Glenn’s Meal 04-19-14

_ 041914 The Gaurded Tomb

Good day to ya everyone. In my life as a believer, Holy Saturday has kind of just glossed over, but not today so get ready for some information via the bible. It’s another banquet for ya so get your utensils ready.

Today’s Prayer

Father, help us to see that in Your inspired Word we are warned: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world!” C. S. Lewis also recognized that we may face this problem when he observed: “If you haven’t met Satan recently, you are probably going his way!” Open our eyes to see that perhaps at no other time in our nation’s history have we been attacked by such powerful demonic forces, misleading and overcoming so many of our people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Let’s eat.


Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Some Christians recognize Holy Saturday, the, as the day on which Jesus “rested” from His work of providing salvation. As Jesus died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for.

After His crucifixion, Jesus was laid in a nearby tomb, and His body remained there the entirety of Holy Saturday as stated by the following scriptures:

Matthew 27:59-60
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.

Mark 15:46
46 Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.

Luke 23:53-54
53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen clothand laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation,[a] as the Sabbath was about to begin.

John 19:39-42
39 With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds[a] of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. 40 FollowingJewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth.41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover[b] and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Churches that celebrate Holy Saturday traditionally do so by observing a day of somber reflection as they contemplate the world of darkness that would exist without the hope of Christ’s resurrection.

Here it is in a nutshell folks, without the resurrection of Christ, we would be in dire straits. If Christ had never been raised, “your faith is futile; you are still in your sins”. The disciples had scattered when Jesus was arrested and they spent the first Holy Saturday hiding for fear of also being arrested. The day between Christ’s crucifixion and His resurrection would have been a time of grief and shock as the stunned disciples tried to understand the murder of Jesus, the betrayal of Judas, and the dashing of their hopes.

The only biblical reference to what happened on Holy Saturday is found in Matthew 27:62-66:

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, on the Sabbath,[a] 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.

After sundown on Friday—the day of Preparation—the chief priests and Pharisees visitedPontius Pilate. This visit was on the Sabbath, since the Jews reckoned a day as starting at sundown. They asked Pilate for a guard for Jesus’ tomb. They remembered Jesus saying that He would rise again in three days (John 2:19-21) and wanted to do everything they could to prevent that. As we know, the Roman guards were inadequate to prevent the resurrection, and the women who returned to the tomb Sunday morning found it empty. The Lord had risen.

Quote of the Day

We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark- the imaginations of our minds, the thoughts of our heart, the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight. Character is what you are in the dark.

Oswald Chambers

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