But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
As a believer, you truly love and appreciate Jesus and His sacrifice for us. But can your love and faith for Him withstand the darkest day?
Imagine how Jesus’ disciples must’ve felt after He died. Despite how many times Jesus told them how the future would play out, they didn’t believe it.
Jesus told them that He would be killed. He told them that one among them would betray Him. He even told Peter that he would deny his savior. He told the apostles that they would scatter after His death.
Every one of those things came to pass. And once Jesus died and was buried in His tomb, all seemed utterly lost. The Son of God had been killed, and the darkness of the world still remained. Hostile enemies were all around.
Holy Saturday commemorates the time that Jesus’ body lay in His tomb. It’s a time to reflect on the heavy, heavy price He paid to wash away our sins and secure our salvation. (For some denominations, it also commemorates Jesus’ triumphant descent into Hell to save all of the righteous, but not the damned, who had died since the beginning of the world.)
But we know just as the apostles knew back then: the Son of God would rise again in fulfillment of the Scriptures. For us, millenia later, we cannot be physically present to experience Him walking among us as He did with the apostles, but He is with us, and the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts.
We quietly and solemnly wait, knowing with a quiet smile in our hearts that He rose and overcame death!
Stay tuned, true believer, for the ultimate comeback!