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Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”    So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.   (Matthew 27:65-66)

So on this day, we wait   The tomb is sealed.   The disciples are nowhere to be seen.   The only thing taking place is some scheming between the chief priest and Pilate as they send a detachment of guards to secure the tomb.  For everyone else, it’s a time to simply wait.

This is Holy Saturday.  A day when we pause and consider the reality that Jesus died.  Really.  This day, he is dead.  And we are powerless to do anything about it.  So forget about Easter eggs.  Forget about hoping that tomorrow will be a pretty day.  Forget about who you will or won’t see tomorrow at church.  Forget about Easter dinner.  Forget about all of that.

Today is a day just to wait.  And so we wait like those who are waiting for the results of a medical test, or the outcome of a job interview, or for a loved one to return home safely from military service, or for that letter to arrive from the college we hope to attend.   We wait.

We are waiting upon God.

 

Prayer

Dear God,

In the stillness of this day, the day after our Lord has been crucified, we wait for you.  Usually we are able to make strategies, set priorities, marshal resources, develop plans, analyze trends and do all sorts of pro-active things to get what we want done.  But not today.  Today the only thing we can do is wait upon you.

Amen

 

 

 

“It is finished” 3 crosses

          –  John 19:30

“Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”   (John 19:31)

What else is there to do this day, except pray?

 

Prayer — Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.

Indeed, I was born guilty,

a sinner when my mother conceived me.

You desire truth in the inward being;

therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins,

and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and put a new and right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

and do not take your holy spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will return to you.

Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation,

and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

For you have no delight in sacrifice;

if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;

rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,

then you will delight in right sacrifices,

in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;

then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Amen