Less is written about the Saturday following Jesus’s crucifixion than any other in the scope of this week. Yet what makes it unique is that this is the only full day in history where the body of Christ lies buried in a cave.
Yesterday, He was crucified. Tomorrow, He rises from the grave. But what about today? Though we may not make much of this day, when we look at the few verses the Gospels give us about it, we find it was by no means forgotten by the chief priests who had handed Jesus over to death. During His earthly ministry, Jesus repeatedly said He would die in Jerusalem at the hands of the chief priests, yet on the third day rise again.
Of course, the chief priests scoffed, but they didn’t forget it. On the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Jesus’s prediction preoccupies their thoughts such that they simply can’t leave it alone.
The events of this day are recorded in Matthew 27:62–66.
Father God, we can’t begin to understand the mystery of this day when Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. For all those times when we can’t see You at work, for all the hours of waiting between prayers and answers, for all the times we walk by faith, we thank You that You’re patient with our restless wondering. You are at work even when we don’t see you. Increase our faith.
Thank You for the cross, Lord. Thank You for the tomb. And thank You for rising again. You are our hope, our joy, and our salvation, the only risen Lord and King of Kings. in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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