Passion Week. Saturday: In The Silence.

  • “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count His sin.” (Romans 4:7-8)
  • “We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” (Romans 6:6)
  • “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10)

We don’t have a record of the day after Jesus’ death in Scripture. But the silence is not empty. It’s not hard to imagine what the first disciples might have been experiencing that day. After watching their Lord and Teacher brutally executed and buried, the Sabbath could not have felt the same as usual. Grief, confusion, fear, and doubt would all seem reasonable responses. But we have the rest of the story they didn’t have yet. Regardless of the busyness of this past week and the preparations we may have for tomorrow’s triumphant celebration, take time to listen to the silence. What is the meaning of all that happened? Our sin is forgiven, life replaces death, the curse replaced with blessing, debt is cancelled, and our escape from captivity to sin is secured. All this completed while we were still God’s enemies, so much more now can we draw near to God as friends! So much to reflect on, give thanks for, rejoice in. Reflect, give thanks, rejoice!

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