talk.pray.do: Holy Saturday


Friday afternoon, Jesus “died and was buried.” He remained in His tomb in Jerusalem from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. However, during this time, Jesus was not idle. He entered into the realm of the dead and joined the righteous who were “resting” in a place of “shadows” awaiting their resurrection. Jesus’ disciples and His family no doubt mourned tremendously because few believed His promise of resurrection. They thought this was the end, and they grieved deeply.

Few of us have the skills we need for public grieving. In Jesus’ day, grieving was loud, messy, and emotional. People wore clothes signaling their grief; some might wear ashes on their head or tear their garments, and at times they might simply sit in silence. On the cross, Jesus recited Psalm 22 (a grave psalm) —and sadly, we do not read it all the way through. It begins: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” It ends 31 verses later with praise and confidence in God.

It was probably a horrible day when Jesus was crucified on the cross, but it may have been a worse day for His disciples and friends when He was buried. Can you imagine the scene? It might have finally sank in as the disciples saw Jesus put in the tomb with a large, heavy stone rolled in front of the door. Hope seemed to be lost. The person they had followed and given up a lot for had just been put into a tomb. In their eyes, the Messiah, who was supposed to make everything better, had died. What were they to do next? Little did they know that the greatest thing ever was about to happen on Sunday…


Family Devotion:

Read aloud Mark 15:42-47 with your family

Activity #1: Get some toilet paper. Take turns wrapping each other in the toilet paper just as Jesus may have looked when prepared for burial. Talk about how the disciples might have felt when all their hopes seemed destroyed when Jesus died. Talk about how you and they would have felt if you had been there when Jesus died? What would you have done? 

Talk about how the burial isn’t the end of the story, but that it was a very sad day for Jesus’ friends.

Activity #2:  Make these Resurrection Rolls to help represent what happened to Jesus during the Resurrection. Follow the steps below. This is a great activity to do as a whole family on Saturday evening and wake up to Easter morning.

Resurrection Rolls

You will need:
• 1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls (there should be 8 rolls in the can)
• 8 large marshmallows
• 1 tbsp of butter or margarine
• ¼ tsp of cinnamon
• ¼ tsp of sugar
1. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Melt the butter and put the butter in another small bowl.
2. Lay out one triangle of crescent roll dough. This represents the “tomb”. Roll one marshmallow (representing Jesus) in the butter, then in the cinnamon and sugar mix. The butter, cinnamon, and sugar represent the spices and oil used to preserve Jesus’ body.
3. Put the marshmallow in the center of the triangle of dough. Roll the marshmallow (Jesus’ body inside the tomb). Be sure to close every corner of the “tomb” so the marshmallow doesn’t ooze out.
4. Roll the outside of the dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
5. Do the same thing for all other rolls to be made.
6. Follow the normal baking directions on the crescent roll container.
7. Allow the rolls to cool overnight to be enjoyed in the morning.

A surprise waits inside the rolls for the kids, but don’t tell them! The “tomb” will be empty in the morning!


Prayer: Pray as a family and thank God for not ending the story at Jesus’ death and burial. We have hope and victory because of what happened on the third day!

Additional Idea for Older Children: Here’s a good activity and discussion for older kids and family members to do (remember that you can modify it for age appropriateness and for your family) http://www.smellingcoffee.com/ 2012/04/a-good-friday-devotional-family-activity.html

Remember to color the Holy Saturday circle to attach to your Palm Branch -Holy Week Mobile.

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