Holy Saturday is the day we remember Jesus lived in the land of death.
He was dead. Really dead. In a tomb dead. As in, he was a corpse, dead.
There will come a day — if it has not come already — when the fact that Christ has gone ahead of us into death will be a great comfort to you.
When someone has gone somewhere scary first, it makes you not as afraid to go. It makes you not afraid for the ones who have gone, because they are safe.
And Jesus came out on the other side. Alive and well. So will we. So have the ones in him who have gone there already. He has made the way through the darkness of death.
We don’t have to be afraid.