Today is the last day of the week of crucifixion and the Jewish Sabbath. Jesus was buried in the tomb. The chief priests and the Pharisees deliberated to meet Pilate and asked to send soldiers to guard the tomb of Jesus in case his disciples stole him. After receiving the permission of Pilate, they sealed off the tomb with stones and set up soldiers to keep them safe.
- Jesus was buried
|1 The tomb of Jesus was guarded||Outside Jerusalem||27:62‐66|
|2 The disciples rested on the Sabbath||Jerusalem||23:56b|
Matthew 27:62-66 The Sabbath
62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
As the Psalms 2 says: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed.” On that day, the same was true for the chief priests and the Pharisees, who tried to stop Jesus' resurrection through stones and soldiers. "He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision." (Psalm 2:4) Do you not know that not only He could not be held by death, but also through death He might destroy the devil who had the power of death, not to mention the hand of man? Although He was in the tomb, He had already won!
Therefore, even in the deepest night we can sing to God, because the dawn of resurrection will surely come!
Hymn：H108 Christ Arose
3/31 受難週第七天 (YL)
62次日，就是預備日的第二天，祭司長和法利賽人聚集來見彼拉多，說： 63「大人，我們記得那誘惑人的還活著的時候曾說：『三日後我要復活。』 64因此，請吩咐人將墳墓把守妥當，直到第三日，恐怕他的門徒來把他偷了去，就告訴百姓說他從死裡復活了。這樣，那後來的迷惑比先前的更厲害了。」 65彼拉多說：「你們有看守的兵，去吧，盡你們所能的把守妥當。」 66他們就帶著看守的兵同去，封了石頭，將墳墓把守妥當。
因此， 即使是在最深的黑夜裡我們也可以向 神歌唱，因為復活的黎明必將來臨！