Holy Saturday: Hope in the waiting

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By Stephanie Newport

Romans 6:3-4

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Today is Holy Saturday, and we wait.

This day has also been called Black Saturday, Saturday of Light and Joyous Saturday. In these names we are reminded of what happened yesterday and what will come in the morning, but for now we wait.

Because in our earthly existence we are tied to time and place, we often find ourselves in seasons of waiting. We’re waiting for the weekend, for our babies to start sleeping through the night, for comfort, fulfillment, success.

Sometimes we wait in deep, difficult places. Amid chronic health concerns, demanding relationships, and other trials, we find ourselves waiting there, desperately hoping for relief, yearning for the new life that comes on Resurrection Sunday.

But today is the in between day, when Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. This is the day that His disciples waited; no doubt scared and sorrowful. That day must have felt very dark for Jesus’ friends. We, too, sit with the anguish of our Savior crucified. We sit with our sin and the sin of the world that continues to destroy. We sit with the hope of the promised kingdom, but the reality that it isn’t here yet.  

As followers of Jesus, we have promises to stand on. While this doesn’t change the fact that we are still waiting and yearning for transformation in our lives, we have a foundation that we hold fast to.  Together, we can hold to these truths:

Jesus is with us in our waiting. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18)

Jesus is for us in our waiting. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Hold fast, brothers and sisters. Our Savior has conquered death and we will celebrate together in the morning! He is with you right now in your waiting and He has promised to never leave you.

Let Us Pray

Jesus, You have promised to be with me. Help me to choose presence with You as I wait. Silence the distractions that try to steal my heart. Fix my mind on Your faithfulness and give my heart hope.

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Stephanie Newport is the administrative assistant to Michelle Jones at Imago Dei.