Day 7: Holy or Passion Saturday
- This day is seen by many as “A Day of Opposition.”
- Others see it as “A Day of Gloom.”
- It was also a Sabbath day—no work was done, for it was a Jewish holy day (see Exodus 20:8-11).
- The women (Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome) who watched the tomb where the body of the Lord Jesus was buried, rested this day according to the commandment (Luke 23:55, 56).
- The tomb of the Lord Jesus was guarded—well secured by the Roman soldiers (Matthew 27:62-66):
♦ The chief priests (Sadducees) and the Pharisees went to Pilate and requested maximum security, a detachment of Roman soldiers (Matthew 27:62).
♦ They described the Lord Jesus as “that deceiver” (Matthew 27:63) when, in reality, they were the deceivers (Matthew 26:4) and hypocrites (Matthew 23:13, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29).
♦ Their request to secure the grave of the Lord Jesus with a sealed entrance and guards was an attempt to thwart the fulfillment of Jesus’ own prediction of His resurrection (Matthew 27:64).
» They took Jesus’ resurrection claims more seriously than the disciples did.
» While these religious leaders remembered Jesus’ teaching about His resurrection, the disciples didn’t (see Matthew 20:17-19).
» Because of Jesus’ claims, these leaders were almost as afraid of Him after His death as when He was alive.
» As a result, they tried to take every precaution so that Jesus’ body would remain in the tomb.
» This was yet one more attempt to thwart God’s work through the Lord Jesus, which never materialized.
♦ Finally, Pilate authorized a guard of Roman soldiers to go ahead and seal the tomb as requested by the Jewish religious leaders (Matthew 27:65).
♦ The stone at the entrance of Jesus’ tomb was sealed, the guard was set, and anyone trying to steal the body of Jesus would have encountered the armed might of the Roman Empire (Matthew 27:66).
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