Saturday of Holy Week carries a weight of its own. This day speaks to people facing great disappointment, people who are hurt and confused, and people who cry out to God but have received no answer.
Since we have the advantage of knowing what tomorrow is all about we tend to see Holy Saturday as merely a day of preparation for the big celebration, but the day actually has its own message.
This day speaks to people who are hurt and confused; to those who are living in a spiritual desert where the voice of God has not been heard. Holy Saturday teaches us to be stubborn in our faith; insisting on standing firm in it even when it feels as if all is lost.
Friends, don’t get in a hurry this Good Friday. We will celebrate the Resurrection soon enough. Let’s linger at the cross without “padding” it with reminders that “Sunday is coming.”
Instead, for six hours, from 9 to 3, gaze at the cross and the One suffering on it. Realize that he is hanging there for all of us, unworthy though we are. Realize he is hanging there for just one reason: love.
Save all the rest till later. For now, spend time at the foot of the cross.
I fear that too many people think the primary focus of Good Friday is supposed to be about how much Jesus suffered on the cross – and, we certainly do need to remember that. But really, the primary focus should be this: Jesus loved me that much. It’s that realization that should stun us, humble us, and cause us to bow in complete surrender to him.
The occupied cross is the symbol of God’s love for us.
The empty cross is our symbol of resurrection and hope.
The carried cross is the mark of our continued sacrifice and commitment to Jesus.
Luke 14:27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.