Holy Saturday

Psalm 95; Psalm 88; Psalm 27; Lamentations 3:37-58; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his spirit that dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

With the harrowing events of Good Friday ended, Jesus is resting in the tomb on Holy Saturday yet we are anything but resting. Our faith has been put to the ultimate test with Christ’s crucifixion and we are naturally watchful and apprehensive on this day. The promised resurrection has not yet happened. The glorious Easter Sunday is not yet here. Yet we are hopefully waiting for we believe in His promise of transcendence over death. It is thought that Jesus began to deliver on this promise by descending into hell on Holy Saturday to give life to the righteous there that had also been patiently waiting. In the readings for the Great Vigil on Holy Saturday, we are made mindful of how this promise extends not only to the dead but to the living and always has. So what is manifest on Easter Sunday with Christ’s resurrection is the cosmic and eternal transcendence over death and sin for all in whom God’s Spirit dwells.