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Lenten Season Devotions 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Kenneth McKeown, Elder

Holy Saturday

The Apostles Creed (first three sentences)
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;



He descended into Hell!
The song A Natural Woman, written by Carole King, contains among others, these words: “When my soul was in the Lost and Found.”  I imagine that the disciples felt that way the day following the crucifixion of Jesus.  “What do we do now that Jesus is not with us any longer?” they probably asked themselves.  And just like the disciples, I’m pretty sure there are days when we are lost and don’t think that Jesus is with us-- and we, too, look for our souls in the Lost and Found.
Holy Saturday-- What did Jesus do on that Saturday in Hell?  Theologians have discussed that question and come up with no definitive answer.  When I think of what Jesus may have been doing that Saturday in Hell, my mind goes to two possibilities: first, perhaps Jesus confronted Satan just like he did in the desert after fasting for forty days and disposed of him as the unworthy adversary that he is or second, perhaps he preached, taught and brought salvation to many of those lost in that place of fire and brimstone.
Ultimately, I think the takeaway of Holy Saturday for us is this:
There are times in our lives when it feels like we are alone, that our soul is in the lost and found, and that Jesus is not with us, but then, Holy Saturday turns to Easter morning. “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57)
Gracious and loving God, when we are feeling alone and vulnerable, help us to remember to be present in the love and grace of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  AMEN

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