meditation for Holy Saturday, Easter Eve: Jesus’ rest

After someone dies, we often say, “Rest in peace.” Jesus completed all things in accordance with scripture and by his death—awaiting the confirmation of that and result in his resurrection—God’s atoning work was done.

For us who see the entire story, there is kind of a pleasing rest about all of this. Yes, Jesus somehow in spirit (with a provisional body?) saw the repentant thief in Paradise. His atoning sufferings were over. And death would not hold him.

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Luke 23:50-56; also Matthew 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; John 19:38-42

 

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