Saturday times:
A dead man walking
Has me talking!
Jesus is still alive.
Don’t put Him in an archive.
Give Him a high-five!
Maybe we Christians should move beyond the dead Jesus of Holy Saturday and gather in unity around the risen Jesus! When I read the Bible, the gatherings of early Christians seem to be like family, rather than following an organizational model based on Holy Saturday. That’s because, when you are intimately connected with the risen Jesus, you are automatically connected with others who are intimately connected with Jesus.
The word, church, carries hundreds of years of Holy Saturday baggage. I’ve found another word that helps me better understand early, resurrection Christianity. It’s ekklesia.
When you’re born into a family (or born again into God’s family) you don’t have to join or sign anything. (Membership is automatic.) You don’t have to join anything to be a passionate, loyal fan of a sports team. The same is true for following Christ! That’s because, if you’re a passionate Christ-follower, you’re already a member of the body of Christ. So you can’t join it.
Some family members and I don’t agree and some Christ-followers and I don’t either. But we have a bond much stronger than agreement! Let’s focus on our unity in the risen Jesus, not on our Holy Saturday differences!