62 The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 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.’ 64 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.” 65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
It comes by many names. Some know it as “Holy Saturday”; others refer to it as “Great Saturday”; “Silent Saturday”; “Hallelujah Saturday”; and a couple others. My personal favorite is: The Great Sabbath.
The controversy is far from over. So, as a leader of men, Pilate uses his authority to order guards for the tomb of Jesus to prevent more unrest in the town.
In addition, after all that has taken place in the past 48+ hours (which I’m sure no one really slept), the followers of Jesus are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted.
Now it is the Sabbath. So, rest. Tomorrow will be the start of a brand new period of human history. But today, rest.
God, I rest in you. Amen.
Kx. Ntshiab Suav
Senior Pastor of FHAC.