Holy Saturday and the Holy Spirit

What the tomb might have looked like before they put Jesus inside

Good Morning, God

Over the years I haven’t thought much about Holy Saturday. It was just a day on which I waited for Easter.  Good Friday I can picture. Easter, too. But for Holy Saturday I have no images.

Now that I actually think about it — it seems to me that it was during this time that Jesus descended into Hell. That’s what it says in the Apostles’ Creed.

ancient image of Jesus preaching good news to the dead

I like the idea of Jesus visiting hell — the Word announcing Himself to all who had gone before. Mind you, God, Hell as a concept has fallen out of favor. In C.S. Lewis’ book the Great Divorce, spirits from Hell can go up to Heaven on a day’s “bus trip”  — but then, C.S. Lewis presents Hell as a Place where people “choose” to stay — not where the wicked are cast into the fire. Lewis’ hell is more like a Northern English industrial city -grey, dull and smoggy.

But, I didn’t mean to get into THAT topic, God. I was just trying to imagine what happened on Holy Saturday.

Maybe I am jumping into Easter, but the verse I love best is the verse in Ephesians 1:19 about how THAT SAME GREAT SPIRIT that RAISED Christ Jesus from the DEAD is at work in US.

Yes, God. You DO want to be at WORK in Us. I believe it. But it really does seem way too astounding to be easily comprehended. Only it isn’t so much a matter of comprehending it — but rather being APPREHENDED BY IT!

Sigh, I want to be apprehended immediately — I want to be GRABBED by Your Holy Spirit now! But God, for me it seems to be a slow moment-by-moment matter of focusing attention on You. It’s about Focused Attention and The TRUST/COURAGE to RESPOND to Your small nudges. You wait for me to say, Yes. And saying yes is scary.

But, with Your help, God, YES!      YES, GOD!

Story teller,

Posted in a thought or two on Hell, Apostles' Creed, Holy Saturday, The Holy Spirit

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