My Holy Week journal 2017: Silent Saturday 

Welcome to my Lenten journal for Holy Week. You are welcome to follow along and comment. 

On silent Saturday Jesus laid in a grave waiting and grace became a buried treasure.  The only gospel scripture from Saturday is matthew 27:62-66 and tells of the trickery of the church leaders.

“62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.”

On Saturday tradition is that Jesus descended to the dead (literally jail) on Saturday.  1 Peter 3:19-20 says, “After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits…”It’s cryptic but may refer to hell. Then again…

The full tomb wasn’t a problem.  The empty one changed the world. This frightened the church politicians but gave hope and purpose to the rest.

We aren’t totally sure what Jesus did but we know the faithful were in a locked room praying like their life depended on it. Well, it did.  Faith made them wanted men even though they didn’t fully understand what they had gotten mixed up in.

It would be this resurrection that would welcome them to rebirth and transform them.  This living resurrection would put the fire into their bones.  After meeting Jesus the next day they would be bold gospel warriors and not scared little bunnies. Scripture informs my life in a big way this Holy Week.

My silent Saturday was spent greeting twin grandsons that were born on Good Friday. Held in the womb instead of the tomb, they burst into our family and brought us all to life. We too are changed forever.  Life changed us with the power of birth and re-birth.  This is what we anticipate on Holy Saturday.  This is the gift that  excites to our very core.

While preparing for Easter I held the love of God in my Hands.  Looking at these two makes me passionate about my reborn and resurrected life.  I want it for them as desperately as I want it for myself.

As one friend said, ” how wonderful to be loved by someone so fresh from God. “. May your resurrection be as overwhelming and real as mine today.  Blessings to you as you prepare for Easter.

Pastor Alan

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