Holy Saturday (April 15, 2017)
- First reading
- Second reading
1 Peter 4:1-8 | New Living Translation (NLT)
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
Today we wait in the darkness…Some will be quick to jump to the resurrection…and that is coming…the Easter Vigil begins at sundown today…but for now…we.wait. Waiting is so hard and yet for the disciples, it was the Sabbath – a very special Sabbath, being that it was the Passover. No travel was allowed. So, the disciples had to wait right there in Jerusalem. Wait in fear of being arrested…wait to find out what would be next. Nothing to do but wait and think.
This will be a shorter devotional, because I believe the scripture speaks for itself. Because of what Christ has done for us…because Christ suffered for us…we should expect to suffer. Peter quotes Paul’s words in that we should have the same attitude that Jesus had and if he suffered, we should suffer. Peter even goes on to say that if we have suffered with Christ, we are finished with sin. If we are suffering for Christ, we aren’t chasing after our own desires. If we are suffering with Christ, we are anxious to do the will of Christ and not our own. Interesting thought and not part of the popular teaching that you would hear in many American churches today.
Peter tells us to forget the wild past – it’s in the past – yes it will sometimes hurt, but it is in the past, it is no longer part of our lives.
What is most important on this day that we wait? Live forever with God in the Spirit…be earnest and disciplined in your prayers…continue to show deep love for each other…for love covers a multitude of sins.