Matthew 28: 5-6 – The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Easter holidays and festivities are upon us! Whether you are a Christian or not, you know that there is a men called Jesus Christ who died and rose again and that is why the world over is observing these coming holidays. In South Africa, we are told that 80% of the population are Christian. So, I hope you are one of them.

The Easter period has three significant days, the Easter Friday – this is the day Christ died, the Black Saturday or Holy Saturday, the day nothing much happened, and the Easter Sunday – the day Christ rose from the dead. Today I want to address myself to the Black Saturday. Nothing much is recorded in the Bible about this day. This was a day of darkness. Christ had died on a Friday and on this day nothing much happened. It was a mourning period for those who believed in him. It was a time where many questions were being asked with no answers. This was a trying period. The day was full of gloom with no hope. It looked like the end of Christ’s story. Nothing made sense. It was a painful day.

Friend, maybe the first three months of the year are feeling like a very long ‘Black Saturday’ for you. Nothing is making sense. Your hope is dying. Your future looks bleak. Everything you have been trying has not come through. Things seem to be going from bad to worse. Just when you think something is about to happen, something comes up. You have been in constant pain. Friend, today I came to tell you that your ‘Black Saturday’ is about to be over. You are entering a space of resurrection. Your dreams are about to be resurrected. Your health is about to be restored. Your marriage is coming together. Your finances are about to take shape again. Your business is about to see a boom. Like Christ resurrected on the third day, your third day is closer than you think.

I want you to do me a favour, start believing that your ‘Black Saturday’ is over. Start declaring to yourself that this is your time. Don’t go to this Easter holiday with the ‘Black Saturday’ mind set. The Christ who died for you will resurrect with all your stuff. Start claiming all that is yours that was lost right now. Call all of the things you want back by name one by one. Like the angel said to the women, when people ask you ‘where are your problems?’ You will say with joy – they are not here anymore. God is listening. I want to agree with you and declare and decree that your ‘Black Saturday’ is over! Believe.

God loves you,
Simphiwe Mdlalose