Posted by: Larry Hoekman | March 26, 2016

Easter — Silent Saturday!

Day 1273:  Silent Saturday! This is a repost, but a goody! This seemingly uneventful day may be saying far more about our relationship with God than it seems.

Scripture:  He was oppressed and afflicted, but He opened not His mouth.  He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, He did not open His mouth.  Isaiah 53:7    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but we who are being saved recognize this message as the power of God!  I Corinthians 1:18

Thoughts/questions:  Jesus was used to speaking on Saturdays, as it is the Sabbath, and He regularly went to the synagogue and spoke with the Jews and their religious leaders. However, now we have total silence on the Saturday sandwiched between the cross and the empty tomb.  What is His message on this most unique of Sabbaths?

This day of silence speaks about our need to make a choice.  The message of the cross was loud and clear on Friday.  The resurrection would loudly confirm the message, but the silence of Saturday gives all of us the chance to reflect on how we are going to respond to the cross.  Foolishness or the power of God?  Mental acknowledgement or heartfelt commitment?  Sunday lip service or daily dedication?  In the quietness of Saturday, we have time to choose.  Use this ‘Silent Saturday’ as an opportunity to reflect on your spiritual life.

Also, this time of silence between the bad (cross) and the good (empty tomb) reminds us that there is often a time gap between events in our lives which appear to be bad and our realization that God is using that event for our good.   And we might not ever know (on earth) as we are to live by faith.  So don’t get discouraged during God’s silence!  It might be Friday, BUT Sunday’s coming!!!!

Suggested prayer:  Lord, Your silence speaks loudly to me.  Help me to listen and respond . . .

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