“This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin. As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed.” – Luke 23:54-55
The closest any of the gospels comes to commenting on Saturday is right here. Friday afternoon is as far as it goes. Saturday, in my mind, has come to be known as “silent Saturday.”
What was happening on Saturday? Much complicated theological parsing could be offered, but I prefer to keep things simple. One thing I believe was going on was that Hell was partying. Though Satan knows the Word of God and the demons know who Jesus is, I believe that Hell was caught flat-footed at the Cross. The Enemy overplayed his hand and did not take resurrection into consideration. Sin was ambushed at the cross!
A second thing I believe was going on was that Heaven was preparing. When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” it became the “starter’s call” for the hosts of Heaven. The Prince of Glory was coming home (Psalm 24:7-10). A home full of wonder and worship was being arrayed for a reunion and family celebration.
A third thing that I believe that was going on was that Humanity was perplexed. By Sunday we find that the disciples had been in hiding. Why? On Saturday they didn’t know what to do next!
We find that by Sunday, the religious leaders had teamed with the government to post guards. Why? On Saturday they weren’t convinced this thing was over! By Sunday, the women were ready to prepare the body fully for burial. Why? They had resigned themselves to defeat on Saturday!
Saturday is a silent day…but it speaks volumes to my heart.