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Holy Saturday

A day of silence

It’s the one day that there’s no point in reading your bible to find something about it out, because the bible is stunningly silent when it comes to Holy Saturday.  According to Luke:

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56
Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.  1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb

There is nothing to be said when it comes to Holy Saturday, Jesus is dead, God is dead, there is nothing.  There is no word from the Lord on Holy Saturday, just blank empty space.  One can only imagine the pain of the disciples on that Saturday.  The end really had come, it wasn’t a joke, he didn’t save himself as the crowds tempted him to do so.  Jesus was really dead, and the seemingly the hope that came with him with it.  I can imagine they might have felt angry, that they were deceived and misled.  Perhaps there were some who started to say, “Remember he said something about the third day?”  But we don’t know for sure what happened, all we know is whatever did wasn’t recorded and passed on.

What does the silence of Holy Saturday mean?  To be honest, I’m not sure.  I’ve always felt that to a certain extent the silence of Holy Saturday was left there intentionally, to show that sometimes when horrible things happen God is silent for a while, or doesn’t act right away.  And that’s not a sign that God has left us, or that God has turned away from his promises, but rather, God’s timing isn’t right yet.  At least that’s the best I’ve come up with.

Perhaps Holy Saturday has nothing recorded because we’re not supposed to know what happened that day, or perhaps it’s because there was nothing of note.  Or perhaps it’s something else completely.

In any event, the darkness of Holy Saturday points toward the glorious resurrection hope revealed on that first Easter Morning.  Praise God, for Christ has risen and will come again.

Categories: Holy Saturday, Theology