Today is Holy Saturday, or Easter Saturday. It is the day between the crucifixion and the ressurection of Jesus. For some it is a day of contemplation on the events just past, and the great event about to happen. For others it is a day to finish their lenten vows.
Some call this day God’s second sabbath, the day that God the Son rested in the tomb. I am not personally satisfied with that view. Yes, His physical body was in state in the tomb, but His spirit was all too active. I Peter 3 reads: “18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah . . . , ” or as the Apostles’ Creed renders it: “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.” This is hardly a day of rest!
If nothing else, it was a day of preparation. Jesus was about to do the greatest feat ever – the conquering of death. Tomorrow we will mark the resurrection. He Lives, and through Him we can and do as well. A Second Sabbath? Probably not. A great day of hope ? MOST DEFINITELY!