Holy Saturday-Easter Eve
Neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. – Psalm 16:10.
On the day that followed the day of the Preparation, hence on the Passover Sabbath, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying: “Sir, we remember what that Deceiver said while He was yet alive: After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people: He is risen from the dead, so the last error shall be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them: “Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can.”
So they went and made the sepulcher sure, setting a watch, and putting a seal upon the stone which would provide evidence if anyone tampered with the door of the tomb. Troubled by thoughts of secret unrest, they wanted to make altogether sure of keeping Jesus, whom they hated so bitterly, in death, grave, decay, and corruption, and relegate Him to utter oblivion. But here is God’s prophecy concerning Christ: “Neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.”
God kept Christ’s body in the grave without corruption. Death and the grave had not swallowed up and overpowered Him. The fact that Christ conquered death and the grave soon became evident; and it shall be fully evident to all the world on the Day of Judgment. Also the present-day religious modernists who fill so many pulpits and chairs of learning and seats of church-government, and would keep Christ in the grave by denying His resurrection, shall be utterly confounded. God will make them His footstool, and they shall wail and be forced to acknowledge that the Holy One of God did not see corruption. But you, O Christian and child of God, do look upon the buried Savior with altogether different eyes: confess that He is your Substitute who has borne your sin and suffered your death, and has conquered the grave for you, that you may live in righteousness and blessedness forever.
PRAYER. – Lord Jesus, I thank Thee that Thou didst take my sin upon Thyself and didst procure for me eternal glory in heaven. Thou—Conqueror of sin and death and grave—grant that henceforth I may not stand in dread of death or the grave, but that in the knowledge of Thee may gladly lay my body down at the end of my earthly pilgrimage, knowing that I am a partaker of Thy victory – Thou who hast abolished the terrors of the grave. Amen.
O Jesus blest, My Help and Rest,
With tears I now entreat Thee:
Make me love Thee to the last,
Till in heaven I greet Thee.
Hymn 167, 7. [TLH]