Lonely and tormented, He agonized in prayer. Drops of blood oozed through His pores as He contemplated the cross. Jesus Christ came to die … to obey His Father and pay the price for our sins.
Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42, NASB).
Fully God and fully Man, the Savior of the world submitted Himself to His Father’s will. He trusted Him. Even when the leaders and soldiers and people of this world spoke abusively, “He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).
Jesus knew victory loomed on the horizon. But before He could emerge from the grave, He had to endure mankind and satan’s evil along with God’s wrath for our sin. Jesus had to breathe His last in order for resurrection to occur.
And He did.
Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, INTO THY HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.’ And having said this, He breathed His last” (Luke 23:46).
Joseph of Arimathea placed Jesus’ body in a new tomb. Women watched, eventually leaving to prepare burial “spices and perfumes” (Luke 23:56).
Then, on the third day—in a magnificent moment of power and victory—God raised Jesus OUT. OF. THAT. GRAVE!
‘Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen'” (Luke 24:5-6).
Proving His victory over death, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to His 12 disciples and “more than 500 brethren” (1 Corinthians 15:6).
May the truth of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and appearance wash over you, renewing your delight in our matchless Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. HE is worthy of all our praise.
And if you’re understanding this glorious Gospel for the very first time, I pray you’ll “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31). He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
Much love to all in Christ,