by Pastor Kyle of the Sparks church
Death terrifies me. A few weeks ago I had a dream that I died. I woke up with sweat on my brow and barely able to breathe. I couldn't stand the thought of passing into the mysterious abyss of the unknown. I couldn’t handle the thought of facing judgment.
“For the wages of sin is death...” (Romans 6:23)
Holy Saturday is a solemn yet celebratory day.
Today we recognize that Jesus took our death. As Jonah went into the belly of a great fish, Jesus went into the belly of the grave. The Light of world was swallowed up in darkness. He died in our place.
Meditation- Isaiah 53:9
And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death,although he had done no violence,and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Take a few minutes in silence to reflect on the reality that Jesus actually died.
Reading- Matthew 27:57-61
"57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb."
Notice how verse 59 says: "Joseph laid Jesus in his own tomb." Why? I believe it’s because Joseph recognized that Jesus died in his place. Joseph knew that Jesus took the death he deserved. This action is a symbol of exchange. Jesus died so we can live. Jesus gets the justice for our sins, so we can get the reward of his righteousness. Jesus goes to the grave, so we can go to heaven.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 3:23)
Spend some time thanking God for taking death in your place.
Holy Saturday Evening
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! (Psalm 31:1-2) I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16 Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! (Psalm 31:14-15)