Holy Week: Day 7

Holy Week Day 7:Saturday

Yesterday we took a look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Today we will take a look at Saturday, which was the day of the Sabbath. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the old Jewish Customs, Sabbath was the day of rest and work could not be done; therefore, there is not a lot said or done on Saturday

Since not much is written about Saturday, I wanted to take this day and talk about the disciples. As I stated previously, I get just about as frustrated with the discriples as I do the Israelites. Jesus told them many times He would be crucified, but they act surprised when it actually happens. He told them numerous times that He would rise again, but once again most of them seem surprised when it actually happens. However, what we must remember is that the Holy Spirit has not yet come and these 11 men are still acting and believing in their own strength.

Still I find it quite disappointing that only one disciple appears at the crucifixion.

Behold Your Mother (John 25-27)

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved is referred to, specifically, six times in John’s gospel:

It is this disciple who, while reclining beside Jesus at the Last Supper, asks Jesus, after being requested by Peter to do so, who it is that will betray him.[Jn 13:23-25]
Later at the crucifixion, Jesus tells his mother, “Woman, here is your son”, and to the Beloved Disciple he says, “Here is your mother.”[Jn 19:26-27]
When Mary Magdalene discovers the empty tomb, she runs to tell the Beloved Disciple and Peter. The two men rush to the empty tomb and the Beloved Disciple is the first to reach the empty tomb. However, Peter is the first to enter.[Jn 20:1-10]
In John 21, the last chapter of the Gospel of John, the Beloved Disciple is one of seven fishermen involved in the miraculous catch of 153 fish.[Jn 21:1-25] [5]
Also in the book’s final chapter, after Jesus hints to Peter how Peter will die, Peter sees the Beloved Disciple following them and asks, “What about him?” Jesus answers, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”[John 21:20-23]”

From these scriptures, it is thought that John is the disciple that Jesus loved. Jesus loved John so much that He gave John the responsibility (privilege) to care for His own mother.

I have also wondered what the disciples did after Jesus’ death. It appears from Mark’s account that they gathered together to mourn Jesus’ death. (vs. 10)

Mark 16: 1-9-11 (NKJ): Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

8 So they went out quickly[a] and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

They gathered together to mourn and weep, just like any family would do when they have lost a loved one. They mourn Jesus’ death because they did not believe He would rise again (even though Jesus told them on more than one occasion He would). It is like they forgot everything they had been taught. Frustrating for us because we have twenty-twenty sight.

Now, Luke’s gospel also shows that most of the disciples failed to believe that Jesus had indeed risen.

Luke 23:8-12 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying[c] by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

I do find it interesting that Peter was the one who went rushing out to see. I think this is because while the “story” seems farfetched, he remembers what Jesus had told them and he hoped, truly hoped it was true so that he would have a chance to make things right with Jesus.

The one good thing I find here is that at least they stayed together. They did not scatter. On Friday, it seemed imminent that at least some would flee to save their own skins, but better sense prevailed.

I am sure they were grieved over Jesus’ death, as scripture says they mourned and wept; however, some of the tears may have been for the death of their ministry as well. We need to remember these twelve men had given up their whole lives to follow Jesus, and now to them, he is gone and so is their ministry. What are they to do now? Go back to fishing? Go back to tax collecting? All these things must have been seen less than favorable options compared to what they had been doing the last few years.

Once again, I think there is a lesson for us here: When life seems it’s darkest, God is still working behind the scenes. Do not give up hope; do not scatter; remain faithful and God will always honor His word! That is what I like about the video I posted yesterday titled “It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming”. It may seem like today is a total loss, but tomorrow’s a new day, with new hope, and a second chance.

Have a blessed Saturday, and remember, Sunday is coming!

Missy

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