Death, Harrowing of Hell, Descent into Hell, Holy Saturday, Matthew 27:57-66, Job 14:1-14, Sermon, Resurrection

Hell Yeah! – A Holy Saturday Sermon on Matthew 27:57-66 and Job 14:1-14

Job 14:1-14 Matthew 27:57-66 “If mortals die, will they live again?” (Job 14:14) That’s Job’s question. It’s a Holy Saturday kind of question. It’s a question all of us ask on the Holy Saturdays of our lives. Jesus was crucified, killed, yesterday. His body was placed in a tomb. A great stone was placed over the entrance. The woman sit opposite the tomb. They do … Continue reading Hell Yeah! – A Holy Saturday Sermon on Matthew 27:57-66 and Job 14:1-14

Good Friday, Sermon, Holy Week, Death, Crucifixion John 18:1-19:42

Hell Awaits – A Sermon for Good Friday, John 18:1-19:42

Last night we began taking our share with Jesus. We ate the last supper. We washed feet. We stripped the altar. We come here today much the same as we left here last night. The table of our last supper has been cleared and is empty. The water that washed our feet has dried and the basin is empty. The altar of our life has … Continue reading Hell Awaits – A Sermon for Good Friday, John 18:1-19:42

In the Hell of Life, Holy Saturday

14th century manuscript illustrating the harrowing of hell
The Harrowing of Hell, 14th century (source)

“When one door closes another opens,” goes an old and popular saying. But what about that time in between, after one door closes but before another opens? What do we do then? As a friend of mine once said, “It’s hell when you are waiting in the hallway.” That’s where we are today. The door on Good Friday has closed. Jesus is dead. The door on Easter has not yet opened. The tomb is sealed and guarded. This is Holy Saturday, in-between time, tomb time.

Many, perhaps most, will not remember or celebrate this day, but, at some point, we all live this day. We all come to the Holy Saturday of our life, the hell of our life, and it always involves a death of some kind: the death of loved one, the death of a relationship, the death of a dream. Regardless of how it comes about someone or something has died and all the doors remain closed. Continue reading “In the Hell of Life, Holy Saturday”

Holy Saturday – Tomb Work

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles … Continue reading Holy Saturday – Tomb Work