Holy Week - Day 7

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Luke 23:55-56 NIV

After Jesus suffered and bled for our sin, mocked and scorned in front of both those who loved and reviled Him, the bleak echoes of that day continued to ring in the Messiah's absence. Jesus had descended into death, a lonely land from which no one returns.

And yet, Joseph and the women who had traveled with Jesus dealt with the realities of death, just as we all must. They prepared and buried His body, traveling home to gather spices and perfumes for a proper burial until their obedience and commitment to observing the Sabbath pulled them away. 

Then, they waited…and there’s something special about the waiting.

Today on Holy Saturday—that dark gap between Jesus’ death and His triumphant resurrection from the dead—may we find comfort and HOPE that the darkness will not last. The stone will be rolled away, death will lose its sting, and Jesus will be reunited with His Father once again, just as we all will be in our time. All we have to do in the waiting is to be obedient and have faith that His promise will be fulfilled.

Say a prayer of thanks to God that His promises never fail and that sorrow only lasts for the night. Pray that many will place their hope in the eternal promise of Christ and find joy in salvation this Easter!

Light is coming. 
New life is coming!
Sunday is coming!
- Lizzie Whipps
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Don't forget to BRING YOUR FAVORITE FLOWERS to be placed in the flowering cross tomorrow morning! Volunteers will be placing flowers onto the cross and would love to use your contributions.
One of our favorite parts of Easter at First Baptist Gulfport is the flowering cross! Not only will it be a perfect backdrop for family pictures, but it's a living reminder of the LIFE we have because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross!
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