Redeemer Family, What a wonderful celebration at today's grand opening. Here is one last reflection as we prepare for tomorrow. - Pastor Kevin
Day 7: Saturday Jesus laid to rest by Pastor Kevin Bowles
Luke 23:54-56 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how his body was placed. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
After the torturous suffering of the cross, Jesus cried out two final phrases: "It is Finished" and "Father, into your hands I entrust my Spirit." And with these two phrases, He clues us into what has happened.
First, His work in paying for sin is complete (Heb. 10:10). He didn't proceed to pay for sin by fighting the devil in hell or anything else about which many speculate. And second, He was entrusting Himself to the Father, just as He had all along. If He was to live again, the Father would need to raise Him from the dead. (Acts 2:24)
And then, as the Sabbath drew near, amidst a darkened sky, the lifeless maker of the universe was laid into the grave. Just as he created the world to function on a seven day weekly rhythm, with the final day being a day of rest from work -- Christ Jesus had finished his work as our atoning sacrifice on the sixth day of the week. And as the final day drew near, His body was laid to rest.
If your sin haunts you today or you feel no rest, know that your Savior finished the work you couldn't have accomplished. And after completing the work, he died. But Christ's sabbath rest only lasted for a short time. Sunday morning will be here soon.
Tonight, as we remember the body of our lifeless Messiah -- laid to rest Friday evening and in the tomb until early Sunday -- listen to this beautiful song from Andrew Peterson about Christ's rest in the tomb: God Rested - by Andrew Peterson
And then let's gather tomorrow and rejoice in the power of His resurrection. See you at 7am, 9am, or 11am.