Day 7: Holy Saturday – Waiting in Hope

The next day, on the Sabbath,[a] the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days, I will rise from the dead.’ So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.” Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it. -Matthew 27:62-66

You can feel the tension of Holy Saturday. A day marked by darkness and waiting—waiting in grief, hope, and unanswered questions. The tension between what they had just witnessed with their own eyes and the truth they held onto.

Throughout the week before His crucifixion, Jesus’ power, wisdom, and authority made everyone rethink their opinions of Him. He left a lasting impression on many, including religious leaders, Pontius Pilate, and His own disciples.

On Saturday, Jesus’ body lay in a tomb, wrapped in linen. Around Jerusalem, people wondered if there would be more to His story. His incredible strength and the supernatural darkness during His crucifixion unsettled those who wanted Him dead, even after they succeeded. A resurrection would only make more people believe in Him.

And believe they would because Sunday was coming! A sealed tomb would not hold Him back. Death is not the end.

Put Yourself in the Story

Take some time to reflect on Holy Saturday’s tension and uncertainty. Have there been moments in your own life when you’ve experienced uncertainty or tension? How did you navigate those feelings? What helped you hold onto hope during difficult times?

Commit to spending time in prayer and reflection on Holy Saturday, allowing the tension of the day to deepen your appreciation for the hope and promise of Easter Sunday.