Holy Saturday

AUTHOR: Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to 1 Corinthians 15:35–58.

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come?” You fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow—you are not sowing the body that will be, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain. But God gives it a body as he wants, and to each of the seeds its own body. Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is different from that of the earthly ones. There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; in fact, one star differs from another star in splendor. So it is with the resurrection of the dead: Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption; sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power; sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written, The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual.

The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. Like the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; like the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.

What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruption. Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place:

Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, death, is your victory?
Where, death, is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

What God’s Silence Can Mean For You

By Gabe Coyle

Everyone knows the feeling of silence, but silence means many different things.

Silence may mean someone is gone. Silence may mean solitude. Silence may mean numbness. It may mean fear, hate, secrets, loss, but it might also mean listening or silence may even feel comforting. Silence can mean many things to many people.

But one day of the year that is often so silent we breeze right through it is Holy Saturday. Between the cry of “It is finished” and the angels declaring to Mary Magdalene that “he is not here,” we find a day of disorienting silence. But what does that silence mean?

In the moment, it seemed that all hope was lost. God’s son had died. Doubt was left in his place. But looking back at this day through the longer lens of salvation history, we come to understand that silence does not have to mean God is done or absent. For God, silence means more is to come because he is coming.

Holy Saturday is a quiet day in between loud pinnacles. Between first and last, corrupt and incorruptible, dust and heaven, hope and seeing. It is a day that can feel as though it sums up our lives. It is a day of waiting in the silence knowing now that death has been defeated and resurrection life is coming, but we don’t always know how to wait, to be in the silence.

What are you waiting on God for today? Name it in the silence of Holy Saturday. Offer your anxious thoughts and fear-filled feelings up to God in surrender. Maybe silence means God is listening, waiting for you to say more.

And if it seems as though God is silent too long, if it feels as though God has abandoned you, remember the lesson of Holy Saturday: God’s silence doesn’t mean God is done. Maybe instead, the silence is a time of tuning our ears so that we can hear his final victory shout with grace-filled clarity.

Embrace the silence today. Let God quiet your heart. This is but a moment in between.

PRAY:

When have you felt dead and unloved this week? When have you felt alive and loved this week? Pay attention to your body as you answer these questions. How does the passage in Corinthians encourage you to anticipate the day of your resurrection with hope? How do the passage and this devotional encourage you to anticipate the day of your resurrection with hope?

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