Triduum – Part Two
What was Jesus doing after he died?
It’s a question that I’ve been asked on a number of occasions. The creeds tell us that he descended to the dead, so I take that to mean that he was in the same place that all humans are after they die, in Hades, waiting for the resurrection. But what was he doing there?
May I suggest a simple explanation. Nothing.
Jesus dies as the Sabbath comes in and he achieves on the day of humanity (the sixth day) a perfect and complete victory over sin and death. It is finished. Just as the Godhead rested on the Sabbath, so the Son rests, having achieved all that he needed to. It was, to coin a phrase, very good. The resurrection on Sunday morning would be the proclamation of the victory, the evidence of new life in Christ, but for now all that was needed was to enter into the sanctuary having made the supreme sacrifice.
As the words of the song below say, your response is very simple:
Can’t you see it’s over,
Can’t you see it’s done,
Can’t you see you can be free?
Today in the Triduum Christ rests, having won everything for you, a victory that is yours for the taking if you but recognise your need for it and acclaim the one who has won it for you.