I have long been fascinated by Holy Sarurday. The day between death and life. What happened? I read many people’s thoughts, opinions, and versions as they interpret scriptures this way or that. And I walked away more confused than I started.
And so this simple girl has found an explanation, or rather a peace, that fits for me. The Saturday, the in-between, is about two things. Patient endurance and captives set free.
I know captivity. I get it. Sin has thrown its powerful wet blanket over my heart more times than I care to count. It has covered me up. Left me depressed. Feeling shameful. Anxious. Afraid. Uncertain. Sin nearly destroyed my marriage. And almost crushed my heart.
Saturday for me is about knowing that I am human, but also that Him which is super human lives in me. If it were all about my sin, all about death, my story would end in suffering. There would be no hope and I might as well resign myself to sinful grave clothes with no intentions of a freedom song ever coming my way.
But He that is in me is greater. He speaks life and hope. This prisoner is set free, even in the midst of trials and temptations, by an internal monitor. The One inside who minds my heart and mind and reminds me when it’s time to move. The One who gives me power to victoriously throw the sin blanket off and move on set free. The One who takes my shame and ties it to the cross so I bear it no more. I am indeed set free by Him. And on this faithful Holy Saturday of in-between my heart begins to grasp what it meant to move me from captivity to breathing. From rejection to beloved. From sinner to sinless. From human idealism to supernatural God freedom.
Saturday is a Holy day. The day you are blind. The day you do not yet see victory with your eyes but feel it rising up in your hearts. A day of freedom faith. A life on earth lived in Holy Saturdays waiting yet for Him to call our name up to resurrection Sunday.
And what a beautiful day that will be. The day Christ snatches you from death to bring you out if the grave and home to Him. To dwell inside His home and heart. Set deeply in true whole freedom.
Holy Saturday, Lord thank you for this day. For teaching us to live and love. For allowing us chances to serve You Lord and throw sin blankets back to their thorny owner. To make known your name to those you make known to us. We love you Lord. This freedom waiting day is special.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” Isaiah 61:1