Bible Commentary: “Easter Saturday” The Days Of Lent

April 4, 2015 at 8:54 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb”(Mark 15:46 NIV

When Jesus got up Thursday morning, probably early for that was His custom, and yawned and stretched do you think He wanted another 10 more minutes of sleep knowing that this was the last sleep He was ever getting in life? All day Thursday He was busy, teaching and healing in the temple, then celebrating Passover with His friends, going to Gethsemane, the betrayal then Pilate. Friday was exhausting, whipped and beaten and then crucified by 9am. By 3pm Jesus was dead and buried in a tomb all before sundown; that counts as 1 day buried. Saturday began at sundown to sundown; that counts as 2 days buried. Saturday, The Sabbath, the day of rest, do you think that Jesus said I have been up for almost 48 hours doing things that no man has ever or will ever do and I am tired, I’m sleeping in today, wake me when it’s Sunday?

In Exodus God spoke to Moses concerning The Sabbath Day, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11 NIV). So a person would think that Jesus took the day off because it was the Sabbath? No, in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke we read of Jesus healing or the disciples picking grain to eat on the Sabbath and the Pharisees complaining that it was unlawful. Jesus told them, “Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:12 NIV). All three Gospel writers say the same words of Jesus, “Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:22-28 NIV), “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:8 NIV), “Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5 NIV). Therefore The Lord worked on the Sabbath.

What did He do?

Jesus tells us, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18 NIV), “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open” (Revelation 3:7 NIV). On the Saturday after His death while His friends mourned and there was rest Jesus went to Death and the devil and took the keys from them.

Child of God – Jesus doesn’t rest, “He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:3-4 NIV). Jesus has the keys and they will never be taken away from Him, “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death” (Revelation 20:14 NIV). The One who watches over you and never sleeps will open and close all the doors in your life to fulfill all the plans that He has for your life. We just need to trust Him.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you that even when I don’t see anything, I know that you are still working things out in my life. I trust in your care, wisdom and power to take care of me. Help me to remember that you are in control and that you didn’t go to sleep when the storms are blowing around me, but you are just working to stop the storm. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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