Holy Saturday Reflection: Can we hide God?

Passage:

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
— Matthew 27:50-53, 62-65, ESV.

Reflection:

Didn’t the chief priests and the Pharisees see that many have risen from the dead and have appeared to many people in Jerusalem? Didn’t Pilate hear of rumors that there were many people who were dead, walking among the people? Did they really think that a guard of soldiers and a seal can contain the dead if it was God’s will for them to rise?

There are many instances when we do our best to hide the work of God from others. From hiding personal transformation to hiding national revival through the acts of persecution. History has proven that humankind has a pretty long-lasting record of hiding God. But, have we thought through how foolish we are to think we can hide God?

Indeed, if God willed something to happen, we will not be able to overthrow it. Even if we did try, we might even be found opposing God (ref: Acts 5:39, ESV). And in the case of the Pharisees, they were so blinded by jealousy that they were unable to see the resurrection of many when Christ yielded up His Spirit. Their hearts were still fixated on ensuring that their plans of destroying Christ come into realization that they did not see the multitude of people rising from the dead to testify for Christ.

Are our hearts blinded by the workings of the world that we are unable to see God’s amazing work? Are we so fixated with our own plans that we fail to see God’s own hands working for the good of those who love Him? Are we deliberately hiding God from others around us?

Prayer:

Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me on the cross. It is my prayer that You open my spiritual eyes so that I may see the great workings that you’re doing around me. Help me not be fixated on my little problems or my little goals that I failed to see Your hands at work. Help me to align my will to Yours so that all that we do are for your glory. I pray all these in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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