Is Saturday Without Hope?

You have got plenty to preach on Good Friday; and more on Easter Sunday. What about Holy Saturday?

The Bible records that the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came and saw where Jesus was laid on Friday evening and went home. They prepared spices and perfumes not knowing that the empty tomb is going to make it irrelevant!

“But they rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:56).”

Dear friends, they rested. They could do nothing. Possibly you have come to a place where the God whom you trusted seems dead and gone. All your hopes are now crushed. You can only rest. Unable to lift even a little finger to do anything.

But it was the time that the Holy Spirit of God was most active. He too was preparing for the mightiest demonstration of God’s power ever. But first, he was guarding the body of Jesus. According to the Scriptures  the body of Jesus will not see decay (see Psalm 16:10 and Acts 2;27).

While the women with good and noble intentions were preparing to cover the body of Jesus with spices and perfumes, the Holy Spirit was preparing dynamite stuff so that the resurrection will be a declaration of God’s extraordinary power (see Romans 1:4 and Ephesians 1:19, 20).

The point is that a silent Saturday gives way to an explosive Sunday. When you think about everything as lost, the Holy Spirit prepares for everything to roar back into life. Saturday can be unspectacular. It can mean absolute inability to do anything at all.

Remember, it was when the earth was formless and empty, and when darkness was over the surface of the deep that the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2). It is when everything is in a state of wreck, and it is when the conviction of the wretchedness of your sinfulness bites and tears at your heart the most; the Holy Spirit is most active in your life. Then, with a swift display of God’s power, there will be the word, “Let there be light.”

Never forget that the cross was not where God was defeated but  the cross was where Jesus triumphed (John 19:30, Colossians 2:15). It might take a Saturday before God’s power explodes in your life. The resurrection is coming.

Christ left his burial clothes behind (John 20:6, 7). If you wish, go and anoint those clothes with your spices and perfumes. But don’t act as if your God is dead.

Your situation might look hopeless on Saturday. But tomorrow comes and your rest ends with joyous outbreak of resurrection power. Get ready for it. The tomb cannot contain him; neither can anything stop what God will do mightily for you. Amen!

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