Saturday, March 26, 2016

Holy Saturday

March 26, 2016

Holy Saturday. The Apostles' Creed reflects the testimony of Scripture that Jesus descended to the dead. As his body lay in the grave awaiting the resurrection, Jesus through the Spirit entered the place of the dead to preach to the spirits imprisoned there (1 Peter 3:19). This somewhat cryptic statement is the basis for our understanding of the completeness of our salvation. Those who through previous history had died in faith heard the good news that death was now defeated. St. Paul tells us that he who descended to the depths of the earth also ascended, leading captivity captive (Ephesians 4:8-10). Finally, they were set free from that shadowy existence to experience the full life and freedom of the resurrection. When he tells us that "neither...height nor depth, nor any other thing in all creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord," his declaration is backed by the depths to which Christ descended to demonstrate that no one is beyond the salvation he died and rose to provide. As we await the joy of Easter morning, we rest in the knowledge that there is no limit to the magnitude of our salvation.

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