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"What is Holy Saturday?"

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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God bless your Holy Saturday with knowledge of His truth & His divine plan for the days you spend on planet Earth!

I am asking the Lord to shower you with abundant blessings at Easter & always!

Happy Easter, beloved of God!

Ima


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Question: "What is Holy Saturday?"


Answer: Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Some Christians recognize Holy Saturday, the seventh day of Holy Week, as the day on which Jesus “rested” from His work of providing salvation. As Jesus died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for.


After His crucifixion, Jesus was laid in a nearby tomb, and His body remained there the entirety of Holy Saturday (Matthew 27:59-60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53-54; John 19:39-42). Churches that celebrate Holy Saturday traditionally do so by observing a day of somber reflection as they contemplate the world of darkness that would exist without the hope of Christ’s resurrection.


Indeed, without the resurrection of Christ, we would be in dire straits. If Christ had never been raised, “your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The disciples had scattered when Jesus was arrested (Mark 14:50), and they spent the first Holy Saturday hiding for fear of also being arrested (John 20:19). The day between Christ’s crucifixion and His resurrection would have been a time of grief and shock as the stunned disciples tried to understand the murder of Jesus, the betrayal of Judas, and the dashing of their hopes.


The only biblical reference to what happened on Holy Saturday is found in Matthew 27:62-66. After sundown on Friday—the day of Preparation—the chief priests and Pharisees visited Pontius Pilate. This visit was on the Sabbath, since the Jews reckoned a day as starting at sundown. They asked Pilate for a guard for Jesus’ tomb. They remembered Jesus saying that He would rise again in three days (John 2:19-21) and wanted to do everything they could to prevent that. As we know, the Roman guards were inadequate to prevent the resurrection, and the women who returned to the tomb Sunday morning found it empty. The Lord had risen.


Holy Saturday Calendar:
2014 – April 19
2015 – April 4
2016 – March 26
2017 – April 15
2018 – March 31
2019 – April 20
2020 – April 11


Recommended Resources: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Logos Bible Software.


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MA_DIDDLES 4/28/2014 10:23AM

    Jesus did ask His disciple (Followers)to memorialize His death. So we held a Memorial on April 14th, 2014 going by the Jewish calendar.
Mat 26:17-19 Mark 14:12-16 Luke 22: 7-13 John 13:1-5 14:1-3

Where in the Bible does Jesus ask us to memorialize His resurrection which was a gift from His Father the Almighty God?

Check out the origins of EASTER...It is sooooo Pagan. The almighty detested Pagan. Can we Christianize something God detested?



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LEANJEAN6 4/25/2014 7:37PM

    It's a lovely pinwheel--so emoticon nice to have it--Thank-yu!~-Lynda

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ROZEEROZ1 4/25/2014 1:21PM

    Until your blog Ima, I never thought of Saturday at Easter time as being Holy. Reference found in Matthew 27:62-66. What I like is how mankind "sealed" the tomb and it didn't work. Heaven's power is much greater than mankind's. Thanks for this blog.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/24/2014 11:34AM

    Wow, never. occurred. to. me. about it being His "day of rest". Wow.

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/20/2014 9:41AM

    have a blessed easter

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Happy Easter, to you, and yours !

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MCJULIEO 4/19/2014 11:16PM

    He is risen indeed!

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/19/2014 10:09PM

    Thank you for the chatechism! Have a blessed Easter!

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USMAWIFE 4/19/2014 8:58PM

    Happy Holy Saturday to you

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MAGA99 4/19/2014 8:42PM

    amen

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MERRYMARY42 4/19/2014 8:25PM

    Thanks for sharing, interesting

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TOPSBEAR 4/19/2014 8:00PM

    I have never heard it referred to as Holy Saturday. Interesting thanks for the share

Happy Easter!

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DIDMIS 4/19/2014 6:57PM

    Have a great Day of Resurrection all.
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ALLENJOSEPH 4/19/2014 6:43PM

    A very Happy & Blessed Easter to you too, IMA! God bless you and your Easter! emoticon Janis emoticon

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MJREIMERS 4/19/2014 6:16PM

    Thank you for this. Have a very Happy Easter!

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ONESPOTLEFT 4/19/2014 6:01PM

    have a blessed Easter

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Happy Easter !

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IGNITEME101 4/19/2014 3:06PM

    Yes! That's what happened! Thank you fotr sharing it. Never heard it referred to as 'Holy Saturday'.

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