It is Holy Saturday. Jesus is in the tomb.
What do we do?
We have remember the passion of our Master Jesus, the Messiah. We remember His suffering to pay the price for our missing God’s goal. And we wait some more. Joy will come from our waiting.
We don’t like to wait. We aren’t patient.
There are days where waiting on Jesus is the right thing to do. Soon Jesus will burst through in power and glory. Can we not wait for that to happen?
Jesus is in the tomb and we wait. On the next day we will celebrate His great triumph but today we wait.
Joy will reveal itself in our waiting.
So today, we wait. Just as they waited after that fateful day so long ago.
The women who had been companions of Jesus from Galilee followed along. They saw the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed. Then they went back to prepare burial spices and perfumes. They rested quietly on the Sabbath, as commanded. Luke 23:55-56 (The Message Bible)
- How important is rest?
- God needed it and got it.
- Jesus needed it and got it.
- I need it as well. And good news, Jesus will give me rest.
The need for physical rest is recognized in Scripture, and provision is made for ensuring that people are allowed time for rest.
Jesus the Messiah needed physical rest
- John 4:6 — Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
- Mark 4:38 — Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
- Mark 6:31 — And Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
- Luke 9:58 — And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”