Saturday of Holy Week is often overlooked. Matthew is the only Gospel that records anything about it; Matthew 27: 62 – 66 tells of the posting of the guard at the tomb. Jesus, however, was busy doing things. Paul and Peter mention some of the important things He did on this day. Many sermons have been wrapped around a reference by John in Revelations 1: 18 where Jesus has the “keys of death and the grave” and it has been stated that He took them on Saturday.
Paul in writing to the Ephesians (4: 8 -11) talks about when Jesus descended into the earthly regions; this is a quote of Psalm 68:18. While He in this region He took the captives that had been there, put them in His robe and ascended. He also, at that time, “gave gifts to men” so that we can be prepared for service.
Peter wrote to the “strangers in the world” (1 Peter 3:19 and 4:6) that after Jesus’ physical death the Spirit allowed Him to preach to those who disobeyed God before Noah’s Flood. This seems like it would have happened before Jesus led out captives.