After the storm comes the calm. The events of Good Friday were no doubt horrific for those who followed and were closest to the Saviour. Some deal with the event leading to death with fortitude then release emotion after. Others are distraught before and become accepting after. We all deal with loss in deeply personal and differing ways, and that is ok.
Very little is said regarding what took place on the Saturday after the crucifixion. I imagine it was a day of reflection and offering comfort one to another. The disciples had been taught by Jesus that He would rise again, perhaps as the hours passed that promise became more difficult to imagine. Of course they had witnessed the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead after his illness, but having seen the horrific death of the Saviour surely it would be harder to imagine Him coming back? On a doctrinal note Lazarus was raised from death to life as a temporary fix, he would still at some appointed time die. Jesus had promised a full resurrection the first of its kind, that would unite body and spirit back together to immortality. Jesus Christ would be the “first fruits” of such a resurrection.
The work continued…
Whilst the disciples of Jesus waited and hoped, He was actually busy. When all of us die our spirits go to the world of spirits. The just to Paradise, the not so just to Prison. The one has eternal opportunities the other doesn’t, the difference being those in paradise have had the opportunity to hear the gospel and accept it. The atonement wrought in the Garden of Gethsemane was infinite in its reach and scope, so that includes those who have passed from this life having never had the chance to come into contact wit the gospel. During the time between His death and resurrection Jesus organised the teaching of those in spirit prison by valiant spirits in paradise. This is promised in the gospel of John.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done devil, unto the resurrection of damnation.John 5: 24-29
However the spirit world is not our final state at some point we will be resurrected, our spirit and body reunited, then we will be judged according to our works and acceptance of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, after which all will be assigned to various degrees of glory. The understanding that Jesus organised the opportunity for those in Prison to be taught was also mentioned by the disciples in later ministries.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;1 Peter 3:18-19
It’s hard to imagine the anguish Jesus Christ’s followers must have felt on the day after His death. The night before, His body was lovingly prepared and placed in a garden tomb. Today, they are left to figure out how life can possibly go on without Him. Almost certainly His death had taken something from them, but what they had lost was no match compared to all that His life had given. Whether they understood it or not, Jesus Christ had forged a new path forward for all who would follow Him, one lit by a hope that shines brighter than any darkness we may encounter.Easter Day-By-Day #BecauseOfHim
Today’s music is from Alex Boye, I will Rise. The part at 4:57 always gives me chills! Perhaps premature as it is Easter Sunday that will see the resurrection, but unlike the original disciples, for us it is happened. It is not an event to wait for…
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