Journey to the Cross: Day 7: Saturday

Holy Saturday….Black Saturday….

On our journey with Jesus we come to Saturday, which very well would have been the most hopeless day for those who loved and followed Jesus.  Yes, Good Friday was bad, but I believe deep down Jesus followers believed He would somehow take Himself off the cross.  Their hope is now shattered.

Do you think as they gathered a mourned together some part of Jesus’ warning of what was to come came back to them?  Do you think one of them remember Jesus said He would rise in 3 days?  I don’t think so.

Mark 16:10-11 (NKJ): She (Mary M.) 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.

How often, in our darkest, most hopeless places do we forget the promises of Jesus?

So, they disciples stayed together and mourned.  As it was the sabbath, a day of rest, I’m betting all was quiet.

Ever wonder what was going on with Jesus?

Talk about opening a can of worms!!!  Man there is some serious debate on this issue.  I didn’t realize how hot passions run on this topic.  Once again, I’m real helpful because I do not know what is right or wrong.  I think both could be right.  I think there is a chance none of us are right.  Here are the most common theories on where Jesus went:

  1.  He went to Hell/Hades to set the captives free.
  2. He went to Heaven.

The first theory is not a popular belief.  Those who preach or teach this claim are often referred to a heretics.  Joyce Meyer is often slaughtered for her teaching on this claim.  While, I am not willing to go so far to support such a theory as truth, I will not say that those who do are heretics.  They could be wrong, but I believe there is biblical support for their beliefs:

1 Peter 3: 18-20:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

Ephesians 4:9 (NKJ): (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first[c] descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

While I do not know if Jesus entered Hades in the three days, I do believe at some point He was with the Father in Paradise:

Luke 23:43 (NKJ): 

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[j] save Yourself and us.”

40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[k] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJ): 

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For[c] I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

What I take away from this Holy Saturday is even in our darkest times there is still hope. We may not be able to see it in the moment, but God is working.  God was still on the throne the day between death and resurrection.  God’s promises still stood.  They still stand for us.  We must hold on to the teachings and promises God has given us.  We must remember:

Psalm 30:5 (NKJ): ….Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Missy

 

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