It was just yesterday that their whole world had come crashing down. They were so sure. The unsettling, sick feeling inside was amplified today. Mentally exhausted by trying to fight through the thick mud of doubt and lacking understanding. “We didn’t know what was going on! We felt truly helpless and confused. It was surreal. We had just been eating with him…” The disciple broke down in tears. “We knew that He said things hard to be understood. We knew that… but we, we didn’t see this coming. We thought how could He mean this? He is coming to free Israel and reign over Israel. We ate dinner, we enjoyed a great dinner. We could tell the Master’s heart was getting heavy. I remember His eyes, how they stayed focused on us. He really loved us.”
Jesus made a request of them, that they come and pray with Him. He wanted them with Him. Many times He went to pray alone but that night was different. Even yet, He had them wait behind Him. He was quite heavy that night as the sorrows of death, no, eternal death waxed. “We couldn’t even stay awake. We didn’t know what this new teaching was exactly but my, my were we tired! He woke us up but we were right back to sleep until strangely, He was standing before us… settled. Totally different than He appeared before. He spoke softer to us. ‘Come now, the time is here.'”
The disciples began to become more serious as they recounted the armed men who came to take Jesus into custody. “We would fight!” they said with steadfast commitment in their voice. But He said no, and He was taken away. “We thought He could walk out of there at any time!” But He didn’t… The followers of Jesus watched in horror as their Master was whipped and torn. They could scarcely believe where things were going as Pilate gave the people the option between Jesus and a robber. What they beheld, they could not believe was happening.
Then He was crucified. They watched their Lord die. The earth quaked, there was darkness and all of creation groaned, quaked and could not understand.
Yesterday was the single most difficult thing they had ever experienced. There were so many visions and thoughts to sort through. Who would help them? The Master was gone. In the grave, and we couldn’t even go to the grave yet. They quickly, with great tears, embalmed Him. That bloody, beaten, crucified mass of body. As the ladies looked into His lifeless body, the confusion overpowered them. They went on autopilot and did what they were supposed to do with a body.
As they laid down exhausted, and Jesus’ body lay silently in the tomb, there was a strangeness over the land. For every devil and dark power seemed to be preoccupied.
For in the darkness of the underworld, Jesus, the spirit of this man, was being tortured with all torture the world or spirit could ever know. The demons were gathered. Jesus had become sin. Jesus had become grotesque and evil. The sin of mankind engulfed His identity and person. Oh God did He hate it! Death, sickness, sin, and all bad was upon Him and consuming Him. He began to suffer. Dumbfounded the evil powers watched as He was suffering for all of mankind.
Then all of hell and the powers that belong there, Satan himself, in whom is no truth or reality, he who was a murderer from the beginning were hurled back in power that has never been released before. Satan and the devils were left paralyzed as Jesus was declared righteous. The first born from the dead. An explosion of life demolished the chains binding mankind. Jesus was justified! The punishment was paid, and now the power of God filled Jesus, the Spirit returned to Him and He came out of death! Some say it was an explosion of light, but He came back into His body and in an instant it was changed from a death filled mortal body into an incorruptible body. Such power emitted that the soldiers were knocked out and the angels, rejoicing rolled the stone away! Not for Jesus, but for the disciples.
“My God, what we did not know!” declared the disciple. “There was so much at that time that we did not know, and would take many, many years for us to begin to really understand.”
“That Sunday morning, how could I even speak of it? It changed everything. Forever. It was the beginning of the Kingdom of God in the earth. God got everything back for us!”
Like the disciples that day, there is much, much for us to learn. The Kingdom of God is here, and Jesus paid for your sins. With that sin He paid for everything sin caused such as sickness, lack, stress, pains and subjection to bad. When Jesus arose, He had paid for all of man’s sins. However, just as Adam had to make the choice of separating himself from God – you, we must make the decision of reconnecting with God. You’ve heard a tale of what happened, but the powerful reality confirming it is at your door.
God exhibits and communicates His love to us in this: That He gave His only Son for us, to suffer the full consequence of our condition, and buy us out from it. Will you accept this? Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart, “Jesus, I have heard what You have done. I act on it. You are my Lord and Savior.”
Welcome to the Kingdom! And yes, there is much, much to learn. Find a local church that gets you the knowledge your heart desires. If you’re in or around Colorado Springs, I invite you out to Arise Church. Check us out at arisechur.ch