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Posted by on Apr 15, 2017

Holy Saturday Devotion – I Will Rise Again

Holy Saturday, April 15
The Burial of Jesus
Matthew 27:57-66

Waiting is probably one of the most challenging disciplines we all face as we are eager to get news about one thing or another. It could be something like the report of a test result from the doctor or waiting for a loved one to return from a trip away from home. Often it seems as though waiting and anxiety go together. During the time between Good Friday and Easter, I’m sure there was a lot of anxiety among the disciples and even unbelievers about the reality of the death of Jesus and whether or not his words would prove to be true when he said, “I will rise again.” His reputation and the faith of believers was put to the test as the culmination of events and ultimately the most important event of human history was about to take place in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

I’m impressed that Pilate had the kind of understanding that allowed Joseph of Arimathea to take care of the body of Jesus before a very secure tomb was designed to prevent any escape since the Pharisees referred to Jesus as a deceiver. Indeed, everything was coming to a head and the suspense was building as this most historic event was unfolding according to God’s plan.

As history has shown us, the tomb was indeed empty and Jesus rose from the tomb as he said he would. What a glorious day this must have been when doubt could be erased and faith and trust strengthened. To this day many hearts have been comforted and given great hope. The future can now be experienced in full confidence as Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Often when a prayerful desire of mine is realized and the time of waiting is over, I almost get mad at myself for having let doubt and fear get the upper hand over me. However, I find that when I have another experience of God’s faithfulness to me, it makes my trust and confidence increase in a way that it might not otherwise.

Maybe in your own life you are in between Good Friday and Easter and wondering what to expect next. I believe the answer can be found in Paul’s words to the Romans, “If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”

May we all continue to grow in faith and trust as we take to heart the words of Jesus when he said, “I will rise again.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so grateful for the hope we can now have because the tomb is empty and Jesus rose from the dead.

 – Paul Heffron