Today is known as Holy Saturday, the day wedged between Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ death on the cross, and Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter. Scripture is quiet about this day. There are no gospel accounts because there were no witnesses to what happened after the stone was rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb. Tomorrow, His followers will discover it rolled away and see that he’s not there.There is only a folded funeral shroud. But not yet...
Some believe Jesus descended into hell. Others do not. But that is not the point.
The point is, death did not stop his ministry and purpose. His followers couldn’t see him anymore but that didn’t mean he wasn’t at work. A few days later, they realized that fact when Jesus appeared to them as physically ressurected and alive.
Perhaps Scripture is silent about this day for a reason, to show us that even when we cannot “see” God moving in our lives, we still confidently know that "God is working his purpose out” as the old hymn states. We can hold fast to the certainty that he is God and that he loves us, watches over us, and never leaves us. He provides for us even though we may not realize it until later.
Jesus told Thomas, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Will you be one of those, too?
Dearest Lord, help me still believe in you on those days I cannot see or hear you in my life. Keep my faith steadfast, trusting that you are working things out without my being aware of them, and that one day, in your perfect timing, you will reveal them to me, to your honor and glory. Amen.
Go Deeper — If you have a Bible, temporarily hide it for the rest of today. If not, write down John 20:29 on a piece of paper and then hide that until tomorrow. Realize that it is still there even if you cannot see it. So is God.
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