Job 14:1-14 • Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 • 1 Peter 4:1-8 • Matthew 27:57-66
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.
1 Peter 4:1-8 | New Living Translation (NLT)
Last night we had a powerful Good Friday service. The service ends as we hear these words: We hope for the dawning of a new day. We hope for God to bring newness out of endings. But today…Go home. There is nothing more to see. Jesus is dead.
They are strange words to say and yet without those words “Jesus is dead” we are without hope. So many are quick to jump to the resurrection. We are uncomfortable with a dead Jesus…but for his disciples…can you imagine…remember it was Sabbath – a very Holy Sabbath because it was the Passover – they were good Jewish people – they couldn’t do anything because of the Sabbath…nothing to do but contemplate the events of the last 24 hours. Perhaps they remembered Jesus’ words while He was here, but perhaps – especially Peter – they weren’t so sure…remember Peter had denied Jesus three times. How was it like to wait, when you had denied your best friend?
So today we wait in silence, but while we do, let’s meditate on Peter’s words:
Peter reminds us in his letter to the church, that Jesus suffered physical pain and we are to have the same attitude that Jesus had. I wonder if Peter wasn’t recalling the words to the ancient hymn found in Philippians 2. Peter tells us that if we suffer with Christ – we too will be finished with sin. Christ’s work on the cross paid the penalty for our sin. Because of the work done there we no longer have to live in sin…but we should be anxious to do the will of God – to glorify him – to enjoy him forever.
We are also reminded that when we do that – especially those who are transformed by the work of Christ – that our friends won’t understand. What do you mean you can’t do those things you used to do? They won’t understand. They will slander you.
Today is Holy Saturday – today we wait in silence…what will you do with Jesus today?