Jesus lies in the tomb
You might say that having done the work of the cross, Jesus rested. He was exiled. He was
His body lay in the grave, silent, unseeing, without speaking, or moving. The heart was still, and darkness covered him like a blanket.
We know now that it was just a pause. Like a gathering of strength before a great leap.
But his disciples did not know this. They too were exiled. They hid
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Waiting on Saturday for Sunday’s Redemption
“…what about Saturday?
What did the disciples feel on Saturday? Sorrow? Numbness? Disbelief? Hope? Did they intuitively sense any of tomorrow’s approaching grandeur? Did they think their past three years were wasted? Did they yearn for a miracle? Before we skip to the “He is risen” of Sunday, it’s important to reflect on Saturday—to consider the sorrow, the disappointment, and, above all, the waiting.”
Listen to this song
Just as I am / I am broken
“I come broken to be mended
I come wounded to be healed
I come desperate to be rescued
I come empty to be filled
I come guilty to be pardoned
By the blood of Christ the Lamb
And I'm welcomed with open arms
Praise God, just as I am”
Pray this prayer
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.