Holy Saturday is the only full day where Jesus laid in the tomb. Having accomplished His task on the cross, Jesus was now in heaven before the Father (Hebrews 8-9). The climax of Passion Holy/Week is often Good Friday and Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday can teach us a few things about human nature.
The chief priests and Pharisees went to Pilate asking him to put guards at Jesus’ tomb. Knowing that Christ said in three days he would rise, the religious leaders wanted to ensure that Jesus’ disciples did not come and steal the body. Why is this significant? The religious leaders approach Pilate in the midst of the Sabbath, adding more and more to their hypocrisy. The leaders first wanted to kill Jesus because he healed on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-6), now, the very thing that initially wanted them to kill Jesus-breaking the Sabbath-they were doing in approaching Pilate at the height of Sabbath rest. It was likely early Saturday morning when this occurrence between Pilate and the Jewish religious leaders met. The leaders should be resting or preparing to teach but certainly not be engaged in civic duties.
Human nature naturally rebells against God. Pride is a very powerful entity in every heart. Here are the men who know the Old Testament scriptures backwards and forwards yet their hearts are hard and stubborn. Indeed, knowledge puffs up but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1-3). Bible knowledge is important, but when it stays in the head and does not move into the heart, great atrocities can occur. Think of history and all people claim to have done in the name of God. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day show humanity that when people are focused on protecting their empire rather than forwarding the kingdom of God, they will go all out to do so. Pride glorifies oneself at the expense of everyone else including God, no better example than here on Holy Saturday.