Holy Saturday | April 20, 2019
Matthew 27:57-66 New Living Translation (NLT)
57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.
62 The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”
65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
It’s so easy living in the 21st Century to want to fast forward to tomorrow – but today we live in the in-between. For the disciples, it was the Sabbath…they couldn’t go anywhere…they were afraid…they were behind locked doors…Jesus is dead…The Pharisees here think the disciples will come out of hiding to steal the body, so they place guards in front of the tomb. Today we live in the uneasy silence…Today we live in the waiting…Today, we live in the not yet. Let’s not fast forward, but live in the waiting.