Day 40: Holy Saturday, April 16
Holy Week: “Follow Jesus to the Cross”
Today’s Truth that Transforms:
“Rest with Jesus”
Scripture from Hebrews
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. (Hb 3&4)
How are we “Transformed in Christ” and shaped to be more like Him?
Those preparing Jesus’ body for burial were hurried because they had to complete preparations before Sabbath began at sundown on Friday. No work could be done from then until the Sabbath concluded at sundown on Saturday. God’s people remembered Sabbath because God rested from His work of creation. Six days He created. The seventh day He rested. His work was completed. What is happening this sabbath at Jesus’ tomb? God is resting once again. Resting from His work of redemption. It is completed. Jesus said, “It is finished,” and committed His Spirit to the Father. His body rested in the tomb. Before the dawn of Easter morning, the stone will be rolled away for all to see that Jesus’ life has entered His body and once again lives. But on this day, we rest. The work is completed. Tomorrow we celebrate this victory!
How do you see this “Truth that Transforms” working in your life?
The following is an application story written by Gena Lakeman. After you read it, ask yourself the same question. “How do I see this ‘Truth that Transforms’ working in my life?
God has been gently wooing me to this idea of stillness. At first, I thought it was a call to slow down, say no more often, de-stress my day. But, as I spend more time with the Almighty, I’m realizing that the stillness he is asking me into doesn’t necessarily come in the de-cluttering of my calendar. It is more of an inner stillness that he is developing in me, regardless of the chaos of life around me. I recently hiked Mount Tamalpais, and I was meditating on this call to stillness with God’s creation surrounding me, all of it in movement. My footsteps, my heartbeats, my lungs expanding, ocean waves coming and going in their beautiful rhythm. The creek, falling over the rocks in its path on it’s way toward the bottom of the mountain, the majestic Redwoods dancing in the invisible wind. Through all this movement, this UN-stillness, I realized the inner stillness that God is calling us to. He’s asking us to sit at his feet and consume Him, to prioritize the stillness of our souls so that we may know him more. In THIS stillness, we realize the undeniable peace and contentment that comes despite environmental chaos, busyness of life, storms, trials and testing. As you meditate on God’s finished work at the cross, will you recognize the moments of rest given as an example on how to live spiritually well? How will you spend more time resting before Jesus, allowing his incomprehensible peace to still your soul?