Holy Saturday is sometimes called the great Sabbath. On this day Jesus rested in the tomb. It is a day of silence and uncertainty.
When we face the tragic death of someone we love it takes us to an in-between place.
When dealing with such a loss, our existence feels like non-existence. We don’t know what the next move is. We aren’t sure where to go. We just want to hide away somewhere with our grief, hoping that the world will stop moving for a while.
Do we eat? Do we sleep? Do we take a walk? What are we to do with ourselves in all of this grief?
How do we pray when hope has abandoned us? Our beloved is sealed in the tomb, how can it be?
When the heartbeat of our beloved cannot be found, our own hearts seem to stop as well.
How did Mary feel as they lay Jesus in the tomb? A parent isn’t supposed to watch her child die.
How does a parent go on when they lose a child, their most treasured possession?
This is where we are called on holy Saturday.
Allow yourself the time to grieve today, because there has been a great loss. The light of the world has been snuffed out and even the daylight seems like darkness.
Let’s get together in the morning at the sanctuary and we will see together where we go from here.
“This is one of the longest-standing traditions at Under The Radar as our 8th consecutive all-new Easter Radio Special. We hope this can serve as a soundtrack to your celebration of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. One of the special treats this year is that Rick Lee James joins us all hour to talk about his music, and specifically about the themes of resurrection found on his new album Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations. A fun behind the scenes note: This was one of the fastest turnarounds we ever had on an interview, having just recorded our Q&A with Rick on 3/18/16, and now releasing the episode on 3/25/16. It was nice to capture the excitement Rick had with his new album just releasing on March 17 (the day before our interview). Enjoy the gourmet music, and we hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday!” ((Dave Trout))
Under The Radar Exclusive Music Video
Rick Lee James – “The Invitation”
Rick Lee James performs “The Invitation” (a song he co-wrote with Andrew Greer) off of his 2016 project “Hymns, Prayers, & Invitations” during an Under The Radar visit in Chicago. // Director: Dave Trout for UTR // Filmed & Edited by Zechariah James for No Faux Productions
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, Andrew Peterson returns. Since we are so close to the Easter Season we talk a lot about his classic record, Resurrection Letters Volume 2. It was great to record this episode on location in Nashville at the Rabbit Room’s North Wind Manor. There’s a little something for everyone here. Great music and great conversation with a great artist, Andrew Peterson.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
—–Jesus, Lord or Lackey—–
Any Religion that needs to be affirmed or endorsed by a particular worldly empire or nation in order to thrive is likely a weak religion, with an impotent God, using the government as a crutch. The Kingdom of God is it’s own nationality with its own King, Jesus. It’s citizens need no government endorsement or mandate in order to thrive and be faithful. The need some Christians have to get the 10 Commandments placed on government property, to pledge allegiance to an earthly nation in a house of worship, or to mandate that prayer be led in public schools may actually stem from not believing that Jesus truly is Lord. Mandates like these render the incarnation as a fable and Jesus as a puppet ruler who needs a greater power to help Him achieve His goals. If Jesus truly is Lord then He needs no such permissions or endorsements from the world’s rulers to reign. He is either Lord or He isn’t. He is either Lord of all, right now, or He is not and never will be Lord. Mostly I think we tend to live like He isn’t because so often it seems we would rather force unbelievers to follow the rules than allow the living Jesus to transform human hearts and write new laws upon them. Those who don’t know how to love will mandate that it be given. Those who know how to love simply give it away and let it do its work. It’s like Paul is saying in the Galatians passage above, “welcome to the family” instead of “here’s a list of rules”. Those who don’t believe Jesus can change hearts will mandate that hearts be changed. Those who do believe in the lordship of Jesus will simply follow Him and let love do it’s work. Jesus is either lackey or Lord, but He is not both.
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing, glory to the newborn King.” –Charles Wesley