HOLY SATURDAY | Jordan Yeager
Psalms 31:1-4, 15-16
1 Peter 4:1-8
Today is Holy Saturday. The season of Lent is coming to a close as we look forward with anticipation to the celebration of Easter. But it is not Sunday yet. There is still waiting to be done.
Job 14:12 echoes what we know to be true, yet fear greatly: “So a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.” Death is final; it is a fact of living. Or is it?
When Jesus lay in the tomb, the Pharisees petitioned Pilate for permission to guard it. They were not worried about Jesus coming back to life, of course, but they didn’t want to risk the scandal of a faked resurrection by the disciples. Restoring order meant reassuring everyone that death was final. It’s a fact of living, after all.
Or is it? The problem is Jesus made a distinction between death and life the Pharisees didn’t understand; it was a distinction between the flesh and the spirit. Death happens to the flesh, but the spirit doesn’t work that way. 1 Peter 4:8 says, “…the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.” The flesh is not the spirit, and God brings life to the spirit no matter the state of the flesh.
So right now we wait. We sit in the sadness of death and the heaviness of the tomb. But we who are in Christ know there is something more: life belongs to the spirit.
Let us wait in anticipation of the hope that is to come.
Senior, Christian Ethics