Holy Saturday

The women who had accompanied him from Galilee – took note of the tomb and observed how his body was laid.

Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumed, and on the Sabbath day rested in obedience to the commandment

(Luke 23:55-6)

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Next day, the morning after that Friday, the chief priests and the Pharisees came to Pilate.

‘ Your Excellency’, they said,  ‘we recall how that imposter said while he was still alive, “I am to rise after three days”.

So will you give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day? Otherwise his disciples may come, steal the body, and then tell the people that he has been raised from the dead; and the final deception will be worse than the first.’

‘ You may have your guard’, said Pilate;’ go and make it secure as best you can’.

So they went and made the grave secure; they sealed the stone and left the guard in charge.

(Matthew 27: 62-66)

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Matthew depicts men in frantic anxiety, seeking by poor human means to lock up God’s Almighty resurrection power, and eliciting from Pilate permission to make the grave secure.

Luke writes of the faithful women, perplexed and distressed no doubt, but following, taking note, observing, and preparing their last act of fragrant devotion.

That done, they rested in obedience to the commandment.

Next morning would be the time for action, and though they could not see it for the depth of their grief, the time for revelation and exultation.

Today, we look back to the glorious fact of the resurrection of the Lord; but we also wait and look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come – we look for our resurrection based on his who is the first-fruits of them that believe – wait and look in  quiet confidence.

 

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