Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 30
Holy Saturday....
This day marks time between the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The disciples and others who knew Jesus must have been crushed and confused by what had just taken place!
One day the crowds were cheering and proclaiming "Hosanna~s".
And the next day, they were yelling "CRUCIFY HIM!!!!!"

The followers of Jesus loved Him and even though they didn't fully understand His Lordship, they did believe Him to be the long awaited Messiah.
I can not imagine their state of shock after seeing their beloved Jesus suffer and die such a terrible death.
Would they have sat together weeping until exhaustion set in?
Would the friends and neighbors have gathered to bring them food........trying to get them "just to eat something" ?
Or would they have been out of their minds with fear that those who had done this to their Jesus, would soon be coming for them?

Knowing that these followers were men and women, like you and me, I believe we can know that they suffered the same kind of grief that you and I would suffer in this circumstance.
LIfe shattering , all consuming....grief.
But.... what was Jesus doing during this time "after the cross, but before the glorious resurrection"?
He wasn't just lying dead in the tomb, waiting to be raised up to life on the third day.
Scripture tells us that He was proclaiming truth to others who were dead.
I thought the following notes were interesting and wanted to share them with you today as food for thought....
But no matter what, beloved friends, don't despair at the sadness of the bible accounts of these days we are remembering....
Keep the Joy of the Lord in your hearts!
And remember.... that majestic and marvelous RESURRECTION SUNDAY is right around the corner!
Be sure to attend a worship service to celebrate this life changing day in the life of our faith!
A day of promise fulfilled........for YOU!

The following notes are from the website: 
(Christian Apologetics Research Ministry)
1 Pet. 3:18-20,

"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water."
2 Pet. 2:4-5,
"For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly."
Eph. 4:8-10
"When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men. 9 Now this expression, 'He ascended,' what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things...
Some theologians believe that during the three days between Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, He descended into Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:19-31),3 proclaimed to them the mystery of the gospel, and then led them into heaven to dwell with God. The belief is that they were not permitted to enter into the presence of God in heaven until after the atonement. Once that had happened, Jesus, who had died, descended to Abraham's bosom, proclaimed the gospel, and then led its residents into heaven.
So, even though we cannot precisely determine where Jesus was and what He did during those three days, it seems apparent that He presented the gospel message (not to have them get saved) to those in spirit prison and possibly also to those in Abraham's bosom.

  • 1. Jamieson, Robert, A.R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.), 1998.
  • 2. Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, (Wheaton, Illinois: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.), 1983, 1985.
  • 3. Abraham's bosom seems to have been the pre-crucifixion holding place for those people who had died in expectant hope of the coming Messiah.

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