Mar. 30 – Holy Saturday                                   Read John 19:38-42

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.

Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.

Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

 

from David T. Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister

            As John tells it, the story implies that the crucified Jesus was not meant to be permanently buried that terrible Friday evening.  The tomb was at hand and usable, new and clean, but borrowed and not given.  He was laid there, as though for a rest, to get through the Holy Days, and to allow for other more permanent arrangements to be made (if anyone was left among his people to make them).

This is a day to rest our minds from the terrors of Friday and to make way in the silence – even the silence of a tomb that is not our own – for a new reality that death is not the end, that the grave has no victory over us, and that light as Christ brings it cannot be overcome with darkness.  So rest, my friend, in the borrowed quiet of today, and be ready for something very “other” to be yours, even before the early light dawns on the first day of the week.

Rest, my soul, in the peace of God.

Let light perpetual shine upon you.

 

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