Holy Week: Saturday – His Body in the Tomb

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.” – John 19:38-42

Holy Saturday is the somber day of reflection where Jesus’s physical body lay in the tomb.

Jesus’s enemies, the chief priests and Pharisees visit Pilate asking him to fortify the tomb, which he does.

Jesus’s followers have scattered and spent the day in profound grief, shock, and fear (John 20:19).

However, Sanhedrin members Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus boldly come forward to take care of their Savior. It’s noted that Nicodemus brings an exorbitant amount of burial spices (100lbs!), proving his conversion.

The Light has gone out and the world is darker more than ever in its absence.

However, Sunday is just around the sunset and the world would never be the same!

Saturday’s events are recorded in Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40.

Salvation Is Nearer

“Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” – Rom. 13:10-11

We fulfill God’s law when we love our neighbor. Very simply love is this: doing no harm to our neighbor and seeking their needs above our own.

The Lord’s coming is nearer than ever before. Therefore, love like never before.

We Are the Lord’s

“For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” – Rom. 14:8

Uncertainties will surely always abound.

However, one thing is abundantly certain: we are the Lord’s.

We live to the Lord. We die to the Lord. We laugh to the Lord. We cry to the Lord.

In all things, we are the Lord’s.

Invitation During COVID-19

Every Sunday, at this time, I am giving an INVITATION.

It is more important NOW than ever:

Do you know Jesus Christ, my Savior?

Have you surrendered your idol factory of a heart to Him?

If you were die today, do you know where you will spend eternity?

It is only through Jesus that Man can be saved.

I beseech you today, heed His call: believe in Him and receive everlasting life.

Yours in Christ,

– Pastor Patrick

Solus Christus!

Benediction During COVID-19

During this time, every Sunday, I am accustomed to giving the Benediction. I am obliged to do so even more now:

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ – Num. 6:24-26

Have a wonderfully blessed Sabbath, Beloved!

Yours in Christ,

– Pastor Patrick

Soli Deo Gloria!

Press On

“but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 3:13-14

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Psalms 104 Sung in Ancient Hebrew

REMEMBER THE PSALMS WERE WRITTEN TO BE SUNG!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever,” – Psalm 104:1-5

Yamma Ensemble, Global Hebrew & Jewish Music

The Humiliation of God

“Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.”

That’s the opening sentence in Bruce L. Shelley’s Church History in Plain Language.

No Longer Slaves


Augustine of Hippo said “he who sings prays twice,” once with our music and once with our words. This song has pierced my heart as only music can. It is my anthem of freedom.

My fears were drowned in perfect love. Jesus, You rescued me. No longer a slave to sin: I am a child of God!

Pray this song. “No Longer Slaves,” by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser

https://youtu.be/f8TkUMJtK5k

Lies from the enemy


The enemy is very good at making you think his thoughts, then making you think you thought them, and then accusing you for thinking them. 

The Holy Spirit teaches us by bringing to remembrance God’s Word to swat his lies away (John 14:26). This is the only real defense we have against the devil’s attacks:

  • I’m not forgiven.
  • I’m all alone.
  • I’m so afraid.
  • I’m worthless.
  • God is disappointed in me.
  • God is upset with me.

Do you know the Scripture to use against these lies? Do you know which sword to wield? (Eph. 6:17)

Tomorrow we will look at these fiery darts and how the Holy Spirit can help you extinguish them.

If you suffer from these sort of attacks, but you can’t make it and you would like my notes, IM me; I would be happy to send them to you.