Holy Saturday: ‘He Descended Into Hell’
Jesus has entered the realm of Death. The mythology of the Greeks and Romans is by no means wrong here; the dead must cross over the black waters of the river Styx into the kingdom of darkness from which no one can ever return. The Son of God, by his own permission, has been given over to the realm of night. This is where he has gone. We say in the Creed, “He descended into hell.” Death rules there. Satan rules there. The corpse lies there twenty-four hours, thirty hours, thirty-four hours. It is night.
Have you buried someone? If you haven’t, you will. You will come to know the cold clasp of death. You will know it in the literal sense, when someone who means the world to you is gone, when you yourself must stare it in the face. You will come to know it in a hundred other ways, as the death of a friendship, the death of a career, the loss of youth, the loss of health, the death of happiness, the death of dreams. It will seem to you like the tomb of hope.
New Ways Ministry, April 20, 2019