PASSION WEEK: Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday by Eugene Burnand

The only reference we have for the day after the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ is in Matthew 27:62-66.

Saturday is the day on which Jesus “rested” from His work of providing salvation. As Jesus died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for.

For Jesus’ followers, the day between His crucifixion and resurrection would have been a time of grief and distress. The stunned disciples would attempt to deal with the crucifixion of Jesus, Judas’ betrayal, their fear of being found and arrested, and the destruction of their hopes and expectations.

  • Jewish leaders request guard from Pilate – they remembered Jesus said He would rise again in 3 days (John 2:19-21).

Matt 27:62-64

  • Pilate orders tomb security

Matt 27:65

  • Tomb is sealed

Matt 27:66a

  • Tomb guard is posted

Matt 27:66b

  • After the Sabbath (6:00 p.m.), Mary Magdalene and others purchase spices to anoint the body

Mark 16:1

A somber day, indeed, as we reflect on the darkness that would exist if Jesus did not rise on the next day. If Christ had never been raised, “your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

The disciples had scattered when Jesus was arrested (Mark 14:50), and they spent the first Holy Saturday hiding for fear of also being arrested (John 20:19).

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