On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his suffering and death. Only after the solemn vigil during the day and night, does the Easter celebration begin.
On Holy Saturday long ago the followers of Christ began to gather in the safety of the Upper Room where they had days earlier dined with Jesus. They gathered to meditate on the suffering and death of Christ – Why had this happened? What was the purpose? What would they do now?
Did anyone remember the story Jesus told?
Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Luke 12:35ff NIV
Today as we wait for Easter morning, what will you be doing?
As we wait for the return of Christ, will you be found ready?
See you at Church … I’ll be doing my best to be ready … will you join me?
(image taken at the Garden Tomb outside of Jerusalem)