“Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.” – Psalm 143:7
The Saturday before Easter has always been kind of a quiet day for me. After worshiping on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, it is a day of personal reflection and devotion.
On that first “Holy Saturday” Jesus was dead and buried. This is quite an amazing thing when you think about it. Jesus is the Son of God – the Third Person of the Trinity – and he’s dead!
In the Psalms, the grave is referred to many times as “the pit.” Here is Jesus now. In the pit of the grave. A devastating thought for us who believe that it is only through Jesus that our prayers are heard by God the Father.
But Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead on the third day. That’s tomorrow! And because Jesus lives, the Lord answers us quickly, he does not hide his face from us at all!
Application: Think of five people you know that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Spend five minutes in prayer for each person. Include in your prayer a request that God use you to reach them by bringing them to worship tomorrow.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, on this day Jesus rested in the tomb and thus made the graves of those who die believe in Jesus a place a rest as well. May we rest secure knowing that when our last hour comes we will rest and be raised on the last day when Jesus comes back to take us to heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.