Holy Saturday – The Significance

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Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. In today’s #SaturdayGoodRead, we have picked out two blogposts related to the significance of Holy Saturday.

In the first blog titled What is Holy Saturday?, it clarifies what actually happened that day – how after the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the body was laid in a new tomb. If Jesus had not resurrected at all, our faith in Him would have been in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). That first Holy Saturday was also the day where Jesus had “rested” from His work of salvation on the cross where he had proclaimed, “It is finished!” Scripture told us of that first Resurrection Sunday when Jesus arose from his physical death. Holy Saturday is therefore seen as a day of quiet contemplation as God’s people silently anticipate and await the celebration of the Risen King on Resurrection Sunday.

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On the Cross for Our Sins

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“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24. ESV

This Friday is Good because “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness…” As we remember His great sacrifice, may we likewise extend His redemptive forgiveness to others as those whose wounds have been healed by Him. Selah.

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Famous Last Words on Good Friday

 

For this #SaturdayGoodRead, EAST News is republishing a post from Dr Alex Tang’s blog titled “Famous Last Words on Good Friday” as we are entering the Holy Week. Dr Tang examines the last seven sentences Jesus uttered on the cross and the significance of His last words for us as His followers.

Sermon Statement

Jesus’ famous last words revealed who he is and what he had done for us – God incarnate and the penal substitution for our sins

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How the Virus Stole Easter–Or Not

Ms Kristi Bothur composed the poem, “How the Virus Stole Easter” (with a nod to Dr Seuss, she noted), and published it on her blog site, This Side of Heaven. Here is an excerpt:

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” they proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Or is it? For the amazing ending, read the rest of the poem here.

Source: This Side of Heaven blog, 5 April 2020.

It Is Finished!

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18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19, NIV)

“IT IS FINISHED!” declared the Saviour when He died on the cross that first Good Friday (John 19:30). Worthy is the Lamb that was slain! A perfect, spotless, unblemished sacrifice that saved the world!

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