Saturday: Resting and Waiting…

April 16, 2022

And he took [the body of Jesus] down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.

And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Luke 23:53, 56b

Our Holy Week Family Devotional is brought to you by the Next Gen Ministry. We pray you and your family spend time reflecting on the life of Jesus this week.

 

Today’s Devotion

Jesus died on the day before the Sabbath, a day for people to rest from the week, think about God, and worship together as a family. It began when the sun went down on Friday, and ended at sunset on Saturday.

Because God had commanded it, no one was allowed to do any work on the Sabbath. (See Exodus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 5:14.) They did all of their work the day before, on “Preparation Day,” to prepare for their day of rest.

After Jesus died, two men named Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took His body to a tomb to be buried. Some women who loved Jesus very much followed behind them as well. Because of the Sabbath, they weren’t allowed to prepare Jesus’ body for burial, so they planned to come back to the tomb at a later time. Then, they returned to their homes on this special Saturday of resting and waiting.

While they rested and waited, they were probably extremely sad. Jesus had been killed in an awful way. They probably missed the friend they had grown to love the most! It must have been hard to think about anything else that day.

But Jesus had told them He would rise again on the third day after His death. They may have remembered this and wondered if it could be true. It would be hard to hope for something so good when so many bad things had happened, but that’s what Jesus had said. They would just have to spend this Saturday resting and waiting…

 

Talking Points

As Christians, most of us celebrate our day of rest on Sunday, but not everyone does! When does your family celebrate a day of rest? What kinds of things do you do to relax?
If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, would you believe that He was going to be raised from the dead? Or would you be afraid He was gone forever?

 

Family Activity

Go on a walk as a family and look for large stones. Have each person pick one up and bring them back to the house.

When you return, have each person hold the stone and think of something that makes them sad. Write these things on the stones. Talk about these things and how on this day the people were sad because Jesus was dead and they thought He was gone forever.

Take the stones outside put them in the dirt. Let the children bury them in the ground just as Jesus was buried.

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