On this day we think about the Saturday. Jesus is dead, his body lies in a borrowed tomb. The religious leaders thought that some of Jesus’ followers would go to the tomb and steal his body. So guards were posted to protect it. We read in the Apostles creed that he descended to the dead. Scholars have long argued just what this meant in relation to Holy Saturday. One thought is that he descended to the place we call hell, where Jesus offered redemption to the dead, and rescued them, in the same way he rescued us through his sacrifice on the cross.
To be honest, we can only speculate on what went on during that Saturday. The only time we will find out for certain is when we return to glory and we can ask him in person.
I guess more went on with the Disciples on that day, they were in hiding. Their Lord was taken from them in the cruellest way. Yet in their sorrow, they forgot just what Jesus had said about himself in relation to these few days.
We have the luxury of the biblical accounts, but how often, do we forget what Jesus did for the world. We forget to read, we forget to reflect, we forget to pray. And despite this God never lets go of us. He is the gentle healer of all our issues. Jesus who died for us on Good Friday, is with us always (Matt 28).
We have been given opportunity in this time of lockdown to spend some quality time in reflection, reflect on life, reflect on Jesus, and when we do meet again we will celebrate.
But don’t let that stop you this Easter.
IT’S SATURDAY…….BUT, SUNDAYS COMING!
Pastor Sean Worsley, The Methodist Church Norwich Circuit