Main Scripture: Matthew 27:54;62-66
Silent Saturday will forever be the day that over 2,000 years ago the world held it’s breath. The Roman Empire, centurions, guards, disciples, Mary Magdalene and many others patiently waited on Saturday to see what would happen Sunday. If the people I just listed are anyway similar to us, then I’m sure they were nervous, anxious, and even excited for what was to come on Sunday. We get nervous for the next test, how many likes our instagram post will get, and whether or not that special someone will read our text let alone text us back. I can’t imagine anything more anxious than the romans guards who crucified Christ.
Even on Friday in Matthew 27:54 “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”. Even those who crucified Jesus realized he was the son of God. They even remember Jesus saying that ‘after there days I will rise again’. This is where we see in the last few verses in Matthew they try to hide there fear with a boulder and a soldier to guard the tomb. We know how that went…. Sunday’s Coming….
62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stoneand posting the guard.
See, Silent Saturday is simply the day in between the Crucifixion of Christ and the Ressurection. There is nothing that we know of that happened on Saturday, other than the fact that many of the disciples were hiding. But why would they be hiding? Well, the roman government just crucified Christ. Only foreign criminals or slaves were crucified. But they crucified Jesus. This means the disciples had to run and hide for their lives. They were in hiding. They had been with Jesus all throughout his ministry and if they were found they could be killed too.
So, students that leads me to ask you an important question. When life gets really hard, and there comes a day where someone asks you why you believe in Jesus. What will your answer be? Only you can answer that. I want to encourage you to stand on your relationship with Christ. Don’t crumble, don’t fall, and don’t be silent. Your God robbed the grave. Your God defeated death. Your God proved the entire watching world WRONG over 2,000 years ago. If Jesus defeated the grave, then why don’t you get out of yours? We have life. We have freedom from sin. We have forgiveness, all in the Name of Jesus. When we all get to go back to school, and someone asks you why you are different. Or why you pray before you eat lunch. Or why you don’t put down others, simply tell them that Christ defeated the grave for you to be different. For you to take a stand, not to be silent.
Are you going to let others keep you silent about your faith? Or will you be unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Jesus did not defeat the grave for you to simply be silent, he defeated it for you to have a relationship with him, Glorify God, and tell others about his love. How do we tell others about God’s love when we can’t physically see them?
- Social Media Posts-Ask yourself before you post, Does this glorify God?
- Send an encouraging text, snapchat or DM.-You never know how badly someone may need encouragement. Our words carry weight, let’s use them to life up others with God’s love. Not be silent.
- Pray for your friends-Even those whom you may not like or get along with the best, pray for them. Jesus died for you on your worse day. You can love others on their worst day.
There is an old song that goes like this “They will know we are Christians by our love”. I know today is silent Saturday. But may we never be silent about what Jesus did for us on the Cross. May we truly seek to glorify him with everything we have.
The image below is what Saturday Looked like, BUT students, Sunday is coming!!!! Hallelujah. There ain’t no grave that can hold His body down! Thank you Jesus!!!
Love and Blessings,
Transformed Student Ministry