Today is the fortieth and last day of the Lent season. Some churches call the Saturday before Easter Bright Saturday. The Church stays up all night, celebrating the very first fruit of the act of Redemption, where our Lord Jesus Christ calls on the prisoners in Hades to be released from the bondage of Satan. This night is called "Apocalypses" and the whole Book of Revelation is read. The word Apocalypses is a Greek word which means Revelation.
When I began working on the "40 Days of Lent Lessons" I was praying to hear God's voice more clearly, and I felt in my spirit that something wonderful would happen after I finished the last lesson. Every day beginning on Ash Wednesday I would work on the lessons. I studied the four Gospels and the order of the stories during Jesus' Ministry, and I tried to find Scriptures that tied in with the lessons from the Old Testament, Psalms, and Epistle. Most days I could not wait to get back to reading the Bible, and excitement filled my soul as I read the Words of My Lord Jesus Christ.
Today after I finished reading today's story of Jesus' body being placed in the tomb in all four of the Gospels I was looking to find one last Old Testament Scripture to fit with this lesson. I knew the Scripture from Revelation 1:18 was fitting, because it tells about Jesus saying that He was dead and now has the Keys to death and Hades. And Psalm 19:1-6 speaks of the heavens declaring the Glory of God and the bridegroom coming out of His chamber. But I was stuck in finding the very last Scripture that would fit for this last lesson. There were no references of Old Testament Scriptures in any of the Gospel bible study notes from today's story. Finally I asked God for His help. A few times I have just opened the Bible and the scripture that I turn to would fit perfectly, and I would give God the glory. But today I heard God say to my spirit "Zechariah 13". It has been awhile since I read Zechariah and I had no idea what would be in this Book of the Bible. I was not even sure if Zechariah had 13 chapters. I was amazed and excited when I read the first two verses of Chapter 13 which Prophesies that the death of the Messiah will be poured out like a fountain to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. And the paragraph above talks about the mourning for the one they pierced. These were perfect Old Testament Scriptures for today's lesson, and I did not even know they were in the Bible. But God did!
Later that evening I realized that my prayer to hear God more clearly has been answered, and that is the wonderful something that happened just as I finished the very last lesson. Praise God He is so wonderful!
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Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for the time that I spent with You and reading Your Word during the 40 days of Lent lessons. Every day reading Your Word has enlightened my spirit with Your Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Counsel, Power, and Fear of You. Tomorrow help me to celebrate Easter with a deep remembrance of what Jesus' Resurrection means to me. Thank You for Jesus and everything He did for Your Kingdom, and everything He did for me so that I can be Your child and live with You forever and ever in heaven. Amen.
Cleansing From Sin
1 “On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
2 “On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,” declares the LORD Almighty. “I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land."
The Guard at the Tomb62 "The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
More Ideas and Links:
Mourning on the Sabboth by copiosa.org
The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com