“So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.”
- John 19:40-42
Two rabbis by the name of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who came to see Jesus in the safety of the night, are the ones who bury Jesus. None of the twelve are mentioned to have helped in this process. They are simply nowhere to be found. Is this a failed ministry? I think many would classify this as worse than just a failed ministry. This was the end. The door of doom was slammed in the face of hope, for now at least.
If we could guess what the disciples were doing throughout Saturday it would be safe to guess that fear would be flooding their thoughts. Who knows, Jesus could have been the start to a chain of different crucifixions. They could be next!
Even more terrifying than the Jewish elites, we should consider what fear and hopelessness we would be in if everyday was just like this Saturday with Jesus in the grave. Paul draws the picture out of what an endless Saturday would be for followers of Jesus in his letter to the Corinthians.
“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
If Sunday had never come you and I would still be doomed. Yes, the cross covers sins but without resurrection power through Jesus Christ we would all be destined for the dirt. Nothing more. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The good news of the day is that Sunday is coming. Saturday will not last forever. Redemption is near.
Talk about it
What are you fearful of, particularly with your relationship with Jesus?
Imagine what life would be like if there was no resurrection. Discuss with your family how this would affect your life.
Caleb Rawls is the pastor at Pleasant Home Baptist Church located in Laurel Mississippi. He and his wife Taylor work lead the church to love God and reach out to their community with the good news. They also have a golden-doodle named Tiglath-Pilesar IIII.
1 Corinthians 15:57