End of the Great Deception

2 Apr

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for Holy Saturday 30 March 2013

End of the Great Deception

Matthew 27:64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.”

This really was the plan that was spread after Jesus’ death and resurrection.  And it is still going around today.

Matthew 28:12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,

28:13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’”

28:14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.

28:15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.  And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews [and other religions] to this very day.

And it was.

Human empires have always connived and finagled to deceive the people, suppress the Truth, and cut down freedom.  Jōb knew something about this.  (See Job 14:1-14 in today’s Old Testament reading.)  We can see the “tomb” of empires which have been made secure for three millennia since King David, and even before that.  The good news is that the Book of Revelation also talks about the demise of empires.  Satan’s own empire was built on a lie.  He did not only deceive the Jews after Jesus’ resurrection, but he has also tried to deceive the elect. (Mt 24:24)  Love took leave somewhere and works took precedence over love.

Prayer of Release:  Father, release us from the tyranny of deception and the stupor of spiritual sleep.  Forgive us for allowing ourselves to be carried away.  Satan’s last deception has been worse than the first.  It is now time for the Truth to reestablish Your boundaries and Your kingdom the way You created Your Master Plan.  The Church has had its old roots in the earth and its “stump” dies in the ground. (Job 14:8)  Yet at the scent of Your living Water she will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. (v 9)  May we arm ourselves with the Spirit of Christ’s intention so as to live for the rest of our earthly lives no longer driven by human desires but by Your will, O God. (1 Pt 4:2)  The red dragon (Rev 12:3) has been allowed to raise Cain for too long with the “false” prophet, who is not fake, but is simply withholding the whole Truth.  I call down all Untruths, Deception, and Manipulations which permeate and perpetuate our collective struggles.  No more!  I call down the lie and the bluff where even the beast which mimicked Jesus in a fatal wound which had been healed (Rev 13:3) is also brought down and exposed.  Stop the lies, Lord!  Stop the deception!  Who is like the beast? (v 4)  Who can make war against him? (v 4)  Father, cut through the BS and the shame!  Take us out of the net that has kept us hidden from You and our whole and complete selves in right relationship with You, for You, God, are our refuge. (Ps 31:4)  Let Your face shine upon Your servants and save us in Your steadfast love. (v 16)  Father, cover our multitude of sins with Your love (1 Pt 4:8) and lead us forth in Your righteousness, where love reigns in all we think, do, and say.  Jesus, bring in Your Kingdom now.  Amen!


Holy Saturday             30 March 2013                        Gospel: Matthew 27:57-66; John 19:38-42

Job 14:1-14
14:1 “A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble,

14:2 comes up like a flower and withers, flees like a shadow and does not last.

14:3 Do you fix your eyes on such a one? Do you bring me into judgment with you?

14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one can.

14:5 Since their days are determined, and the number of their months is known to you, and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass,

14:6 look away from them, and desist, that they may enjoy, like laborers, their days.

14:7 “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.

14:8 Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground,

14:9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant.

14:10 But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they?

14:11 As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up,

14:12 so mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep.

14:13 Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14:14 If mortals die, will they live again? All the days of my service I would wait until my release should come.

Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24
3:1 I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;

3:2 he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;

3:3 against me alone he turns his hand, again and again, all day long.

3:4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones;

3:5 he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;

3:6 he has made me sit in darkness like the dead of long ago.

3:7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me;

3:8 though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;

3:9 he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.

3:19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall!

3:20 My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.

3:21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

3:22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

3:23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

3:24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
31:1 In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.

31:2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.

31:3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,

31:4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

31:15 My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

31:16 Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

1 Peter 4:1-8
4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin),

4:2 so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God.

4:3 You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry.

4:4 They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme.

4:5 But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.

4:6 For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does.

4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.

4:8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Matthew 27:57-66
27:57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.

27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

27:59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth

27:60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.

27:61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

27:62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate

27:63 and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’

27:64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.”

27:65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”

27:66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

John 19:38-42
19:38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.

19:39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.

19:40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.

19:41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.

19:42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.


One Response to “End of the Great Deception”

  1. truthinus April 2, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Due to technological issues I was unable to post my Reflections for Holy Saturday 2013 and Easter Sunday 2013 on their actual days. I was up against “the beast:”
    Rev 13:3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
    I cannot. I have reached the end of my technological capabilities in being able to fulfill my calling directives from God to “share the journey.” ~Kathryn

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