After Jesus died on the cross, his body was taken down and placed in a tomb on Friday evening.
Jesus’ body entered into its Sabbath rest.
“The Sabbath was made for people, people were not made for the Sabbath,” Jesus had said, and there is biblical evidence that even as his body lay entombed Jesus was somehow active in his ministry of love, grace, mercy, and reconciliation (1 Peter 3:18).
Even in death Jesus offered grace.
Even now, Jesus through his death offers grace.
On this day when we reflect upon the reality of Jesus in his tomb, O God, help us to reflect upon how we follow him when we share your love in and through our own death.
Give us grace to die to ourselves that we might live to you and that we might live by giving ourselves to others.
Give us grace so to live and die in you that we will offer a witness to you and grace to others in the ways that we approach and experience our own death.
Whether we live or whether we die, may our way be a way of loving ministry and witness.