12 Things You Need to Know About Holy Saturday
During the hours of darkness on Holy Saturday, the earth awaits the Resurrection of the Lord. Here are 12 things you should be aware of while dealing with it. Note: This piece first published in the Register on March 29, 2013, and has been updated. The fact that Jesus “descended into hell” is mentioned every time we say the creed. This incident is commemorated on Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter. What really happened on this day, and how will we commemorate it, is up for debate. Here are 12 things you should be aware of.
1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday?
Here on earth, Jesus’ followers grieved for him and, because it was a sabbath day, they took the opportunity to rest. Luke observes that the ladies have returned to their homes “as well as spices and ointments that have been prepared They observed the commandment to rest on the seventh day of the week ” (Luke 23:56). The guards who had been stationed at the tomb stood vigil to ensure that the disciples did not remove Jesus’ corpse from the tomb, according to tradition. Meanwhile.
2. What happened to Jesus while he was dead?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), there are 633 It is called “hell” in Scripture, referring to the place where the dead Christ was taken, Sheol in Hebrew or Hades in Greek, since people who are there are robbed of the ability to see the face of the living God. While all of the dead, whether evil or righteous, are in the same state of limbo, this does not imply that their fates are identical, as Jesus demonstrates in the parable of the poor man Lazarus, who was received into “Abraham’s bosom”: “It was precisely these holy souls, who awaited their Saviour in Abraham’s bosom, whom Christ the Lord delivered when he descended into hell,” says the Lord.
634 “The gospel was preached even to the dead,” says the apostle Paul.
All who have been rescued have been become sharers in Christ’s redeeming work, and this is the final phase of Jesus’ messianic mission, a phase that is condensed in time but vast in true significance: the spread of Christ’s redemptive work to all men of all times and all places.
3. How do we commemorate this day?
It is written in the main document governing the festivities associated with Easter,Paschales Solemnitatis:73, that on Holy Saturday “the Church is at the Lord’s tomb, reflecting on his passion and death, as well as on his descent into hell,” and that “the Church is anticipating the Lord’s resurrection” through prayer and fasting. It is strongly suggested that the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer be held with the involvement of the general public on this day (cf. n. 40). If this is not possible, another kind of celebration of the Word of God, or any act of devotion appropriate to the mystery commemorated on this day, should be held instead.
Fasting is also suggested on this day, however it is not obligatory in all cases.
4. Are the sacraments celebrated?
According to Paschales Solemnitatis, the answer is no in the majority of cases:75. On this day, the Church abstains completely from the celebration of the Mass, which is a sign of respect for the faithful. Viaticum is the only type of Holy Communion that may be administered. The celebration of weddings, as well as the celebration of other sacraments, with the exception of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick, is strictly prohibited. The restriction on saying Mass is in effect throughout the portion of the day preceding the Easter Vigil Mass.
It is also permissible to be baptized if one is in imminent risk of death.
5. What is the Easter Vigil?
In the liturgical celebration of a significant feast, which is celebrated on the evening preceding the feast, a vigil is conducted. The phrase derives from the Latin wordvigilia, which literally translates as “wakefulness,” and it was first used to describe when the faithful stayed up to pray and perform devotional activities in preparation for the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Easter Vigil is a religious service conducted on the evening before Easter Sunday. Paschales Solemnitatis:80 is the source of this quote.
For the resurrection of Christ is the source and summit of our faith and hope, and in Baptism and Confirmation we are incorporated into the Paschal Mystery of Christ, dying, being buried, and being risen with him, and we will reign with him in the world to come.
6. When should Easter Vigil be celebrated?
Paschales Solemnitatis provides the following explanation:78. “The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place in the dark of the evening. It should not begin before the end of the day on Saturday and should not conclude before the beginning of the day on Sunday.” Observe that this rule must be interpreted in its most literal sense. Abuse and practices that have crept into many areas in contravention of this rule, such as celebrating the Easter Vigil at the same time of day that it is traditional to offer anticipated Sunday Masses, are reprehensible and should be condemned.
7. What happens at the Easter Vigil?
Solemnitatis:81, according to Paschales’s work. The sequence of the Easter Vigil is set up in such a way that
- The Easter Vigil is divided into four parts: the first part, which is the service of light, and the second part, which is known as the Liturgy of the Word
- The second part, which is known as the Liturgy of the Word
- The third part, which is known as the Liturgy of the Word
- And the fourth part, which is known as the Liturgy of the Word. After the service of light and the Easter Proclamation (which is the first part of the Vigil),
8. What happens during the service of light?
According to Paschales Solemnitatis:82. A appropriate area should be prepared outside the church for the blessing of the new fire, whose flames should be such that they really banish the darkness and light up the night, inasmuch as this is feasible. It is necessary to prepare the paschal candle, which, in order to be effective symbolism, must be made of wax, never artificial, renewed each year, limited to one in number, and of sufficient size in order to evoke the truth that Christ is the light of the world.
It receives blessings by the use of the signs and phrases provided in either the Missal or by the Conference of Bishops.
The procession into the church, which is conducted alone by the light of the paschal candle, should be the most solemn occasion of the year.
There is no reason why some sort of acclamation in praise of Christ should not be added to each response of “Thank you, God,” as is customary.
With electric lights turned off, the light from the paschal candle should be gradually transferred to the candles, which it is appropriate for everyone present to hold in their hands.
9. What happens during the Easter Proclamation?
According to Paschales Solemnitatis:84, the deacon proclaims the Easter Proclamation, which describes the entire Easter mystery set within the context of the economy of salvation via the use of a vast poetic text of ecstatic poetry. A cantor may be called upon in cases of dire necessity, such as when there is no deacon present and the celebrating priest is unable to sing. The Bishops’ Conferences may modify this proclamation by including acclamations from the congregations in the document.
10. What happens during the Scripture readings?
Solemnitatis:85, according to Paschales’ work. After then, there will be readings from Sacred Scripture, which will complete the second portion of the Vigil. They recount some of the most notable events in the history of salvation, which the congregation is encouraged to contemplate quietly via the singing of the responsorial psalm, a silent pause, and the celebrant’s prayer. According to the most ancient tradition of East and West, the restored Order for the Vigil includes seven readings from the Old Testament, which are drawn from the Law and Prophets and are in use everywhere, and two readings from the New Testament, which are drawn from St.
Because of this, wherever it is feasible, all of the readings should be given in such a way that the Easter Vigil’s unique character is preserved, which necessitates that it be slightly lengthier.
As a culmination to the Old Testament readings is sung, bells are rung according to custom, the collect is spoken, and the celebration proceeds on to the New Testament readings, which are followed by a song called “Gloria in excelsis.” Reading of an admonition from the Apostle on the significance of Baptism as an insertion into Christ’s Paschal Mystery Afterwards, everyone rises to their feet and the priest sings the “Alleluia” three times, each time raising the pitch.
It is repeated after him by the audience.
Finally, the Gospel proclaims the Lord’s resurrection as the culmination of the entire Liturgy of the Word.
A homily, no matter how brief, is to be delivered after the Gospel reading.
11. What happens during the baptismal liturgy?
According to Paschales Solemnitatis:88, the baptismal rite is the third portion of the Vigil. It is now time to commemorate both Christ’s and our own Passover. This is most clearly expressed in those churches that contain a baptismal font, and even more so when the Christian initiation of adults, or at the very least the Baptism of newborns, is celebrated in those churches. Even if there are no applicants for Baptism, the blessing of baptismal water should take place in parish churches on a consistent basis.
When there are no candidates for Baptism and no need to bless the font, Baptism should be remembered by the blessing of water that will be used to sprinkling onto the populace, rather than by the blessing of the font.
The renewal of baptismal pledges is next performed, which is preceded by a few remarks by the celebrant priest.
They are then sprinkled with water, and the motions and words used to remind them of their Baptism serve to remind them of what they have received.
The celebrant sprinkles the congregation as he walks around the main section of the church, while everyone sings the antiphon “Vidi aquam” or another hymn with a baptismal theme that is appropriate.
12. What happens during the Eucharistic liturgy?
Paschales Solemnitatis:90 is the source of this information. As the fourth and final part of the Vigil, the Eucharist is the culmination of the celebration, as it is the Easter Sacrament itself, commemorating the Sacrifice of the Cross and the presence of the risen Christ, the culmination of Christian initiation, and a premonition of the eternal pasch in the fullest sense of the word. 92. It is appropriate that the symbolism of the Eucharist be given full expression during the Communion of the Easter Vigil, which is accomplished by ingesting the Eucharist in the forms of both bread and wine.
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The Silence of Saturday
On Saturday, Jesus is deafeningly quiet. His body has been anointed and deposited in Joseph’s tomb by the ladies who attended him. The cadaver of Christ is as deafeningly silent as the stone that surrounds it. On Friday, he had a lot to say. On Sunday, Christ will free the captives of death from their chains. Jesus, on the other hand, is deafeningly quiet on Saturday. God is the same way. On Friday, he made his presence known. In addition, he tore the temple curtains apart, opened the graves of the dead, shook the earth, shut out the sun from the sky, and offered up the Son of Heaven in sacrifice.
- There will be nothing on Saturday.
- God is deafeningly quiet.
- Discussions about the Easter weekend tend to pass over Saturday.
- Our thoughts are commanded by the crucifixion and resurrection.
- You have them as well.
- The day that occurs between the battle and the solution; between the inquiry and the answer; between the provided prayer and the response to the prayer.
- Is God in a bad mood?
God is aware that Jesus is in the tomb; why isn’t He doing anything about it?
What is He doing that He isn’t doing?
You must follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Keep your mouth shut.
“You will not abandon me to the tomb, nor will you allow your Holy One to see corruption,” Jesus declared as he lay dying on the cross (Acts 2:27 NIV).
You must understand that God will not abandon you in the midst of your difficulties.
Saturdays provide a specific function.
Would we have appreciated God’s deed if He had risen Jesus from the dead fifteen minutes after the death of His son?
God places a Saturday between our Friday and Sunday schedules for a variety of reasons.
If today is one of those days for you, try to be patient. In the words of one of those who had to suffer the silent Saturday: “Be patient, brethren, till the Lord comes” (James 5:7 NKJV). Max Lucado’s work from 2013/
Holy Saturday: What Happened on Saturday To Jesus?
The Eastern Orthodox Church places a strong focus on Good Friday through Easter, with particular attention paid to what is frequently referred to as the “harrowing of hell,” or Christ’s fall into hell between the Cross and the Resurrection of the body. The concept is that following his death, Christ entered Hades and invaded hell in order to ransom the righteous of the Old Testament, as depicted in the Bible. This is the traditional interpretation of Holy Saturday. As a result, it is clear that the death that occurred before to Christ’s death was not final.
I read Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev’s pious and learned study (Christ the Conqueror of Hell: The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective), primarily because I’d always wanted to read a good piece by an Orthodox theologian on the Eastern (and traditional) sense of the phrase “descent into Hades,” which appears in our creed.
- Matthew 12:40 says, “It is written, ” Because, just as Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a giant fish, the Son of Man will spend three days and three nights in the center of the earth, according to the Scriptures.
- The ground began to tremble, and the rocks began to crumble.
- (They emerged from the graves following his resurrection and entered the holy city, where they appeared to a large number of people.) Acts 2:31: David, foreseeing this, spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, stating that he was neither abandoned to Hades nor did his body endure decay.
- As part of it, he traveled to a jail and preached to the spirits inside, who had been disobedient long before, while God patiently waited throughout the construction of the ark during the days of Noah.
- As a result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was exalted to the right side of the Father with angels, authorities, and powers subordinate to him, you are now saved – not by washing away bodily filth, but by promising to God that you will have a good conscience – by the power of God.
- Eph 4:9: What, therefore, is the significance of the phrase “he ascended,” unless it means that he also descended to the lower portions of the earth?
- In this case, it is the second death, which is the lake of fire.
In light of the texts that have already been cited, in particular 1 Peter 3:18-25 and Acts 2, as well as the baptism for the dead in 1 Corinthians 15 and that enigmatic text in 1 Peter 4, I believe we should be open to the possibility that Jesus gospeled the dead or announced the good news to the dead after his death and before his ascension.
- When it was suggested that the first death is not final, but the second death is, one of the responses clarified what I meant by “is death final?” when I asked if death is final.
- Is it important to your manner of practicing theology that all of the early theologians believed in a descend into hades or that none of them did?
- The following are some specifics: It is customary of Irenaeus to witness both the fall and the release of the patriarchs, prophets, and saints from the time of the Old Testament period.
- Jesus Christ descended and preached to the saints as well as to the Gentiles who were outside the true religion, according to Clement of Alexandria.
- Origen is similar to Clement in that it emphasizes the importance of personal decision.
- That is, there is Abraham’s bosom, and there is hell, and there is hades, and there is a jail.
- A universal liberation of the dead by the descent is depicted poetically in the renowned work “Christus patiens,” which has been assigned to Gregory Nazianzen by certain scholars.
Many people are either indifferent or categorically think that Jesus’ liberation was solely for the saints, as demonstrated by St John Chrysostom, for example.
When it comes to declaring that not all are liberated, St Jerome falls into the camp of those who believe that sometimes all are released and at other times not all are liberated.
For Augustine, death was final and the only ones in hades who were released were those who were predestined in God’s elective grace.
Gregory the Great completed the Augustinian perspective.
Dante took theology about the afterlife and turned it into an epic adventure, modeling his story on Homer’s stories and on Virgil’s famous The Aeneidand in many ways taking them to the next millennia of history.
The principle poets are Ephrem the Syrian and Romanos the Melodist.
Do you believe in the descent into hades (after the death of Jesus)?
What part does this theology of the fathers play in your understanding of the descent?
Here are the principle themes: Christ, the protagonist, breaks the gates and bars of Hades, overpowers Satan and his ministers, and breaks their resistance.
What we see in the poetry of the East is a near universal, if not universal, victory over death and hades and hell and Satan.
Alfayev sums up his study by noting four views of the effect of Christ’s descent: 1.
Alfayev sees Scripture as prominent in authority with the liturgical texts second.
Then the fathers opinions.
The most pervasive view, as I read him, is that only those who believe are saved. Jesus Creed is a part of CT’sBlog Forum. Support the work of CT. Subscribeand get one year free. The views of the blogger do not necessarily reflect those of Christianity Today.
What Happened on Easter Saturday?
In the Gospels, a great lot of emphasis is placed on the events leading up to Jesus’ death on Thursday and Friday of Passover week, as well as on Jesus’ joyful resurrection on Sunday, known as “Lord’s Day.” This is not without good cause. Though Holy Saturday is occasionally referred to as “Good Friday” in some circles, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is given little attention in the Gospels. Aside from Luke, who simply writes, “On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment,” no other gospel accounts any of the activities of the disciples on the Sabbath following Jesus’ burial and prior to his resurrection, except for Luke, who writes, “On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56, ESV).
- When Jesus appeared in their midst on Sunday, it seems likely that Jesus’ disciples were doing exactly what they were doing on Saturday when Jesus came in their midst on Sunday: gathering together behind closed doors out of dread of the Jewish officials.
- The man they believed would be the Messiah had been slain as a criminal, according to their beliefs.
- 16:21–23; 17:22–23; 20:17–19 and parallels), and it would not be until the following day, when Jesus appeared among them as the risen Victor and conqueror of death, that they would grasp the significance.
- It is only Matthew who provides specifics on what happened behind the scenes on that day, when activity was curtailed owing to the Sabbath.
- According to the evidence, the disciples were not the only ones who were scared!
- There was little doubt that the Pharisees were aware of Jesus’ prophesies concerning his resurrection, but they were not particularly inclined to believe that they would come to pass.
However, it is ironic that not only were the Jewish officials aware of Jesus’ prophesy that he would rise on the third day, but they also took action in response to it, demonstrating greater “faith” than Jesus’ own disciples were able to summon at the moment.
It is possible that the Jewish leaders’ request is granted by the Roman governor, who then provides them with a contingent of Roman troops.
In any instance, he grants them permission to guard the tomb, and they promptly go about their business as usual.
It is important to note that these events on Holy Saturday serve as evidence that the Romans and Jewish authorities had secured Jesus’ tomb, making it unlikely that grave robbers (such as Jesus’ own disciples, Matt.
Thus, Matthew sets the stage for what will take place on Easter Sunday at the crack of dawn, as he describes it in his tale.
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What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?
Almost all of us are aware with the concept that, following His death, Christ “descended into Hell,” as it is stated in the Apostles’ Creed and the Athanasian Creed, respectively. In the Eastern Church and classic iconography, it is this occurrence, rather than Christ’s rising from the dead, that is the most popular and traditional image of the Resurrection. Early Christian writers such as Origen and Saint Ambrose referred to this as “the harrowing of Hell,” and they were correct. A homily from the Middle Ages, read in the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday, and Saint John Chrysostom’s Paschal sermon, heard in many Orthodox churches on Easter morning both make reference to this otherworldly occurrence.
Both of these accounts describe how, after Christ’s soul was separated from His body on the Cross, it entered Hades, also known as the underworld or the world of departed spirits, where it encountered departed souls who were awaiting the Christ and had not yet ascended into Paradise, many of whom were righteous and holy people.
- After raising them from the dead, the Savior takes them to Paradise and sets them free.
- According to the sermon delivered on Holy Saturday: “The Lord enters the room with his conquering weapon, the cross, in his hands.
- And Christ responds to Adam by saying, ‘And with your spirit,’ as well.
- “Christ shall give you light,” he says.
- He went into Hades and captured the god of the underworld!.
What Did Jesus Do On Saturday?
Returning Home in Safety Ron Dicianni contributed to this article. Greetings, TD! The majority of you are familiar with this painting because it is the one that hangs in my dining room. In addition to the compelling song by Steve Green and the life-changing novel by Randy Alcorn (if you haven’t read it yet, ask one of your TD leaders for a copy), the video was created by famous artist Ron Dicianni. It will have an effect on your life.) On this “Easter Saturday,” Ron issued an email to his people in which he shared his perspective on what Christ did on that day in history.
- Ron the Christian, who ministers via his art, contributes insights to the section below his devotional musings.
- – aristotle -– I’d want to ask you a question.
- As we re-discover what Easter is truly about, I’d want to walk with you through a few realities that might often get lost in translation.
- As a matter of fact, the Bible informs us that He descended into Hades and reclaimed the keys to Death and Hell from Satan.
- Christ did not stop there; according to the Bible, He escorted people who had been taken captive out of the city.
- I’m trying to make the point that for us, this Saturday has fallen between the cracks a little bit.
- All I have to offer you is my experience.
The law, according to Scripture, was the source of death’s sting, and sin was the source of death’s strength.
We all believed that we were all going to die as a result of the transgressions we discussed in yesterday’s email.
He went and snatched the keys of death and hell from Satan’s possession.
Christ didn’t merely remove the judgment; He also removed any grip, whatever claim Satan had over us.
A lot of people come to me and tell me that they are tormented by the crimes of their youth.
You are as white as snow in the eyes of God.
And nowhere else except on the Cross did we witness God’s complete love for us in its fullness.
Allow no longer for doubt to shout that you are the one who has been accused.
When we celebrate something that no other person, faith, or philosophy could accomplish, we can and must linger on the triumphant side of Easter.
– People frequently ask me where I get my inspiration, and my response is always the same: “I open my Bible.” So, instead of me lecturing on your behalf, “pray for your family”!
Instead than telling you.
However, rather than merely patting you on the back and saying, “I’ll pray for you,” I painted Divine Healing to remind people that they may still reach out and touch the hem of His robe.
And there are many, many more.
God has genuinely sent His Word out in visual form to everyone from kings and presidents to teachers and firefighters to pastors and the jobless, and the results have been a harvest well in excess of anything I could have ever imagined possible.
That tale is being told right now, and you are a participant in it. Thank you very much. It is in Him that we have faith.
The Day Jesus Stayed Dead: Waiting in the Heartache of Holy Saturday
Christians have referred to the day between Jesus’ death and resurrection as “Holy Saturday” for hundreds of years. For many of us, though, the day has just become another ordinary Saturday in the past several months. Even while we may have some solemn sentiments on Good Friday, we are out shopping, cleaning the house, and preparing for an Easter celebration the next morning. After all, Jesus foresaw that he would be risen, and we are all aware of what is about to take place. So why not just get on with it and enjoy yourself?
- The Father did not resurrect Jesus from the dead on the same day that he died.
- There is a pause.
- The quiet of Holy Saturday occupies a central position in the earliest account of the gospel.
- 3–4; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; The first and most important thing!
- Why has it taken so long?
- What does it mean to us that this Sabbath be observed in silence?
- Thousands of people sing the song “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” every year.
- Despite the fact that it is now 2020, many of us get up on Easter morning to sing, “Jesus Christ is risen today!” We can feel the burning hearts of his followers on the walk to Emmaus, or the tears of joy shed by Mary, and we realize that the tale of Easter is also our story.
What Happened on Holy Saturday?
When Jesus declared, “Just as Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the center of the earth,” he was predicting this day (Matthew 12:40). According to a brief read of Jonah’s plea, “I called out from the guts of Sheol, and you heard my cry. I went down to the place whose gates were shut against me forever” (Jonah 2:2, 6). Following the death of Jesus’ human body on the cross, his human soul was expelled into the realm, or condition, of deceased spirits.
For clarification, this Hades is not to be confused with the inferno described in Revelation 20:10, 14–15 as the “lake of fire.” In Scripture, it is characterized as being beneath the deepest sea (Jonah 2:3) or in the depths of the earth (Deuteronomy 32:22), and as such, it is sometimes referred to as “the pit of hell” (Romans 10:7) or “the abyss” (Psalm 30:3).
In Sheol, one is cognizant but secluded, cut off from the worshiping community, forgotten by the living, and with little possibility of ever regaining consciousness again.
In the New Testament, we are told that Jesus was raisedek nekron, which literally translates as “out of the dead,” meaning that he was expelled from the condition of death and the lonely company of the dead.
This fact is clearly described in the Westminster Larger Catechism’s solution to question 50: “Christ’s humility after his death consisted in his being buried, and being in the state of the dead, and under the power of death, until the third day.” Jesus remained under the control of death till the end of his life.
- His mortal remains were entombed in Joseph’s grave.
- Many doubts have developed throughout the years concerning what Jesus was up while the Sheol/Hades and how he came to be there.
- Were his body and soul together in “paradise” (Luke 23:43), a happy condition that some in Jesus’ day believed to be a portion of Sheol, also known as Abraham’s bosom (Luke 19:22)?
- Was he announcing his victory to the spirits of the dead, or perhaps to celestial creatures confined “neath” the surface of the earth?
These are some excellent questions. Pursuing answers can bring us to constructive discussions of Jesus’ person and activity, but it can also lead us into dispute. However, we do not need to have all of our hypotheses worked out in order to appreciate the biblical significance of Holy Saturday.
What Does Holy Saturday Mean for Us?
The early disciples’ experience of Holy Saturday provides us with a meaning for the day that transcends doctrinal boundaries and is applicable to all Christians. First and foremost, they waited. Saturday was a day of rest. They were unable to complete the preparations for entombment of Jesus’ corpse (Luke 23:54–56). They had a sense of unfinishedness. Surely, they had sentiments on Saturday that were comparable to those portrayed on Sunday, before the reality of Jesus’ resurrection became completely apparent to them on Sunday.
- Their hearts were reflected in their forlorn expressions (Luke 24:17).
- Is this the end of him as we have known him?
- However, the disciples, overwhelmed by their grief, either forgot or no longer believed the promise (or perhaps had never really understood it).
- They waited, but they had little, if any, reason to be hopeful.
- When we are faced with death, we experience sentiments that are identical.
- This is clearly not how things are intended to work!
- We find ourselves waiting for the return of a loved one, despite the fact that we know it will never happen.
On Holy Saturday, we are reminded that Jesus entered death and remained dead, and that we must bear the waiting for reunion while troubled by the question “Is there truly anything more than this void?” Hebrews 2:9 says that he had tasted death and felt the agony of being in death’s grip because of the time elapsed between his death and his resurrection (Acts 2:24).
As part of his effort to redeem us, Jesus chose to die in the deep loneliness of death.
This is astoundingly excellent news for all of us.
Even Darkness Is Not Dark
Because of the time lapse that occurs on Holy Saturday, the hope expressed in Psalm 139 is now anchored in Jesus’ personal experience: “If I make my bed in Sheol, you will find me there!” (Psalm 139:8; 139:9). Jesus was nailed on the cross and died. He claimed all of the darkness as his own. Death snatched Jesus as he made his way fully into it. But then, in a stunning reversal of fortune, Jesus defeated death. As a result of his resurrection, Christ illuminated the darkness with the light of his presence.
- As a result, as we contemplate the crossing into the realm of death, we may now cling to the reality that “Even darkness is not dark to you” (Psalm 139:12).
- As a result, we are now celebrating Holy Saturday at church.
- We were forced to endure the reality of this horrible interlude for an hour before hope was restored.
- “I am a man who has no strength, like one who has been set loose among the dead, like the slain who lay in the tomb, like those whom you have forgotten because they have been cut off from your hand,” he prays (Psalm 88:4–5).
- We heighten the sense of foreboding surrounding his death as a result of this gap.
The reading from Psalm 139 on Sunday will imagine Jesus sitting up in the tomb, about to burst back into our world, and thanking the Father and Spirit who had supported him through death: “I awake, and I am still with you!” (Psalm 139:18; 139:19).
Where did Jesus go on Holy Saturday?
What occurred after Jesus was crucified and hung on the cross? We all know that Jesus resurrected from the dead on the third day, but what happened in the days before that? Even on Sundays, we declare to the congregation that Jesus has “descended into Hell,” or as it is frequently rendered, “descended to the grave.” TheCatechismprovides some much-needed clarification on this often misunderstood subject. It is called ‘hell’ in Scripture because people who are there are deprived of the view of God, and this is where the dead Christ was taken after his death.
While all of the dead, whether evil or righteous, are in a state of limbo, this is not to say that their fates are the same, as Jesus demonstrates in the parable of the poor man Lazarus who was received into ‘Abraham’s bosom’: ‘It is precisely these holy souls, who awaited their Savior in Abraham’s bosom, whom Christ the Lord delivered when he descended into hell.’ (Luke 16:19) Not to release the condemned, not to demolish the Hell of Damnation, but to liberate the just who had gone before him, is the reason for Jesus’ descent into hell.
- ‘Even to the dead, the gospel was preached,’ says the Bible.
- All who have been rescued have been become sharers in Christ’s redeeming work, and this is the final phase of Jesus’ messianic mission, a phase that is condensed in time but vast in true significance: the spread of Christ’s redemptive work to all men of all times and all places.
- The complete text of the old homily is reproduced here.
- Currently, the earth is enveloped in a profound hush and stillness, a huge silence and stillness caused by the King’s sleep; the earth trembled and stood still as God slept in the flesh and awoke those who had been asleep over the years.
- His true mission is to search for our initial parent, much like a lost sheep, and to pay visits to those who are imprisoned by the darkness and shadow of death.
- The Lord enters the room with his conquering weapon, the cross, in his hands.
- He hits his breast in panic and screams out to everyone: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ And Christ responds to Adam by saying, ‘And with your spirit,’ as well.
“Christ shall give you light,” he says.
I am the resurrection of the dead; I am the life of the dead.
Take a step forward and let us proceed; for you are in me, and I am in you, and together we are one undivided person.
‘ Take a look at the spittle on my face, which I acquired as a result of your actions, in order to return you to the moment of creation’s first heavenly inhalation.
See the scourging of my back, which I willingly suffered in order to distribute the weight of your sins that had been placed upon your shoulders.
You were expelled from the land of paradise by your adversary; I will restore you to your rightful place, not in paradise, but on the throne of heaven.
I placed the cherubim to protect you as if you were slaves, and now I command the cherubim to adore you as if you were a divine being.
Where was Jesus between Crucifixion and Resurrection?
This weekend is one of the most well-known weekends on the Christian calendar each year, with Good Friday commemorating Jesus’ death on the cross and Easter celebrating his Resurrection the following Sunday morning being two of the most important events on the calendar. Some Christians, however, have been debating the location of Jesus between His death and resurrection for more than two millennia, and the issue continues to be a source of contention today. In Jackson, Eric Petty, the main pastor of Skyline Church of Christ, explained that he “is not a man who is going to act like I have all the answers,” and that “this is one that I can’t claim I certainly know.” In my opinion, this is a fascinating subject, and we could stay here all day talking and debating and coming to completely different conclusions, both of which would be rational and understandable.” The fact that Jesus died to take away my sin and your sin – and all of our sins – is what counts most in the end.
- On the first day of the week following His death, He rose from the dead to claim triumph over death.
- on Friday.
- “Because the clock for each day begins at sunrise, which is about 6 a.m.
- When the Bible says Jesus was crucified at the sixth hour, that implies noon, and He died at the ninth hour, which would be 3 p.m., that means He died at noon.” And because of the way the Jewish calendar is organized, each day lasts from dawn to nightfall.
- There are others who think Jesus was in Heaven at the time of the event.
- However, there is a verse in 1 Peter 3 that says the opposite is true.
- “It’s the most difficult passage in the New Testament to understand because it’s not entirely clear what Peter is trying to say,” Petty added.
- That makes sense.”‘He was raised to life in the Spirit,'” I understand.
- Peter, I’m still here with you.
And I want to say something like, “Hey Peter, could you please go over that again?” But, sadly, at this moment, that is not going to happen.” Some believe that Jesus spent the weekend between His death and Resurrection in Hell, preaching to the souls who were already there, giving them a chance to receive the forgiveness made possible by His sacrifice that had not been previously available prior to His death.
This interpretation is based on the language of 1 Peter.
When it comes to the passage from Peter, Watson has his own take on the matter.
They placed their trust in Him and His ability to save them.
Then Jesus went into jail and preached to those souls who had trusted in Him before He came to earth and lived as a man, telling them: “You lived your life with faith in Me, and you’re about to witness what you believed I would do come true.” Both Petty and Watson held similar opinions concerning the person who asked the inquiry, as well as any topic pertaining to Scripture.
The fact that two or more of us may differ on anything like this, but that we discuss rational, scripturally-based arguments for what we think, can only be a positive thing, says the author.
He then ascended to Heaven and will come back to earth to take His followers with Him into the presence of Almighty God.
And it is for this reason that we commemorate the Resurrection.” Brandon Shields can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 731-425-9751. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram @editorbrandon to stay up to date with his latest projects.