biblically and historically
our Christ lay buried in the tomb this day.
His followers continued to mourn.
consoled each other.
they observed today for it was the Sabbath.
as they spent time together, what must their conversations have been like?
i can only imagine they marveled as what their eyes had seen Christ do and perform.
they must have shared stories.
they had to have pondered many things in their hearts.
here's how Luke describes the hours after Christ's death:
"It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place,he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things. Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment."
i invite you to rest.
to ponder what Christ has done for you.
to reflect on His death.
click on the link below and rest.
notice the centurion who proclaimed Christ as innocent because of what He had witnessed.
notice the crowds who left beating their breasts.
notice Christ's acquaintances and women who watched Christ breathe His last and the scene around.
notice Joseph who took Christ's body for he was looking for the Kingdom of God!
notice the women who would go and prepare spices for His body.
as you prepare
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for Easter morn, who would you have been in the crowd?
the centurion who recognized Christ for who He was?
those who left refusing in anguish the greatness of the King?
one who gets close to Christ with his time here on earth because resurrection will come for those who believe?
in the hours approaching, awaiting, pondering...
speak of this day with your family, your children, your neighbors.
pray for those who will be at church on Easter Sunday.
profess your need to see God's resurrection power displayed in _____________'s life. even if it's your very own.