Saturday, April 23, 2011

Silent Saturday: Fighting Spiritual with physical

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. (Matthew 27:62-66, ESV)

In Matthew, we see just a glimpse of what that day looked like - the day in between the crusifixion and the resurrection. The priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate and tried to protect the tomb (where Jesus' body was laid) by sealing it and placing a guard. Just a visual picture of what still happens today: the world tries to fight God, His power, and Spiritual Truth with physical things. We know the ending; they were not successful. On the next day, Jesus was Risen! The enemy and the powers of darkness defeated! Glory to God in the highest!

Today, the world is still trying to fight God. They don't want to believe in Him. They are blinded by the enemy. The enemy comes with lies and physical barriers. On that day after the crusifixion and before the resurrection, it seemed like the enemy had won. It was a "silent Saturday".

Can you even imagine what those there were going through? All their hopes and dreams came crashing down. There was doubt, hopelessness, and depression. It was probably a day of silence. They must have let their minds wonder what had happened. They knew it was coming and yet I wonder if they were prepared. On the third day, Jesus arose! We know the ending. He is REAL! He is risen! He is Risen Indeed!

I wonder who needs to understand today that Jesus is risen? Who do we need to tell? Who is drowning in the lies of the enemy? Who is depressed? Who has lost their way? Who is trying to fight Spiritual things with the physical things of this world?

Lord, please, help us to tell somebody today: There is no more silence, Jesus is risen!

Movie clip from The Passion of Christ:
Photo above from the same movie.