On Holy Saturday, Jesus’ body lies in the tomb. He has taken on the last great enemy — death. He has given His body up to death on the cross, to that most ancient of man’s enemies. Sealed in and shrouded in darkness, it is like a seed that has been planted in the tomb of the earth. The kernel of something about to begin.
We are all searching for the truth, but sometimes we look in all the wrong places. We look to ourselves or our parents. We look to our spouse or our friends. We look to the government or the internet. We look for truth everywhere but where it is to be found. In so doing, we break God’s first commandment to have no other gods before Him. We look for a truth to fear, love and trust in, but we find the wrong ones. And perhaps it’s because we’re looking for an “it” when Truth is a Who.
Jesus’ authority is the authority to serve. Jesus’ authority is the authority to become the Servant of all. It is the authority to kneel before the ones whom He has taught, rebuked and loved in service to them. It is the authority to lay down His very life upon the cross in service to all. It is the authority to take that life back up again after three days in the grave.
In fact, Jesus has already divided the spoils with His disciples: in bread and wine which He proclaims to be His body and blood, He divided the spoils of forgiveness, life and salvation before the battle appeared to be underway. The disciples then went out equipped to meet anything and to face the new world of a King who would defeat His enemies by way of His own death.