Today is Holy Saturday also known as Black Saturday. The Sabbath was a day of rest, a legal and moral obligation for the Jews. Some Christians believe Jesus was other places doing other things during that period of time; I will not get into whether or not he literally descended into hell and preached to the condemned. Tomorrow is Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday to many although not everyone agrees on that title. If you are in the Calhoun, GA area the Gordon County Christian Ministerial Alliance is having a Sunrise Service at BB&T Park in downtown that begins at 7 AM. We will have prayer, two or three songs everybody knows and a 15 or 20 minute sermon. At 36 degrees I will remind our speaker the shorter the better. Hopefully 2020 taught us not to take so many things for granted, including worshiping together and visiting family.Continue reading
Explaining that his time had come in John 12:24, Jesus said that a grain of wheat could not bear fruit unless it first fell to the ground and died. The crucifixion may be the last stop in our Holy Week journey but for Jesus it was the next step in the process. He Cannot Save Himself is an old favorite of ours on Good Friday. Here are some other bits and pieces you might enjoy. Continue reading
Holy Saturday, also known as Black Saturday and The Great Sabbath. Coffee with Jesus is usually good for a laugh, but the cartoon below from 2012 really strikes a solemn tone.
Holy Saturday is the last day of Lent, and commemorates the day Jesus spent in the grave. Jesus body was taken off the cross and placed in the tomb with haste as the Sabbath approached. The Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday at 6 p.m. Early on the first day of the week (Sunday) the women came to the tomb to anoint the body and found that Jesus was not there.
To do justice to Good Friday, we must celebrate the crucifixion without giving away the resurrection. Holy Saturday is a solemn occasion. Catholic churches observe very limited sacraments, and the church remains stripped bare (since Mass on Thursday). The Catholic altar remains stripped, while Orthodox churches may have the altar draped in black. Protestants? Protestant churches, in America any way, do little with Good Friday and nothing on Saturday that I’m aware of. A growing trend on Good Friday seems to be cross carrying events, a parade of sorts with participants taking turns bearing an actual wooden cross, reenacting Jesus’ march to Calvary.
Again, if your Good Friday service keeps alluding to the resurrection the tone is wrong for the whole weekend. Friday ends with Jesus in the tomb and his followers scattered and frightened. Holy Saturday is practically a time of mourning. Then Easter, like Christmas, means more after the waiting.