Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:62-66
The day after Jesus' death on the cross and before His resurrection has great significance. This was the day between the promise and the fulfillment of the promise. Jesus had not only predicted He would be crucified, but also that He would rise from the dead. Our salvation is based on that promise. We might believe Jesus died, but in order for our salvation to be sure, we must also believe that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).
On Saturday, the high priests and Pharisees gathered together before Pilate and asked him to have Jesus' tomb sealed until the third day because as those enemies of God said, "We suspect that His disciples will come and steal His buried body by night, and then proclaim to the people that His resurrection is true, as that deceiver Himself foretold while He was yet alive; and then the last deception shall be worse than the first. After they had said these things to Pilate and received his permission, they went and sealed the tomb, and assigned a watch for security, that is, guards from among the soldiers who were appointed to guard the city.
Jesus made His descent with His soul, whereby He destroyed the gates and bars of Hades. Death was put to death, Hades was stripped of all its captives, the forefathers and all the righteous who died from the beginning of time were set free (Ephesians 4:8).
Most people forget about Saturday being part of Holy Week. The Apostles' Creed describes what happened from the time of Jesus' birth, death, burial, descent into hell to set the captives free before He rose from the dead on the third day.
Excerpt from the Apostles’ Creed
"I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty…"
Reflect on what happens on Holy Saturday of the Lenten season.
You are invited to read the Lenten lesson for Day 47.