Holy Saturday, the great sabbath when Jesus quite literally did nothing – he was dead after all. And this was not some sort of ‘metaphoric death’. He was dead. He was not in a trance. He was not in an altered state. He wasn’t cryogenically frozen. He was dead. Room temperature.
While the death of Jesus is important, central even, to the resurrection – this wasn’t some sort of ancient Penn and Teller act. He was really dead, and then, the power of God raised him up, forever alive!
But before we get to resurrection Sunday let’s not just skip right over Holy Saturday, it has something for us. You see there are times when it seems like nothing is happening – when the life of God is far from us and we, like Jesus are alone in a tomb. But the story of Holy Saturday is one of not loosing heart, of trusting God even in the darkness, even in the silence, even in the face of unrelenting death.
Just because it looks like nothing is happening, it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening!
1 Peter 3:19
After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—
1 Peter 4:6
For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead
A couple strange scriptures, along with church tradition, the apostles creed to be specific, hold that on Saturday Jesus descended to hell, conquering the devil and taking his power before ascending to Paradise. Now that’s quite a lot.
If you are in the dark, take heart! If God seems silent, hold on! If nothing seems to be happening, get ready – Sunday is right around the corner!