LEARN TO LIVE, LIVE TO LEARN
“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?” ―St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
Jesus' body was taken away and laid in the tomb where it was guarded by Roman soldiers throughout the day on Saturday, which was the Sabbath to make sure that the disciples did not steal Jesus' body.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the Law. When the Sabbath ended at 6 p.m., Christ's body was ceremonially treated for burial with spices (Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40).
We profess every Sunday that Jesus, “descended into Hell." Glorious Saturday is the day when Christ descended to the realm of the dead on Holy Saturday to liberate Old Testament saints. Christ frees Adam, Abraham, and other patriarchs who have been waiting for the Messiah to free them from the bonds of death. During his descent, Jesus opened heaven’s gates for all the just who had gone before him (1 Peter 3:19).
I like the movie, "The Shack" directed by Stuart Hazeldine but for me, the closing of the novel by William Young with the same title is really more beautiful. Mackenzie asked Jesus, "Don't all roads in life lead to You?" Our Lord answered, "No. But I will take all and every road to get to you." Jesus has not forgotten. He stops at nothing, not even the oppression of death, to bring his people back to himself. In his death, Jesus was still busy loving you.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum